>Arrest made in Auburn Toomer’s Corner trees poisoning

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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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>Rick #Santorum Will Always Be an #Anal #Sex Byproduct on Google

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Jim NewellRick Santorum Will Always Be an Anal Sex Byproduct on Google

Former senator and likely presidential candidate Rick Santorum has finally acknowledged his “Google problem,” and the fact that there’s nothing he can do about it.

If you’re unfamiliar with the problem, try googling “santorum.” The first result will be spreadingsantorum.com, which defines santorum as: “1. The frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex. 2. Senator Rick Santorum.”

This has been the top search result for “santorum” for years. The sex columnist Dan Savage got it placed at the top with a Google bomb in 2003 after Santorum made these famous comments about the path America is headed down should gays be treated like human beings:

“And if the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything. Does that undermine the fabric of our society? I would argue yes, it does,” he said at the time.

So what is Rick Santorum going to do about his Google problem if he runs for president? Will he embrace his identity as the mascot for poopy discharge? At least he’s slowly coming to terms with it now, in an interview with Roll Call:

Santorum himself sounded slightly defeated when asked about it recently.

“It’s one guy. You know who it is. The Internet allows for this type of vulgarity to circulate. It’s unfortunate that we have someone who obviously has some issues. But he has an opportunity to speak,” Santorum told Roll Call.

Roll Call also reports that “former staffers consulted technology experts years ago about their options. Ultimately, they found there was little they could do.”

Point and laugh, if you must.

[via Daily Intel]
[Image via AP]

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>Finebaum: Feds involved in Toomers tree poisoning

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AUBURN, AL  (WBRC) – Federal authorities are involved in the investigation of the poisoning of trees at Toomer’s Corner in Auburn.

Paul Finebaum, a syndicated sports talk show host in Birmingham, Alabama, told FOX6 News Wednesday federal investigators were involved in the case. Finebaum also said authorities are worried the poison could be in the groundwater supply.

Earlier Wednesday, Auburn University announced old oak trees located at Toomer’s Corner had been poisoned. The university said a herbicide commonly used to kill trees was deliberately applied to the trees and that they do not expect the trees to survive.

Auburn University officials were alerted to the situation after a person called into Paul Finebaum’s radio broadcast on January 27 saying he had poisoned the trees.  The show posted a clip of the audio on its website, Finebaum.com, where a man calling himself “Al from Dadeville” claimed to have poisoned the trees.  He claimed he did it because he said he saw a picture of Auburn students rolling Toomer’s Corner the day Paul “Bear” Bryant died in 1983 and another picture of Cam Newton’s jersey on the statue of Paul “Bear” Bryant in Tuscaloosa.

“I put Spike 80 DF in them,” the caller said. “They will die.”

Finebaum asked the caller why.

“Do you think I care? I really don’t,” the caller said.

Jay Gogue, President of Auburn University, released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:

“We will take every step we can to save the Toomer’s oaks, which have been the home of countless celebrations and a symbol of the Auburn spirit for generations of Auburn students, fans, alumni and the community.

“It is understandable to feel outrage in reaction to a malicious act of vandalism. However, we should live up to the example we set in becoming national champions and the beliefs expressed in our Auburn Creed. Individuals act alone, not on behalf of anyone or any place, and all universities are vulnerable to and condemn such reprehensible acts.”

University of Alabama Athletic Director Mal Moore issued the following statement on the incident:

“It’s an awful act, a terrible thing to do. A lot of what makes our two programs so special is our many unique traditions. So, hearing this about Toomer’s Corner is upsetting to me in several ways. I certainly hope that whoever is responsible is held accountable.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Auburn police at (334) 501-3110 or anonymously by voice or text on the tip line at (334) 246-1391.

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>Oak trees poisoned at Auburn University’s Toomer’s Corner – ESPN

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Updated: February 16, 2011, 6:53 PM ET

Trees at Toomer’s Corner poisoned

Associated Press

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn University says someone deliberately poisoned trees at Toomer’s Corner, where fans have long celebrated big wins and hundreds gathered after the Tigers won the football national championship on Jan. 10.

The university said in a statement Wednesday that a herbicide commonly used to kill trees was applied “in lethal amounts” to the soil around the two trees, and that they likely can’t be saved.

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AP Photo/Butch DillToomer’s Corner is a traditional spot for Auburn fans to gather before and after games. Trees there were poisoned with a powerful herbicide, the school said.

Auburn discovered the poisoning after taking soil samples on Jan. 28, a day after a man called a syndicated radio show based in Birmingham saying he had used the herbicide on the trees.

“The weekend after the Iron Bowl, I went to Auburn, Ala., because I live 30 miles away, and I poisoned the Toomer’s trees,” the caller told The Paul Finebaum Radio Show, saying he was at the Iron Bowl.

Calling himself “Al from Dadeville,” he said he used Spike 80DF, also known as tebuthiuron, and the trees “definitely will die.” The caller signed off with, “Roll Damn Tide.”

Auburn fans traditionally celebrate by using toilet paper to roll the Toomer’s Corner trees, which are estimated to be more than 130 years old.

“We will take every step we can to save the Toomer’s oaks, which have been the home of countless celebrations and a symbol of the Auburn spirit for generations of Auburn students, fans, alumni and the community,” university President Jay Gogue said in a statement.

City police are investigating the incident. The use of Spike 80DF is also governed by state agricultural laws and the Environmental Protection Agency. The university said it doesn’t use the herbicide.

“We are assessing the extent of the damage and proceeding as if we have a chance to save the trees,” said Gary Keever, an Auburn University professor of horticulture and a member of Auburn’s Tree Preservation Committee. “We are also focused on protecting the other trees and shrubs in Samford Park. At this level the impact could be much greater than just the oaks on the corner, as Spike moves through the soil to a wide area.”

A small group gathered and rolled the trees Wednesday afternoon.

The soil samples were tested at Mississippi State.

The amount of herbicide detected in four samples ranged from 0.78 parts per million — described by Auburn as “a very lethal dose” — to 51 parts per million.

“This herbicide is extremely active and persistent,” Keever said. “It’s very likely to be in the soil for 3 to 5 years.”

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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  • JoeyLovesND
    JoeyLovesND says:

    February 16, 2011, 6:15 PM ET

    Whomever did it, it was uncalled for and cowardly.
  • christopper72

    February 16, 2011, 5:54 PM ET

    as a alabama fan, i will be ashamed if it comes back to a alabama fan. i am deeply apologetic to all auburn fans out there. if it does come back to be a bama fan i will no longer be a bama fan. in a sports rivalry, there are some things that are acceptable, and destroying another schools tradition is not 1 of them.
  • pvs0001
    pvs0001 says:

    February 16, 2011, 5:48 PM ET

    this is a sad day for humanity

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