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Deer crashes through window at Weaver’s

Weaver's vice president Earl Reineman, left, cleans up broken glass with the help of an employee after a deer jumped through a display window at the store, located at 901 Massachusetts St., early Monday morning.

Weaver's vice president Earl Reineman, left, cleans up broken glass with the help of an employee after a deer jumped through a display window at the store, located at 901 Massachusetts St., early Monday morning.

August 23, 2010, 9:03 a.m. Updated August 23, 2010, 9:06 p.m.


Deer damages downtown department store

A young deer romped through downtown Lawrence and crashed through a window at Weavers. The deer then escaped with unknown injuries. Enlarge video

Deer crashes through Weaver's window

A deer shattered a display window at Weaver's, 901 Massachusetts St., early Monday morning. Authorities had the injured animal temporarily cornered in a backyard in the 800 block of Alabama before the young buck escaped and ran north. Enlarge video

Lawrence Mayor Mike Amyx — who, of course, also doubles as one of the town’s downtown barbers — was clipping hair about 7:30 Monday morning. That’s when he saw a rambunctious, young, six-point buck deer making good time down Massachusetts Street.

A bit surprising, although Amyx swears his customer’s ears are both fully intact. What came next, though, was odd for even a Monday morning in downtown.

The buck jumped right through the plate glass display window of Weaver’s Department Store, Ninth and Massachusetts streets.

Which display window? Well, of course, the one with the fine brassieres and other female undergarments that are enough to make the antlers of even the strongest buck twitch just a bit.

“We don’t know exactly what happened, but we think the deer saw the sale banner in the window and couldn’t wait for the store to open,” said Earl Reineman, vice president with Weavers. “But seriously, we hope the deer is OK.”

That was uncertain on Monday. After removing itself from the display, the buck ran nine blocks or so to the 800 block of Alabama Street where it holed up in a fenced back yard. Homeowner Rich Garrett said the deer was bleeding significantly from its shoulder and one of its antlers appeared broken.

Animal control and police officers responded to the scene, and requested assistance from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. But while the Lawrence officers were waiting for KDWP to arrive, the deer became spooked and escaped. It was heading north toward the Kansas River, and officers chose not to pursue him. No other calls regarding the deer were reported to police.

Sgt. Matt Sarna, a spokesman for the Lawrence Police Department, said animal control officers are not equipped to tranquilize a deer. He said police officers also generally do not shoot wild animals unless it is clear the animal is posing an immediate danger or is so badly hurt that it clearly will not survive.

Garrett watched the deer scurry in his backyard for 15 to 20 minutes. While he is no deer psychologist — although an occasional deer hunter — he does have an idea about what happened.

“I know that they get scared real easily and when they feel trapped or lost, they kind of make rash decisions,” Garrett said.

Back at Weaver’s, Reineman is only certain of one thing.

“It is,” he said, “the strangest broken window case we’ve ever had.”


CheneyHawk 5 years ago

O, give me a home, where the buffalo roam...

5 years ago

thanks for making coffee come out my nose :)

Mike Slack 5 years ago

Probably the best comment in a long time.

luv2raft 5 years ago

I don't care who you are, that's funny right there!

Kontum1972 5 years ago

so will the deer do time In the DG county slammer?

Flap Doodle 5 years ago

Perhaps Bambi is too fond of Jockey underthings.....

Megan Green Stuke 5 years ago

Remember when a deer busted into Randall's bridal about 10 (or more?) years ago? We have some deer with fine taste in these parts.

salad 5 years ago


How much you wanna bet the Lawrence city commission submits and ordinance requiring all stores to replace their plate glass windows with tempered glass so animals and people won't be "significantly injured" when they crash through them.

Richie Kennedy 5 years ago

More than likely, there's already a building code requiring tempered glass in this type of installation. The window that broke clearly was tempered.

/ Did NOT consult the family re: requirements to use tempered

notyourmom 5 years ago

You're probably right! And the City failed to enforce the code.

Ron Holzwarth 5 years ago

My grandfather used to go hunting, and we ate what we called deerburgers. It was a lot like hamburger, but I thought it tasted awful.

RoeDapple 5 years ago

Might be he was trophy hunting and brought home Bambi's grandpa. Tough and gamy tasting . .

newmedia 5 years ago

Ran for it's life from the Topeka Zoo!

John Hampton 5 years ago

Coincidence... so do I. Let the festivities beging.

