AUBURN, AL (WBRC) – A man has been arrested in connection with the poisoning of trees at Toomer’s Corner in Auburn.
WTVM-TV in Columbus, GA, said Harvey Almorn Updyke, 62, of Dadeville, had been charged with Criminal Mischief. WTVM-TV attributed the news of the arrest to a source at the Lee County Justice Center.
Bond for Updyke was set at $50,000.
School officials, in a statement Thursday morning, announced plans to hold a news conference at 10:30 a.m. in front of Samford Hall to discuss developments in the poisoning of Toomer’s Oaks.
FOX6 News plans to carry that news conference live on FOX6 and FoxAlabamaLive.com.
Wednesday, Auburn University announced the oak trees at Toomer’s Corner had been given a lethal dose of herbacide. School officials said horticulturalists were attempting to save the trees, but did not believe the trees would survive.
Investigators began examining the trees after a caller to the Paul Finebaum Radio Network said he had poisoned the trees. Finebaum told FOX6 News local, state and federal investigators were looking into the story, which began on his show on January 27 when a man calling himself “Al from Dadeville” called in to the show claiming to have poisoned the trees. The man said he poisoned the trees the week after last year’s Iron Bowl because he said he saw a newspaper clipping from 1983 showing Auburn fans rolling Toomer’s Corner the day former Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant died.
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