Sheriff Scott Keeler reported deputies made six arrests and took a stealing report and a burglary report during the weeks of April 29-May 6, 2019.
Danielle Herrera- On May 5, Danielle Herrera, 30, San Jose, CA, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a class E felony tampering with utility meter-second or subsequent offense-second degree and a class B misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. Herrera was placed on a 24 hour hold pending formal charges.
The arrest comes after a St. Clair County deputy was dispatched to the Taberville Park in regards to an intoxicated driver stuck in a ditch. Upon arrival, the deputy made contact with Herrera. The deputy could smell the strong odor of intoxicants coming from Herrera. She was asked if she would submit to a preliminary breath test. Herrera agreed. The preliminary breath test showed a blood alcohol concentration of .157%.
Ashley Mitchell- On May 5, Ashley Mitchell, 28, Montrose, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a class E felony driving while revoked/suspended. Mitchell was booked and released pending formal charges.
The arrest comes after a St. Clair County deputy performed a traffic stop on the vehicle Mitchell was driving for and equipment violation. After the deputy made contact with the driver, Mitchell stated she does not have a driver’s license.
Gary Higgins- On May 3, Gary Higgins, 54, Warsaw, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging him with a probation violation on an original class D felony driving while revoked/suspended. Bond is set at $2,500 cash or surety.
The original charge comes from a traffic stop by a St. Clair County deputy in February of 2013.
Christopher McNeely- On May 3, Christopher McNeely, 43, St. Joseph, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging him with a probation violation on original charges of a class D felony possession of a controlled substance and a class D misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond is set at $2,500 cash only.
The original charges come after a St. Clair County deputy was dispatched to a suspicious vehicle broke down at the intersection SW 1371 Road and SW 850 Road on March 29, 2018. Upon arrival, the deputy noticed a male suspect walking around the vehicle. After making contact with the driver and passenger, the deputy received consent to search the vehicle. A search of the vehicle resulted in negative findings. A pink glass pipe was located next to a fence in front of the vehicle by a deputy.
McNeely stated, after being read his Miranda Rights, that when he saw the patrol vehicle coming he tossed the glass pipe from his pocket.
Erika Bootier- On May 3, Erika Bootier, 26, Springfield, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging her with a probation violation on four original class C felony forgery charges. Bond is set at $2,000 cash only.
The charges stem from incidents in December 2014 when Bootier cashed four checks that were stolen from an individual.
Tyson Franks- On May 1, Tyson Franks, 43, Kansas City, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a Tanney County warrant for an ordinance charge for an equipment violation and an ordinance charge for driving while revoked/suspended. Total bond is set at $725 cash or surety.
The warrant comes from a traffic stop by the Branson Police Department.
Brandon Wood- On April 30, Brandon Wood, 26, Osceola, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging him with a class D felony possession of a controlled substance and a class A misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Total bond is set at $15,000 cash or surety.
The warrant comes after a St. Clair County deputy stopped to check on a stranded motorist on March 20, 2019. After making contact with the driver and passenger, the deputy had the passenger, Wood, stand in front of the vehicle. When the deputy went to check Wood for weapons, the deputy observed Wood drop a glass pipe into the engine compartment on the vehicle.
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 Rockville
On May 3, a St. Clair County deputy was dispatched to Down Home Butcher on NW 1001 Road in reference to a burglary. Upon arrival, the deputy spoke with the business owner, Norman Williamson. Williamson stated he had left his business at 6:30 p.m. the previous evening. When he arrived at his shop the morning of May 3, he discovered the rear door to his business standing wide open. Williamson showed the deputy the marks on the door and the fence surrounding the business. Williamson stated that they suspect tried to get into the shop area of the business, but were unsuccessful.
It was undetermined at the time of this report if anything was missing from the shop or freezers.
Stealing at Twin Oaks Harbor
On April 29, a St. Clair County deputy took a phone report from Lana Frerking. Frerking stated her 1971 bumper pull style camper was stolen from her lot. Frerking stated the last time she was at the property was in 2016.
Estimated lost value is $300.
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.