By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News
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“A whole lot of people have come by and shaken my hand and offered to do whatever they can,” said Dan Davis, 74, whose two homes were all but demolished in the bulldozer attack.
His neighbor Barry Swegle, 51, is in jail, charged with crimes related to plowing a logging bulldozer through two of Davis' homes and other pieces of his property along Ryan Drive and Pioneer Road, damaging another home, some sheds and knocking down a power pole.
Davis said he spent most of last week talking with Seattle-based Safeco Insurance agents, organizing visits to his properties and determining what would be covered by his insurance polices.
“I got so many calls on my cellphone I had to upgrade my minutes to the max three or four times,” Davis said. “It was just call after call after call.”
He said people have offered construction equipment and other help once he is able to get to work.
No estimate on damage
So far, Davis said he does not have an estimate for the damage done to his property, which included his personal house, a mobile home he owned, a car trailer, tractor, boat, boat house, garage and his beloved 2003 Ford F-250 pickup truck.
Davis said he and wife Mary used the truck, which had just 39,000 miles on it, to visit their grown children on the east side of the Washington Cascades every year.
“We would just make a little tour every year with our fifth-wheel [trailer],” Davis said.
“That was our baby,” Mary Davis said last week.
Through his insurance company, Dan Davis said he received the Kelley Blue Book value for his truck, which now sits mangled almost beyond recognition on Davis' property at the intersection of Baker Street and Pioneer Road.
Davis said he plans to eventually have the truck carted away, but not before he removes a few personal items from it.
“I have tools that are wound up in [the truck] that I'm attached to,” Davis said.
“And I want to dig them out before they haul [the truck] off.”
The truck still sits in front of Davis' mobile home, which was pushed off its foundation by the bulldozer into the house 72-year-old Barbara Porter shares with her husband, James.
Barbara Porter said Saturday she did not have insurance on her home.
It did not sustain serious damage when Davis' home was pushed into it.
Barbara Porter said an engineer with Clallam County came by last week and assured her the home is safe to live in.
The rampage did, however, severely damage two sheds the Porters kept behind their home, containing at least $5,000 worth of power tools, the couple's gardening supplies and Halloween and Christmas decorations.
Porter said she's been cleaning up what she can around her home. She plans to begin work in earnest after Davis' mobile home is removed from the side of her house.
“They said, two weeks, they would have it off here,” Porter said.
“[Davis is] doing it as fast as he can.”
Porter said the May 10 rampage has kept her from sleeping soundly most nights since.
“I go to sleep and hear a sound, and wake up thinking it's [Swegle],” Porter said.
When it comes to the house Davis shared with his wife less than a block away from the mobile home, Davis said his insurance company has been trying to find a home within 5 miles where the Davises can stay until a final determination on whether the home they bought and renovated in 1995 can repaired.
Since the home was damaged, Davis and his wife have been staying with their son, who also lives in the Gales Addition area, but they plan to move out within the coming week.
Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5074, or at email@example.com.