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Prosecutors drop charges against Sallisaw police chief

SALLISAW — Prosecutors have dropped criminal charges against the Sallisaw police chief.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Modified: November 13, 2013 at 9:31 am •  Published: November 13, 2013

SALLISAW — Prosecutors have dropped embezzlement charges against Sallisaw's police chief, who had been accused of taking $60 from a city cash fund and later repaying it.

The Sequoyah County District Attorney's Office dismissed the criminal case Tuesday filed against Police Chief Shaloa Edwards, who announced last week that he would resign. Prosecutors had accused Edwards of taking cash from a Sallisaw Police Department fund for personal use, leaving a note in the cash box and later repaying the money.

The case had been set for a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Assistant District Attorney Margaret Nicholson said she sent the dismissal to Sequoyah County District Court "in the interest of justice." She declined further comment to the Southwest Times Record ( ) other than stating, "I believe this to be the best resolution for all parties involved."

Sallisaw Mayor Shannon Vann also declined to comment on the case.

Edwards announced last week that he would resign as police chief, effective Nov. 30. He said his resignation had nothing to do with the dismissal of the criminal charges.

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