Kansas Wildlife and Parks is still investigating whether Dodge City Police Chief Robin James violated deer-hunting laws.


    Kansas Wildlife and Parks is still investigating whether Dodge City Police Chief Robin James violated deer-hunting laws.
    “The hangup for a while was, we were waiting on one final report to be written by one of the other officers before my officer could file his reports,” Lt. B.J. Thurman of Wildlife and Parks’ District 1-E said Friday. “We got the reports in, reviewed them. There are some things we still would like to look at, and so we’re continuing the investigation to be fair to everybody involved.”
    Thurman said he could not provide specifics or give a timeline for when the investigation might be completed. However, he said he hoped to present the case to the Ford County attorney’s office sometime next week.        Wildlife and Parks is investigating whether James used a spotlight for hunting and whether he had permission to be on the landowner’s property.
    The case centers on two alleged incidents on land near 111 Road, two and one-half miles north of Victory Electric.
    A witness told the Globe last month that he saw two men using a spotlight for deer hunting the night of Dec. 2. Two days later, he saw the same two men in the same spot, and they shot a deer that had crossed onto his property.
    The witness, who spoke to the Globe on condition of anonymity, said he did not know who the hunters were, but he later heard through the grapevine that James was one of them.
    James was off duty at the time of the incidents.
    Shining an artificial light on a field or pasture while holding a firearm or bow is a Class C misdemeanor, which carries a fine. The size of the fine depends on the facts of the case.
    A conviction for simple criminal hunting can result in a maximum fine of $500 plus court costs, and one month in jail, according to Wildlife and Parks’ Web site. The court can also suspend or revoke license privileges for up to a year.
    James remains on duty until the investigation is finished.