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Man Upset at Tree for Ruining His Car Makes It Much Worse

Raymond Mazzarella probably shouldn't have cut down his neighbor's tree
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2016 2:39 PM CDT

(Newser) – Five people are homeless after a man's afternoon of aggressive pruning went awry. WNEP reports Raymond Mazzarella of Pennsylvania was upset because sap from the branches of his neighbor's tree was dripping onto his car. So he decided to take a chainsaw to the tree's 3-foot-wide trunk. "Where he thought it was going to go, I don't know," a code enforcement officer says. Where the tree went was directly onto Mazzarella's apartment building.

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Authorities ended up condemning the building after the tree landed on it, displacing five people that lived there. The Red Cross is helping relocate them. Authorities say Mazzarella returned to the condemned building Monday and got into a confrontation with a neighbor. He allegedly attacked the neighbor with his fists and a bat and was arrested. Mazzarella has been charged with assault and harassment. (Read more trees stories.)

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