Trial date set: The Alabama fan accused of poisoning the oak trees at Auburn’s Toomer’s Corner has been indicted by a Lee County grand jury. Court documents posted online show the grand jury indicted Harvey Updyke Jr. on four felony charges and two misdemeanor charges. The 62-year-old Updyke faces two felony counts of first-degree criminal mischief, two felony counts of unlawful damage, felony vandalism or theft of property from a farm animal or crop facility and two misdemeanor counts of desecrating a venerated object. He is scheduled for arraignment on May 26 before Lee County Circuit Court Judge Jacob A. Walker III. Updyke has a tentative trial date of June 20. The trees are at Toomer’s Corner, where Auburn fans have traditionally celebrated victories.
Sweet payday: A new Internal Revenue Service filing by the Sugar Bowl shows it paid CEO Paul Hoolahan just under $600,000 in 2009. Hoolahan made $594,000 that year, down from $645,000 in 2008. That’s because Hoolahan got a much bigger bonus in 2008, when the Sugar Bowl hosted the national championship game, when LSU defeated Ohio State. Hoolahan received a $140,000 bonus in 2008, and an $80,000 bonus in 2009. Last year, a group called Playoff PAC filed a complaint with the IRS against the Sugar, Fiesta and Orange Bowls, claiming they violated their tax-exempt status. It called Hoolahan’s compensation excessive.