Three months since Barry Swegle allegedly drove his bulldozer through a manufactured housing community east of Port Angeles, Washington, damaging or destroying four homes and other property, he remains in jail in lieu of a $1 million bond, while those impacted by his actions continue to rebuild their lives. A resident of the Gales Addition community for decades, Swegle was angered by a fence a neighbor had installed, and in addition to the homes, he also purportedly destroyed the neighbor’s pickup truck, a boat and trailer, two tool sheds, a riding lawn mower, as well as a power pole that cut electricity to thousands of people. The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office estimated the damage initially at $300,000, according to peninsuladailynews. Swegle’s older brother, Jeff, has been selling some of Barry Swegle’s logging equipment to help pay for compensation to the neighborhood, while his brother remains in jail charged with first-degree assault with a deadly weapon, four counts of burglary with a deadly weapon and four counts of criminal mischief. Fortunately, as MHProNews has learned, no one was hurt during the swath of destruction.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Schwartz/peninsuladailynews–Dan Davis, left, and Tom Duce installing a replacement manufactured home.)