New bond conditions set for Ness County sheriff following Jan. arrest

NESS COUNTY, Kan. Update Monday, Feb. 5

KBI

Ness County Sheriff Bryan Whipple appeared in court Monday, a week after he was arrested for a second time.

Last Monday (Jan. 29), Whipple was arrested fro violating a condition of his bond. The sheriff is accused of contacting a person associated with his criminal case.

A judge set new bond conditions stating he can't go to the Ness County Sheriff's Office or have contact with any witnesses in his case.

Whipple is only allowed to take care of billing work, the sheriff's office says. The Ness County undersheriff is taking charge of the sheriff's office while Whipple is under investigation.

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Update Tuesday, Jan. 30:

For the second time in as many months, the Ness County sheriff is arrested. The sheriff's office Tuesday confirms Ness County Sheriff Bryan Whipple was arrested Monday for violating a condition of his bond. The sheriff is accused of contacting a person associated with his criminal case.

The sheriff's office says Whipple was transported to the Ford County Sheriff's Office after his arrest.

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Original story from Dec. 21

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation Thursday says it arrested Ness County Sheriff Bryan Whipple on multiple charges of crimes suspected of being committed over the past four years.

The KBI says it initiated an investigation into allegations against Whipple at the request of the Ness County attorney.

Whipple, 47, was arrested for perjury, making false information, criminal distribution of firearms to a felon, and official misconduct.

"Whipple made his first court appearance in Rush County District Court shortly after his arrest," the KBI says. "Ness County Attorney Kevin Salzman is expected to prosecute the case."

Whipple was arrested at 11:45 a.m. Thursday. He appeared before a judge and was back at the sheriff's office by 3 p.m.

This investigation is ongoing, the KBI says.