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Ex-Forest City police officer's trial moved

FOREST CITY, Iowa (AP) -- The trial of a former Forest City police officer charged with arson and burglary has been moved because of pre-trial publicity.

The Globe Gazette in Mason City says a judge has granted a defense request for a change of venue in the case against Thaddeus Ellenbecker. The judge moved the trial from Winnebago County to Mitchell County.

Ellenbecker is charged in a fire that damaged the Forest City police station last October. He's also accused in the theft of a rifle from a police car in November 2010. Ellenbecker was shot during a scuffle with a state agent investigating the crimes.

His trial is set for Sept. 10.

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