Sheriff Scott Keeler reported deputies made five arrests and took multiple reports during the weeks of October 26, 2020 through November 2, 2020.
Christopher Ratliff – On October 27, Christopher Ratliff, 54, Osceola was arrested on two Misdemeanor warrants and five Osceola municipal warrants. The first was a Misdemeanor Driving While Revoked/Suspended – 1st Offense. The second was a Misdemeanor Failure to Register Motor Vehicle/Trailer Annually with Director of Revenue. The bond was set at a total of $1,183.50 cash only.
Christopher McNeely – On October 28, Christopher McNeely, 45, St. Joseph, was arrested on a warrant for two charges. The first charge was a Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance Except 35 Grams or less of Marijuana/Synthetic Cannabinoid. The second charge was a Misdemeanor Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The bond was set at $2,500 cash only.
The arrest stems from March 29, 2018, when a St. Clair County deputy was dispatched to a suspicious vehicle. The vehicle reported was identified as a green 1996 Chevrolet, and had a female subject in the passenger. The male driver, later identified as Christopher McNeely, was arrested on a warrant out of Cedar County. A search of the area around the vehicle, where Christopher was standing, showed a pink glass pipe on the ground near the vehicle, to which Christopher admitted was his and in his back pocket before the deputy arrived.
Raymond Weaver Jr. – On October 29, Raymond Weaver, 56, Osceola, was arrested on a Failure to Appear warrant containing two original charges. The first charge was an Ordinance violation for Failure to Maintain Insurance and the second was an Ordinance violation for Driving While Revoked. The bond was set at $400.00 cash only.
Catherine Prudhorn – On October 31, Catherine Prudhorn, 50, Osceola, was arrested on a Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance except 35 Grams or Less of Marijuana/Synthetic Cannibinoid, and a Misdemeanor Stealing – Value Less than $150 and No Prior Stealing Offense. Catherine was booked and released pending formal charges.
The arrest was made after a St. Clair County deputy was dispatched to Osceola in reference to stolen medication. Upon arrival, the deputy made contact with Shirley Carle, whom stated that her daughter, Catherine Prudhorn, had stolen medication out of Carle’s room. The deputy spoke with Catherine and she admitted to stealing three Zolpidem pills from her mother. Catherine was placed into custody and brought to the Sheriff’s Office, where an interview with her revealed she had also stolen Hydrocodone from her mother.
Arlene Smith-Stickler – On November 1, Arlene Smith-Stickler, 58, Springfield, was arrested on a Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Except 35 Grams or Less of Marijuana/Synthetic Cannabinoid and a Felony Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Amphetamine or Methamphetamine. Arlene was booked and released pending formal charges.
The arrest was made after a St. Clair County deputy performed a traffic stop on a vehicle Arlene was the driver on, for an equipment violation. The deputy spoke with Arlene, who admitted to there being a meth pipe inside of the vehicle. After Arlene was placed under arrest for the methamphetamine pipe, a further search was performed on the vehicle. The search included finding a clear baggy with a crystal substance inside of it, and an Altoids Mint container that contained seven pills, all controlled substances. The crystal substance inside of the bag field tested positive for methamphetamine, and Arlene was brought to St. Clair County Jail.
Graham, Tommy – On November 2, Tommy Graham, 57, Osceola was arrested on a warrant for a Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance except 35 Grams or Less of Marijuana/Synthetic Cannabinoid and a Felony Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Amphetamine or Methamphetamine. Bond was set at $15,000 cash or surety.
The arrest was made when Tommy, being aware of the warrant, turned himself in at the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office.
Property Damage in Brush Creek
On October 28, a St. Clair County deputy was dispatched to Brush Creek in Osceola in regards to Property Damage.
Upon arrival, the deputy made contact with James Terry, who reported that someone had damaged the property by sliding around in the grass with a vehicle, causing ruts and throwing grass around the parking lot. The damage was estimated at $500.00.
The deputy took a report alongside photographs of the damage reported.
Missing Toddler Found
On Saturday, October 31, 2020 approximately 1113 hours St. Clair County Dispatch received a 911 call reporting a 18 month old male child wondered off from the family at their hunting cabin located in St. Clair County in the 1200 block of SW Y Highway. The reporting party, father of the missing child, states the child was last seen by the paternal grandfather approximately 1010 hours. The family initiated a quick search then called 911 to report the missing child.
The St. Clair County Sheriff’s deputy arrived on scene approximately 1120 hours. Other responding units began arriving shortly thereafter. MSHP offered the assistance of a helicopter and was dispatched immediately. While the helicopter was en route, a search team was deployed while more units were still arriving on scene. Volunteers were driving roads, riding horseback and ATVs, and on foot began a grid search of the dense woods surrounding the cabin.
After all units were on scene, the impromptu search team(s) were recalled to organize a grid search with all hands. At approximately 1335 hours the helicopter team spotted the red and black flannel pajamas last known to be worn by the juvenile. Search crews on hand immediately dispatched to the area approximately 500 yards north of the cabin. The child was found sleeping peacefully.
The juvenile was immediately re-united with the parents, and medically cleared by the units on scene.
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 these cases or any others to contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line, 417-646-5832, or email to email@example.com.