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Man arrested in Auburn oak poisoning

Posted on: February 17, 2011 10:45 am
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Perhaps not surprisingly, given the timing of the announcement yesterday, a suspect has been taken into custody in the case of the poisoned oaks at Auburn's famous Toomer's Corner.

Television station WTVM of Columbus (Ga.) reported this morning that Harvey Almorn Updyke, 62, of Dadeville (Ala.) -- otherwise now known to college football fans the country over as "Al from Dadeville," the handle chosen for himself when calling into the Paul Finebaum Show -- has been arrested and charged with criminal mischief in connection with the oak poisoning.

Law enforcement officials will be holding a press conference Thursday morning to discuss the details of Almorn's arrest. Per the Opelika Auburn-News , first degree criminal mischief in Alabama is a Class C felony punishable by one to 10 years in prison. Updyke's bond has been set at $50,000.

Updyke has also made a handful appearances on the Internet, commenting on this TMZ story on the Cam Newton scandal "auburn cheating again burn auburn burn woo eagle LOL" under the name "harvey updyke."

Photo via WTVM .

Comments

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 2:18 pm
 

Man arrested in Auburn oak poisoning

Al from Dadeville has issues, but no more than a guy who would choose "Rollmuthafntide" as a screen name. GEEEZ LEWWWEEEZZZ!!!

As an LSU fan who finds the S...E...C...chant absurd, I believe all the fans of "Team SEC" must "share" in the humiliation of one of the SEC's fan's actions and the pain of losing an SEC landmark.

Myself, I think destroying 130 y/o trees is ludicrous but not anymore than mortgaging your team's future for immediate gratification by turning a blind-eye to Scam Newton's nefarious behavior.   

 

It’s a lose/lose for the State of Alabama…which is just fine with me.

 




Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2011 11:11 pm
 

Man arrested in Auburn oak poisoning

It is definately too bad about the trees but look at the good part.  This gives the authorities the opportunity to search this guys windowless van for kids shoes or any human cages in his house.  Look at him; I am thinking the oak tree poisoning is saint-like compared to some of the other things he probably has going on.  wow




Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2011 12:34 pm
 

Man arrested in Auburn oak poisoning

  It is definately too bad about the trees but look at the good part.  This gives the authorities the opportunity to search this guys windowless van for kids shoes or any human cages in his house.  Look at him; I am thinking the oak tree poisoning is saint-like compared to some of the other things he probably has going on.  wow



Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2011 12:29 pm
 

Man arrested in Auburn oak poisoning

I can't wait to see the where are they now special on this guy years from now. lol. If he gets 10 years, there needs to be a big protest about that. That would be absolutely rediculous. I could see making him replant them or pay for the project or something of that nature, but the man is 62 years old and I just don't see how they can justify it. This guy's lawyer needs to push for them to relocate this trial somewhere else, preferably outside of the Southeast US so that passion for football will have no impact.




Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2011 9:31 am
 

Man arrested in Auburn oak poisoning

Anyone know what time O.J tee's off today?



Since: Dec 9, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2011 9:11 am
 

Man arrested in Auburn oak poisoning

Okay, so the next time some team swipes another team's mascot's outfit, let charge them with criminal mischief, toss them in the clanker for ten years as well.  How about we toss ol' Gene in the clanker ten year for stealing the national championship because, as we all know, he bought Newton, and the fact that the NCAA hasn't close the case yet should tell you something.

Whatever folks, it's a rivalry!  The guy is a jacka$$, a fool.  I do admire his zeal for hittin' em where it hurts, but his lack, of a good solid sixth grade ed-u-ma-cation is clearly lacking.  So he gets a "A" for effort and an "F" for planning and execution.  I've seen far worse things in far better rivalries.....



Since: Apr 12, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2011 9:03 am
 

Man arrested in Auburn oak poisoning

we let people go on probation for drugs and various felonies.  how could they toss a guy(no matter how stupid he is) for killing a few trees.  This will give the Auburn faithful a chance to start a new tradition.  let the guy walk.




Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2011 1:31 am
 

Man arrested in Auburn oak poisoning

@whodeyochocinco... HAHAHAHA so funny



Since: Nov 15, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2011 12:52 am
 

Man arrested in Auburn oak poisoning

I think that the jail time is proper considering Donte Stallworth got 30 days for killing a man



Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2011 11:40 pm
 

Man arrested in Auburn oak poisoning

Am I the only one that thinks 1-10 years and 50k bail for poisoning some trees is a little ridiculous? Seriously? Majorly serious criminals get away with small bonds or none all the time. They are going to use this football story to blow everything out of proportion.


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