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Two Abused Single Parents are Crime Victims

Organized by: Laura Jean

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Matthew Eschke and Laura Montoya both come out of decade long +/- toxic relationships just around the times their son's, which are about 2 months apart in age, were born around 3 years ago.
Matthew has had his vehicles vandalized repetitively ever since. His ex girlfirend is the suspect in vandalism cases. Matthew was supposed to get a very large inheritance at age 25, and instead did not. He and his girlfriend had joint debt previous to this and they ran completely out of money. After their only child was born, she cheated on him. Last year, when his ex verbally spat at him that she had everything to do with it, he nearly lost his mind with rage. He pushed the heel of his hand into the side of her boyfriend's truck without much thought. She used that incident to accuse him of child abuse and put a restraining order against him for such with a maximum term. It has since been lowered to the most benign - a harassment restraining order. That doesn't change the fact that the ex's bf has won against him in court for $1300 for a simple dent in the quarter panel above the fender.
Laura has been an on and off client of New Day Women's Shelter and her husband was unfaithful during her 3rd trimester of pregnancy. She has put two different restraining orders against her husband for physical abuse, which she dropped in both incidents. Her ex husband no longer bothers her as much. Laura finally had gotten title of her father's used Dodge Durango.
Laura and Matthew both must continue to live in the area, unless they are able to get permission from their exes to move.
Matthew and Laura had just started frantically working on Firewood processing on October 17th.
Laura and Matthew actually have a lot in common with certain challenges and decided to start working out in the woods, on their own schedules and work up a sweat. The prep work with the trailer and chainsaw was frantic during the entire month of October.
We finally got out and started working on October 17th and really enjoyed it! We found the freedom from harassment and sabotage at fixed work places and greater ability to focus on and take care of our sons. It allows us to exercise and work hard, out in nature, which reduces stress and depression overall. We are both young enough and in good physical condition to be handling this work.
Our vehicles were vandalized on the night of October 30th! Matthew Eschke and Laura Montoya of Ashland, Wisconsin have decided to meet the growing need for Firewood and the bullwork that goes into it in the Northwoods. The pictures of the Dodge Durango are Laura's. All four of Matthew's 18" tires were slashed. The police were just as angry as their parents, in this case, and we all believe that it was Matthew's ex and her family or friends.

Without proof, nothing can be done. The police will not match paint. The police will not take finger prints. They say that they are not CSI.

Well, except for the $129 Matthew was given by comprehensive insurance from Progressive after the $500 deductible. None of the other vehicles in the neighborhood were vandalized that night.
Between the chainsaw, trailer and new 18" M/T tire set for Matthew's vehicle, he now owes one mutual friend $2600.
~ Laura was just given inexpensive trail cameras for surveillance that will work in this cold climate. ~ Matthew has done the same, except he has also made arrangements to park his vehicle in his neighbor's garage. Neither of us have garages.
Laura's vehicle has two destroyed 16" A/T tires that were only purchased on 9/15/14, a gallon or so of pain was dumped on the windshield, the vandal got under the hood and cut the PDC wiring harness and stole relays and fuses. The PDC wiring harness can only be purchased new from a dealer, and they cost $2200. Matthew is helping Laura with contacting the local junkyards for a used one. Laura only had liability insurance. She has a little bit of other work lined up, but she would like to continue to help Matthew with his Firewood Processing brainchild. Laura would like to borrow $3,000 to split between fixing the Durango for sale, and purchasing a used Ford Expedition similar to Matthew's, because they have excellent ability to tow large weight of 5k lbs or more. Laura does not want to borrow from a bank because she would not want to be required to carry full coverage insurance on a used vehicle. She does have credit score of just above 600.
Maybe it's the case that philanthropists would take on the burden that criminals otherwise should, and recover at least $5k in damages and liability and really get the ball rolling in terms of proper equipment; such as, hard hats and kevlar for cutting down trees.
Laura started accounting that shows Matthew profited $582.87 from work between October 17th and October 28th after paying Laura about $235. This was from only working 5 days or so. Roughly 30 hrs. After finishing another job in a day or so, which has not been finished yet, Matthew would like to pay Laura another $100 and keep the remaining $200.

Laura: "I hesistate to post this up on Facebook even though I merely mentioned to a check out girl at WalMart, that I did not know, that I couldn't buy my son a new toy because my vehicle was vandalized. The employee then she she had heard that was happening in Ashland and described the exact details of the vandlism on my truck. I told her it was me and she said that it was just terrible and that she was sorry. I hesisate because of the social keep em down atmostphere here. But, even for a person that isn't a younger single parent trying to get back up on their feet, $5k is alot to swallow all at once to correct someone else's criminal behavior."

Ashland and Bayfield counties in Northern Wisconsin, on Lake Superior, are two of the most economically depressed counties in the entire United States.



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