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Man allegedly shot neighbor who was mowing grass

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A Parkersburg man shot his neighbor with a pellet rifle while the victim was cutting grass, police say.

George Wilbur Hartness Jr., 53, of Wilson Street, was arrested Friday after allegedly shooting Robert Taitt, Parkersburg Sgt. Greg Collins said in a news release.

Taitt was on a riding mower Friday in a yard across from Hartness' when Hartness allegedly fired a pellet rifle at him from his front door.

The pellet hit Taitt in his left side, just missing his heart. He survived the shooting.

Police said Hartness had been upset with Taitt in the past for blowing grass and rocks on his vehicle while mowing.

Hartness was arraigned in Wood Magistrate Court on a felony malicious wounding charge and is being held at North Central Regional Jail on $40,000 bond.

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