UPDATE: Cornell city employee accused of stealing appears in court

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- A former city of Cornell employee, who is facing charges of stolen property, had his initial appearance in court Tuesday.

According to online court records, Brandon Larson, 35 of Holcombe, and John Westaby, 56 of Cornell, were charged Monday in Chippewa County. Tuesday, Westaby had his initial court appearance.

Cornell’s city administrator spoke with the sheriff's department September 26, saying city-owned property may have been stolen by two city employees.

Deputies started investigating, they interviewed Westaby, and say he admitted to stealing the property.

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