Bonifay Altercation Leads to Meth Lab Bust

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On April 1st at approximately 1500 hrs. the Bonifay Police Department responded to the report of a physical altercation in the 600 block of Cotton Street.

Officers arrived on scene and obtained a statement from the alleged victim and several witnesses, who provided descriptions of the suspects and their vehicle. A canvas of the area led to the discovery of the suspect vehicle at an address on Hamlin Street, just a few blocks away from the incident location.

Permission to search the residence was obtained by the officers and the two suspects were arrested without incident. During the investigation, a “shake and bake” methamphetamine lab was discovered in the home. The lab was located in the master bedroom and contained the necessary items to manufacture the illicit drug.

Three suspects were arrested and charged as follows:

William Ran Elmore, age 31, of Bonifay, charged with assault, battery, burglary of a conveyance and robbery of a person.

Beauregard Lane Shideler, age 31, of Bonifay, charged with battery and robbery of a person.

Linda Marie Bess, age 30, of Bonifay, charged with manufacture of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and providing false information to a law enforcement officer.

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