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Former Miami County police chief facing felony charges

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The former police chief of Osawatomie, Kan., has been charged with several felonies stemming from an incident earlier this week, according to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Robert Butters, 51, was charged Thursday in Miami County District Court with aggravated intimidation of a witness, attempted interference with a law enforcement officer and possession of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

He was arrested Thursday in Iowa and was being held on a $250,000 bond.

The KBI did not release details of the incident, which occurred in the Osawatomie area. It is still under investigation, according to the KBI.

Osawatomie city officials announced on Jan. 21 that Butters had resigned as police chief and public safety director. Butters said he was resigning for personal reasons and for the best interests of his family, according to a press release from the city.

Butters was a 20-year veteran of the department and was appointed chief last June 1 after serving several months as interim chief.

Tony Rizzo: 816-234-4435, @trizzkc

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