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Moscow Mills man charged with assault after crash 

At about 12:40 p.m. on Nov. 13, Moscow Mills Police officers were notified of an intoxicated driver who left a local bar in Troy.

Twenty minutes later, officers witnessed a 2015 Kia Optima crash into a light pole on Route U at Highway 61. When they spoke to the driver, 37-year-old Jonathan Jansky, he told officers he lived nearby and wanted to go home.

Officers told him he had crashed his vehicle. Jansky said he hadn’t – but when officers pointed to the pole and his vehicle, Jansky began asking how did it happen.

Officers noticed a cup with an alcoholic beverage in the vehicle, and noticed alcohol on Jansky’s breath. When they asked where Jansky was coming from, he said his shop.

When he stepped out of the vehicle, Jansky was stumbling and swaying, according to the probable cause statement. Jansky then became angry, and reentered his car. At that point, he was placed in handcuffs.

When the officers tried to bring Jansky to the paramedics, he began to pull away. After several warnings, Jansky was forced to the ground by officers. While on the ground, Jansky began screaming racial slurs at the officers.

Once he was back on his feet, Jansky started resisting again – and started kicking toward the officers, hitting one in the face. A TASER was used to subdue Jansky, before he was placed in the police cruiser.

According to the probable cause statement, Jansky violated the terms of his bond agreement on a felony property damage charge from July. He has now been charged with assault on a special victim, with bond set at $15,000, cash only.


Winfield man held on drug, weapons charges 

Acting on a tip, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives executed a search warrant at a residence at the 50 block of Dry Creek Court on Nov. 12.

The subsequent search led to the discovery of drug paraphernalia and packaging material, a working scale with residue, multiple baggies of suspected methamphetamine weighing around seven grams, seven grams of psychedelic mushrooms, manufactured THC in wax form, a .22 caliber rifle and over $11,000 in cash.

The occupant of the residence, Joseph Durkee, 28, said in a recorded interview later he had the methamphetamine with the intent to sell, and admitted the money was profit from the operation.

On Nov. 15, Durkee was charged with delivery of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. Since Durkee is a convicted felon on parole, he was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.

The Honorable Gregory Allsberry set bond at $100,000, cash only.

Troy man charged with tampering

On Nov. 15, Lincoln County prosecutors charged a local man after an investigation into a theft from last month.

On Oct. 24, Troy Police officers responded to the 300 block of South Lincoln Drive for a report of two stolen Ford trucks, a utility trailer, two lawn mowers, two backpack blowers, a chainsaw, a weed eater and other items.

Later that day, detectives traveled to Elsberry to process one of the trucks, which was recovered at a gas station. Once the processing was done, the truck was released to its owner.

The next morning, surveillance photos of the suspect, later identified as John Michael Bea, 34, of Troy, were sent to detectives. One of the officers remembered arresting Bea on Sept. 27.

A background check showed Bea is currently on probation and parole for leaving the scene of an accident, felony property damage and felony driving while revoked or suspended.

Bea was located and arrested by Troy police officers at a local gas station on Nov. 4. Under questioning, Bea asked for his attorney.

Bea has been charged with first-degree tampering of a motor vehicle.

Moscow Mills man charged with drug possession

On Nov. 16, Lincoln County prosecutors charged a local man after a traffic stop last winter.

At around 9:15 p.m. on Jan. 14, a Troy Police officer executed a traffic stop on a Pontiac at Highway 61 due to the car not having a rear license plate light.

The officer asked to search the vehicle, and the driver, 25-year-old Kyle Biggs, refused. At this point, a request was made to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office for a K9.

An open-air sniff of the vehicle by the K9 gave a positive indication for the presence of narcotics, leading a probable cause search. The subsequent search located a black magnetic box.

Inside the box, the officer found three glass pipes with three clear bags with a crystallike residue. A metal container with 19 packets of Suboxone was also located.

Biggs has been charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Troy man charged with drug possession

Lincoln County prosecutors on Nov. 16 charged a local man after a traffic stop nearly three months ago.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 29, a Troy Police officer pulled over a GMC Sonoma on Highway 47. After making contact with the driver, Thomas Williams, 43, a background check determined his license was currently suspended because of non-support.

Once he placed under arrest, Williams gave officers consent to search his truck. During the search, officers found suspected methamphetamine and marijuana inside a Styrofoam cup.

Williams admitted the marijuana was his, but the methamphetamine was not.

Williams has been charged with possession of a controlled substance.

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