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Charges against Danube police chief to be dismissed

LITCHFIELD -- Charges of felony theft against Danube Police Chief Lester Schneider Jr., 40, were continued for dismissal in a year under terms of an agreement approved Wednesday in district court in Litchfield.

The charges of theft and misconduct by a public official will be dismissed provided the chief abide by the agreement, which requires a letter of apology. In that apology, Schneider acknowledges his wrongdoing in taking money from the Danube Fire Department without permission in 2006.

His spouse, Jammie Jean Schneider, 38, entered an Alford plea to a misdemeanor charge of theft as part of the same agreement.

The original charges allege that Lester Schneider, as assistant fire chief, wrote checks totaling $4,460 from the fire department's smelt fund to his wife in July, August and September of 2006. She allegedly placed the funds in their joint checking account and the two admitted using the money for their own use, including paying a couple of mortgage payments. A deposit of $5,045 was made into the Danube Fire Department's smelt fry account on Oct. 31, 2006, by the chief's father, Lester Schneider Sr.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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