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Curt Rude trial begins

Published 11:27am Monday, November 2, 2009

The jury trial started this morning in Olmsted County for Curt Rude, who is on unpaid leave as captain of the Austin Police Department after allegedly taking prescription drugs from the APD evidence room.

The trial will likely conclude this week.

Rude is charged with felony theft, drug possession and gross misdemeanor interfering with property in official custody after allegedly taking two bottles of the prescription drug Oxycontin from the APD evidence room the night of Nov. 6, 2007, the same day as his election to the Austin School Board.

Rude still serves on the school board. His term expires in 2011.

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