An Elysian Fields elementary teacher has submitted her resignation after she was arrested in Rusk County for possession of a controlled substance.
"There was no opportunity to fire her," Dr. Bob Browning school district superintendent said Wednesday. "She submitted her resignation as of Monday morning."
Melanie Lynn McGuigan, 34, along with Ricky Lee Anderson, 30, was arrested at 10 p.m. Friday night on Rusk County Road 2183, said Precinct 5 Justice of the Peace Bob Richardson.
Both gave their address as 418 Webb Rogers Road, in Harrison County.
The JP said an officer stopped the vehicle in which the two were traveling for traffic violations of not signaling within a required distance and for having an obstructed license plate.
When the officer ran a check of personal information on the two, there was "a hit on Anderson," Richardson said, adding there were two outstanding Harrison County warrants against him.
A spokeswoman from Harrison County's criminal investigation division said the local warrants were for theft by check.
When asked by the arresting officer for permission to search the vehicle, Anderson denied consent, the JP said, which gave K-9 Officer Kenneth Biggs the right to use his drug dog on the vehicle. Richardson said the officer's report noted Anderson "was acting real nervous.
"The canine alerted on weighing scales and a small plastic bag with methamphetamine residue" in Ms. McGuigan's purse, Richardson said the officer wrote.
"Anderson then advised he was in possession of methamphetamine," Richardson said, and a search of his person turned up another plastic bag containing almost 15 grams of the substance.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
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Elysian Fields teacher resigns after arrest for drug possession