Joey Kyle

Midwest Intelligence

Some of the Christian County Sheriff Department’s fully automatic weapons are unaccounted for, according to an internal report issued Tuesday.

The 19-page report issued by Interim Sheriff Dwight McNiel in part states that that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is working with the department to account for the missing weapons. The report says the weapons may have been legitimately transferred to another agency or authorized firearms dealer. There’s also a missing department-owned patrol car mentioned in the report, which McNiel calls “equally disturbing.”

christiancountymo.gov

The Christian County Commission has approved the date of a special election to replace Joey Kyle, who resigned Wednesday from his post as sheriff before pleading guilty to embezzlement and fraud.

Commissioners voted 3-0 Thursday to set the date for August 4. See the notice for countywide special election.

Christian County

The top law enforcement official in Christian County has resigned his post and pleaded guilty to stealing county dollars and money laundering.

53-year-old Joey Kyle, who had served as sheriff since 2009, pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday. As part of a plea agreement, he’ll serve one year and one day in prison without parole. In addition, Kyle must pay $50,290 in restitution to Christian County and forfeit a money judgment of $71,640 to the government, which officials say represents the proceeds he received from his criminal conduct.