Auburn's alleged tree poisoner arrested in Hammond

Sep 26, 2012

An Alabama football fan awaiting trial for his alleged involvement in the poisoning of Auburn's beloved trees at Toomer's Corner has been arrested in Louisiana following a dispute over refund for a lawnmower.

The Hammond Daily Star reports 63-year-old Harvey Updyke Jr. wanted $150 for returning a lawnmower to Lowe's but the store manager told him he was due $110. The situation escalated Sept. 18 and police were called.

One officer told Updyke the needed to contact an attorney because it was a civil case. Updyke says he was going to jail anyway and he "had a bad heart so he would come back and take care of everyone."

Officers booked him into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on a terrorizing charge. He's since been released on a surety bond.