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Reynoldsburg: Two neighbors injured in dispute over tall grass

It was weed trimmer vs. weed killer in a neighborhood dispute over tall grass last week.

The reporting officer said he arrived in the 6600 block of Bartlett Road at 12:34 p.m. Aug. 14 to find two men seated in lawn chairs in front of their homes. He said one man was bleeding from multiple but minor lacerations on his arm and claimed his neighbor had attacked him with a weed trimmer.

The man wielding the trimmer said his neighbor sprayed him in the face with weed killer after he complained about the tall grass in the other man's yard. He said he raised his arm in an attempt to block the poison spray and his trimmer came in contact with his neighbor's arm.

Medics from the Truro Township Fire Department treated one man for lacerations and helped decontaminate the other man whose face and eyes had been sprayed.

"I advised the one male not to be spraying his neighbor's yard with weed killer and if he had issues with grass, he should contact city of Reynoldsburg Code Enforcement," the officer wrote in his report.

He said no charges have been filed, but the incident is being reviewed by the city attorney.

In other Reynoldsburg police reports:

• A woman said a 14-year-old boy shot her 4-year-old son with a BB gun at 8:22 p.m. Aug. 10 while he was outside in the 500 block of Postwoods Drive. The reporting officer said the boy had small contusions in the center of his back and hip that were consistent with being struck by a BB.

The officer talked to the 14-year-old, who was pointed out by several witnesses. The teen claimed he had been shooting birds with his BB gun when the 4-year-old asked to fire the gun and "grabbed his trigger finger."

The officer confiscated the gun and charged the 14-year-old with assault through Franklin County Juvenile Court.

• Police stopped a man at 6:56 p.m. Aug. 9 in the 2400 block of Brice Road after he allegedly took a box of vegetables from Livingston Community Gardens, 6800 Daugherty Road. A woman called police after she saw the man walking away from the garden with the box of produce.

The reporting officer said the man stated he found the box and "assumed they were here for anyone to take." The officer said the man did not have a plot in the garden so he explained the rules of the garden and took possession of the box containing three tomatoes and three green peppers.

• A man reported his car was stolen at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12 from a business in the 6500 block of East Livingston Avenue. Video surveillance from the business showed a black teenage boy, approximately 5-feet, 7-inches to 5-feet, 10-inches tall, loitering near the car. Footage showed he then entered it and drove toward the Blacklick Plaza exit onto Baldwin Road. He was wearing a purple T-shirt, gray capri pants, pink socks and white tennis shoes.

The stolen auto, a 2002 Buick LeSabre four-door sedan, was later recovered by Columbus police.

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