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Brief: Police chief pleads not guilty

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PRIMGHAR, Iowa -- David Johannsen, the Sutherland police chief, has pleaded not guilty to charges of second- and third-degree theft and conspiracy to commit a felony.

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Johannsen stands accused of being involved in hog thefts from Liberty Properties Inc. on six occasions and unlawfully selling a water heater purchased in Orange City. He is on unpaid leave from his position as chief and could face up to 12 years in prison if found guilty.

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