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Small town Iowa police chief charged with lying to ATF to get 90 machine guns for department with 3 officers
William Morris
Noelle Alviz-Gransee
Des Moines Register

A small Iowa town of 800 residents likely has no need for a police force armed with 90 machine guns to keep the peace.

That, at least, is the view of federal prosecutors, who on Wednesday announced the indictment of Adair Chief of Police Bradley Wendt on charges of making false statements to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to obtain numerous machine guns over a four-year period on behalf of the Adair Police Department, which during Wendt’s tenure has never had more than three officers.

Instead, according to prosecutors, weapons were resold for profit through Wendt’s private gun store or another store owned by a friend who also is facing charges.

According to court filings and a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Wendt used his position as police chief to obtain 10 machine guns for the official use of the police department, but later resold at least six of those weapons for “significant profit.”

In addition, Wendt obtained 13 guns for his Dennison- and Anita-based gun store, BW Outfitters, under the pretense they were to be used as demonstration models for potential future purchases by the department. Another 10 weapons were obtained in the same manner for Williams Contracting, a business Williams owned that is federally licensed as a firearms dealer.

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Prosecutors say Wendt sought to purchase or demonstrate approximately 90 machine guns between July 2018 and August 2022. Some of the weapons were used for public machine gun shoots, where Wendt and Williams charged customers money to be able to fire the weapons.

The indictment describes the firearms as fully automatic weapons not legally available to the public, including an M60 machine gun, a belt-fed weapon widely used by the U.S. military since the Vietnam war that was purportedly obtained for official use by the Adair Police Department.

Wendt instead had the M60 mounted on his personally owned armored Humvee.

Helicopter munitions for department without a chopper
Wendt also sought repeatedly to obtain for the department a rotary M134 minigun capable of firing 50 rounds per second, usually mounted on military helicopters. The ATF denied the requested transfer.

“The Adair Police Department does not own a helicopter,” the indictment notes.

At least some of the weapons purportedly obtained for the police department were bought with Wendt’s personal funds, and it is not clear if city money was involved in the purchases.

Luke Zemaitis checks out an M134 Minigun while touring a Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter during the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis. Attendance at AirVenture is up from years past after the EAA canceled AirVenture 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tork Mason/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
Wendt is charged with 18 counts of making a false statement to the ATF and one for unlawfully possessing a machine gun. Williams is charged with three counts of false statements and with aiding and abetting. Prosecutors are also seeking forfeiture of at least 35 machine guns involved in the case.

“Brad Wendt is charged with exploiting his position as chief of police to unlawfully obtain and sell guns for his own personal profit,” Eugene Kowel, a senior FBI agent based in Omaha, said in a statement. “The FBI is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to investigate and hold accountable those who violate their oath of office to enrich themselves.”

Wendt was put on leave by the city in September after federal agents raided his gun stores and his City Hall offices. It is not clear if he remains employed with the city, which did not return an emailed message seeking comment. A phone number listed for the city clerk could not be connected.

The case against Wendt and Williams was not yet listed in online court records Thursday afternoon, and it is not clear if either man has an attorney currently representing him.

I wonder if any of these were sold to the RWNJs as IOWA is part of the evangelical nut job base. Money talks


This ahole needs to be in jail. No wonder we no longer trust the fuzz anymore. Peace officers sworn to serve and protect?! Since when?💩💩🤮🤮


T and R x 2, Ms. Benny!!☮️🙂👍 I know it’s a pipe dream, but I keep hoping pb4 will post again.

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

I miss her too


An R said their dirty secret out load If you dont vote R will find a reason to throw it out’

A Republican is seeking to throw out his daughter’s absentee ballot after she voted for his Democratic opponent, a report says

Alia Shoaib Dec 17, 2022, 5:29 AM

New Jersey Republican committeeman Tom Baio lost his re-election bid by three votes.
Baio is seeking to throw out his daughter’s absentee ballot, who voted Democratic.
Republicans allege that several young Democrats who do not live in the state cast absentee ballots.

A New Jersey Republican committeeman is seeking to throw out his daughter’s absentee ballot after she voted for his Democratic opponent, a report says.

Tom Baio, a Mendham Township committeeman, lost his re-election bid to his Democratic challenger Lauren Spirig by three votes, according to the Observer-Tribune.

Morris County Republicans said in a statement Thursday that they plan to file a lawsuit contesting the results, alleging that several young Democrats who cast vote-by-mail ballots did not meet the state residency requirement, per the paper.

Baio told the paper that among those is his daughter, Ariana Baio, who he said voted for the Democratic candidate.

The Republican expressed regret that he and his wife had mailed the ballot to their daughter, who is a journalist based in New York City,

“Like many parents driven by a sense of duty, we were wrong to advance the VBM [vote-by-mail ballot] to my daughter, Ariana,” he said. “My daughter did answer the call of duty and did vote by the mail-in ballot.”

“We all need to correct this behavior,” he said. “As parents, and as citizens of towns as great as Mendham, I call on all Mendham residents next year to heed this example. As shameful as it is, we need to correct this behavior. I know I will.”

In the statement from Morris County Republicans, Committee Chair Laura Ali said there was “at least one provisional ballot filed by a Republican voter that was questionably rejected,” which she said could not be reconsidered due to recount rules.

She also identified “a large and growing number of vote-by-mail ballots filed by Democrat voters who do not appear to meet the residency requirement for voting in Mendham Township.”

While she did not mention Baio’s daughter in the statement, she said in an email to the Observer-Tribune: “Tom’s daughter is a Democrat and voted the Democrat ticket. We had nothing to do with her vote.”

The statement did, however, claim that one young voter who, it is alleged, did not appear to meet the residency requirement was the daughter of Morris County Democratic Chair and Mendham Township Committeewoman Amalia Duarte.

The statement claimed that Duarte’s adult daughter voted despite living in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Duarte, told the paper that Republicans singling out her daughter was “deeply disappointing” and called on Baio to concede his loss.

“We’ve never had a recount in a Mendham Township election, let alone this type of divisiveness,” she said. “Local and county Republican operatives are trying to pit neighbor against neighbor.”

Baio initially lost the election by two votes, and a recount, in fact, increased that margin by another vote, according to the paper.

Voter registration law in New Jersey requires residents to be US citizens that are at least 18 years old and live in a county for at least 30 days before the election.


Its been awile on the toons so

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To late for this idea it would’ve saved some lives maybe?


FED Chair Jerome Powell says the US is not in a recession

Despite his best efforts to to put us into one.