Thursday, February 17, 2011
Scuzzbucket of the Week
Harvey Almorn Updyke Jr, redneck extrodinaire.
Harvey A. Updyke Jr., 62, of Dadeville, Ala., was arrested in connection with the poisoning of iconic oak trees at Toomer's Corner near Auburn University.The trees, which are 130 years old, are Auburn icons. They are not expected to survive the application of a powerful herbicide called Spike 80DF. Police tracked Updyke after he called a sports talk radio show and claimed to have poisoned the trees. Updyke is also said to have placed a call to a turf management professor at Auburn University.
Auburn discovered the poisoning after taking soil samples on January 28, a day after a man called a syndicated radio show based in Birmingham saying he had used the herbicide on the trees.
During that radio show, Harvey boasted to host Paul Finebaum as follows:
"The weekend after the Iron Bowl, I went to Auburn, Ala., because I live 30 miles away, and I poisoned the Toomer's trees,", 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."
From an espn sports blog: If there's any real justice in the SEC, Updyke will spend his time in prison watching replays of last season's Iron Bowl, in which his beloved Crimson Tide blew a 24-0 lead in a 28-27 loss to Auburn. Or, even worse, he'll be required to watch an endless marathon of the Mike DuBose era.
Harvey has kids named Bear and Crimson…of course he does.
Bond was set at $50,000. If convicted, Updyke could face one to 10 years in prison.