- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A pipe organ that has served as the musical backdrop to an amusement park clown is now the subject of a civil court case.

The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/1Qa3RRH ) reports an attorney for Joyland Amusement Park owner Margaret Nelson Spear filed a civil breach-of-contract lawsuit Wednesday in Sedgwick County District Court.

The lawsuit claims that ex-Joyland employee Damian Mayes didn’t pay money he owes after agreeing to purchase the Wurlitzer Style 160 “Mammoth” Military Band organ about six years ago.

Spear demands that Mayes either pay her the $9,000 he owes or allow her to repossess the organ.

Court records don’t list an attorney for Mayes.

Kansas Department of Corrections records say Mayes, 40, is serving a sentence at the Norton Correctional Facility and isn’t eligible for parole until 2028. He was convicted of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and aggravated criminal sodomy in Harvey County.

For more than half a century, an animatronic clown named Louie played the Wurlitzer organ at Wichita’s Joyland Park.

Wichita police said Louie went missing from Joyland sometime in 2005 or 2006 and was officially reported stolen in 2010. Mayes helped restore the clown in 1994. Wichita police said Louie went missing from Joyland sometime in 2005 or 2006 and was officially reported stolen in 2010.

Last March, Wichita police searched Mayes’ house and located Louie the Clown. However, Mayes has not been criminally charged in connection with Louie’s disappearance.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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