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Florida man cuts neighbor with chainsaw after argument over shrub

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You know a neighbors’ spat is no longer neighborly when chainsaws get involved.

A Florida man was charged for reportedly attacking his neighbor with a chainsaw after they got into a dispute over shrubs separating their properties.

That’s what happened in Pasco County when two men got into a dispute over the shrubs between their houses last week. It ended with one of them needing surgery to repair severed tendons in his hand, WFLA reported.

The man with the chainsaw was Gregory Landaker, 70, of Land O’ Lakes, who was cutting shrubs on the property line he shares with Jeffrey Zlocki.

When Zlocki noticed what was going on, he went out and hugged “his bushes,” according to the sheriff’s office report.

That apparently didn’t deter Landaker, who continued sawing away. The chainsaw struck Zlocki in his left hand, and he was taken to Tampa General Hospital.

It wasn’t quite the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but blood definitely flowed.

Zlocki told deputies that Landaker did not intend to cut him. But WFLA reported video showed it was a “clear and deliberate act” and Landaker shoved Zlocki in the back.

Deputies arrested Landaker and charged him with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and simple battery.

David Whitley at dwhitley@orlandosentinel.com

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