Federal courthouse guards go weeks without pay - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Federal courthouse guards go weeks without pay

Posted: Updated:
Shannon James Shannon James
Anne Stephens Anne Stephens

SPOKANE, Wash. - Almost 100 guards at federal courthouses across the Inland Northwest are working without pay, according to family members who say they have not been paid in weeks.

The guards, from cities all over in the Inland Northwest including Spokane, Coeur d'Alene and as far as Boise, have not been paid in more than a month.

"We are very upset, I can't sleep at night," said Anne Stephen's, a guard's wife. "He had a heart attack in March, this is not what he needs."

Anne, along with another guard's wife, Shannon James, say at first, they did not even know something was wrong. They paid their bills as normal, but soon their checks started to bounce.

"We had to take loans out from the bank, I have a tremendous amount of fees already incurred" said Shannon. "We're trying to buy a house and that might not happen."

The families' canceled checks and late fees are a paper trail that's left them and the families of so many other guards scrambling to get by.
      
The guard's wives say they've called on everyone in charge to get answers, but it seems no one wants to give them a reason.

"Everybody that can be contacted has been contacted," says Shannon. "No one is giving straight answers... we're being told 60 to 90 days is the fastest anybody can do anything to help with this."

Shannon says, as far as she understands, funds are available but they're not being paid out.

The guards have been told they will be paid at the end of September for the next two weeks of work, but it could take up to 90 days to get paid for their work in August.
    
Meanwhile, the guards continue to go to work everyday and tell their wives their jobs are too important to worry about something like money.

When KHQ attempted to contact officials at the federal courthouse, no one could be reached.

The company that is contracted to issue pay to the guards also could not be reached.

The families are discussing filing a lawsuit together.

If a lawsuit moves forward the families say they would seek not just the lost wages, but also damages including bank fees, loans and credit card debt.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 84 Children Rescued, 120 Human Traffickers Arrested Across U.S., FBI Says

    84 Children Rescued, 120 Human Traffickers Arrested Across U.S., FBI Says

    Thursday, October 19 2017 7:49 AM EDT2017-10-19 11:49:24 GMT
    NBC NEWS - The FBI rescued 84 children from the grips of a multi-state human trafficking ring and arrested 120 traffickers Wednesday, announcing the successful sting in a statement. Operation Cross Country XI focused the attention of law enforcement agencies on a single goal: taking out "pimps" who run human trafficking rings. "We at the FBI have no greater mission than to protect our nation's children from harm. Unfortunately, the number of traffickers arrested ...>>
    NBC NEWS - The FBI rescued 84 children from the grips of a multi-state human trafficking ring and arrested 120 traffickers Wednesday, announcing the successful sting in a statement. Operation Cross Country XI focused the attention of law enforcement agencies on a single goal: taking out "pimps" who run human trafficking rings. "We at the FBI have no greater mission than to protect our nation's children from harm. Unfortunately, the number of traffickers arrested ...>>
  • Woman run over by cyclist on Centennial Trail files lawsuit

    Woman run over by cyclist on Centennial Trail files lawsuit

    Wednesday, October 18 2017 10:51 PM EDT2017-10-19 02:51:08 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane woman who was run over by a cyclist last month on the Centennial Trail has filed a lawsuit against the man she says didn’t even try to avoid smashing into her. On Sept. 22, 67-year-old Virginia Pearsall was walking near Kendall Yards with her sister when she heard someone behind her yell, “Hot pizza!” "I felt like I got hit by a truck," said Pearsall. "The impact was so great, it was unbelievable." 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane woman who was run over by a cyclist last month on the Centennial Trail has filed a lawsuit against the man she says didn’t even try to avoid smashing into her. On Sept. 22, 67-year-old Virginia Pearsall was walking near Kendall Yards with her sister when she heard someone behind her yell, “Hot pizza!” "I felt like I got hit by a truck," said Pearsall. "The impact was so great, it was unbelievable." 

    >>
  • Semi with brakes tied together using plastic grocery bag crashes on interstate

    Semi with brakes tied together using plastic grocery bag crashes on interstate

    Thursday, October 19 2017 12:24 AM EDT2017-10-19 04:24:21 GMT
    @wspd1pio@wspd1pio

    TACOMA, Wash. - Washington State Patrol believes faulty brakes and speed contributed to a semi truck crash on the SR 16 interchange with northbound I-5 in Tacoma Tuesday evening.  Troopers say the truck was headed eastbound on SR 16 when it rolled on the rap to northbound I-5.  Trooper Brooke Bova tweeted photos form the scene, including one which showed the truck's brake lines tied together with a plastic grocery bag.  The 

    >>

    TACOMA, Wash. - Washington State Patrol believes faulty brakes and speed contributed to a semi truck crash on the SR 16 interchange with northbound I-5 in Tacoma Tuesday evening.  Troopers say the truck was headed eastbound on SR 16 when it rolled on the rap to northbound I-5.  Trooper Brooke Bova tweeted photos form the scene, including one which showed the truck's brake lines tied together with a plastic grocery bag.  The 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/