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The Auburn oak tree killer is in custody, but damage is already done(poisoned by a BAMA fan)
Rivals-Yahoo! ^ | February 17, 2011 | Matt Hinton

Posted on 02/17/2011 11:14:35 AM PST by greatdefender

Today's lessons for would-be environmental vandals: If you're going to take it upon yourself to destroy a venerable icon beloved by hundreds of thousands of people, a) Pick a target that's not monitored by camera 24 hours a day, and b) Don't call in to the most popular radio show in the state to brag about your crime. Otherwise, you might end up like 62-year-old Alabama fan Harvey Almorn Updyke, better known now as "Al from Dadeville," who was arrested early this morning for allegedly applying a lethal dose of herbicide to a pair of 130-year-old oaks at Toomer's Corner, the traditional campus meeting point for Auburn fans to celebrate victory by rolling the trees. Updyke is charged with criminal mischief and was being held this morning on $50,000 bond.

His arrest came less than 18 hours after Auburn confirmed the poisoning in a release on Wednesday afternoon. Initially, the university was alerted by a caller to the Paul Finebaum Show on Jan. 27, "Al from Dadeville," who proudly described poisoning the trees with Spike 80DF – the same herbicide later found in soil samples – a few days after Auburn's comeback win over Alabama last November. According to the university, the lowest level of Spike detected in samples was 0.78 parts per million, "a very lethal dose." The highest level detected was 51 parts per million, some 65 times that lethal dose, which is possibly enough to warrant significant environmental penalties. (The university also said there's "no reason to suspect any human danger from the herbicide," and expert said at a press conference this morning that there's very little chance any groundwater would be affected.) Auburn police chief Tommy Dawson said this morning Updyke potentially faces further charges, but declined to elaborate.

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TOPICS: Education; Gardening; Sports
KEYWORDS: alabama; auburn; karma; oaktree
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1 posted on 02/17/2011 11:14:39 AM PST by greatdefender
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To: greatdefender

I’m sure there’s an oak that wouldn’t mind a rope thrown over it.


2 posted on 02/17/2011 11:17:36 AM PST by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: greatdefender

I know that the University of Alabama had nothing to do with this and can’t control what their fans do....BUT I think it would be a classy gesture on their part if the University of Alabama would offer to replace the trees.


3 posted on 02/17/2011 11:17:46 AM PST by Juana la Loca
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To: greatdefender

After the singing of the National Anthem at the next Auburn-Alabama game, he has to come out to midfield and apologize to Auburn and Alabama fans.


4 posted on 02/17/2011 11:17:57 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: greatdefender

What an IDIOT!


5 posted on 02/17/2011 11:18:48 AM PST by Boardwalk
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To: greatdefender

They should put this asshole away for 20 years...but they won’t.


6 posted on 02/17/2011 11:19:10 AM PST by GoldenPup
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To: greatdefender

“rolling the trees” ???


7 posted on 02/17/2011 11:19:51 AM PST by Rio
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To: greatdefender
"Updyke (a retired Texas State Trooper...."

Things that make one go Hhhhmmmmmmmmmmmm.....

8 posted on 02/17/2011 11:19:58 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: massgopguy
After the singing of the National Anthem at the next Auburn-Alabama game, he has to come out to midfield and apologize to Auburn and Alabama fans.

After which he is gang-tackled by the defensive lines of BOTH schools. And then a field goal is attempted...with his head.

9 posted on 02/17/2011 11:20:44 AM PST by hoagy62 (I am a optimistic pessimist. I am positive that the world is going to Hell.)
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To: Rio

“Rolling the trees” means covering them in toilet paper. local tradition.


10 posted on 02/17/2011 11:21:27 AM PST by hoagy62 (I am a optimistic pessimist. I am positive that the world is going to Hell.)
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To: greatdefender

Obama fans are absolutely the worst.


11 posted on 02/17/2011 11:21:27 AM PST by rlmorel (Now I have to change this tagline: "Weakness is provocative." Donald Rumsfeld)
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To: greatdefender

If you’re so emotionally invested in a team, that you’re willing to commit a crime to show your allegiance....You’ve got some serious problems.

Remember, it’s just entertainment.


12 posted on 02/17/2011 11:22:07 AM PST by PanzerKardinal (Some things are so idiotic only an intellectual would believe it.)
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To: bgill

130 years old..... Apparently we have their birth certificates.


13 posted on 02/17/2011 11:22:22 AM PST by donhunt (I am sick and tired of those bastards lying to me.)
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To: GoldenPup

Take the criminal penalties to the maximum allowed; then sue him in civil court for every penny he has.

Then let the state and feds go after him for pollution!


14 posted on 02/17/2011 11:22:22 AM PST by catman67
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To: greatdefender

“Auburn fans to celebrate victory by rolling the trees.”

What is rolling the trees?