1234 5 years ago

I got a nice Mathews thats calling its name too :) we could all set up camp on each corner along with the hippies

Stuart Evans 5 years ago

I believe he is a homeless deer. They hoped he would find his way to the River, which we all know, is where the homeless live. He was probably panhandling downtown when he was confronted by another deer (reflection), he lunged and destroyed the other deer before being chased by the cops, and finally escaping

riverdrifter 5 years ago

The bucks are in full velvet. It will soon be time to deploy trail cameras.

thebigspoon 5 years ago

If there was a homeless deer shelter then he wouldn't have been hanging out at 9th and Mass...

Bud Stagg 5 years ago

I bet the deer saw it's reflection and attacked, thinking it was a rival. Maybe he liked the tie in the window and thought it would look good on him.

trinity 5 years ago

lol...the comments are priceless! :)

filmguru 5 years ago

Obviously, she was just window shopping. She couldn't afford to buy anything because she didn't have any bucks with her.

John Hampton 5 years ago

If it were a doe.... this would make sense.

Bud Stagg 5 years ago

Actually "he" didn't have any doe...

kernal 5 years ago

Hmmm, he was last seen in the 800 block of Alabama, so he was probably headed for LMH ER. Someone alert Gene Meyer!

It's been a while since a deer has gone through a window downtown. Didn't one crash into a window at Round Corner about 15-20 years ago?

jhawks1234 5 years ago

Businesses need to watch out first cars are running into them at an incredible rate and now it seems the animal world is following in their footsteps...Maybe I should put my Big Buck Hunter skills to work.

monkeyboots 5 years ago

Must have gotten lost on his way to (wait for it, wait for it)


Daisy78 5 years ago

Nah, I actually saw him run past Starbucks, maybe he was headed for Dunkin Donuts on 23rd....

justtired 5 years ago

Maybe he couldn't afford the big "bucks" for underwear and decided to get some free care at LMH!!

nut_case 5 years ago

Ban deer crashing through windows! Problem solved!

RoeDapple 5 years ago

I . . uh . . . . damn . . . . everybody's already said all the funny stuff . . .

coolmarv 5 years ago

Weaver's new slogan. "Weavers, the buck stops here!" or maybe 'shops here'?

ksjayhawk74 5 years ago

The window has already been replaced. The crews are just finishing up.

justtired 5 years ago

Maybe he didn't want to spend a lot of "doe" for his girlfriend and decided Wal-Mart was better! I am loving the comments!!

mom_of_three 5 years ago

Maybe he got lost, while looking for the Buck-le (Buckle)

BigPrune 5 years ago

The City Commission should write a letter and buy a one page ad apologizing to the deer of Topeka.

Stuart Evans 5 years ago

at least they didn't list the deers name.

Orwell 5 years ago

The Journal-World does not print the names of horned underwear display intruders unless there is a conviction.

BlackVelvet 5 years ago

Where's Skinny with his indignation of the LJW?

lazz 5 years ago

Next on Fox: "When Animals Shop!"

juscin3 5 years ago

You know what they say when you have too much tequila.

kernal 5 years ago

Bad acid trip, no doubt about it!

Boston_Corbett 5 years ago

Never chain your deer friends. They want to be inside where it is cool.

jonas_opines 5 years ago

Yikes, some of these puns are almost WMDs. (PMDs?)

Aileen Dingus 5 years ago

Win-does of Mass Deer-struction

Win-deers of Mass Doe-struction?

I always get those two mixed up.

monkeyboots 5 years ago

Oh, I know - it's Win-does ON Mass Deer-struction!


nytemayr 5 years ago

tempered glass not safety glass yes. plastic layer should protect the deer better.

ryknow1976 5 years ago

Isn't this the store that Santa visits every year? Maybe he was trying to apply for the reindeer job.

The_Voice_of_Reason 5 years ago

Don't you mean the buck shops here...

puddleglum 5 years ago

maybe he was fawning for some white-tail?

tachnup 5 years ago

Looks like ole Buck is a crossdresser. Who'd a thunk it?

anagram 5 years ago

Just got back to work from downtown and stopped by Weaver's. No obvious window damage (man they're quick!), but clear signs of arterial spray on the sidewalk along 9th from the alley to clear across Vermont St.

Doesn't look good for the deer, I'm afraid.

Charlie Sabotage 5 years ago

i've got nothing. this too funny. way too great.

