August 28, 2009

Man accused of killing neighbor’s tree

Authorities in Tennessee said a man allegedly drilled six holes in his neighbor's silver maple tree and killed the plant with poison.

Court documents said Kevin Burger of Murfreesboro told Tennessee Department of Agriculture pesticide inspector Paul Sizemore that his neighbor, Charles Barbarotto, killed his tree by drilling the holes and injecting pesticide, The (Nashville) Tennessean reported Friday.

Burger said he videotaped Barbarotto damaging the tree July 24.

Barbarotto was charged with six counts of using pesticide in a manner that causes harm, vandalism in excess of $1,000 and criminal trespass. He is due to appear in court Sept. 29.

Authorities did not say why Barbarotto may have wanted to kill the tree.