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Arrrest Made in Deliberate Poisoining of Historic Auburn University Oak Trees
Fox News ^ | February 17, 2011 | Garrett Tenney & AP

Posted on 02/17/2011 9:54:12 AM PST by americanophile

DEVELOPING: Police say they have arrested a 62-year-old Alabama man for allegedly poisoning trees at a historic site on Auburn University's campus, where fans have long celebrated big wins and hundreds gathered after the Tigers won the football national championship on Jan. 10.

The Auburn Police Division said Thursday that Harvey A. Updyke, of Dadeville, Ala., was arrested and charged with first degree criminal mischief. Police allege Updyke deliberately poisoned oak trees at Toomer's Corner with a commonly used herbicide, applied in "lethal amounts" to the soil around the two trees.

The 130-year-old trees likely cannot be saved, officials said.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: Alabama
KEYWORDS: poision; toomerscorner; trees
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1 posted on 02/17/2011 9:54:17 AM PST by americanophile
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To: where's_the_Outrage?

FYI


2 posted on 02/17/2011 9:55:35 AM PST by americanophile ("The Constitution is the guide which I will never abandon." - George Washington)
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To: americanophile

This is plain wrong and I hope he gets maximum for it!


3 posted on 02/17/2011 9:56:05 AM PST by Allthegoodusernamesaregone (Here I come to save the day! - Barack Obama, Jan. 14th 2011)
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To: americanophile

Harvey A. Updyke (D)?


4 posted on 02/17/2011 9:57:43 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: americanophile
Sick.

Why do people have to destroy something?

Maybe he's a Crimson Tide fan, but can't we lose a little more gracefully?

5 posted on 02/17/2011 9:57:47 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Allthegoodusernamesaregone

In the old days they would hang him from a stout branch before the trees die....


6 posted on 02/17/2011 9:58:49 AM PST by databoss
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"....but can't we lose a little more gracefully? "

Yep, the guy needs to start contributing more $$$ to the UA Athletic Dept so they can rent better players.

7 posted on 02/17/2011 9:59:17 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: americanophile

Something tells me that even though these trees were in Auburn, the ghost of Bear Bryant would love to come back and kick this guy’s ass for doing something low-down like that.

}:-)4


8 posted on 02/17/2011 10:00:39 AM PST by Moose4 ("By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!")
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To: Allthegoodusernamesaregone

The way things are now he will probably get more time for killing a tree than a human. I always heard justice was blind but now it is crazy I believe a public flogging would be in order here.


9 posted on 02/17/2011 10:01:35 AM PST by Lees Swrd ("Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order in the world as well")
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To: americanophile

Harvey A. Updyke is officially the biggest asshole in the state of Alabama. And that’s a tall order!


10 posted on 02/17/2011 10:04:54 AM PST by lump in the melting pot (Communism - a social experiment which, for moral reasons, should not be performed on human beings)
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11 posted on 02/17/2011 10:06:02 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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To: americanophile

Some people will get more upset about this than about Bill Ayers.......


12 posted on 02/17/2011 10:06:51 AM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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Funny, it seems that even people who hate tree-huggers love trees.

At least it's true for me.

13 posted on 02/17/2011 10:07:24 AM PST by Aevery_Freeman (Fear God and Government - especially when one tries to become the other!)
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To: americanophile

I see a tube of K-Y in his future...................


14 posted on 02/17/2011 10:10:46 AM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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15 posted on 02/17/2011 10:10:46 AM PST by houeto (Government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed.)
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"Funny, it seems that even people who hate tree-huggers love trees."

This is the St. John Cathedral Oak here in Lafayette, LA...

...it's estimated to have sprouted around the time of Columbus's voyages. I suspect that if somebody were caught trying to poison it, they'd be swimming with the alligators.

16 posted on 02/17/2011 10:11:32 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: fishtank

I guess I’m not upset about it, not having a dog in the Alabama/Auburn fight...but I’m sure shaking my head at the unadulterated stupidity of the whole thing. What an idiot.

}:-)4


17 posted on 02/17/2011 10:12:27 AM PST by Moose4 ("By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!")
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To: Red Badger

When he goes to jail (and I bet he does some jail time), they’ll have to keep him in isolation. Otherwise, the last thing he’ll hear before the shank lands is “WAR DAMN EAGLE!”

}:-)4


18 posted on 02/17/2011 10:13:53 AM PST by Moose4 ("By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!")
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To: americanophile

Those trees have a replacement value of many tens of thousands of dollars each. This ain’t a case of spray painted graffiti on a garage door. This guy maybe needs to lose his house.


19 posted on 02/17/2011 10:13:58 AM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (What has more wrinkles? Helen Thomas' face or Lawrence O'Donnells' panties?)
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Hear, hear! I’m a Bama alum but my sibling, father, and grandfather are Auburn grads. I’m absolutely disgusted with this guy. He needs to be put UNDER the jail.


20 posted on 02/17/2011 10:14:32 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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