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OLATHE, Kan. (AP) - A third man has been convicted in the killing of a suburban Kansas City gun shop owner during an attempted robbery. The trial for 22 -year-old Nicquan Midgyett, of Kansas City, Missouri, was underway when he pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree murder, attempted aggravated robbery, and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery. He previously pleaded guilty to aggravated battery. Sentencing is set for March 8.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the deaths of three people found in the rubble of a burned Kansas City, Kansas, home as homicides. Police announced the homicide investigation Wednesday in a tweet. The early Tuesday fire initially was labeled as suspicious. Firefighters searching the single-story home found two bodies at that time. A third body was found later in the day as firefighters sifted through the house.

ABILENE, Kan. (AP) - Police say a sweet tip led to the recovery of a bear statue that was stolen from outside a candy factory in central Kansas a year ago. Abilene Police Department assistant chief Jason Wilkins says the Russell Stover Candies sculpture, depicting a sitting teddy bear covered in chocolate, was found Wednesday in a Salina home following a tip from someone apparently unconnected to its theft. Det. Karmen Kupper says a suspect has been identified but hasn't been arrested.

LENEXA, Kan. (AP) - The Johnson County District Attorney says an off-duty police officer who shot and killed an armed man who was threatening customers at the Costco in Lenexa will not face any charges. District Attorney Steve Howe said Wednesday that Kansas City, Kansas, police Capt. Michael Howell acted courageously during the confrontation on Nov. 26. He shot Ronald Hunt, who was waving a weapon and threatening customers in the store.

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