|Raymond Mazzarella and the tree|
he cut down, causing so much trouble.
The tree's branches hung over his parking spot, and always seemed to drip sap onto his car. Really annoying.
Some people would have gone next door and complained about the tree, hoping something could get done.
Others might have asked the landlord to help in that effort. Or ask the landlord to trim the branches that were hanging over the apartment building property. Or Mazzarella could have parked his car away from the tree.
But those ideas make sense! We can't have that!
So, according to television station WNEP in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Mazzarella took matters into his own hands.
He went next door with a chainsaw and cut down the offending pine tree.
As is often the case with ideas like this, things went a bit awry. The pine fell onto the apartment house Mazzarella and five other people lived in, and pretty much destroyed it.
The city condemned the apartment house because it's damaged so badly. (Even its foundation shifted)
Mozzarella, as you can imagine, is not taking thiswell. Actually, he's taking it out on other people.
WNEP says Mozzarella came back to the apartment building later, where he encountered another resident, Tony Latwiss, moving his belongings out of the wrecked apartment building.
Mozzarella inexplicably attacked Latwiss with a baseball bat, leaving him bruised and sore.
Police are not amused, as you might imagine. At last check, Mazzarella was in jail, charged with simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment.
By the way, it seems Mazzarella has a bit of a temper to begin with. In 2011, he was arrested for making threats against a local police chief.