Teens arrested in SK over weekend

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Five people were arrested in Shell Knob over the weekend, increasing the total inmate population at the Barry County Jail to 74.

The first arrests came on Friday when officers took three subjects into custody in connection with the early morning robbery of a Subway restaurant in Shell Knob on Sunday, July 10.

The suspects broke down the front door of the restaurant to gain entry and proceeded to carry the safe to the parking lot. After attempting to open the safe, the thieves fled before Deputy Jim Stepp arrived on the scene.

Barry County Sheriff's Detective Brian Landreth was called to process the scene, and after a follow-up investigation, he arrested three men living at the Viola Trailer Park in Shell Knob.

Sean-Michael Anthony Hand, 18, Tyler Bennington, 18, and Cody Michael Townsend, 18, were each charged with second degree burglary, a class B felony. Hand and Bennington remain in custody of the Barry County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bond each. Townsend was released on a $15,000 bail.

On Sunday, Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly, along with Deputy Danny Crabb and a member of the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force, responded to the Shaun D. Nicholls' residence located on a farm road off Highway YY in Shell Knob. Nicholls, 47, and Elwyn Brown, 55, of Shell Knob, were arrested for operating an active methamphetamine lab.

Both men have been charged with felony manufacturing of a controlled substance. Both remain in custody of the Barry County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond each.

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