EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A lawyer for contractor blamed for mistakenly cutting down an oak tree planted for the nation's bicentennial in southwestern Indiana says the company was following approved plans.
Evansville officials earlier said American Eagle Tree Service mistakenly felled the 42-year-old tree on Dec. 26, leaving behind a plaque stating that it was planted in 1976 in honor of the nation's 200th birthday. The tree stood in Evansville's downtown across from the Old National Events Plaza.
Kevin Moyer, a lawyer for the contractor, tells the Courier & Press the Evansville Vanderburgh County Building Authority was using his client as a "scapegoat."
The authority's Director Dave Rector said in January that the tree service "acted without our knowledge or direction." He says Monday the authority stands behind its previous statements.
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