By now some of you have learned of the poisoning of the iconic Toomer's Corner Oak tree. If you haven't, allow me to describe it a bit (and my AU folks, chime in!) Toomer's Corner is a street corner in downtown Auburn marked by a large 130+ year old Oak tree. After a game win, the tree is often donned with toilet paper and a large crowd of Auburn University fans. The tree has survived quite a bit including a FIRE that still couldn't destroy it.
That was until this guy came along: Almorn Updyke Jr, a 62 year old man who lives about 30 miles away from Auburn, AL.
From CBSNEWS.COM dated 17 February 2011:
(CBS/AP/WRBL) Police have released the mug shot of Harvey Almorn Updyke Jr, a 62-year-old unemployed man who is accused of the poisoning of the 130-year-old Toomer's Oaks, the landmark gathering place of Auburn University victory celebrations.
Updyke has been charged with one count of first-degree criminal mischief.
Bond was set at $50,000. If convicted, Updyke could face one to 10 years in prison.
University officials reported on Wednesday that the trees had been given "lethal amounts" of herbicide.
CBS affiliate WRBL reports that the story started with a phone call. On Jan. 27, a caller to "The Paul Finebaum Show," a sports talk radio show out of Birmingham, claimed he poisoned the live oaks shortly after the Iron Bowl with an herbicide known as Spike 80DF.
"The weekend after the Iron Bowl, I went to Auburn, Ala. - I live 30 miles away - and I poisoned the two Toomer's trees," the caller said on the show. "I put Spike 80DF in them." Show host Finebaum then asked the caller if the trees had died, to which "Al in Dadeville" responded, "They have not died yet, but they will die."
Updyke is from Dadeville, say police.
That's right. Mr. Asshat here spiked the grand ole tree with Spike 80DF. What is Spike 80DF? It is an herbicide that is mixed with water and enters a plant (tree) through its roots. The chemicals interferes with photosynthesis until it dies. The plant (tree) may grow its leaves, loose them, and grow them back, but it will eventually die.
As far as I know, there haven't been any releases as to WHY this moron did this. All I know is there are plenty of pissed off Tigers and other non-AU fans that would love to get some time alone with him.