Skip to comments.Arrrest Made in Deliberate Poisoining of Historic Auburn University Oak Trees
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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This is plain wrong and I hope he gets maximum for it!
Harvey A. Updyke (D)?
Why do people have to destroy something?
Maybe he's a Crimson Tide fan, but can't we lose a little more gracefully?
In the old days they would hang him from a stout branch before the trees die....
Yep, the guy needs to start contributing more $$$ to the UA Athletic Dept so they can rent better players.
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.
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.
Harvey A. Updyke is officially the biggest asshole in the state of Alabama. And that’s a tall order!
Some people will get more upset about this than about Bill Ayers.......
At least it's true for me.
I see a tube of K-Y in his future...................
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.
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.
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!”
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.
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.
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