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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

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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To: Izzy Dunne
"....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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To: americanophile

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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To: americanophile
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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To: lump in the melting pot

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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To: Aevery_Freeman
"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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To: Moose4

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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To: americanophile
So his menstruating Elephants - the Crimson menstrual tide - loses a game, and this lunatic gets male PMS and poisons trees?

How about caring about something that actually matters?

I guess in Alabama they have nothing better to do but football and be sore losers. I wonder if this low brow reject even WENT to Alabama, is THIS what passes for a college graduate in Alabama?

Worse he called it in to a radio station to BRAG about it. I want to know the reaction of the radio show and it's callers. Supportive?

21 posted on 02/17/2011 10:14:58 AM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: Paladin2
Yep, the guy needs to start contributing more $$$ to the UA Athletic Dept so they can rent better players.

Maybe Alabama can get some pointers from Auburn? Auburn seems to be getting their money's worth out of their players.......

22 posted on 02/17/2011 10:16:12 AM PST by Thermalseeker (The theft being perpetrated by Congress and the Fed makes Bernie Maddoff look like a pickpocket.)
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To: americanophile

Alabama fan. Us Oregon fans are tree huggers so not likely to kill trees. This old guy, though younger than me, needs to go to jail for a while.


23 posted on 02/17/2011 10:16:46 AM PST by JimSEA
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To: americanophile

It’s bad enough when high schoolers and college students act out against their rivals. Isn’t it sad that people are so wrapped up with sports that they act this childish. A proper sentence would include making him do caretaking at Auburn, and if he refused or did something else stupid, send him to jail AGAIN.


24 posted on 02/17/2011 10:19:35 AM PST by Beeman
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To: americanophile
I'll bet the idiot didn't even graduate high school. He most likely has never been on a college campus. The trees were not on campus.
No matter what school you pull for this is so over the top it can not be explained.
No, Bear Bryant or any coach worth his salt would not support something like this.
25 posted on 02/17/2011 10:20:12 AM PST by DeaconRed (If you don't count the interest, things aren't so bad. . . .So ZERO doesn't count the Interest. MSM?)
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To: americanophile

It’s not all that sporting to make a felonious assault on a tree. It’s not like it was going to run away or anything


26 posted on 02/17/2011 10:26:03 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Obama. Chauncey Gardiner without the homburg.)
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To: americanophile

This whack job is NOT representative of Tide fans. He’s just a random nutbar that turns up as a statistical anomaly in any
population.


27 posted on 02/17/2011 10:27:01 AM PST by NeverForgetBataan (To the German Commander: ..........................NUTS !)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Magnificent! See, normal, intelligent people like you can love trees, too.


28 posted on 02/17/2011 10:29:28 AM PST by Aevery_Freeman (Fear God and Government - especially when one tries to become the other!)
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To: americanophile
Relatively SMALL trees at Home Depot cost quite a bit.

Can't imagine the worth of large old growth trees of historical significance.

Make him pay, or put him in prison for life to work in prison and pay every penny he can.

29 posted on 02/17/2011 10:33:45 AM PST by DocH (Official Right-Wing Extremist Veteran Seal Of Approval)
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To: allmendream
Don't have a clue about folks in Alabama, do ya? You might want to come visit before insulting the entire state based on the actions of one sick puppy.

Seems like y'all had a guy named Manson once upon a time...maybe all you left coasters are mass murderers...whatcha think?

30 posted on 02/17/2011 10:36:12 AM PST by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: houeto
He looks like the guy that was throwing rocks and denting and breaking the windows of vehicles driving by here in Marietta, GA. They caught him and said he was a family man and grandfather.

The obvious nutcase hit many peoples vehicles, including my friend's Lexus. Good thing no one was killed.

31 posted on 02/17/2011 10:38:04 AM PST by DocH (Official Right-Wing Extremist Veteran Seal Of Approval)
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To: americanophile

At the very least, it would be nice to see him have to pay for the attempts to save the trees, the soil clean-up, and the replacement of the trees (if they don’t make it).

What an utter idiot. What did those trees ever do to him?


32 posted on 02/17/2011 10:41:08 AM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: 6ppc
I lived in “Lower Alabama” for two years.

I was wondering if this guy even graduated from or WENT to Alabama - because I was incredulous that THIS would be what passes for a college graduate.

I also wanted to know the attitude of the Crimson Menstrual Tide supporters when this mental midget called in to brag. Were they laudatory to his ‘heroic’ exploits, or did they tell him what a low brow idiot poor excuse for a man he was, and how he wasn't a good representative of Alabama.

Because to me, if they lauded him AT ALL, they OWN him and his actions.

So what was the response from the radio show and their callers after his braggadocio?

33 posted on 02/17/2011 10:42:34 AM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: NeverForgetBataan

“This whack job is NOT representative of Tide fans”

Unfortunately this whack job is representative of many SEC fans - the ones who shun family and job responsibilities lending mindless adoration and tailgate time supporting illiterate college football atheletes. The South’s obsession with college ball is borderline lunacy - I live here and see it every season. “Mixed” families (Auburn wife and AL husband for example) damn near kill each other. Drunks, road rage, and vandalism abound.

