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Hammer Attack Victim Has Need

In his latest Bay Views post, Herb Huseland/Bay Views provides this update on hammer attack victim Yvonne Wallis of Bayview:

She is doing well now. She is living healthy, looks great and gets regular exercise. She is a new person Partly due to the love the community has shown her. It prodded her out of her recliner with a wish to participate in life again. Throughout the whole time the community stood with her, donating money, personal services and then her church doing a complete interior remodel of her home. Today she has another need. Her car broke. She needs a new starter which with labor will run between $200 and $250 to replace. You can find address to send donations here.

Question: Anyone have a few bucks to send Yvonne's way?

Church Helps Hammer Attack Victim

Genette Gabica paints a bedroom closet door on the back porch of the Bayview home of Yvonne Wallis on Wednesday while updating many features of the house, Wallis is one of four victims of an attack taht occurred December 2010. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Shawn Gust)

Yvonne Wallis has been on a North Idaho-Eastern Washington road trip for the past week with her brother visiting friends and family. Since she's been gone, friends from her church Bible study group and others completed a major makeover of her white and yellow mobile home, which sits on a hill overlooking Lake Pend Oreille. After returning home Thursday night, she got her first look at the changes. “This is wonderful,” Wallis said. More than a dozen friends contributed their skills and labor over eight days. Wallis knew her friends would be fixing her place up, but she didn't know how much. In December 2010, Wallis, then 58, suffered major head injuries in a brutal hammer attack inside her home/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.


Update: Hammer Attack Victim Wallis

As many of you remember, Yvonne along with her daughter-in-law, were attack by a hammer wielding neighbor who obviously had mental issues. The daughter-in-law, Patricia was killed, but Yvonne survived. Many of you helped out financially to pull her through this period of recovery which took all of two years. Recently, Yvonne has joined the New Life Church where she met local people that had formed a bible study group.This group decided to do a complete makeover of her single wide mobile home that is aging.Paint, carpet, furnishings, etc. One need we are reaching out for is a hospital bed/Herb Huseland, Bay Views. More here.

DFO: Please join me in tipping our hats to New Life Church and Yvonne's guardian angel, Herb. Saaalute.

Hammer Victim Struggles To Survive

Earlier today, Larry Cragun was sentenced to life in prison for his murderous attack on a Bayview family. Meanwhile, Yvonne Wallis still struggles to survive with her serious head injuries and meager pension. Herb Huseland/Bay Views brings us up to date on Yvonne: “Totally disabled, she lives on a meager income from Social Security Disability. Idaho has no provision for helping her as a crime victim other than to pay mileage to and from treatment. … Still in good cheer, she recently joined the Real Life Church and has chosen a spiritual path for the future. Donations are still very much needed. She has been able to make it through the winter with increased power bills, but that money is fast running out.” Donations can be made to: Yvonne Wallis, c/o Herb Huseland, PO Box 884, Bayview, ID 83803. More here.


Hammer Attack Victim Doing Well

For those of you that have been following the saga of Yvonne Wallis (pictured), her struggles with a serious head injury and months wearing a helmet, it  finally is over. She was operated on Thursday and is in ICU for recovery. I'm told by the hospital that everything went well. A special thanks go out to those that donated to her so that she could afford the trips back and forth as well as help with her heating bill this Winter.She is truly blessed with the friends and neighbors that have stepped up to help. Larry Cragun has plead guilty for the attack which murdered Yvonne's daughter-in-law and severely injured her. He is awaiting sentencing. She should be home within a few days/Herb Huseland, Bay Views. More here.

DFO: Feel free to give a shoutout to this brave Bayview woman who has suffered so much.

Bayview Victim: ‘I’m Just An Invalid’

Michael Heath talked about the brutal attack on his family nine months ago that ended with the death of his wife Patty at his mother's home in Bayview. The man accused of the crime lived in the trailer just below. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

A family is watching TV on a cold Sunday afternoon when a man bursts in, calls them an obscene name and attacks with a hammer, aiming for their heads. One woman is killed. Another suffers a severe head injury that steals pieces of her memory and speech. Two other family members are beaten but escape with minor injuries. It sounds like something straight out of a horror movie, but that’s what Yvonne Wallis, her son, daughter-in-law and grandson experienced last Dec. 19 in Bayview, Idaho. Their next-door neighbor, Larry Cragun, was arrested and charged with murder and attempted murder, and is in jail awaiting trial in January. His bail is set at $1 million. Ten months later, the survivors are struggling to move on/Alison Boggs, SR. More here. (Kathy Plonka SR photo)

Question: Has any member of your family been harmed in a violent attack?

Hucks: Hammer Attack Effect Lingers

Often, readers move on quickly after a horrific accident or crime, while victims are left to deal with injuries and shattered lives. Take Yvonne Wallis, for example. She was one of the four victims of that hammer attack by a deranged Bayview neighbor pre-Christmas 2010. Daughter-in-law Patty Heath died in the attack. Suspect Larry Cragun is in jail awaiting trial. Yvonne wears a blue football helmet to protect her fragile skull. She has undergone two serious surgeries and faces another at University of Washington, to have a permanent plate installed in her skull. Herb Huseland, a good friend who transported her to Seattle this summer, reports: “Nothing is guaranteed. She is still in a life-threatening condition, and without great care could fail to survive”/DFO, SR Huckleberries. More here.

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Question: Do you know someone who was severely injured in a violent attack?

NI Blogs: Hammer Victim Struggles

Herb Huseland brings us up to date on the life-and-death struggle still facing hammer-attack victim Yvonne Wallis of Bayview. Yvonne, along with son, Michael, daughter-in-law, Patty Heath, and Patty's son, Jedidiah, were attacked by a allegedly deranged man living next door, Larry Cragun. Heath died in the pre-Christmas 2010 attack. Since then, Yvonne has undergone a series of serious surgeries. Herb: “(Yvonne) is now at home, where a few friends and neighbors have volunteered and were trained to give those treatments twice a day, for probably the next six weeks. Assuming that the infection will be beaten by then, she will be transported back to the University of Washington for a permanent plate to be installed. Nothing is guaranteed. She is still in a life threatening condition and without great care, could fail to survive.” Herb is trying to raise $500 to help w/transportation expenses for Yvonne for an operation that will install a permanent plate. More here.

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Hammer Attack Victim Hurt Again

L. Yvonne Wallis was found on the floor of her home by son, Michael Heath just prior to noon today. Michael doesn't know whether she fainted, or stumbled and hit her head. EMT's from Timberlake and Northern Lakes responded and transported her to Kootenai Hospital. Just prior to Christmas, Yvonne, along with daughter-in-law Patty Heath and son Michael were attacked by a allegedly deranged man living next door, Larry Cragun. Gragun is currently residing in the Kootenai County Jail awaiting trial for murder, aggrevated assault and other related charges/Herb Huseland, Bay Views. More here.

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