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Bonner resident charged with threatening KHP trooper

September 17, 2009

A Bonner Springs man is accused of making threatening telephone calls to his co-worker, a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Kansas said Timothy L. Wyrick, 32, Bonner Springs, was charged Thursday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan

Wyrick is employed by the Kansas Highway Patrol as a motorist assist technician.

According to a criminal complaint filed with the court, in March a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper began to receive anonymous phone calls from a male who made threats of bodily harm against the trooper. The trooper received calls both on the his cellular and home phones.

In one of the calls, the complaint said, the caller left the following message:

“You got to leave too early from your traffic stop! Had you in my scope! Well, gonna be some good things happen tonight. Oh, I got your burial site all done, ready for you. Bye, bye.”

The calls, which continued through Tuesday, made repeated threats of bodily harm, described what the trooper was doing, what the trooper was wearing, and where the trooper had been while on duty. The caller indicated he knew where the trooper lived and where the trooper’s mother lived.

Some of the calls, prosecutors say, came from a pay phone at the Walmart in Paola. Other calls came from a Tracfone with a number that investigators were able to identify.

On Tuesday, according to the criminal complaint, investigators watched while Wyrick used a cell phone to make a call from the Tracfone number while he was sitting in a Kansas Highway Patrol work truck parked at the side of U.S. Highway 69, just north of a cell tower at 103rd Street and U.S. 69 in Overland Park. He was arrested. Investigators recovered the cell phone from his boot.

If convicted, Wrick faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.

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