Harvey Updyke Auburn trees poisoned


A judge will hold a hearing to determine whether University of Alabama fan Harvey Updyke should pay Auburn University about $1 million for poisoning its landmark oak trees.

   The Opelika-Auburn News (http://bit.ly/12RVcdW ) reports that Circuit Judge Jacob A. Walker III scheduled the hearing for Sept. 18.

   The hearing is to determine whether Updyke must pay restitution for killing the trees at Toomer's Corner. Auburn fans traditionally rolled the trees with toilet paper after a big win.


The Auburn City Council has set April 23 as the date when the iconic Toomer's Oaks at Auburn University will be removed.

The Opelika-Auburn News reports removal of the trees will require closing city streets in the area.

City Manager Charlie Duggan said the removal has tentatively been set for 7 a.m. to noon on April 23, but the time is subject to change depending on weather and how long the removal takes.


University of Alabama fan Harvey Updyke is due in court for a hearing leading up to his trial on charges of poisoning Auburn University's landmark oak trees.

Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob A. Walker III scheduled a hearing for Wednesday.

Walker is set to consider several motions filed by lawyers in the case, possibly including a defense request to move the trial outside of Lee County.

Prosecutors also have asked the court to revoke Updyke's bond.


An Auburn University official says the iconic Toomer's Corner oak trees will likely be removed a few days after an April 20 football game.

Auburn University students and the public will get one final chance to roll the dying Toomer's Oaks before they are removed after the A-Day football game.

Dan King, Auburn's assistant vice president of facilities, says tells the Opelika-Auburn News (http://bit.ly/XO3wsy) that trees will likely be removed within a week or two following the game.

Earlier this month, Auburn announced the trees would be removed but didn't say when.