AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Auburn University officials have released an update on the condition of the oak tree set on fire late Saturday night at Toomer's Corner.
Gary Keever, professor in Auburn University's Department of Horticulture, released the following statement on the oak's condition.
Later on Sunday, Auburn University issued the following press release on the oak's condition:
Law enforcement confirms 29-year-old Jochen Wiest from Auburn is in custody and is suspected of being connected to the intentionally set fire at Toomer's Corner. Capt. Dorsey says he is not an AU student and was identified with the help of witnesses.
Further investigation resulted in Wiest being identified as the individual responsible for setting the fire and a warrant was obtained for his arrest. He was arrested while incarcerated in the Lee County Jail on the prior charge and his bond was set at $1,000.
Rolling the famous trees on Toomer's Corner, located on the corner of West Magnolia Avenue and College Street, has been a tradition since the early beginnings of Auburn athletics. In 2011, the tradition was shuttered with a man poisoned the trees, eventually killing them. The trees were later replanted and in 2015, kickstarting the tradition again.
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