Thursday, June 7, 2018

"A celebrity chef . . . poisoned a neighbor’s giant silver maple tree because it blocked sunlight from the solar panels on his Windsor Terrace home, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office says"

NYDN:

the sprawling, majestic maple — which is more than 60 years old, measures 53 inches in diameter and resides in the backyard of a Seeley St. home — is clinging to life. Half of its leaves have wilted since the April 30 attack. An arborist who inspected the tree told its owner that it’s a matter of waiting and seeing if it will pull through.

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One neighbor recorded him after he sneaked into his own yard from his neighbor’s around noon that day.

Video footage shows him taking off a mask and gloves with a power drill connected to his house and a jug lying on the ground near him. Prosecutors believe the jug contained the herbicide Roundup, sources said.

Neighbors said that after they saw him they called 911. By the time police arrived, Harvey had disappeared. However, he returned to his backyard after officers left, neighbors said.

Cell phone video from another neighbor shows him then use a hand drill to bore holes into the tree, which sits on the edge of his yard.