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Archive for Thursday, May 26, 1994

DA SEEKING INFORMATION ON VANDALISM

May 26, 1994

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Any charges against three suspected bus vandals won't be filed this week, Douglas County Dist. Atty. Jerry Wells said today.

Three Lawrence High School seniors were suspended from school earlier this month for allegedly draining motor oil from 41 buses at Mayflower Contract Services, the bus company that contracts with the Lawrence school district.

The vandalism occurred sometime May 1 or 2, just before the school's annual Senior Week.

Wells said it takes time to decide what charges to file in a vandalism case.

"First you look at the police reports. Then you have to speak to the witnesses. Then you have to get the restitution amounts from the victims, and in this case that's what we've been waiting for," Wells said.

Debbie Riley, an attorney with Mayflower, wouldn't say this morning how much restitution the company is seeking.

Earlier this month, Mayflower put the vandalism damage at $20,000. Besides replacing oil and oil plugs for the buses, the company was forced to remove contaminated soil and bring in 300 tons of gravel to restore the parking lot.

Wells said his office could make an announcement on charges next week.

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