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In brief: Kellogg oxycodone thief gets probation, community service

A Kellogg man who stole almost $76,000 worth of painkillers from a pharmacy where he worked will spend three years on probation and serve 100 hours of community service.

Steven Milot, 66, pleaded guilty to wire fraud Monday and received the sentence from U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Milot admitted he stole thousands of oxycodone pills from the Osburn Drug store in Kellogg. Milot ordered the pills and kept them off the books to avoid capture, according to court records.

Milot will pay $75,594 in restitution to Osburn Drug. A search of Milot’s apartment by the Idaho State Police yielded a stockpile of stolen pills.

Partial recount confirms Ahern’s ballot total

A recount that couldn’t change the winner also didn’t change the vote totals.

Spokane County elections officials announced Monday that the partial hand recount requested by Spokane City Council candidate John Ahern showed that ballots were counted correctly the first time by machine.

Ahern, a former state representative, lost the race to incumbent Jon Snyder by 5,669 votes in a margin that was nearly 2-to-1 in favor of Snyder. Last week, he requested that four precincts, which included about 1,600 ballots, be recounted by hand.

Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton said Ahern will be charged about $1,750 for the recount work. Candidates have to pay for recounts unless they are within a half percentage point or the recount changes who the winner is.

Former Shadle Park teacher sentenced to jail

A former Shadle Park High School teacher was sentenced to three months in jail Monday after pleading guilty to assault stemming from a sexual relationship with a student.

Ryan Murphy, who taught English and coached track at the north Spokane school, has surrendered his teaching license permanently as part of the plea deal. Murphy resigned from Shadle Park in August 2012 and was ordered to jail in October after investigators said he contacted the girl via social media against a court order.

The student initially avoided reporting the relationship, saying she didn’t want to ruin the teacher’s life. She was 15 when Murphy first approached her.

A trial had been scheduled to begin Monday.

Sharing holiday lights with us is a bright idea

Come across a particularly festive holiday house? Does your neighbor put up enough lights to be seen from the International Space Station? Tell us about it.

We’re creating a database of holiday homes. Visit and click the “Add a location” button. There, you’ll be asked to provide an address for the festive home as well as a brief description of the display. We’ll need your contact information, too, but don’t worry, we’ll keep that information to ourselves.

The list will be posted at, where you can see all of the addresses, sort them by neighborhood or even create maps for your own personal tour. We’ll publish a roundup of the decorated homes Dec. 21 in the Today section.