CheneyHawk 5 years ago

Usually when there are antlers in the area, they are ordering late night pizza for BB players

George_Braziller 5 years ago

Mating season for deer is in the fall. This one obviously saw his reflection in the glass and thought it was another buck and thus competition. When they're rutting they aren't anything to be messed with.

fkalich 5 years ago

Why is this so funny? Animal injured, ha ha. I don't see it. Maybe if I took more drugs, or bashed my head into a wall a few times, the humor would be more apparent. What stands out to me, is that the city should do a brain scan before hiring police, to make sure they have brains larger than a pea. Had the the deer cornered? Right. The best chance a wild animal (and often a dog) has in such a situation is to leave them alone, to find their own way. You just spook them into hurting themselves if you force the issue. Or call a professional to handle the situation.

George_Braziller 5 years ago

I didn't see the humor either. Bucks will approach, face off, and joust with slow moving vehicles if they see it as a threat. They can move amazingly fast and if a 2,000 pound vehicle doesn't intimidate them a 150 pound human wouldn't stand a chance.

Those antlers and hooves didn't evolve just to look pretty.

he_who_knows_all 5 years ago

I bet you had the "deer in headlights" look after reading these comments didn't you?

George_Braziller 5 years ago

Yep, laugh your ass off. It won't be so funny when one of them comes through your windshield.

George_Braziller 5 years ago

You've hit two. Good thing you made it out alive. A friend of mine hit one and it killed her even though she was wearing her seatbelt. The buck came through the windshield. Yeh, it's really funny.

RKLOG 5 years ago

My thoughts and prayers go out to the deer family...

monkeyboots 5 years ago

Agree. That one made me bark-laugh.

djherbman 5 years ago

I'm assuming this is more fall-out from the Young Buck / 50 Cent G-Unit beef.

persevering_gal 5 years ago

Could we get a description of the deer? Number of hooves? Tail color? Only suspect? Red-nosed?

persevering_gal 5 years ago

ha! Thanks, I'll keep my eyes opened!

Jeremiah Jefferson 5 years ago

Its a good thing the deer got away. They probably would have killed it for having a brain the size of a walnut. had it been caught..

BruceWayne 5 years ago

Compton needs to get control of his wild beasts! First a Zebra rips a guys arm off and now this?

Aileen Dingus 5 years ago

So did they ever find it? I don't like deer much, but after seeing the copious amount of blood on the sidewalk on 9th street I do hope someone found it and put it out of it's misery.

jaywalker 5 years ago

Wow! Kudos to all participants, that was worth the scroll. I couldn't fathom why there'd be so many comments on this story, was afraid of what this may have devolved into. But I was more than pleasantly surprised and entertained. Thanks for the chuckles.

bearded_gnome 5 years ago

you see, it is simple.

the deer had to be female. and she ran out of the Clinique facelift secret SPF 100 night treatment and couldn't wait.

plus she'd spent all her money at MCD.

bearded_gnome 5 years ago

in other words, I'm not buying the "buck" part of the story. you know, in today's world, it's always the man's fault...

bearded_gnome 5 years ago

OH! LMAO! posters really outdid themselves today!

this just in to the Gnome News Room: the deer disguised as a buck was a Weavers employee, hired to get some attention for Weavers and attract more foot traffic. Weavers has a history of hiring 'hoofers' for some events.

... or, I blame Buskerfest.

bearded_gnome 5 years ago

that's right Jesse!

if a man is alone in the woods and he says something, is he still wrong?

if a male deer is alone at 9th and mass is he still wrong? or did he just refuse to ask for directions?

juscin3 5 years ago

No, he didn't come from Topeka...Did you stop and think he might of come from Manhattan? Maybe the cats sent him to go ahead and start the bashing of the LOSS they are gonna get when they play the Hawks...Other than that, too funny on the comments here!

jlzack 5 years ago

this was way too funny, I have enjoyed this thread.... lol

bad_dog 5 years ago

I was under the impression nobody liked deer.

Can we get a ruling from Andini?

Leandra Galindo 5 years ago

Loved all the comments..hehehe..I just can't believe a deer would walk the streets of Mass!

LadyJ 5 years ago

Is anyone really surprised he left the scene of a crash? He's no dummy, he knows the drill here in Lawrence. The alcohol should be out of his system by now, so he will be turning himself into the police anytime now. But we all know he'll get off with a slap on the "hoof".

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