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Elsberry man charged with multiple felonies after drug bust

On Oct. 14, members of the Lincoln County Narcotics Enforcement Team, with the assistance of Missouri State Highway Patrol SWAT, executed a search warrant at the 200 block of Old Auburn Road.

When they announced their presence, Robert Chance, 41, fled from the back side of the residence on foot, but was captured without further incident.

Inside of the residence, detectives and troopers discovered approximately 13 grams of suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, two digital scales with residue, a loaded Smith and Wesson .357 handgun and ammunition.

Chance is a convicted felon who is disqualified from owning or carrying firearms. He has been charged with delivery of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm and resisting arrest for a felony.

Bond has been set at $50,000, cash only.


Foley man charged with theft

On Oct. 18, Lincoln County prosecutors charged a local man after an incident nearly two weeks earlier.

At about 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 8, a Troy Police officer met with a witness at the 100 block of North Lincoln Drive who saw his friend’s truck being pushed down the road by someone who was not the owner. The witness said after dialing 911, he pulled up on his friend’s truck – and saw a white male get out of the driver’s seat and take off running toward Merlin Drive.

Officers located a man fitting the witness’s description at a local restaurant after an area canvas, and was brought back to the scene, where he was identified by the witness.

The owner of the vehicle was contacted. He stated his truck was parked there because the alternator was bad and it was inoperable.

The suspect, later identified as 32-year-old Robert Gober, refused to provide a statement after being advised of his rights. 

Gober has been charged with stealing a motor vehicle. He has a criminal history dating back to 2007, with convictions for stealing and second-degree burglary.


Three charged with drug possession

At approximately 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 19, a Troy Police officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Highway 47 for a report of stealing. 

When the officer arrived, he found a gray Dodge Journey with Iowa license plates, and three occupants: 45-year-old Christine Gascoigne of Lehish, Iowa, 36-year-old Anthony Paterson of Dayton, Iowa and 37-year-old Angela Betts.

A probable cause search of the vehicle and the suspects located a eye glasses container on Paterson, which contained a small bag containing a crystalline substance he admitted was methamphetamine. A syringe with .45 milliliters of liquid was located next to Betts.

A small bag containing white cotton balls was located in the passenger compartment next to Gascoigne. Field testing at the scene showed the presence of methamphetamine on the cotton balls.

The trio has each been charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance, and bond has been set for each at $10,000, cash only.


Troy man charged with domestic assault

On Oct. 16, a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy arrived at the 800 block of South Ridge Road for a disturbance at around 5 a.m. 

The deputy made contact with 47-year-old Franklin Timmerman inside the barn behind the residence, who said he woke up around 3 a.m., “freaking out.” He told the deputy he did not touch the victim, but they did argue when she woke up and she was unhappy with him about the construction of a door that wasn’t finished.

When the deputy spoke to the victim inside the residence, she said Timmerman grabbed her arm and shoved her onto the bed, then grabbed her by the throat with both hands before releasing her and leaving the bedroom.

The deputy noticed a bruise on her arm, as well as redness on her chest and neck.

Timmerman has been charged with second-degree domestic assault


St. Louis man charged with felony DWI

Lincoln County prosecutors charged a St. Louis man on Oct. 18 after a crash last month.

At about 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 3, a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper was dispatched to the scene of a two-car collision on Route U, near Highway 61. A Chevrolet Cruze had run a red light and hit a Honda Civic coming off the ramp from the highway.

The driver of the Chevrolet, later identified as Carl Murray, 53, was in the ambulance. The driver of the Honda had been taken to a local hospital.

When the trooper entered the ambulance, he immediately noticed Murray’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy. Murray said he was heading to the store when a car pulled in front of him – and he hit it. The deputy said he smelled a strong odor of intoxicants coming from Murray’s breath, and his speech was slurred, according to the probable cause statement.

When asked how much he had to drink, Murray said he had a few beers earlier in the day. A breath sample showed his blood alcohol content was .232. He was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated.

The trooper arrived at SSM Health St. Joseph Lake St. Louis Hospital, and was informed by staff members Murray was causing problems with doctors and nurses. The trooper read Murray the state’s Implied Consent law. Murray refused to comply afterward.

Murray has been charged with driving while intoxicated, causing physical injury.


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

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