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The family of a Wichita man who was fatally shot by police on his porch after a hoax emergency call has sued the city and the unidentified officers involved.

The federal lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court of Kansas seeks unspecified damages related to the Dec. 28 death of Andrew Finch. He was shot by police responding to a California man's call with a fake story about a shooting and kidnapping at Finch's Wichita home. Finch, 28, was unarmed.

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A Wichita Police captain has been charged with battery and disorderly conduct for a confrontation that occurred during a recent youth basketball game in Augusta.

Kevin Mears is accused of pushing a teenage female referee out of the way as he rushed to a player on the court.

Mears was off-duty at the time of the Jan. 13 incident. He is currently on unpaid leave from the Wichita Police Department pending the outcome of criminal proceedings and an internal review.

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Wichita’s police chief says the department had “significant involvement” in a federal investigation that has brought charges against six people, including three former law enforcement officers. An affidavit says FBI investigators have been looking into an illegal gambling business with ties to public corruption in Wichita since November 2011.

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Federal prosecutors are accusing two former Wichita police officers and a gambling operator of obstructing justice, saying they revealed the identity of an undercover officer who was investigating illegal gambling, an indictment unsealed Thursday says.

The indictment charges police officers Michael Zajkowski, 50, of Wichita and Bruce Mackey, 45, of Goddard with obstruction of law enforcement along with gambling operator Brock Wedman, 48, of St. Marys. Wedman also is charged with lying to the FBI.

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Wichita’s Citizen Review Board to enforce police transparency is starting to take shape.

City Manager Robert Layton, who announced its members Wednesday, said the board's formation is especially timely.

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The Wichita Police Department says the fatal police shooting that killed a man in late December started with a prank phone call, commonly referred to as swatting.

In swatting cases, callers utilize technology to make 911 calls appear local—also known as spoofing—and then report a false emergency at a victim’s home to get a strong police and SWAT team response, which is where the term gets its name. The harassment is often associated with the dark corners of online gaming.

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City and county leaders and law enforcement officials on Friday unveiled the new joint Law Enforcement Training Center on Wichita State University’s Innovation Campus.

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Wichita Police say investigators are interviewing people involved in a hoax 911 call that led to a fatal police shooting, but that no new arrests have been made.  

Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay provided few updates on the case during a news conference Friday, saying only that officers are focused on following up with people involved. Ramsay wouldn't provide details about those people or their alleged involvement.

Investigators say Andrew Finch was fatally shot by Wichita police after a man falsely reported a shooting and kidnapping at Finch's address.

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A Los Angeles man suspected of making a hoax emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting of a Wichita man told a judge Wednesday he would not fight efforts to send him to Kansas to face charges.

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Wichita police on Friday said a prank 911 phone call – known as “swatting” – led to a fatal police shooting.

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