Students and staff at Kansas University may have noticed the recent absence of the white-bearded man who hangs out on Wescoe Beach to make noise and wave at people.
Jimmy Tucker, also known as White Owl, is being held in Douglas County Jail on $5,000 bond, on accusations of not showing up to court, jail records stated.
Tucker, 62, of Lawrence, was arrested Thursday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He is accused of violating a protection order on Sept. 8, with his 23-year-old ex-fiancee listed as a witness.
Court documents say Tucker failed to show up for court Oct. 30, ahead of a Nov. 4 jury trial scheduled in the case, which was subsequently canceled. Tucker now has a hearing scheduled for Tuesday morning.
A second violation of a protection order case was filed against Tucker Oct. 16. An arraignment hearing in that case is scheduled for Nov. 19.
Tucker is a fanatic supporter of university sporting events and the frequent target for national TV cameras with his dances and tie-dyed shirts and socks.
In June 2008, Tucker was engaged to Julia Lee, a 2004 Lawrence High School graduate. Their plans for a public wedding were postponed a month after the engagement was announced and eventually were called off altogether.
Tucker was on diversion for a possession of marijuana charge at KU from September 2007, and is scheduled to be seen by a judge Jan. 28 regarding a violation of the terms, city prosecutors said.
He’s also scheduled on New Year’s Eve to appear in Lawrence Municipal Court for a theft case, in which he’s accused of stealing three books from KU’s Anschutz Library.
KU police said Tucker admitted to the $227 theft case, which reportedly occurred between February and August.