Two men have been arrested and charged with arson and unlawful possession, transport, manufacture, repair or sale of a illegal weapon by the Lincoln County Prosecuting Attorney’s office. This followed an investigation by detectives of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department.
These charges were filed April 30 on Ryan G. Colbert, 17, and Jacob M. Shinstock, 19, also of Troy.
According to probable cause statements, deputies responded to Boone and Lincoln elementary schools located at 1464 Boone Street on April 29 after receiving a report of damage by fire from Charles Branham, a school official. The debris remaining near the damage consisted of brown glass and cloth which appeared to be charred by fire. Detectives conducted a neighborhood search of West Hampton Woods subdivision near the schools. There they found damage to the street similar in appearance to the damage at the school. It was determined that the damage was done by Colbert who was taken to the interview room at the sheriff’s office. During the course of the interview, Colbert indicated that he and Shinstock, constructed incendiary devices using brown bottles, gasoline and a cloth. After igniting it and throwing one into the street, the pair allegedly took a second device to the school, igniting it and throwing it at the building.
April Bryant, media specialist with the R-III School District, said the buildings were searched by trained dogs that morning prior to the arrival of the elementary students.
Those charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.