Friday, February 18, 2011

Man Poisoned 130-year-old Oak Trees

Auburn University - 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 national football championship on Jan. 10. The Auburn Police Division said 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.  More…

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