By Rob Langrell
Publisher of the Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

Sidney Police chief, Public Services director face misdemeanors

Charges stem from decision to handle off-duty incident administratively


When Sidney Police Chief Byron “BJ” Wilkinson decided to handle an allegation against another city employee administratively instead of with criminal charges, he was opting to use the discretion he and his officers exhibit everyday on the job.

Instead, 15 months later, Wilkinson is facing criminal charges himself. He has been charged with a class I misdemeanor of obstruction of government operations.

Meanwhile, Sidney Public Services Director John Hehnke – the city worker who was investigated back in January 2014 – faces misdemeanor charges of unlawful intrusion and disturbing the...

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