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County Cuts Senior Center Funding

Commissioners have notified the four Kootenai County senior centers — Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls, Hayden, & Rathdrum — that they are cutting funding for them in the 2011-12 budget. Executive Allison McArthur said the cut will mean the loss of the $2500 from the county for home-delivered meals for her Post Falls center. Combined, the four centers supplied 20,750 meals to home-bound seniors in 2010. The Post Falls center has already provided more than 5,000 in her area this year. Allison said her center and the one in Coeur d'Alene each receive $2500 from the county while the other two centers get $1800. She said that might not seem like much. But it can mean the difference between having home-delivered meals or not. The commissioners invited the senior centers to a public hearing on the budget at 6 p.m. Tuesday. You can read the commissioners letter to the senior centers here.

Question: Are the county commissioners being pennywise and pound foolish again?

Man who stole from elderly gets 1 year

A Spokane man who burglarized retirement homes was sentenced Tuesday to about a year in prison.

Pavel V. Altukhov, 24, is to serve 12.75 months in prison and pay $3,260 restitution after pleading guilty in Spokane County Superior Court to three counts of first-degree theft and second-degree theft.

Altukhov stole jewelry and other items from elderly residents at retirement communities on the South Hill and in Spokane Valley before police arrested him in December. They found more 1,000 pieces of jewelry in his car.

Witnesses said Altukhov posed as a family member of a resident and didn’t appear out of place until residents began reporting stolen items like TVs and jewelry.

He also approached residents in their rooms and offered services such as appraisals as he stole items, police said.

One victim told KREM news that she's still missing her engagement ring from her husband of 62 years.