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Man, angry at neighbors, goes on bulldozer rampage in Wash.

By Gene Johnson

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 02:10 a.m. HST, May 11, 2013


SEATTLE >> A man angry at his neighbors went on a rampage in a bulldozer on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, damaging four homes, knocking one off its foundation and cutting power to thousands of people, authorities said.

Barry Alan Swegle was booked into the Clallam County Jail Friday for investigation of malicious mischief following the incident in Port Angeles, 65 miles west of Seattle. A voice mail message left at a phone listing for the 51-year-old was not immediately returned.

Sheriff's spokesman Jim Borte said investigators were told that Swegle and his neighbors had a long-running dispute, but it's not clear over what. The rampage knocked over a utility pole and left a pickup truck destroyed, and the downed power lines were preventing authorities from fully evaluating the damage to the homes.

No one was injured in the rampage.

Borte said the machine was an International Harvester TD-25, similar to a Caterpillar D-9. Investigators were looking into whether the man owned it.

Keith Haynes lives near one of the damaged homes and told the Peninsula Daily News the man "just went nuts." Haynes said a woman inside one of the homes escaped unharmed.

"He took a skidder and took out two houses," Haynes said. "I mean demolished."

At one point thousands of people were without power, but within a few hours it had been restored to all but 200 customers, said Clallam County Public Utility District spokesman Mike Howe. He said power would remain out to those customers at least through early Saturday morning.







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manakuke wrote:
Someone definitely needs Anger Management.
on May 10,2013 | 05:09PM
TLehel wrote:
I think he managed it.
on May 10,2013 | 05:19PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Just send him the bill.
on May 10,2013 | 09:50PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
why couldn't someone here in honolulu hijack a bulldozer and run over some homeless encampments?
you know, "I'm as mad as h**ll, and I'm not going to take this anymore", kind of action.
on May 10,2013 | 11:29PM
fshnpoi wrote:
good idea..i nominate you!
on May 11,2013 | 04:45AM
gary360 wrote:
Someone should have just shot him.
on May 11,2013 | 03:20AM
Anonymous wrote:
gary, in many states, shooting the guy would've been legal. mikethenovice, yes, send him the bill and off to jail.
on May 11,2013 | 07:00AM
koolau wrote:
A new definition of road rage.
on May 11,2013 | 04:56AM
Spring wrote:
maybe we should have a background check for those who want to own a bulldozer
on May 11,2013 | 06:45AM
Spring wrote:
or maybe ban the larger and more powerfull bull dozers
on May 11,2013 | 06:51AM
miss_laulau wrote:
Yikes! This guy was pissed!
on May 11,2013 | 10:07AM
Spring wrote:
maybe we should ban espically larger and powerful bulldozers
on May 11,2013 | 02:29PM
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