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Chef turns $10 tip into $100,000

A $10 tip for a chef at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course yielded lottery winnings of $100,000 on Thursday.

Sean Christiansen, of Coeur d’Alene, used the tip money to buy a “Gold Rush” scratch ticket from the Tesoro gas station at 2301 E. Sherman Ave. after finishing his Monday night shift.

When he scratched the ticket that night, he quickly realized he won. “It was pretty late, but I called my family and got everybody up,” Christiansen said in a news release from the Idaho Lottery. He and his father, Jack, went to Boise to claim the prize Thursday.

Christiansen, who has lived in Coeur d’Alene for 21 years, said he might get himself a “new ride” with his winnings and will invest in an education bond for his young son. Tesoro will receive a $12,000 bonus from the state lottery for selling the ticket.

Alison Boggs


Cigarette caused apartment fire

A discarded cigarette caused the fire that ripped through a South Hill apartment complex last week and left 29 homeless, the Spokane Fire Department said Friday.

The three-alarm blaze at the Regal Ridge apartments, 5111 S. Regal St., on May 13 left a hole in the roof of the 10-unit building, but a fire wall in the middle of the building saved five units from serious damage.

The 17 adults and 12 children who lived in nine units – one was unoccupied – are all staying elsewhere.

The fire, which occurred about 12:20 p.m. on a Wednesday, when many residents were away, spread from the cigarette on the deck of apartment No. 9, according to the Fire Department.

The fire was ruled an accident.

Damage is estimated at more than $1 million.


Ex-sheriff pleads guilty to felony

Former Nez Perce County Sheriff Jim Dorion pleaded guilty Friday to one felony count of accessory to a crime.

A sentencing hearing has been set for Aug. 10, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said in a news release. Dorion has been released on his own recognizance until then.

By pleading guilty, Dorion admitted that, while serving as sheriff, he concealed knowledge of a burglary at Lewiston High School from the city’s police department, the release said.

The attorney general’s criminal complaint had accused Dorion of helping Stephen Peak elude capture on three separate burglaries. Dorion was removed as sheriff by the county last year. Last month he was extradited from Louisiana to face charges in Idaho.

Alison Boggs

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