Herington teacher arrested for intimidating a witness


The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Herington man on Wednesday for allegedly intimidating a witness in a felony investigation.

According to a news release from the KBI, shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday, Russell L. Thomas, 61, of Herington, was arrested on a warrant for aggravated intimidation of a witness. This crime is alleged to have occurred on April 7. Thomas is a teacher at Herington USD 487.

Thomas was booked into the Dickinson County Jail. Bond was set at $50,000.

Thomas, who is a middle school science teacher, has been placed on administrative leave, according to Herington Superintendent Donalyn Biehler Wednesday morning.

“This incident did not involve any district students, so far as we know,” Biehler said in a letter to parents on the school district’s Facebook page.

The investigation is ongoing. Nothing further will be released at this time.