Hours after telling News Talk KZRG Monday (4/27) he would seek the position of the Joplin School Board that he was elected to earlier this month, Lane Roberts now says he won't. The former Joplin Police Chief says he will continue with his role as Missouri Director of Public Safety. Roberts tells News Talk KZRG about his change of heart.
"I had received a lot of calls expresssing concerns about the dilemma the Board was facing and I really, really wanted to help. So I made this decision based on whether it was legal or not (to be sworn in as a Board member more than 14 days after the election). But the fact is that as a practical matter, I don't think I can do a good job of serving both, which is what led me to resign in the first place. I'm not going to throw anybody under the bus. This was my decision to do it; it was my decision to un-do it. While it's embarrassing, you're responsible for the decisions that you make. It was my decision."
The Joplin School Board must appoint someone to fill Roberts' position. That could happen at Tuesday's (4/28) regular board meeting, which starts at 4pm.
A white supremacist from Aurora accused of killing three people near two Kansas Jewish centers says he's ready to plead guilty to all charges to avoid a lengthy trial.
Frazier Glenn Miller told The Associated Press in a phone call from jail on Monday (4/27) that he doesn't have long to live and wants to have his day in court.
The 74-year-old is charged with capital murder in the April 2014 shooting deaths of 69-year-old William Lewis Corporon and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, Kansas. He also is accused of killing 53-year-old Terri LaManno at a nearby Jewish retirement home.
Miller told the AP he executed the attacks but wasn't aware none of the victims were Jewish.