The trees at Toomer’s Corner never hurt anyone. This butt-wipe should drink his own poison and have his precious season tickets shoved down his putrid gullet till he expires. I predict increased violence when AL visits this fall.


34 posted on 02/17/2011 10:49:54 AM PST by bossmechanic (If all else fails, hit it with a hammer)
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To: americanophile

I suspect Harvey’s life is gonna be far more miserable that before.


35 posted on 02/17/2011 10:53:32 AM PST by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: allmendream

“So his menstruating Elephants - the Crimson menstrual tide - loses a game, and this lunatic gets male PMS and poisons trees?”

This a**hole will hopefully get his due in court...however, I didn’t hear from your self righteous trap when the Auburn fans rolled those same trees after the anouncement of Bear Bryant’s death...a real class act that...

And one more thing regarding Alabama in general...we don’t RIOT and burn cities when one of our teams wins a championship....you know, like they do in those “civilized” states.....

The Alabama and Auburn institutions have acted with class regarding this matter...but we can always count on some know-it-all dipstick from outside the south to vomit up the usual stereotypical drivel....

You want to know the reaction of the radio station, suggesting or suspecting that they might have cheered this moron....which says MORE about YOU that the idiot who did it.


36 posted on 02/17/2011 10:54:32 AM PST by Moby Grape (Formerly Impeach the Boy...name change necessary after the Marxist won)
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To: Aevery_Freeman
Magnificent! See, normal, intelligent people like you can love trees, too

What does God think of His trees?

Deuteronomy 20:19
When you besiege a city for a long time, making war against it in order to take it, you shall not destroy its trees by wielding an axe against them
37 posted on 02/17/2011 11:00:53 AM PST by Scythian
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To: Moby Grape
Well did they or didn't they?

Did he receive any criticism from the show or its callers? If so I would like to hear what they said. He apparently called in expected his exploits to be celebrated, were his expectations realized or not?

They didn't cut him off, or shut him down, he signed off with a “Roll Damn Tide”, did they reply with a heartfelt “Roll Tide”?

So what WERE the comments from the Crimson Menstruation Radio show?

38 posted on 02/17/2011 11:07:27 AM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: fishtank

Dang, a herbicide terrorist. Probably inspired by Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh who said something about “weeding out” liberals.


39 posted on 02/17/2011 11:07:56 AM PST by CobraJet
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To: 6ppc; allmendream
Don't have a clue about folks in Alabama, do ya?

I'd say clearly not. AMD, I'd recommend three hours in the corner listening repeatedly to "Sweet Home, Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Then maybe take a ride on one of Alabama's beautiful highways.

Admittedly all I saw was due to a road trip, but I thought it unexpectedly beautiful and the people very nice.

40 posted on 02/17/2011 11:08:46 AM PST by jimt
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To: americanophile

Saban did it.......


41 posted on 02/17/2011 11:10:57 AM PST by Darren McCarty (We should lead ourselves instead of looking for leaders)
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To: jimt
“Well I heard Mr. Young sing about her,
and I heard ol’ Neil put her down.
Well I hope Neil Young will remember
Southern Man don't need him round anyhow.”
42 posted on 02/17/2011 11:11:35 AM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: allmendream
Everyone here is disgusted. I have heard no one applauding this idiot's action and everyone condemning it.

I doubt this guy is an Alabama grad, but we are sure to find out soon since he was arrested today.

I wasn't listening to the show when he called in, but I've heard no one say anything about the audience lauding him.

And please lose the "Menstrual" Tide comment...doesn't quite bring you down to this idiot's level, but it's pretty juvenile.

43 posted on 02/17/2011 11:14:10 AM PST by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: 6ppc

LOL! Yeah, that one tends to really stick in the craw!

I had never heard of the football team, and where I grew up “The Crimson Tide” meant something different. So when I was in the USAF and stationed in “Lower Alabama” I was quite taken aback by bumper stickers that said “I LOVE THE CRIMSON TIDE”.

Yeah, because mocking a football team puts me ‘not quite’ as low as someone who kills trees because his team lost!

A sense of proportion! Get one.


44 posted on 02/17/2011 11:20:48 AM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: Joe 6-pack
This is the St. John Cathedral Oak here in Lafayette, LA......it's estimated to have sprouted around the time of Columbus's voyages.

Just a kid.

"Although we didn't have time to visit, a treasure is Mary Mahoney's Old French House Restaurant. Built around 1737, the French architecture of the "Oldest House in Biloxi" is apparent, with high ceilings, hand hewn cypress columns, and slate roof. The house includes old slave quarters, kitchen, and even a cellar. Next to the house is the Patriarch, a live oak tree that dates back over 2,000 years."

45 posted on 02/17/2011 11:51:16 AM PST by houeto (Government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed.)
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