Any charges against three suspected bus vandals won't be filed this week, the Douglas County district attorney's office reported today.
Three Lawrence High School seniors were suspended from school last week for allegedly draining motor oil from 41 buses at Mayflower Contract Services, the bus company that contracts with the Lawrence school district.
Mayflower puts the vandalism damage at $20,000. Besides replacing oil and oil plugs for the buses, Mayflower was forced to remove contaminated soil and bring in 300 tons of gravel to restore the parking lot.
The Lawrence police department conducted interviews with the three students last week, and a report on the interviews has been forwarded to the district attorney's office.
But Assistant Dist. Atty. Shelley White said this morning that no charges would be filed before next week.
"The investigation isn't complete," White said. "We just want to be sure we have all the information before we make a decision."
Debbie Riley, an attorney for Mayflower, said the company may turn to the civil courts if restitution isn't obtained through criminal proceedings.
"I think it's always something that will be considered," Riley said. "I think we'll wait and see the outcome of the criminal system and if any restitution is going to be ordered."