PORT ANGELES, Wash. -- Witnesses say a man upset with his neighbors went on a rampage with a bulldozer-like piece of logging machinery in a Port Angeles neighborhood, damaging four homes and knocking out power to thousands of people. The Clallam County Sheriff's Office says it does not appear that anyone was injured during the incident that happened just after noon Friday along Pioneer Road. Barry Alan Swegle was booked into the Clallam County Jail for investigation of malicious mischief following the incident Friday. A voice mail message left at a phone listing for the 51-year-old was not immediately returned. Keith Haynes lives near one of the damaged homes and told the Peninsula Daily News the man took a piece of logging equipment called a skidder and "just went nuts." Haynes said a woman inside one of the homes escaped unharmed, and the other home was unoccupied. Haynes said the houses were demolished. Haynes said a new Ford truck also was damaged in the incident. “It was like a war zone,” Haynes, a former law enforcement officer who has lived in that neighborhood for two years, told the paper. The Clallam County Public Utility District said one of its utility poles was also knocked down, cutting power to thousands of customers shortly after noon. Most of those had their power restored by the early afternoon.
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