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Associated Press, Published May 16 2009

Minnesota city investigating its police chief after case of illegal dumping

LA CRESCENT, Minn. -- The city of La Crescent is investigating its police chief after he wrote himself a ticket for dumping some brush at a city site after it was closed.

It happened April 25, when 45-year-old Chief Todd Nelson said he dropped off some brush after clearing it for a disabled city resident.

The site was closed when he arrived at 4:30 p.m., so he dumped the brush, assessed himself a $50 fine and paid it. He says he did it because if anyone complained, he'd be covered.

However, the city code says that what Nelson did could be misdemeanor trespassing -- not the lesser violation that he ticketed himself for.

City Administrator Bill Waller says the incident is being investigated to see whether disciplinary action is appropriate.