‘White Owl’ held in jail in connection with protective order case

Jimmy Tucker, also known as White Owl.

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.