- Associated Press - Thursday, May 4, 2017

WAKEENEY, Kan. (AP) - A western Kansas police chief has been charged with blackmail, witness intimidation, phone harassment and several other charges after a months-long investigation.

Trego County Attorney Christopher Lyon said in a news release that WaKeeney Police Chief Terry Eberle was arrested and charged Wednesday. He was released on his own recognizance after a hearing. He also faces charges of tampering, attempted interference with law enforcement and theft.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation began an investigation in January at Lyon’s request. The KBI said in a news release that the investigation is ongoing and provided no other details.

Police referred questions to Lyon, who didn’t immediately return a phone message from the Associated Press. WaKeeney city administrator Hardy Howard says Eberle has been placed on leave. It wasn’t known if Eberle had an attorney.

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