SHREVEPORT, La. — A sewer line project looked more like a crime scene, as an elderly woman blocked a tree-cutting crew on her property Thursday morning in the Highlands region.
A swarm of officers set up crime scene tape and spoke with the woman as she sat in her walker near a large catalpa on her property. She was there to stop a team hired by the city to remove the tree, which she says may be 200 years old.
“They’re going to have to take me to jail because I’m not going to give in,” swore Elizabeth Shackleford, who turned 92 the day before.
Shackleford and his family say the tree is not in the town’s easement, where he intends to lay a new sewer pipe.
Eventually, the tree removal team took off with all of their equipment and heavy machinery, and the police removed the crime tape.
“There is no criminal element here. This is going to be a civilian issue,” said SPD Cpl. said Chris Bordelon. “We have asked both parties to return to court and see if they can reach a resolution in this matter.”
Shackleford and her two daughters at the scene said they all had fond memories of playing in the shade of the tree. The family say they have owned the property near the Leon Street cul-de-sac since the late 1880s.