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Wis man cited for poisoning neighbor's tree

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A 59-year-old Madison man received a citation for criminal damage to property after allegedly poisoning his neighbor's tree through a root in his yard.

John Garver Jr allegedly drilled holes into a large root and poured in the weed killer Roundup.

The Capital Times reports that a tearful 51-year-old woman called police on Wednesday because a 30-foot tall cottonwood tree she planted a decade ago in her backyard was dying, and she suspected her neighbor.

Garver allegedly told an officer that he didn't think he broke any laws because his actions were on his property.

Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain says the woman loved the tree so much she even named it.

A message left for Garver by The Associated Press was not immediately returned Saturday.

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