Crime Report

Troy man charged with fleeing

On Sept. 2, Lincoln County prosecutors charged a Troy man after a June incident.

On June 14, a Troy police officer was informed by a citizen a man and woman were attempting to return stolen goods from a local business at East Highway 47.

The officer saw the male matching the description returning items. The officer then left the store to locate the female in question. 

The officer located the female entering a black vehicle and driving to the front of the store. She then got into the passenger’s seat, and the male, later identified as Brandon Larimore, 29, got into the driver’s seat.

When they attempted to drive off, the officer attempted a traffic stop, but Larimore failed to stop. Both cars traveled through the parking lot onto the outer road, then onto Hwy 47.

Larimore ran a red light on Hwy 47 and North Lincoln Drive, before turning to go southbound on Highway 61.

Spike strips were deployed, but Larimore swerved to successfully avoid them. 

Officers were then advised they were receiving a 911 call from Larimore his passenger was overdosing, and he was going to the hospital. Larimore stopped southbound at Hwy 61 at Highway U, and was taken into custody without incident.

The passenger was unconscious and had trouble breathing. Larimore said both of them had taken fentanyl in the vehicle.

Larimore has been charged with resisting arrest by fleeing, creating a substantial risk of serious injury or death to any person.


Old Monroe man charged with domestic assault

On Sept. 1, Lincoln County prosecutors filed charges against a local man after an August incident.

On Aug. 7, at approximately 7:45 p.m., a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy was sent to the 2900 block of East Highway 47 for a domestic disturbance.

When the deputy arrived on scene, he found the victim with red marks on her neck and face. She said she was walking away from Nickalos Briggs, 32, when he grabbed her from behind – and threw her to the ground.

The victim then said Briggs got on top of her and choked her, and only stopped when he saw an ambulance drive past the residence. He then fled the scene on foot.

Briggs has been charged with third-degree domestic assault.


St. Louis man charged with drug possession

At about 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 30, a Troy police officer responded to a call on Front Street in reference to a Lyft driver being propositioned by a passenger to distribute narcotics.

The driver said he picked up a man, later identified as 30-year-old Blake Avalos, from a restaurant in St. Peters. According to the driver, Avalos pulled out a bag of marijuana, and asked him if he knew anyone who used Xanax and Percocet.

Avalos also asked the Lyft driver if he wanted him to become his personal driver. 

About three hours later, the officer made contact with Avalos near his truck. Avalos said his sister gave him a ride from St. Peters to Troy.

When he was asked to give consent to search his truck, Avalos would not give a definitive answer, but offered to open the trailer attached to the truck.

A K9 unit was brought in to search the truck. An open-air sniff gave a positive indication for the presence of illegal narcotics in the truck, leading to a probable cause search.

Inside the lower sleeping unit of the truck was a black bag. Within the bag was a blue zip lock bag containing a white pill bottle, which had 98 Xanax pills. There was also another blue zip lock bag containing 30 oxycodone pills.

Avalos has been charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance.


St. Louis man charged with harassment 

On Sept. 1, Lincoln County prosecutors charged a St. Louis man following an incident last month.

At around 1:45 a.m. on Aug. 7, a Troy police officer was dispatched to the area of southbound Highway 61, just south of the Highway 47 overpass, in reference to a vehicle partially blocking the right lane.

The passenger of the vehicle, identified as 55-year-old Paul Kleiman, was asked to step out of the car. According to the probable cause statement, the victim picked him up from a local gas station and was going to take him to her residence, instead of his hotel.

That’s when Kleiman became irate, yelling and cursing, and grabbed the steering wheel from the victim in an attempt to run the vehicle into the ditch after the victim said she would take Kleiman to the hospital.

Kleiman has been charged with harassment in the first degree.


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