CHICAGO (CBS) — A Northwest Side business owner is now off the hook, after getting a ticket from the city last week for allegedly dumping snow into the street three months ago.

WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports Andrew Rusenovich was more than a little surprised when he opened the mail the other day, to notify him of a court date to prove he didn’t shovel snow into the street in March.

“I couldn’t believe that I’ve got to go downtown to prove that I didn’t shovel snow into the street. This is Chicago. Snow falls from the sky,” he said. “How do you come after somebody for snow in June? The evidence is already gone.”

City officials said Wednesday the citation was a mistake, and Rusenovich is off the hook.

The notice from the city informed him he had violated 7-28-390 of the municipal code, which deals with dumping refuse in the public way from a moving vehicle. However, an inspector wrote “snow put in street” on his violation notice.

The address of the offense was a building he owns on the Northwest Side.

Before the city said he was off the hook, Rusenovich said the notice informed him he was facing a fine of $600 to $2,500, as well as possible jail time.

He denied dumping any snow in the street.

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