Times Staff Report
It was reported Friday afternoon by The Brazil Times' sister paper, The Greene County Daily World, that first-year White River Valley school teacher Melinda Ellis, Bloomfield, submitted her resignation to WRC School District Supt. Layton Wall Wednesday.
The Clay County Prosecutor's office announced charges against Ellis, 35, and Anita Miller, 43, Reelsville, Thursday morning stemming from an arrest Sunday, Jan. 12.
Miller is a physical education teacher at North Clay Middle School.
Ellis teaches science and Project Lead the Way at WRV. According to the Greene County Daily World, her resignation was effective Friday and will be acted on by the WRV school board at its regular monthly meeting Wednesday.
According to information provided by Clay Superior Court, Ellis was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content over 0.08 (all Class A misdemeanors, that, if convicted, are each punishable with up to one year imprisonment and a $5,000 fine) and operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person (a Class C misdemeanor, that, if convicted, is punishable with up to 60 days imprisonment and a $500 fine).
Miller was charged with public intoxication (a Class B misdemeanor, that, if convicted, is punishable with up to 180 days imprisonment and a $1,000 fine) and public nudity (a Class B misdemeanor, that, if convicted, is punishable with up to 60 days imprisonment and a $1,000 fine).
According to officials, Clay County Sheriff's Dept. Deputies Jason Frazier and Josh Krause responded to a deer/vehicle accident report involving Ellis shortly before 7:30 p.m., Jan. 12, in a rural area near the intersection of County Roads 700 North and 200 West.
Uninjured in the accident that caused her 2003 Jeep Liberty to almost stand upright in a ditch, officials reported Ellis smelled of alcohol and was allegedly intoxicated when officers approached her for questioning.
According to officials, Ellis told the officers she had contacted help, and Miller was on the way.
During the conversation with the officers, however, Ellis was found to be in possession of a wooden box used to ingest the amount of marijuana on her person.
Officials stated Miller displayed outrageous behavior when she arrived on the scene, including dropping her pants to her ankles at least twice in an attempt to urinate in front of the officers.
Both women, according to officials, failed field sobriety tests.
They were booked into the Clay County Justice Center, where surveillance footage caught Miller's continued rowdy behavior during booking.
Both Miller and Ellis bonded out Jan. 13 and are expected to appear in court Feb. 11.
The Clay Community School Board conducted a special meeting regarding Miller's employee status Thursday. The board voted 6-0 to continue suspension with pay. Board member Len Fischer was not at Thursday's meeting.