WESTMINSTER- A Westminster man says his neighbors neglected a tree in their front yard, and decided to do something about it.
Bill LeBlanc says the tree was dying. So, while his neighbors were at work in mid-July, he walked across the street with a saw and cut it down. He never asked the couple if they wanted it gone.
"I cut down a tree that was dead. They complained about it and called police. Whatever happens to me is fine! I don't really care," LeBlanc said.
A Westminster Police detective gave him a notice to appear in court for criminal mischief and second degree trespassing. The fines range from $500 to $1,000. LeBlanc knows what he did is illegal and plans to pay the fines, but doesn't regret his decision.
"I call myself the tree whisperer now. The tree told me, 'I don't want to be alive anymore.' I saw it. It looked like it didn't want to be alive anymore! So, I figured this was the best way to do it," LeBlanc said.
It seems obvious enough. You cannot go onto someone else's yard and damage any property. Attorneys say if you have a problem with your neighbor to try and hash it out yourselves and if the problem persists, contact the city.
"I'm not going to go over and talk to them and say, 'Why haven't you done anything to that tree its whole life?' It was like that from day one," he said.
LeBlanc is expected in court at Jefferson County in October.
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