Still no resolution. Friday afternoon (5/29) the Joplin School Board met in hopes of filling the seat that's been vacant since Lane Roberts was not able to accept the position he was elected to in April. With the Board needing four votes to select a candidate, Lynda Banwart voted against appointing Dr. Marsi Archer to the Board. News Talk KZRG asked Banwart why she voted against someone she had supported in the past.
"No, I didn't vote against her as an individual. I voted against the process of our board and I don't have confidence in our four person board as being a representative of our voters."
The Board also was split 2-2 in accepting this week's resignations of Randy Steele and Mike Landis. It may now be up to the Jasper County Commission to fill the vacant seats on the Joplin School Board. Board Attorney Norman Rouse admits it's an unusual situation. "The issue is: are there three vacancies now or not? We have a 2-2 vote; it was presented; it was voted. The issue is: do we have the vacancies now or not? That's a real tight legal question I don't have an answer for it right now."
Two men from Coffeyville are in custody in Carthage facing gun charges. Just before midnight Wednesday (5/27), a woman called Carthage Police about a stranger who was knocking on her door. Police Chief Greg Dagnan tells News Talk KZRG when an officer arrived, the man who was knocking on the door began running.
"There was a foot pursuit which ended up in another one of our officers seeing a vehicle in that area and stopping the vehicle. And it contained not only the person that had fled, but two other people and there were actually three loaded handguns involved as well."
Dagnan says one of those guns was painted to look like a toy. "One of the handguns had been painted kind of a bright, fluorescent blue color. Really, from a distance, didn't look like a real gun. You could tell by the paint job on it, you could tell that it was an intentional act by someone."
39-year-old Cornelius Austin Senior and 22-year-old Cornelius Austin Junior, both from Coffeyville, are both facing weapons charges, while 25-year-old Samantha Berryman of Coffeyville was arrested on drug charges.