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Zephyrhills neighbor dispute ends with machete attack

ZEPHYRHILLS — An 80-year-old man is accused of slicing his neighbor with a machete after a conversation soured Sunday morning.

Alfred Houghton became enraged because his neighbor, Michael Shultz Sr., had "junk" in his yard and he worried that the neighbor's sickly trees would topple onto Houghton's fence, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. "I am going to kill you," Houghton said, according to a report. He kicked the 57-year-old Shultz in the leg, brandished a rusty machete and nicked the man twice on the wrist and elbow, the report says.

Houghton continued to make threats against his neighbor after his arrest and "even eluded to putting out a 'contract' on Michael's life," the report states.

Houghton, of 41125 Deems Road in Zephyrhills, was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He was released Sunday from the Pasco jail on $10,000 bail.

Zephyrhills neighbor dispute ends with machete attack 02/25/13 [Last modified: Monday, February 25, 2013 4:46pm]

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