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ALLEGAN, Mich. — Several companies are coming together to help an Allegan family after they say they were left with a bill for thousands of dollars and a mess in their yard thanks to a logging contractor who botched the job.

Sheryl Parrish told the FOX 17 Problem Solvers earlier this month that what looks like severe storm damage to her property is actually the work of Dallas Anderson’s company, J.R. Logging. The mess all started with a fill-in-the-blank contract that said he would cut down 10 walnut trees and she would get $800.

According to the family, not only did Anderson cut down more than 10 trees, but he went over property lines and took out a power line in the process. Anderson promised the couple he had insurance, but then they got a huge bill from Consumers Energy.

After months of threats and broken promises from J.R. Logging, the family is getting results.   A lumber company gave them more money than J.R. Logging promised for the logs, and Axman Enterprises contacted the Problem Solvers saying they would take care of the clean-up for free.

"It took a huge amount of pressure off me," Sheryl Parrish said.

Consumers Energy originally said if they couldn't track down Anderson or if he didn't have insurance, the homeowner would be responsible fore the $7,000 bill for the damaged power pole.   However, as of Monday Consumers says the Parrishes won't have to pay that bill.

The Parrish family is warning people to always ask for physical proof of insurance before you  let any contractor start work, even if they have referrals or if other people said they had a good experience with them.

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  • blaford

    So that guy sounds awful. He should obviously be held accountable. But I still have a problem with these small-town TV stations defaming small business owners and calling it “news” without at least telling the accused’s side of the story.
    The real criminals here are the good folks at consumers who were trying to stick this family with the bill until enough people took note and they started to look as though they were preying on the helpless consumer they claim to represent. Then again, in markets with blatant monopolies and little government regulation… that’s sort of their thing.

  • Stacy

    I had the same issue with this company about 5 years back. Took the trunk of the tree and left everything else. It was a huge mess. I called and called and never got any response!