Sirens & Gavels

THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2010, 10:07 A.M.

Avista dispute leads to police response

John Hough, co-owner of the Roosevelt Inn bed and breakfast, is taken into protective custody by the Coeur d’Alene Police on Wednesday  after he allegedly had a dispute with Avista about payment for an overdue bill. (Kathy Plonka)
John Hough, co-owner of the Roosevelt Inn bed and breakfast, is taken into protective custody by the Coeur d’Alene Police on Wednesday after he allegedly had a dispute with Avista about payment for an overdue bill. (Kathy Plonka)
A Coeur d’Alene man who owns a historic bed and breakfast was taken into custody by police Wednesday after threatening Avista Corp. employees over the phone when a serviceman delivered a power shut-off notice.

It’s an extreme example, but by no means unique, an Avista spokesman said: So many similar incidents have occurred in the past month that the Spokane utility is considering additional security measures for its service people in the field.

Read the rest of Alison Boggs' story here.




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