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Troy man charged with domestic assault

At approximately 8:40 p.m. on Aug. 13, a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a call of domestic violence at the 20 block of Patrick Drive.

When the deputy arrived, he met with the victim, who said she got into a verbal altercation with 27-year-old Garrett Arnold when she asked him to move some wood off her car.

The argument quickly escalated and Arnold hit her on the head, then threw rocks at her. The victim then ran to her car, but Arnold followed her and began choking her. The victim broke the hold, started yelling for help and began honking the horn with her knee. The deputy noticed the victim’s pants and underwear were ripped, and red marks were on her necks that were consistent with being choked.

According to the probable cause statement, a neighbor heard the incident, ran to Arnold’s car and asked him if he was hitting the victim. Arnold denied he was and went inside his residence.

The victim said Arnold had hit her multiple times before.

Arnold has been charged with second-degree domestic assault.


Truxton man charged with drug possession

On Aug. 3, a Troy police officer made a traffic stop on a red Dodge Charger on northbound Highway 61 north of the Highway 47 overpass for having a license plate that was not on file.

When the officer made contact with the driver, later identified as Daniel Hastings, 35, of Truxton, he said the vehicle was registered and provided the officer with his insurance card and registration. As he searched for his paperwork, Hastings’ hands started shaking, and the officer noticed white powder on his shorts.

The officer asked Hastings to step out of the vehicle. After asking three times, Hastings finally complied.

Hastings denied consent to search the vehicle, so a K9 unit was brought in to search the vehicle, which gave a positive indication of drugs in the vehicle.

A probable cause search was made of the Charger. Inside, officers found a black bag two white tablets consistent with being LSD. Inside the driver’s side door, a multi-colored pill capsule was discovered and three more similar pills were found in the center console. 

A field test on the powdery substance inside the capsules tested positive for fentanyl. A blue pill was also found turned out to be one gram of Clonazepam.

Hastings has been charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance.


Moscow Mills man charged with domestic assault

On Aug. 11 at around 9:30 p.m., a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy met with a person in the lobby of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office to report a domestic assault.

The victim told the deputy the incident happened a few hours before at Majestic Lakes Court in Moscow Mills, when she asked John Brookman, 39, to prepare a list of items. According to the victim, Brookman became angry and starting choking the victim.

Children were in the room, and they began hitting Brookman to protect the victim. The victim said she lost consciousness due to the chokehold. When she came to, she told Brookman she was leaving for work, and he ceased assaulting her.

When deputies later arrived at the residence, Brookman admitted an altercation occurred, but said he was defending himself from the victim.

Brookman has been charged with second-degree domestic assault.


Moscow Mills man charged with drug possession

On Aug. 17, Lincoln County prosecutors charged a local man after a traffic stop last month.

At approximately 11:21 p.m. on July 26, a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy pulled over a vehicle that didn’t have its lights on.

When the deputy made contact with the driver, Caleb Tipton, 26, of Moscow Mills, a background check revealed his driving privileges were revoked. Tipton was advised to exit the vehicle.

As Tipton removed items from his pocket, he pulled out a clear bag and told the deputy it was methamphetamine.

Tipton has been charged with possession of a controlled substance.


Elsberry man charged with drug possession

Lincoln County prosecutors have charged an Elsberry man after a traffic stop two months ago.

At about 7 p.m. on June 10, a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper pulled over a green Ford F-150 on Dietrich Road for having a registration that was “not on file” with the Department of Revenue.

When the trooper encountered the driver, Kenneth Narsh, 60, he noticed Narsh was acting nervously. After receiving consent to search Narsh and the vehicle, the deputy found methamphetamine in Narsh’s front left pocket.

Narsh has been charged with possession of a controlled substance.


Troy man charged with felony DWI

The Lincoln County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has charged a local man after a traffic stop last winter.

On Dec. 4, 2020, at approximately 6 p.m., a Troy Police Department officer witnessed a red 2010 GMC Sierra drive erratically into oncoming traffic before correcting itself.

After making the traffic stop, the officer noticed the driver, 56-year-old Bart Mersch, of Troy, was speaking with a slurred voice, and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy. The truck also had a moderate odor of intoxicants.

The trooper asked if he had been drinking. Originally, Mersch said he hadn’t – and he was tired from driving home from work in Columbia.

However, after being asked a second time, Mersch said he had come from a local bar – and he had “three or four beers.” When asked for his license, he provided a non-drivers license, and a computer check showed his privileges had been revoked for 10 years.

When asked to step out of the vehicle, Mersch complied, but according, to the probable cause statement, he stumble while getting out of the truck and walking to the rear of the vehicle.

After being transported to the Lincoln County Jail, Mersch refused to take a breathalyzer test.

Mersch has been charged with driving while intoxicated as a persistent offender.


Foley man charged with drug possession

On Aug. 16, Lincoln County prosecutors charged a Foley man after an incident nearly two years before.

At around 11 p.m. on Nov. 5, 2019, a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy was called to the 300 block of Barrett Road in Elsberry for a report of a suspicious vehicle. When the deputy arrived on scene, he saw a van occupied by two men parked on the side of the road.

The deputy told both men to show their hands. The driver immediately complied, while the passenger, 38-year-old James Vratney, only showed his right hand. After another command to show both hands, and an attempt to exit the vehicle, Vratney complied.

The driver explained they had a flat tire and were waiting for Vratney’s grandmother to bring a spare tire. The officer noticed the van did indeed have a flat tire.

The deputy noticed a red straw where Vratney was sitting. The driver gave consent to search the vehicle. In the passenger seat, the deputy found a small, clear baggie containing a white crystal rock and crystal substance, as well as two white pills.

Inside Vratney’s left jacket pocket was a syringe. Vratney said he didn’t know the syringe was in his pocket. 

No other paraphernalia was found in the vehicle, and the driver was released at the scene. Shortly after, Vratney’s grandmother arrived with the spare tire.

Vratney has been charged with possession of a controlled substance.


(All persons charged of a crime are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law).

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