Man charged after tree falls on woman’s Whites Creek home

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man was arrested after a tree was cut in a woman’s yard and landed on her home in Whites Creek.

Jon Norris, 69, was taken into custody Thursday for cutting down the massive tree that crushed Michelle Norris’ home.

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Jon Norris faces charges of reckless endangerment and vandalism over $25,000.

The woman told News 2 in late July she was asleep and woke up to the sound of chainsaws. She said she was lucky she slept on the couch since the tree fell right on top of her bedroom.

On Friday, Jon Norris stopped by News 2 explaining his position on the incident. While he did not want to go on camera, he said above all else he is not guilty and he will be vindicated in court.

He admitted that he did cut a tree, but he did not purposely cause it to fall on the trailer and he had his sister’s permission, the person who he says owns the property, to cut it down.

According to Norris, he had no idea Michelle Norris, who he is not related to, was inside the home at the time and that he called Metro police’s non-emergency line when the tree accidentally fell on the trailer.

Norris added he didn’t know someone was inside the home until authorities came to his home and arrested him in the middle of the night.