Washburn man charged with making Regal bomb threat

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Supervisors at plants recognize voice of temporary employee on recording

A Washburn man was arrested this week in connection to the bomb threat called in to the Regal factory on March 1.

Kim Lawson, 53, of Washburn, is charged with making a terroristic threat, and he is being held in the Barry County Jail on a $15,000, cash-only bond.

Mick Epperly, Barry County sheriff, said detectives and Regal supervisors allegedly listened to recordings of the threat and were able to recognize Lawson's voice. Lawson was a temporary employee at the plant, hired through Penmac Staffing Services.

"[Lawson] has not admitted to anything, and he hired an attorney," Epperly said. "We believe we've got the right person.

"It's a terrible thing someone would call a bomb threat in. People on Regal's third shift missed out on their wages, and with truck shipments coming in being stopped, there was a lot of money lost for the company and its employees.We're trying to go after the damages for that, and Regal is as well."

The threat was called into the Barry County E-911 Center on March 1 at around 2:30 p.m., with the caller allegedly saying a bomb would go off sometime between 6 p.m. and midnight.

Law enforcement, including the Barry County Sheriff's Office, Cassville Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol and bomb-sniffing dogs from Springfield and Jasper County, spent 3-4 hours combing the plant for any possible explosive devices, clearing the factory of any danger just before 6 p.m. The Cassville Fire Protection District also assisted in the effort.

Lawson has been arraigned, and his next hearing, a disposition, is set for March 24 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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