On March 11th, 2013, at approximately 4:45 pm, Stone County Sheriff’s Office was notified by Barry County Sheriff’s Department about a male who had brought an incendiary device home from Blue Eye School. Deputies then contacted the Mo State Fire Investigators Office and they, along with ATF and the Springfield Bomb Squad, responded to the scene. This residence was located in Shell Knob, in Barry County, so the case was worked as a multi-agency incident with all agencies involved.
Once on scene, the device was examined and rendered inert by the Springfield Bomb Squad. Blue Eye High School was notified of the incident and they immediately sent their Resource Officers to the scene to assist in the investigation.
On March 12th, a 17 yr old male senior at Blue Eye School, Clayton Scott Wells of Shell Knob, was arrested for the possession of the device. During the investigation, two more devices were located at two separate residences. These two residences, one in Stone County and another in Barry County, were of two juvenile males who also attended Blue Eye School. The Devices were all rendered inert by the Springfield Bomb Squad. The two juvenile males were turned over to Juvenile Authorities for the 39th Juvenile Circuit.
On March 13th, 2013, Stone County Prosecuting Attorney filed the following charges on Clayton Scott Wells:
Unlawful Possession, Transport, Manufacture, Repair Or Sale of Illegal Weapon, Class C Felony, and
Making a False Report, Class B Misdemeanor. His bond has been set at $15,000.00 Cash Only and is currently incarcerated in the Stone County Jail.
Blue Eye High School has been cooperating during the entire investigation. They were not aware of any type of device at the School until they were notified by the Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday Night. They then provided full support in the identification and locating the individuals involved. Their School Resource Officers worked with the Law Enforcement Agencies as the case progressed.
At this time the Sheriff’s Office feels all the devices have been located.
Sheriff Doug Rader
Stone County Sheriffs Office