#1 Arrest made in Toomer's Corner incident02-18-2011, 10:35 AMArrest made in Toomer's Corner incidentAUBURN, Ala. -- The man allegedly responsible for poisoning the live oaks at Toomer's Corner where Auburn fans have long celebrated big wins has been arrested and charged.
Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson said Harvey Almorn Updyke Jr., 62, of Dadeville, Ala., was arrested at the police station at 1:26 a.m. Thursday and was charged with one count of first-degree criminal mischief.
He admitted to making two calls claiming knowledge of the poisoning but later denied actually poisoning the trees, according to court documents.
Dawson said Updyke arrived at the jail without an attorney and could face other charges.
"This person obviously has problems to do something like this," Dawson said at a news conference outside the administration building. Dozens of students and fans attended the news conference as the Auburn community mourns the apparently imminent demise of the trees.
Bond was set at $50,000. If convicted, Updyke could face one to 10 years in prison. His court-appointed attorney, Philip Tyler, filed a motion to withdraw as Updyke's representative, citing his former job as a part-time Auburn professor and "numerous" family and personal ties.
Calls to Tyler were not immediately returned.
A man calling himself "Al from Dadeville" phoned a radio show late last month, claiming he poured herbicide around the 130-year-old oaks that are the scene of celebrations after Auburn's sports victories. The caller signed off by saying, "Roll damn Tide."http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/news/story?id=6131518
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02-18-2011, 11:50 AM
This has to be the most retarded thing I've heard in a long time.2009 CU Pro Football Pick'em Champ
02-18-2011, 12:46 PM
02-18-2011, 08:26 PM
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This story has a special place for me.
I was raised in Auburn. And when you grow up in Auburn in the 50s and 60s you grow up on campus. College was the only thing in Auburn at that time.
I remember making out with a high school girl friend in front of those trees; it was between quarters, so the town was about abandoned. Summer nights seemed a lot longer back then.
Toomers Drugs had an honest-to-God "Happy Days" soda fountain. Toomers Drugs still stands. New owners.
Ah, well.... there are nit wits everywhere, it seems.
02-18-2011, 08:29 PM
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Shame about the trees. I love live oaks and those look beautiful.
This is just stupid. I hope the guy spends jail time.Hey careful man! There's a beverage here!
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