• WHAT: Two families who are displaced and lost all of their belongings that are tear-gas damaged in the duplex where bank robbery suspects were holed up until tear gas flushed them out
• HOW: Donate items by dropping them off to Ladybugs’ Quilts
• WHERE: 1236 N. Main St., Suite A
• WHEN: Daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• MORE INFO: Go to www.ladybugsquilts.com or call 345-4756
A woman in her 80s owns the tear gas-damaged duplex in the 100 block of South Lincoln Avenue where two armed suspects were holed up on Friday. Terry Dadasovich — who manages the property — said she depends on rent from the modest duplex, a small retirement, and Social Security to survive.
The woman has coverage through Allied Insurance but it is not known if they will pick up the entire tab. Coit Restoration Services has indicated much of the structure has to be gutted including the insulation.
“She definitely doesn’t have that kind of money,” Dadasovich said.
That is why Dadasovich said his client will take some comfort in promises being made by city officials.
City Manager Steve Pinkerton said the city’s insurance carrier has indicated they will pick up whatever expenses the primary insurance carrier doesn’t.
Dadasovich said they are hopeful Allied Insurance will pick up most of the costs.
He stopped by the duplex Saturday to take photos of the damage but was driven back by the lingering tear gas.
“I had to get out after just a few minutes; it was so bad,” Dadasovich said.
He went back in with a gas mask and said that was only effective for awhile.
He returned Sunday to bore holes in the boarded up windows to help fans put in place to dissipate the tear gas.
The potent tear gas – 17 canisters in all were fired into her duplexes – completely destroyed all the contents. Contrary to popular belief that is fed by TV shows, police no longer lob one big canister into a room as those had a tendency to burn and catch things on fire.
Officers now deploy smaller 37mm canisters that do not catch on fire and only emit enough tear gas to effectively fill a small room. Police had to shoot canisters into every room of the duplex and garages plus with some rooms getting two canisters.
They had no way of knowing if the suspects were in the attic at the time and even if they did there was no way to lob one into the attic. It also meant the tear gas had to permeate up into the attic.
Two families – a single mom with two young children as well as a couple with a week-old son – have essentially lost much of their belongings including furniture that will have to be destroyed due to law enforcement’s use of tear gas.
Law enforcement officers as well as support personnel and police volunteers dug into their own pockets to present families with more than $2,100 to get started again. Community members have also stepped up to donate money and replacement items ranging from furniture, clothes, linen, toys, toiletries, and food.
Ladybug’s Quilts owner Jennifer Dancy is coordinating a donation drive noting that losing everything and starting from scratch is a daunting task.
Her store at 1236 N. Main St. Suite A is still accepting items for the families. They are open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Big Papa Joe’s BBQ at 123 E. Alameda St. is donating 50 percent of all of their proceeds from any sales today to the families.
The two families are trying to secure affordable rental housing Dadasovich has been looking as well as Dancy. She can be contacted via her cell phone at 345-4756. More details are also available at www.ladybugsquilts.com.