Sheriff Scott Keeler reported deputies made four arrests and took a burglary report during the week of Sept. 25-Oct. 2, 2017.

Warrant Arrests

Sept. 26 – Russell Morris, 18, Rich Hill, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a class A misdemeanor for violating an order of protection.

A St. Clair County deputy was advised to respond to W. Fourth St. in Appleton City in reference to an order of protection violation. Morris was asked about his protection order and was told to leave by the deputy. Morris became upset because he thought the protection order was over. It was found that Morris was in violation of the protection order and was placed under arrest.

Sept. 27 – Jacob Linthincum, 23, Clinton, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant for a probation violation on an original charge of a class D felony of unlawful use of a weapon. Bond is set at $2,500 cash only.

The original charges stem from an incident on April 15, 2014, when Linthincum reportedly pulled a gun on a repossession agent.

Sept. 29 – Brayden Brookman, 19, Neosho, was arrested on a class B misdemeanor of driving while intoxicated and a class D misdemeanor of a minor visibly intoxicated/blood alcohol content more than .02%.

A St. Clair County deputy was dispatched to a rollover accident on SE J Hwy. Upon arrival the deputy spoke to Brayden Brookman. Brookman stated he had hit his breaks to avoid hitting a deer and the rear end of his truck slid around and clipped the guard rail. The truck rolled over and landed back on its wheels. While the deputy was talking to Brookman he noticed a strong smell of alcohol. The deputy conducted a field sobriety test on Brookman, which he failed. He was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Clai

Sept. 29 – David McKinney, 36, Appleton City was arrested on a class D felony of second degree assault.

The arrest stems from an incident on Sept. 29, when McKinney got into an argument with his wife, Virginia Brown. Brown claimed McKinney put his hands around her neck and choked her.


Burglary in El Dorado Springs


Sept. 29 – a St. Clair County deputy responded to 6135 SW 1001 Rd, El Dorado Springs regarding a barn that had been broken into. Upon arrival, the deputy spoke to the victim, Victor Stone.

  Stone explained the house at this location was destroyed by fire approximately a week prior, however his barn, which he uses as his shop, was left undamaged. He was at the property at approximately 7:30 p.m. and everything was as it should be. When he returned at approximately 11:30 p.m. he discovered the side door to the barn open and several items missing.

Stone reported he had five used car batteries outside the building along the north wall that were now gone. Additionally, from inside the building he was missing a Bosch Nail gun and a Dewalt Skill saw. Stone believed other items to be missing, but wasn’t able to give a complete amount at the time. He stated an air compressor and plastic bucket with miscellaneous tools had been moved from the back of the shop to in front of the door.         

  Stone explained both the large sliding door and the side door were locked when he left.  When he returned, the side door was open and unlocked. He further explained the side door was damaged prior to this incident and could be pulled away from the door frame to allow someone to enter the building.

A suspect was named. Total value of missing items is $445.

Sheriff Scott Keeler reported deputies made three arrests during the week of Oct. 2-6, 2017.

Oct. 3 – Tia Ragni, 43, Clinton, was arrested on a class B misdemeanor for driving while intoxicated and a class A misdemeanor of hindering prosecution.

St. Clair County deputies were responding to a possible domestic assault at Fulton Trailer Park when a vehicle leaving the scene was observed trying to go north in the southbound lane of Hwy13. A male subject was standing by the stop sign at Truman Rd. and Hwy 13, later identified as Michael Flegler. The deputies pulled the driver over and identified the driver as Tia Ragni. The deputy noticed a strong odor of alcohol on Ragni. The deputy conducted the standardized field sobriety tests on Ragni, which she failed. She was placed under arrest.

She was asked about what had happened at the Fulton Trailer Park. She stated that her fiancé, Michael Flegler, and her brother had gotten into a verbal argument.

Oct. 3, Michael Flegler, 38, Inverness, FL, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a Henry County warrant for failing to appear in court. Bond is set at $500 cash only.

The arrest stems from an investigation into a possible domestic assault. Flegler was detained at the scene where his fiancé, Tia Ragni, was pulled over. While at the scene, Flegler was refusing to give the deputy his name. It was explained to him, that the deputies had to identify him before he would be released. Flegler stated his ID was in his wallet. He also stated that he had a warrant out of Clinton.

Oct. 4 – Vincent Abell, 36, homeless, was arrested on a class D felony of possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana/synthetic cannabinoid. Bond is set at $10,000 cash or surety.

The charge stems from an investigation into a domestic disturbance at Talley Bend campground. A St. Clair County deputy arrived at the campground and made contact with Abell and his wife, Kayla Abell, inside of their vehicle. The deputy noticed sores on the face and arms of both Abell and his wife and requested a K9 be dispatched to his location. Once on scene the K9 did and exterior sniff of the vehicle and alerted to the presence of narcotics. A search of the vehicle resulted in the finding of a plastic bag with a white powdery substance, which field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Disclaimer: Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Sheriff Keeler urges those with any related information to this case or any others to contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line, 417-646-5832, or email to

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