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Palin Focus of Probe In Police Chief's Firing

"He asked me to look into it, so I told them I would," Monegan said. "I had it compared with the internal investigations file. There was no new evidence, no new complaints."

Monegan called Todd Palin back and said there was nothing he could do. A few days later, Gov. Palin called Monegan on his cellphone. "I explained to her there was no new evidence, the issue was closed," Monegan said. "She also was unhappy with that."

Wooten, reached at a trooper's office in Palmer, Alaska, declined to comment. Cyr said Wooten has "a spotless record" and no allegations in his file other than those filed by the governor's family.

Monegan and Cyr said that Wooten's wife had obtained a permit to hunt moose but balked when she saw the prey. She handed the gun to her husband, who killed it, Monegan and Cyr said, adding that the couple then took the moose to her parents' home, butchered it and ate some of it.

Wooten said he used the Taser on his 10-year-old stepson when the boy asked him to try it on him, Monegan and Cyr said.

The investigation into Wooten sustained the allegations regarding the moose hunt and the Taser. The drinking charge was unsustained in an initial investigation, but a police commander reversed the decision. Documents say Wooten was reprimanded and suspended. "Wooten was not a model trooper," Monegan said.

The governor raised the issue again in February 2007 during the legislative session in Juneau. "As we were walking down the stairs in the capitol building," Monegan said, "she wanted to talk to me about her former brother-in-law. I said, 'Ma'am, I need to keep you at arm's length with this. I can't deal about him with you. If need be, I can talk to Todd."

Staff researchers Lucy Shackelford and Alice Crites contributed to this report.


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