Sheriff Scott Keeler reported deputies made seven arrests and took a burglary and a fraud report during the week of March 4-11, 2019.
Andrea Dinger- On March 9, Andrea Dinger, 28, Republic, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a Miller County warrant for a class A misdemeanor driving while revoked /suspended. Bond is set at $4,000 cash or surety.
The warrant stems from a traffic stop by the Missouri State Highway Patrol in August of 2018.
Jason Aery- On March 8, Jason Aery, 40, Clinton, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a class C felony delivery of a controlled substance. Aery was booked and released pending formal charges.
Aery was the driver of a vehicle that was pulled over for a traffic violation. The passenger had handed the deputy a plastic bag containing a crystal like substance and a glass pipe. During a search of the vehicle, a cigarette pack was located under the driver’s seat that contained two plastic baggies of a white crystal like substance. During a post Miranda interview, Aery stated the methamphetamine was his and that he was delivering it to a friend of his.
Shawna Brzuchalski- On March 8, Shawna Brzuchalski, 37, Clinton, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a class D felony possession of a controlled substance and a class D misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Brzuchalski was booked and released pending formal charges.
Brzuchalski was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over for a traffic violation. While speaking with the deputy, Brzuchalski reached into her purse and removed a plastic zip lock bag and a leather pouch and placed it next to her leg. The deputy advised Brzuchalski not to be reaching into her purse. Brzuchalski handed the plastic bag and leather bag to the deputy. The plastic bag contained a white crystal like substance and the leather bag contained a glass pipe.
Steven Collins- On March 8, Steven Collins, 32, Lowry City, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant for failure to appear in court on an original class E felony driving while revoked/suspended. Bond is set at $3,500 cash only.
The original charge comes from a Lowry City Police Department traffic stop in September of 2018.
Stephanie Gilbert- On March 6, Stephanie Gilbert, 52, Springfield, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging her with a class C felony receiving stolen property. Bond is set at $10,000 cash or surety.
On Oct. 28, 2017, a St. Clair County deputy pulled Gilbert over for careless and imprudent driving. The deputy made contact with Gilbert and seen that she was upset and crying. She stated that people were trying to run her off the road. The deputy asked if Gilbert would step out of the vehicle and speak with him. As she stepped out of the vehicle, she stated that there was a loaded pistol in her backpack. The deputy asked for consent to search her vehicle and to check the firearm to make sure it was legal. Gilbert gave consent, but didn’t know if the gun was legal, because she had bought it from an individual.
A record check of the firearm showed that it was stolen out of Springfield.
Andrea Johnson- On March 5, Andrea Johnson, 40, Lexington, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging her with failure to appear in court on an original class D felony possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia-prior drug offense, and a class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana/synthetic cannabinoid of 10 grams or less-prior drug offense. Bond is set at $10,000 cash or surety.
The arrest comes after a concerned citizen approached a St. Clair County deputy while he was sitting at Shelby’s Truck Stop in Lowry City on Aug. 12, 2018. The citizen informed the deputy that there was a female sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle that looked to be deceased.
The deputy proceeded to the location of the vehicle and observed a female sitting in the passenger seat with a leg hanging out of the car. The deputy observed the female breathing and woke her up.
After making sure she was okay, the deputy did a record check on Johnson and found that she has an active felony warrant out of Lafayette County. The deputy asked if she had anything illegal in her belongings. Johnson gave the deputy consent to search her things. During the search of Johnson’s purse a used glass pipe with a crystal like residue was found, along with a marijuana cigarette, and a small amount of marijuana. The pipe field tested positive for methamphetamine.
James Sprinkle- On March 5, James Sprinkle, 29, Springfield, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant for a class A misdemeanor non-support. Bond is set at $1,500.
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.
Burglary in Osceola
On March 6, a St. Clair County deputy took a burglary report from Randy Higgs. Higgs stated he had left his residence on NE 251 Road around 9:00 a.m. He was notified by a friend that someone had broken into his house and taken his X-Box One along with two controllers, one game, and a four terabyte external hard drive. Total estimated loss value is $687.55.
Higgs stated his front door was unlocked and there was no damage. He stated, at the time of this report, the gaming system with hard drive is the only thing missing. Higgs filled out a request for prosecution.
Fraud Investigation in Osceola
On March 5, a St. Clair County deputy took a fraud report from Glenn Mohr, Richard Reed, and Robert Dines. Mohr stated all three are members of the American Legion Post 618 in Osceola. Mohr stated he received a phone call from the bank stating the American Legion account was overdrawn. Mohr stated he went to the bank and got copies of the checks and bank statements. Mohr stated there has been at least $12,000 taken out of the account since August of 2018. Mohr also stated that most of the checks written have a forged signature on them. Mohr advised they require two signatures on all checks.
The deputy spoke with Reed, who stated his name is forged on multiple checks. He stated he did not sign them or give anyone else permission to use his name on the checks.
Mohr stated there have not been any meetings and they have not voted to spend any money. A suspect was named.
Sheriff Keeler urges those with any related information to these cases or any others to contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line, 417-646-5832, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.