15 posted on 02/17/2011 11:22:48 AM PST by CSM (Keeper of the "Dave Ramsey Fan" ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: Juana la Loca
if the University of Alabama would offer to replace the trees

And where do you find 400 year old trees?

16 posted on 02/17/2011 11:22:59 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer (biblein90days.org))
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To: greatdefender

Are the trees going to be ‘deader’ because they received a “very lethal” dose as opposed to just a lethal dose?


17 posted on 02/17/2011 11:23:09 AM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Juana la Loca

You can’t really replace them. What an evil idiot? Rabid college sports fans are morons. I cannot believe this guy did this for sports rivalry.


18 posted on 02/17/2011 11:23:23 AM PST by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: Juana la Loca
I know that the University of Alabama had nothing to do with this and can’t control what their fans do....BUT I think it would be a classy gesture on their part if the University of Alabama would offer to replace the trees.

And then there are those who would take it as an admission of guilt.

No good deed goes unpunished.

19 posted on 02/17/2011 11:24:40 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: Rio

I know.

It seems to me the trees would have been killed the very first time they were ‘rolled’. The last time I checked a tree had to be cut down and have had all its branches removed before it could be rolled anywhere...

;-)


20 posted on 02/17/2011 11:25:47 AM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Frantzie

Kinda makes me wish he was visited by the ghost of “Bear” Bryant...just to let him know what a totally asinine act that was.


21 posted on 02/17/2011 11:25:54 AM PST by hoagy62 (I am a optimistic pessimist. I am positive that the world is going to Hell.)
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To: greatdefender

I don’t suppose they will feature him in that Roll Tide commercial


22 posted on 02/17/2011 11:26:52 AM PST by Jolla
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To: catman67

If he is convicted of a crime, maybe they can get his pension revoked!


23 posted on 02/17/2011 11:27:38 AM PST by catman67
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To: donhunt
130 years old..... Apparently we have their birth certificates.

The school is 155 years old. The town is 175 years old. The corner in question (Magnolia and College), is roughly as old as the town itself.

There well may be a record of the planting of these trees.

24 posted on 02/17/2011 11:33:54 AM PST by wideawake
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To: PanzerKardinal

This guy provides the continual proof that you just can’t fix ‘stupid’.


25 posted on 02/17/2011 11:38:12 AM PST by alancarp (Hi, I could have been in New York state today. So I owe them income taxes for the entire YEAR??)
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To: greatdefender

didnt say if the applicator was “high capacity” or just regular. maybe we should regulate high capacity herbicide applicators.


26 posted on 02/17/2011 11:38:41 AM PST by beebuster2000
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To: greatdefender

Can we just brand the word “DUMBASS” onto his forehead as a warning to others?


27 posted on 02/17/2011 11:41:07 AM PST by Mr. K (Brawndo's got what plants crave. It's got Electrolytes.)
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To: greatdefender

Retired cop. What a pig.


28 posted on 02/17/2011 11:42:16 AM PST by ozzymandus
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To: greatdefender

Maybe they can make a sculpture or something memorable out of the wood?


29 posted on 02/17/2011 11:45:16 AM PST by Anima Mundi (If you try to fail and you succeed , what have you just done?)
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To: greatdefender

Spike will travel through the soil pretty far and keep killing. It will be lethal for a few years. They would have to remove all the soil in the area down to a certain depth.

He not only killed the trees, he killed the land.


30 posted on 02/17/2011 11:45:47 AM PST by ltc8k6
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To: wideawake; donhunt

I took donhunt’s comment to be a joke on the inability of obammy to produce his birth certificate even though the age of a tree that is at least 130 years old can be verified. Perhaps I am wrong.


31 posted on 02/17/2011 11:45:50 AM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Green Bay Packers - SuperBowl 45 champs)
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To: CSM

Around here we call that TP’ing.


32 posted on 02/17/2011 11:46:30 AM PST by Guardian Sebastian (All I needed to know about Islam I learned on 9-11.)
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To: Frantzie

I can believe it. In El Paso a talk radio station that carried Beck and Dennis Miller changed formats to sports talk (making 3 of the 6 english AM stations sports oriented). I listened for a little bit and was disgusted by how much importance grown men were putting on entertainment. I can understand the hosts as there is money to be made from sports fans (just like there is money to be made from payday loans) but the people calling in who really, really, cared were just sad.


33 posted on 02/17/2011 11:47:18 AM PST by RightOnTheBorder
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To: greatdefender

62? You’d think he’d have some wisdom by now.


34 posted on 02/17/2011 11:48:26 AM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: greatdefender

I remember when another idiot in Austin poisoned the “Treaty Oak”. They save it, but had to take off a lot of the limbs. The cut off wood was turned into artifacts and sold by the city.


35 posted on 02/17/2011 11:50:24 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (America has two cancers - democrats and RINOS.)
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To: PanzerKardinal
If you’re so emotionally invested in a team, that you’re willing to commit a crime to show your allegiance....You’ve got some serious problems.

