May 10, 2013

Washington state man goes on rampage with logging skidder

Police say he destroyed two homes and knocked down a utility pole, cutting electricity to thousands.

The Associated Press

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — Neighbors say a man went on a rampage with a bulldozer-like piece of logging machinery on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, destroying two homes and knocking out power to thousands of people.

The Peninsula Daily News reports that the Clallam County Sheriff's Office says it does not appear that anyone was injured during the incident in Port Angeles on Friday. The suspect was arrested.

Keith Haynes lives near one of the damaged homes and told the newspaper that the man took a piece of logging 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.

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.

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