WAHOO – During a pretrial hearing, a former librarian facing charges of theft waived her right to a speedy trial and asked for a continuance.
Lori Springer of Valparaiso was in Saunders County District Court on Oct. 18, where her attorney, Matthew J. Knipe of Berry Law Firm in Omaha, told the judge Springer would waive her right for a speedy trail and asked for a continuance of the pretrial hearing.
Judge Christina Marroquin approved both motions. The pretrial hearing will be held on Dec. 20. A jury trial is scheduled to begin on Jan. 24, 2022.
Springer is charged with theft and misconduct stemming from incidents that occurred while she was director of the Valparaiso Public Library in Valparaiso.
Investigators began to look into Springer’s actions as library director after members of the village board questioned purchases being made allegedly for the library.
Springer was arrested on April 22 after a search warrant was executed by a Nebraska State Patrol investigator at her home in Valparaiso. Following her arrest, Springer was released after paying 10% of the $10,000 bond that was set by the court.
Springer allegedly made over $1,800 in personal purchases via Amazon.com utilizing Valparaiso Public Library funds. According to the NSP investigation and an audit by the state, it was found that Springer purchased items such as college textbooks, sports equipment and other items between the end of 2018 and summer 2020 that were not intended for the library.
Springer began her employment with the village library in 2016. She was terminated after her arrest.
At the time of her arrest, Springer was also a member of the Raymond Central Board of Education. She resigned from the school board shortly after her arrest.
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