Crime & Courts

Halstead’s ex-police chief, city administrator face felony charges

The Halstead city administrator and the town’s former police chief were arrested and booked into jail Monday on felony charges, the Harvey County Sheriff’s Office said.
The Halstead city administrator and the town’s former police chief were arrested and booked into jail Monday on felony charges, the Harvey County Sheriff’s Office said. File photo

The Halstead city administrator and the town’s former police chief were arrested and booked into jail Monday on felony charges, the Harvey County Sheriff’s Office said.

The felony charge against the former police chief involves an alleged purchase of Halstead Police Department ammunition for use by private individuals.

Halstead City Administrator James Hatfield has been charged with felony perjury, the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Hatfield was taken to the Harvey County Detention Center, booked in around 10 a.m. and his bond was set at $2,500, sheriff’s spokeswoman Melissa Flavin said. Hatfield posted a cash bond Monday afternoon, she said.

The alleged perjury by Hatfield occurred around Dec. 8, 2015, the charge said. It gives no more details of the allegation but says that Hatfield would face a penalty of five to 17 months in prison and a fine up to $100,000.

Also, former Halstead Police Chief Steven Lewis was arrested in Stevens County and charged with felony misuse of public funds and two counts of misdemeanor theft, the Harvey County Sheriff’s Office said. His bond was set at $3,000.

The alleged misuse of public funds by Lewis occurred in 2011, and the alleged thefts occurred in 2012 and 2013, the charges say. The alleged misuse of funds involves “Purchase of Halstead Police Department ammunition for use by private individuals,” the felony charge states. The penalty would be five to 17 months in prison and a fine up to $100,000.

Each of the theft charges alleges that Lewis had “intent to permanently deprive” the city of Halstead of ammunition worth less than $1,000. The penalty he would face for each misdemeanor is one year in the county jail and a fine of of up to $2,500.

The arrests resulted from investigation by the Harvey County Attorney’s Office and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Sheriff’s Office said. Flavin said she couldn’t say whether the charges are related.

Neither Hatfield nor Lewis could be reached for comment Tuesday.

Harvey County Attorney David Yoder will provide more information to the media on Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office said. He couldn’t be reached for comment Monday afternoon.

Tim Potter: 316-268-6684, @terporter

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