A correspondent forwards this photo of a newly gouged tree on Peaceable Street. He notes that whoever hacked at the tree first had to peel back the wooden boards the homeowner had placed there after a decade of attacks by a man in black who does everything he can to make trees die in the area surrounding the BPL's Brighton Center branch.
Police arrested Joseph Rizza as the tree ninja back in April; he has been in and out of custody since then as he awaits trial on charges of willful and malicious destruction of property and possession of a dangerous weapon.
Police have brought similar charges against him in the past, for his alleged proclivity for donning a black ninja outfit, then slicing up trees just enough that they will die, but that has failed to stop him, residents say.
Still, following his April arrest, the city optimistically planted new trees on Peaceable Street for the first time in several years.