Sheriff, fearing apocalypse, horded 3 tons of food in Christian County jail

Prison bars. Jail cell. | Courtesy of Michael Coghlan/Flickr
Courtesy of Michael Coghlan/Flickr

The former sheriff of Christian County stockpiled some 3 tons of food in the basement of the county jail, apparently in preparation for the apocalypse.

Joey Kyle, who in May pleaded guilty to embezzlement and aiding a fraud scheme, attended a conference in Las Vegas in 2014 and returned to southwest Missouri talking about the end of times.

Christian County Commissioner Ray Weter recalled that Kyle said current conditions in the Middle East would cause a major war, possibly within a few weeks, and bring about the end of the world.

“I don’t know how it got here,” Weter said of the food, “or how it got paid for.”

Interim Sheriff Dwight McNiel said the stockpile is the latest in a series of surprising discoveries that paint a picture of a department that under Kyle’s watch had poor record keeping, runaway spending and little accountability. Kyle was known to record the finances of the department, which this year has a $4.6 million budget, in ledgers with pencil.

The food now has been donated to the Christian County Family Crisis Center.

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