Newser Note: For maximum impact, please listen to this song while reading the following story. KREM reports an argument about garbage escalated—as they are wont to do—until one neighbor was threatening another with a weapon straight out of Star Trek. Carlo Cerutti, 50, has been charged with assault after allegedly swinging a Klingon bat'leth—or "a large sword-like weapon with multiple blades" for our non-Trekkie readers—at the victim, according to the Spokesman-Review.
Apparently Cerutti's wife had gotten tired of the victim putting his garbage in their garbage can and told him to knock it off, KREM reports. That's when she says the victim hit her with a bag of trash. Cerutti allegedly ran out of the house to defend his wife while swinging his bat'leth around. The victim was able to disarm Cerutti but fell off his porch in the process. Cerutti's wife claims he only unsheathed the bat'leth when the victim entered their house. There is one witness who can illuminate exactly what happened, unfortunately… (Read more weird crimes stories.)