11 charges dropped against ex-Crestwood water chief
By Casey toner firstname.lastname@example.org April 17, 2013 9:58PM
Updated: May 19, 2013 7:55AM
Eleven of 22 felony charges against the former head of Crestwood’s water department have been dismissed ahead of her federal trial next week.
Theresa Neubauer, who now is the village’s police chief, and former Crestwood water operator Frank Scaccia were charged in 2011 with lying to Illinois Environmental Protection Agency investigators about the village using well water containing vinyl chloride, a carcinogen, to supplement its drinking water supply.
In a plea agreement with prosecutors, Scaccia, 61, pleaded guilty last week to a single count of making a false statement. He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine and next is due in court May 15.
Jury selection is set to begin Monday for Neubauer, who’s accused of misleading the IEPA about Crestwood’s use of the tainted well water, which occurred from 1985 to 2007 and accounted for up to 20 percent of the village’s drinking water.
Neubauer has been on paid leave as police chief since being indicted in August 2011.
U.S. attorney’s office spokesman Randall Samborn said U.S. District Court Judge Joan Gottschall approved an agreement between the government and the defense to dismiss 11 counts against Neubauer —related to allegations that she fabricated monthly operating reports to conceal that the village was tapping into the tainted well to supplement its water supply.
Neubauer’s attorneys declined to comment Wednesday on the dismissal of the charges.