orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

May 5, 2014

Ownership of tree leads to assault with machete

Orange County Sheriff's Office
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — On May 1, 2014, around 4:00 p.m., a Sheriff’s Deputy was dispatched to the 10500 block of North Hwy 87, in the north Orange area of Orange County, Texas, in reference to an altercation between two men.

When the Deputy arrived, there were two men who had been involved in an altercation that had begun over the chopping down of a tree.  The Deputy learned that one man got angry at his brother’s neighbor when he believed the neighbor had cut down a tree on his brother’s property.  The angered man chased the neighbor with a piece of wire from a fence, but the other man grabbed a broken machete and began chasing him.  Both men had minor lacerations and bruises to their hands after they had briefly struggled over the machete.  Neither of the men had any life threatening injuries.

The two men did not wish to pursue charges against the other.  Due to the property line dispute, it could not be determined at the time who actually owned the tree.