CANYON CITY - Kyle Kimble, former FFA adviser and agriculture instructor at Grant Union High School, faces charges related to theft of school property.

On Dec. 18, Grant County Circuit Court Judge William Cramer Jr. arraigned Kimble on charges of first-degree theft, a Class C felony; and missapplying entrusted property and official misconduct, both Class A misdemeanors.

If convicted and sentenced under the maximum penalties for the charges, Kimble, 26, could face fines exceeding $100,000 and more than five years in prison.

Cramer scheduled a plea hearing for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Circuit Court courtroom in the Grant County Courthouse in Canyon City. Kimble and his wife, Carrie, also a former instructor at Grant Union High School, appeared in the courtroom for Kimble's Dec. 18 arraignment. Kimble told the judge that he has lived in Washington state since the end of July. Kimble signed a waiver of extradition, which stipulates that he will appear in court for future hearings.

The indictment against Kimble alleges that he stole a welding hood, clinometers (instruments that measure angles of elevation), books, videotapes and slide sets from Grant Union High School. The property is valued at more than $1,000. The alleged theft took place between June 14 and Oct. 2, 2002, according to the indictment.

After two years as FFA adviser and vocational agriculture instructor for Grant School District No. 3, Kimble departed at the end of the 2001-2002 school year. The much-admired instructor and adviser left with his wife and traveled north for a teaching job in Liberty School District near Spokane. He remains employed there, but an official representing the Liberty School District would not comment further on his employment status.

At Grant Union High School, Kimble taught Ag I and II, advanced ag and general shop class while serving as FFA adviser. Prior to arriving in John Day, he taught at Mount Baker High School at Bellingham, Wash., for a year.

Grant County Sherrif's Deputy Todd McKinley, school resource officer at Grant Union High School, said the sheriff's office spearheaded the investigation into the alleged theft from the high school. McKinley said the missing items were recovered in Washington state. The indictment was filed following a Nov. 13 grand jury hearing.

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