Check out the movie Big Fan about an obsessed NY Giants fan. Lead character regularly calls sports radio and eventually commits a crime.

The lead character was also a loser in his mid-30s who still lived with his mom. Unlike this tree-killer, who is apparently a 62 year old loser living in Dadeville.

36 posted on 02/17/2011 12:01:15 PM PST by Martin Tell (ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it)
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To: Guardian Sebastian

Makes sense, thanks for the info.


37 posted on 02/17/2011 12:03:32 PM PST by CSM (Keeper of the "Dave Ramsey Fan" ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: Arrowhead1952
Did you hear about the killing of an ancient tree in Britain late last year? The legend was that the tree was originally planted by Joseph of Aramathea.

I don't understand all these tree killings. I'm not a tree-hugger, but sometimes we do need the Lorax, or even better, a group of angry Ents.

38 posted on 02/17/2011 12:04:27 PM PST by Martin Tell (ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it)
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To: Anima Mundi
Maybe they can make a sculpture or something memorable out of the wood?

That was done with a number of oaks killed along the Mississippi coast by the salt from Katrina's storm surge. Chainsaw wood sculptures.

It's worth suggesting to the university.

39 posted on 02/17/2011 12:05:44 PM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: greatdefender

This guy only did what liberals have been doing to the tree of liberty since the 60’s.


40 posted on 02/17/2011 12:06:32 PM PST by Conan the Conservative (Crush the liberals, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of the hippies.)
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To: catman67

Community service is the answer.

Give him a hand saw and axe to chop up the dead trees. Then he can carry the wood, piece by piece, to the houses of local poor people to use as firewood next winter.

Then give him one of those tiny flower garden shovels and make him remove every cubic inch of contaminated soil and root. Give him a wheelbarrow to use to haul it to the dump.

Then he can pay for replacement trees to be shipped in.


41 posted on 02/17/2011 12:09:18 PM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: greatdefender
I am an Auburn student right now. Obviously, we aren't happy.


42 posted on 02/17/2011 12:11:20 PM PST by camerongood210
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To: Martin Tell
No, I didn't hear about that last year. I inherited part of the land about 70 miles east of Austin where I grew up. The part next to SH 21 used to have ruts from the Old San Antonio Trail in the clay.

There is an old Pin Oak between the old trail path and the highway that was called The Hanging Tree. Its trunk is about 6 1/2 feet in diameter. I hope on one ever poisons that tree.

43 posted on 02/17/2011 12:15:06 PM PST by Arrowhead1952 (America has two cancers - democrats and RINOS.)
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To: RightOnTheBorder
I can believe it. In El Paso a talk radio station that carried Beck and Dennis Miller changed formats to sports talk (making 3 of the 6 english AM stations sports oriented). I listened for a little bit and was disgusted by how much importance grown men were putting on entertainment. I can understand the hosts as there is money to be made from sports fans (just like there is money to be made from payday loans) but the people calling in who really, really, cared were just sad.

I don't know how the sports shows stay on the air. I had to travel recently and my satellite radio was screwed up, so I drove through several hours of sports talk. The callers are asinine. I wanted to park my car in a garage and leave it running, while I drifted off to the sweet release of death, after listening to a couple of hours of that nonsense.
44 posted on 02/17/2011 12:18:40 PM PST by youngidiot (Don't let the name fool ya, toots.)
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To: greatdefender
Maybe they can put up a big statue of Cam Newton in place of the trees, and roll that.

For at least a few years, anyway, until Auburn gets hit with crippling probation and has to vacate the season Newton played in.
45 posted on 02/17/2011 12:23:09 PM PST by Uncle Ivan (Alea iacta est)
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To: donhunt

“130 years old..... Apparently we have their birth certificates.”

You ever hear of counting rings in trees?


46 posted on 02/17/2011 12:26:33 PM PST by FightThePower! (Fight the powers that be!)
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To: Persevero

I’m sixty two. When I was FOUR I wouldn’t have done such a thing.

The EPA ought to be able to fine the s**t out of this jerk for soil damage alone. My workplace can be liable for hundreds of thousands in EPA fines if the smallest amount of petroleum products is detected in stormwater or downstream.

He should be publically humiliated on an annual basis. Ideas?


47 posted on 02/17/2011 12:29:19 PM PST by elcid1970 ("Destroy Mecca and you destroy Allah!")
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To: thackney
And where do you find 400 year old trees?

The Democrat side of Congress?

48 posted on 02/17/2011 12:29:38 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (I am proclaiming 2011 as the year of ME!)
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To: Rio

Rolling = TP rolls


49 posted on 02/17/2011 12:36:16 PM PST by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President. He's shovel ready!)
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To: bgill

I thought the very same thought. Seeing his background also makes me wonder how many folks this guy rail-roaded when he was a Texas state Trooper?


50 posted on 02/17/2011 12:37:18 PM PST by miele man
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