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Bail set at 1-million for bulldoze rampage suspect

May 13th, 2013 - 3:30pm

(Port Angeles) -- A judge has set bail at 1-million dollars for a man accused of destroying three homes with a bulldozer during a rampage in Port Angeles.

The Peninsula Daily News reports that Clallam County Superior Court Judge Erik Rohrer scheduled a hearing Wednesday during which formal charges are expected to be filed against 51-year-old Barry Swegle.

Swegle was arrested Friday for investigation of assault and malicious mischief after neighbors told police he climbed aboard a bulldozer and took out the homes, crushed a pickup truck and knocked down a utility pole, cutting power to thousands. No injuries were reported.

Investigators say he was apparently motivated by a long-running property-line dispute.

Swegle told the judge Monday that he would try to hire his own lawyer.


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