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Crestwood Top Cop Pleads Not Guilty In Water Scandal

CHICAGO (CBS) -- The police chief of Crestwood has been temporarily relieved her job after pleading not guilty to a water quality charge in federal court.

Federal Judge Joan Gottschall also told Theresa Neubauer to hand over her gun and firearms permit, pending trial on charges that Neubauer lied to regulators about water quality and tests in Crestwood.

Neubauer, 53, has pleaded not guilty.

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Neubauer and former Crestwood Water Chief Franck Scaccia are accused of telling the Environmental Protection Agency that Crestwood was using Lake Michigan water--even though it continued for 20 years to use water from a well containing the suspected carcinogen, vinyl chloride.

The village officials have maintained Crestwood water was never polluted with carcinogens, but it's footed the bill for millions in lawyers fees and has put up a $500,000 fund for partial refund on water bills.

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