Fan who allegedly poisoned Auburn tree runs into more trouble

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The Alabama fan who gained national attention for allegedly poisoning a tree on the Auburn campus ran into more trouble earlier this month when he was charged with terrorizing, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Monday.

Harvey Updyke, 64, was arrested in Hammond, La., on Sept. 18 after he attempted to return a lawnmower to a store. According to the police report, Updyke got angry when the store manager would only give him $110 for the lawnmower while Updyke insisted on getting $150.

He caused a scene and the store owner called police.

"He had a sad story," Hammond Police spokesman Lt. Vincent Giannobile told the Times-Picayune. "He said he was going to prison anyway, he had a bad heart, and he didn't care. He kept insinuating that he wasn't going to take no for an answer."

Updyke received national publicity in 2010 for allegedly poisoning the Toomer's Corner oak trees on the campus of Auburn University.

Updyke has pleaded not guilty to counts of desecration of a venerated object, first-degree criminal mischief and unlawful damage or vandalism of a crop facility.
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