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Former Rockford Fire Lieutenant heads to trial

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The trial against a former Rockford Firefighter gets underway in Winnebago County Court.

Brian Watkins faces a long list of charges including theft, official misconduct and forgery.  Investigators say he used fire department computers to forge documents and log over-time hours he never worked.  He was arrested in July of 2009.  Watkins was a Lieutenant when he resigned from the department about six months later in 2010.  He worked there for almost 20 years.

The bench trial against Watkins started earlier this week.  Closing arguments are expected July 23rd.

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