Man Accused of Sawing House in Half

A man angry that he wasn't going to be sold a house is accused of using a power saw to turn the abode into a convertible.

Rodney Rogers apparently thought an acquaintance was going to build a house and sell it to him, and he was living in it while it was being completed, Highland County Sheriff Ronald Ward said Wednesday.

After the acquaintance refused to complete the sale, Rogers used a power saw last week to make a lateral cut through the walls and siding at about chest level, authorities said.

He cut all the way around the house, Ward said.

Only one thing was keeping the top half of the house in place on the bottom half.

"Gravity," Ward said.

The owners had not estimated the dollar value of the damage, Ward said.

Rogers, 66, of Greenfield, remained free pending a court appearance on Thursday.

Hillsboro is about 50 miles east of Cincinnati.

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