May 10, 1990 |
A jury on Wednesday found a man guilty of trying to poison the historic Treaty Oak, a centuries-old tree that was severely damaged by the powerful herbicide Velpar. Paul Stedman Cullen, 46, faces a possible life sentence because of a prior conviction. He has been jailed since his arrest in June, 1989. State District Judge Bob Perkins scheduled sentencing for today.
July 3, 1989 |
The optimism of city workers grew as they planned to erect sun screens today around the poisoned Treaty Oak in their latest effort to save the historic tree. City Forester John Giedraitis said Sunday that workers would install a dozen 65-foot-tall utility poles in a semicircle south of the 400-year-old oak and hang sun screens between the poles to reduce the glare of the summertime sun.
June 30, 1989 |
Austin police arrested a 45-year-old ex-convict and loner Thursday in connection with the most publicized crime in the capital city this year--the poisoning of the historic Treaty Oak. Paul Steadman Cullen was booked on a criminal-mischief felony, a charge that could bring fines of as much as $10,000 and imprisonment for 20 years. He was arrested shortly before noon as he returned to his trailer on the yard of a feed store in the village of Elroy after a morning outing in Austin, where he had been under surveillance by police since dawn.