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A 3,000-page report based on countless hours of investigation into a police shooting death that ended last summer’s 32-hour standoff in south Wichita left Marc Bennett with an obvious conclusion:
Use of deadly force by officers was lawful and justified.
“I’m at a loss of what else law enforcement could have done … what more they could have done to end this peacefully,” Bennett, the Sedgwick County district attorney, said Wednesday in announcing his decision.
U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Wednesday that a Wichita restaurant owner faces numerous charges in federal court, including drug trafficking, firearms violations, bank fraud and money laundering.
Grissom said in a news release that a grand jury in U.S. District Court handed down 23 counts against Gerald Beasley, 58, of Andover. The charges include unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction; possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking; maintaining a drug involved premise, including his restaurant, Tiara’s Place, 1339 N. Hillside; possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine; conspiracy to commit bank fraud; bank fraud; money laundering, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
The news release said law enforcement officers served search warrants in June and seized more than $229,000 from bank accounts and $346,000 in cash from homes and a business. The government also is seeking forfeiture of several pieces of property in Wichita and Andover.
The Sedgwick County Sheriffs Office said Wednesday that metal thieves apparently are using a new tool to plan their crimes: the Internet.
Investigators believe specific locations are being targeted by suspects who are using computer mapping sites to identify locations that may have large quantities of copper wire, Sheriffs Lt. Dave Mattingly said during a media briefing Wednesday.
A recent example occurred Tuesday, when Sedgwick County deputies stopped a pickup near 143rd Street East and K-254. The driver, a 24-year-old Oklahoma woman, was originally stopped on traffic charges.
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