Monticello owner charged with intimidating a judge
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Monticello owner charged with intimidating a judge

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Phillip Lovingfoss, owner of Longview’s historic Monticello hotel, has been formally charged with intimidating a judge.

Lovingfoss, 50, was arrested Saturday night after police were called to check on a disturbance at his office on the 1300 block of 12th Avenue.

While police talked with an apparently intoxicated Lovingfoss, he started making threats about wanting to “smack down” Cowlitz District Court Judge Edward Putka, according to an arrest report.

Lovingfoss’ girlfriend, Ginger Allred, told police he was acting out of the ordinary all day and had been talking about harming himself, according to the report.

Police then took Lovingfoss into protective custody and brought him to St. John Medical Center.

According to the arrest report, while at the hospital, Lovingfoss said, “When I get out of this, I am going to take my 35-carat diamond ring and backhand the (expletive) out of Judge Putka. ... You better put Putka in protective custody.”

The judge is presiding over Lovingfoss’ most recent driving under the influence and hit-and-run charges stemming from an arrest in March in front of the Monticello.

That arrest was in nearly the same place as a DUI arrest during the filming of the “Hotel Hell” episode in 2013.

Charges for intimidating a judge, a Class B felony, were filed late Wednesday afternoon after Lovingfoss bailed out of jail four nights after being arrested.

If convicted, Lovingfoss faces up to 10 years in prison.


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