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A Coeur d’Alene couple is hoping the second time is a charm when it comes to putting the historic Roosevelt Inn back on the real estate market.Tina and John Hough previously tried to sell the Roosevelt, but pulled the bed and breakfast from the market when the economy went sour. But the business has seen an upturn in guests despite the sluggish economy. “We had two people from Israel here, a whole family from France and lots of Germans this last year,” explained Tina Hough/Tania Dahl, KXLY. More here.
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“It’s people like you who cause people like me to snap, get a gun and go into an office like yours and just waste a bunch of your asses.” That was what John Hough, owner of the Roosevelt Inn Bed and Breakfast, said he told Avista Corp. over the phone on Wednesday, which led to the power company calling police. Police handcuffed Hough and took him to Kootenai Health for psychiatric evaluation. Hough also told the serviceman there to cut off his power that the visitor had a choice. “You can shut off the power and suffer the consequences,” Hough said he told the man, “or you can take my request and depart my property”/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d’Alene Press. More here.
- Tina Hough, owner The Roosevelt Inn Bed and Breakfast in Coeur d’Alene talked to a member of the Coeur d’Alene Police after her husband John Hough had a dispute with Avista about payment for an overdue bill. (Kathy Plonka photo)
Question: Did John Hough help his cause by making the comments re: going postal in this article?
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.
John Hough, owner of The Roosevelt Inn Bed and Breakfast in Coeur d’Alene 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. Alison Boggs’s SR story here. And: Tom Hasslinger’s CdA Press story here. (Kathy Plonka/SR)
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Question: Percentagewise, how much blame for the angry incident at The Roosevelt Inn do you place on innkeeper John Hough and how much on Avista’s power-shutoff approach?
PatrickH: I can see how Avista could drive a person to this. They are horrible to work with on commercial accounts. There staff is uncaring, uncooperative, and not the least bit helpful when it comes to working witth small businesses. When I had my cafe dealing with Avista during the hard times was always a nightmare. I defenitly can understand Avista’s poor attitude driving someone over the edge.
Question: Is Avista too heavy handed in dealing with power shutoffs?
The serviceman showed up around 11 a.m. at The Roosevelt Inn Bed & Breakfast, said Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Christie Wood. John and Tina Hough have owned the business for about 11 years, Tina Hough said. The power shut-off notice listed unpaid bills totaling $3,132.14. John Hough was alone in the B&B when the serviceman showed up, his wife said. Receiving the notice “just set him off” she said, because the couple has been behind on bills and was pinning hopes on the lucrative summer tourism season. All other creditors have been patient with them as they worked to catch up, she said. “We’ve been struggling to get through here,” Tina Hough said. John Hough called Avista’s customer-service center and police said he made threatening statements that included reference to a gun/Alison Boggs, SR. More here.
- Alison Boggs’ is working on a story re: this incident involving Roosevelt Inn owner John Hough. She has talked to Hough’s. Stay tuned.
HucksOnline has learned the following from spokeswoman Christie Wood re: the man taken into custody over the utility dispute: “The male was never on the roof. This started as the male having a dispute with Avista over his bill. The Avista employee went to the address to shut off the power. The male called the Avista office in front of the employee and had a heated conversation with them. I cannot release the details of his statements except to acknowledge he was threatening and mentioned a weapon. Much more below.