If you have to live next to someone liable to resort to an ax as a negotiation tool, it helps to have your other neighbors watching your back.
were dispatched to 675 Park Ave. at 7:46 a.m. for a call about a fight in the back yard between two men, one of them weilding an ax. When they arrived, they found Roger Rainville and Wayne Plante, 57, who each lived in the multi-family building, arguing loudly with each other.
Officers ordered both men to the ground and handcuffed each of them before sorting out their stories. When asked about the ax, Plante told them he didn't know what they were talking about. Plante said he was arguing with Rainville about his tractor, which had been parked behind his car, but it had not gotten physical.
When officers spoke with another neighbor, they learned the likely reason it had not gotten physical was the that two neighbors cried out as Plante approached Ranville from behind with an ax. The woman said she saw the two arguing, and saw Rainville get on the tractor to move it when Plante approached him from behind, with an ax raised. She said called out to a friend, who in turn yelled to Rainville to watch out. She said Plante raised the ax, "As if to swing it but did not."
Rainville said he returned to the yard after speaking with some neighbors and was approached by an angry Plante, upset because he had parked his tractor behind his car. Roger said he didn't fight Plante, he just turned away and climbed onto the tractor to move it. He heard the warning from his other neighbors and turned, he said, to find Plante with the ax raised. Plante told him, "I'm going to cut you up," Rainville said, but didn't use the ax.
Police arrested Plante and charged him with felony assault with a dangerous weapon.