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Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Sallisaw Chief

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SALLISAW, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped criminal charges against the Sallisaw police chief.

Chief Shaloa Edwards was arrested on an embezzlement charge earlier this year. Authorities accused him of taking $60 from a Sallisaw Police Department cash fund for personal use. City officials say Edwards left a note in the box and later repaid the money.

Assistant District Attorney Margaret Nicholson says she filed the dismissal "in the interest of justice." She declined further comment to the Southwest Times Record newspaper of Fort Smith, Ark. Sallisaw Mayor Shannon Vann also declined to comment.

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