Man Says His Neighbor—Not 110 Degree Heat Indexes—Killed His Lawn and Flowers

A Tinley man called the cops last week after his lawn and plants started to wither.

A local man called Tinley police last week claiming that it wasn't several days of scorching temperatures that killed his lawn, but his neighbor.

The 53-year-old 177th Street resident has had a long-standing feud with the guy next door, police said, and has filed several complaints at the department, mainly focused on property damage. Due to a lack of evidence, no arrests have ever been made. Last Wednesday was no exception.

"Today, (he) is reporting that he believes the neighbor is spraying some kind of chemical onto his plans and flowers, causing them to die," the report said. "(He) is sure the damage is criminal in nature and not due to extreme heat over the past few days."

The man took several photos of his lawn over a three-day period, police said. He also had an agent from the United States Department of Agriculture visit his home and examine the damage.

"The agency could not find any residue from chemicals on (his) plants," according to the police report.

Patricia July 24, 2011 at 01:51 PM
This guy needs to give it a rest!
Summer July 24, 2011 at 03:30 PM
Come on.... then he must have been over in my neighborhood, too! Other than me, did anyone get the call about the watering ban? If mom nature can't provide, our lush lawns and pretty flowers will be a thing of the past for this season. My rain gage at 10:30am Sunday says we have received 3 inches between yesterday and so far today! Buck up buddy, my grass is greening up as I write!
mr.joe July 24, 2011 at 04:20 PM
what watering ban?
Eileen July 24, 2011 at 09:18 PM
you can only water at night for now-between 7 and 11 pm. its still based on addresses, odd number houses on odd number days, even number houses on even numbered days
Deb Melchert July 25, 2011 at 03:39 AM
Thank you God for giving us great neighbors, most of whom we consider cherished friends!


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