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December 20, 2000



Counterfeit bills lead to arrest, charges

A suburban Kansas City man has been charged in U.S. District Court with producing counterfeit $100 bills.

Jeffrey L. Wons, 37, was arrested Sunday and charged Monday after U.S. Secret Service agents searched his Blue Springs, Mo., home.

According to an affidavit, Secret Service agents got Wons' name from one of three men arrested last week in Lakewood, Colo., on suspicion of passing a counterfeit $100 bill at a nightclub.

The fake bills seized in Colorado were similar to about $60,000 in counterfeit $100 bills passed at Kansas City-area banks and businesses since November 1999, according to the affidavit.

Authorities described the bills as being "of outstanding quality."


Transient convicted in beating death

A transient cleared in an unrelated murder case 2 1/2 years ago has been convicted of bludgeoning another homeless man to death and wounding two others.

Prosecutors said Edward Dwayne Perkins attacked the three men with an axe handle because he thought they were going to sexually assault him.

A Shawnee County jury convicted Perkins, 32, of one count each of voluntary manslaughter, attempted voluntary manslaughter and attempted aggravated battery.

The verdict came one year to the day after the death of Richard E. Brown, 50, and the attacks on Robert M. Paulini, 47, and Peter Ramirez, 46, near the Kansas River.

Perkins is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 19.

In March 1998, charges were dropped against Perkins in the death of Michael Lee Griffith, 50. The former lawyer died of blunt trauma to the head earlier that month at his campsite near the Kansas River.


Panel drops stink about livestock odor

Concluding there was little it could do, the Finney County Economic Development Corp. has dropped its goal of reducing livestock odors from feedlots and packing plants.

Odor reduction was the third priority of the panel, which is also working to create an industrial park to attract business and to recruit and retain physicians.

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