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Ki-Be official to face felony charge for allegedly selling school property

A Kiona-Benton City School District administrator will be charged criminally for allegedly selling school property on the online auction site eBay, according to the Benton County Prosecutor's Office.

Deputy Prosecutor Emily Sullivan told the Herald that she plans to charge Mark Noyes with the felony offense of first-degree trafficking of stolen property. The charge is expected to be filed today in Benton County Superior Court.

Noyes, who is the district's maintenance and operations manager, won't be arrested but will be sent a summons to appear in court at a later date.

The Kiona-Benton City School Board originally placed Noyes on paid leave when the investigation became public but that was changed to unpaid leave after a special board meeting June 14.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office began investigating Noyes in April after an unidentified board member reported suspicions of wrongdoing.

Investigators used a warrant to obtain records from eBay and allegedly found Noyes sold 10 sensors for heating and cooling systems for $500 a piece, a camera for $30 and an undisclosed amount of paper. The items were sold over a period of three years, said officials.

Noyes has worked for the district since February 2010 and earns $69,000 a year.

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