MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

November 27, 2012

Boynton council looks for weapons

3 guns reported missing, town mayor says

By Dylan Goforth
Phoenix Staff Writer

— BOYNTON — Town council members have asked the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the location of three weapons they say are missing.

Boynton Mayor James Holt said the focus was on guns.

Holt said he filed a report with the sheriff’s office Tuesday about the guns, which Sheriff Charles Pearson said were being looked for.

During Tuesday’s special meeting, council members also accepted the resignation of police chief George Ezell after spending about 20 minutes in executive session. Ezell is resigning to accept a job at the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility, he said.

After accepting the resignation, council members wanted to re-enter executive session to discuss “police equipment.”

The council was informed by Town Attorney Ross Ray  the meeting agenda was written incorrectly and they could not re-enter executive session. Council members then decided to table discussion until the investigation was complete.

“I’m showing we’re supposed to have three guns, and we have no paperwork that shows us where they’re supposed to be,” Holt said.

Ezell said the guns were traded for two radar units before he began as police chief in 2011. Ezell said he began as a volunteer police chief in July 2011, before becoming the full-time chief in January.

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