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Man Arrested After Threatening Avista Employee

COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - Officials with Avista are considering additional security for field workers sent out to shut off power due to unpaid bills following situations in which workers felt threatened. Avista spokesman Hugh Imhof said the Spokane, Wash.-based company has about 356,000 electricity customers and 316,000 natural gas customers in parts of Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Montana.

The owner of a Coeur d'Alene bed and breakfast was taken into police custody Wednesday and ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after a power company worker felt threatened. The Avista employee was at the business to collect payment of about $3,000 or turn off the power. Police said the owner called the Avista customer service center and made threatening statements that included a reference to a gun. Coeur d'Alene Police Sgt. Christie Wood said police confiscated an unloaded rifle and took the man into protective custody.

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