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Man facing felony drug charges in connection with Saturday incident at Lawrence McDonald’s

June 4, 2013, 10:49 a.m. Updated June 4, 2013, 4:26 p.m.

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Anthony D. Foster

Anthony D. Foster

A 30-year-old Minneapolis, Kan., man has been charged with two felony drug offenses in connection with a Saturday afternoon disturbance in which a witness reported a gunshot fired in the parking lot of a Lawrence McDonald’s at 4911 W. Sixth St.

Lawrence police arrested Anthony D. Foster Monday after an investigation into the incident led investigators from Lawrence to Topeka and then Minneapolis, about 15 miles north of Salina. In what investigators believe was a drug-related robbery Saturday about 3 p.m., a witness reported a shot was fired in the restaurant's parking lot, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman.

A 31-year-old man who reported the gunshot suffered a minor injury to his hand in the incident but was not shot. He declined medical treatment, McKinley said, and investigators still have not confirmed that a gun was fired in the parking lot. Police are still seeking more suspects in the case and anticipate more arrests.

Several people believed to have been involved in the disturbance had left the area before police arrived, McKinley said. A black Dodge Charger, registered in Shawnee County, was involved in the incident and remained at the scene.

Monday, Foster was booked into Douglas County Jail, where he remained Tuesday. Douglas County prosecutors charged him Tuesday afternoon with two felony drug offense related to the Saturday incident. Prosecutors accused Foster of conspiring by phone to buy more than a kilogram of synthetic marijuana from a seller in the parking lot of the McDonald's. Separately, they charged him with attempting to make the purchase.

Foster was convicted of domestic battery and drug possession in Shawnee County in 2010. He spent almost five years in federal prison between 2003 and 2008 after pleading guilty to distributing methamphetamine in Shawnee County in 2002.

Douglas County pro-tem Judge James George set bond in the case at $50,000. Foster next appears in court on June 11.

Comments

Steven Gaudreau 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I bet these criminals would not have guns if there had been back ground checks in the first place......rigth? Cabela's is full of meth heads purchasing new guns at full price. Have you ever been to a gun show? It's full of druggies and gangstas looking for gun deals. Yes, back ground checks will solve all the problems. Drivers license requirements stopped all criminals from illegally driving, right?

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Curveball 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Mikekt, the business about the guns is exactly why I kept my distance when I observed the activity. They might be armed and I was not. Even if they were not armed, does anyone think they would take my "Intrusion" into their business lightly? I never was in position to get a license plate number and could not just walk over and note it and write it down. Holcom Park east of the gym was active a while back. Of course, Lawrence is not the only place I've seen this. I've seen it in Seattle, Huntington Beach and other tourist cities. You almost have to be blind to not see it.

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jane_doe 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Really should have paid of Mayor McCheese...

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Curveball 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Drug deals take place all over the city of Lawrence in different parking lots, public and private. McDonalds on west 6th street was probably just the spot named by either the buyer or seller while they were on the cell phone getting ready to make the exchange. I have seen the scenario several times in different lots around town. A car pulls into the parking lot and nobody gets out to go to a place of business or nearby building. Another car pulls in and parks a short distance from the first. Often one or both parties are on the cell phone when they drive into the lot. One party goes to the other car, gets in and is there less then a minute or two and goes back to his car. Both cars leave and go different directions. That doesn't prove a drug transaction took place, but if you see it often enough you'd believe it. Who knows why the deal at McDonalds went sour.

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Andini 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I feel like I'm robbed of a good meal every time I'm in a rush and reluctantly eat there.

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catfishturkeyhunter 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Is it really robbery if the guy is trying to steal illegal drugs?

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somebodynew 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I think they need to change the style of their music, ASAP !!

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Bladerunner 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I would never infringe on the Hamburglar's turf.

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Roland Gunslinger 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Shut it down!

Obviously the owner of this establishment attracts this type of crowd and the city should look at revoking their business permit! The manager is failing in their duty to ensure this type of activity doesn't go on.

Right jhawknsf?

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