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He felt threatened so by snow blower, so he shot

Jul 20, 2006 4:39AM PDT
Neighborhood feud turns violent

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) ? By all accounts, neighbors Paul Hashman and Darrell Oskins lived peacefully for many years in this Cleveland suburb. That all changed when Oskins did a little home remodeling.

Oskins, a 54-year-old steelworker who worked on antique cars, built a garage in 1998 to accommodate his hobby.

Though the city said it complied with zoning regulations, the garage enraged Hashman, 84. He complained about its size, closeness to the property line, and that it blocked his view.

The men?s bickering erupted into violence in January 2004 when Hashman wounded Oskins with a .22-caliber pistol as Oskins used a snow blower.

Hashman, who plans to testify in his defense, has said Oskins had been harassing him and that he felt threatened by the snow blower. Hashman?s attorney, Michael Duff, tried to say on the stand that a snow blower could be a deadly weapon,, but the defense didn?t claim Oskins made a move to harm Hashman with the machine.

Deadly weapon, Stay in the house he should be reasonably safe there.

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I don't think Hashman.....
Jul 20, 2006 4:47AM PDT

....has a snowball's chance in you-know-where of winning this one.

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If I was on the jury
Jul 20, 2006 4:51AM PDT

He'd be packing his toothbrush and his soap-on-a-rope.

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I agree.
Jul 20, 2006 5:11AM PDT

What amazes me is that the victim was able to fight with him, considering his many injuries. I suspect the adrenalin was really flowing!

Disputes betwen neighbors are often foolish, but can escalate like in this case.

I recall that in one place we lived, a neighbor was sfraid we would encroach on an inch of his property when a survey was being done for us to erect a fence.

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Why didn't he just shoot the snowblower?
Jul 21, 2006 3:50PM PDT

Although if all he had was a .22 I doubt it would have done much damage. But a real hunk of lead through the engine on a snowblower and that blower aint gonna blow no mo.


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