Drugs Found on School Playground

A man is facing multiple felony charges in connection with an early morning incident in which he was found hiding under a car by a police dog following a chase, and drugs were found on a school playground.

Police Captain Mike Sweeney says that it started at 5:05 in the morning on Tuesday, when an officer was sent to the report of a suspicious person sitting in a red Mustang at 1111 E. Iron, the location of the Byron Apartments.

According to Sweeney, as an officer approached the car he saw a man sitting in it with a handgun underneath his leg. The officer drew his gun, and called for backup. As the officer was opening the car door to have the men get out, the mustang sped off.

A few minutes later police received a call from a citizen, reporting that a red Mustang had pulled into their driveway at 148 N. Columbia, and that the driver got out and ran. Officers responded to the area, and with the help of a Kansas Highway Patrol dog, found 51-year-old Earnest Skillern hiding underneath a car in an alley east of 140 N. Columbia.

After arresting Skillern, police located two more handguns in the locked glove compartment of his car. The dog also located a makeup bag on the playground at Oakdale Elementary School, which police believe was tossed there by Skillern. Inside the bag were 5 baggies of methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia including digital scales.

Skillern could face multiple felony charges that include possession of a firearm by a felonĀ  and possession with intent to sell drugs within 1,000 feet of a school.