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Dec 3, 2013 12:57 AM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

CA man won't face felony charge for trimming shrub

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego County prosecutors want to drop a felony charge against a man for trimming overgrown shrubs on public property.

The District Attorney's filed court papers Monday saying that 46-year-old Juvencio Adame was charged with felony vandalism because police had estimated about $3,000 worth of damage to the shrubs. That's well above the $400 threshold for a misdemeanor count.

Prosecutors said a city arborist inspected the shrubs last week and determined the foliage would grow back.

Police believed that Adame pruned the shrubs next to his Ocean Beach property because it was blocking his view. U-T San Diego reports (http://bit.ly/186RNkQ) Adame was concerned the shrubs had become a haven for homeless people to sleep and litter.

Adame told XETV-TV he was relieved the charge was being dropped.

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