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Man admits killing neighbor's plants

Man admits killing neighbor's plants
Steve Ewing (Photo: Bradenton police Department)

BRADENTON, Fla., Oct. 4 (UPI) -- A Florida man used water guns and water balloons to spray weed killer on his neighbor's plants because he was owed money for drugs, police said.

Bradenton police said Paul Ewing, 35, was pulled over Thursday for driving with a suspended license and admitted he had been spraying his neighbor's flowers and bushes with Roundup weed killer because he was upset about money the neighbor owed him for drugs, the Bradenton (Fla.) Herald reported Monday.

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Ewing, who estimated the landscaping damage at $250, said he used water guns to spray plants in the front yard and threw water balloons into the back yard.

Police said the incidents took place from May 1 to July 1.

Ewing was charged with criminal mischief with property damage and released from Manatee County jail after posting $500 bail.

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