Two area men recently were charged with drug-related crimes following arrests in St. Clair.

Chadwick Klaeger, 33, Cuba, was charged in Franklin County Associate Court with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

The charges stem from a March 18 incident at Ranch House Phillips 66 gas station in St. Clair, according to Police Chief Bill Hammack.

Police were dispatched to Ranch House Phillips 66 gas station at 7:10 a.m. and found Klaeger and a 23-year-old female unconscious in a vehicle.

Klaeger was in the driver’s seat with the female in the passenger seat.

Both were woken up by an officer. After a K-9 officer found narcotics in the vehicle, a search was conducted that resulted in heroin, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia being found.

Klaeger and the female were arrested at the scene. A bond was set for $10,000 according to Hammack.

Michael Bueker, 30, Union, was charged with possession with a controlled substance in June for an incident that occurred Jan. 29 in St. Clair.

An officer noticed Bueker and another individual walking behind businesses along North Main Street in dark colored clothes at 3:41 a.m., according to Hammack.

A computer check revealed Bueker had an active warrant for his arrest. Bueker was arrested and methamphetamine was later found on him. His bond was set at $7,500.

Third Charge

A St. Clair man has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident from a July incident.

Ricky L. Shelton, 55, was charged earlier this month for leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident that happened July 15 at Casey’s General Store off North Commercial Avenue, according to Police Chief Bill Hammack.

A witness saw a 2002 red colored Ford pickup truck back into a 1998 Dodge Ram pickup truck in the parking lot. The witness had taken the license plate number and gave it to police, according to Hammack.

The following day, July 16, the officer investigating the case found the vehicle and driver at a residence on Casey Street, according to Hammack. Shelton was arrested and he later confessed to the incident. His bond was set at $5,000.