Crime report

Foley man charged with domestic assault

On Feb 6., Lincoln County prosecutors charged a local man with second-degree domestic assault after a November incident.

According to the probable cause statement, Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at a residence in Elsberry. The victim stated she was grabbed by the throat and punched repeatedly by Benjamin Barnett, 28, of Foley, before being thrown to the ground by her hair.

A background check showed Barnett had four active warrants for his arrest from four different jurisdictions.


Moscow Mills man charged with possession

At around 10:18 a.m. on Feb 6., a Troy Police officer spotted a white Toyota Yaris traveling southbound on Highway 61 with license plates registered to a Ford truck.

When the officer pulled the vehicle over, the driver, identified as Jason Lippmann, 43, of Moscow Mills, Lippmann admitted his license was revoked, and he had been arrested for driving while suspended or revoked at least five times.

At the officer’s request, Lippmann handed the officer a pill bottle, which contained a green, leafy substance the officer believed to be marijuana.

A background check of Lippmann discovered an active warrant from Elsberry. A further search of the vehicle discovered a black eye glass case containing marijuana, methamphetamine and Xanax.

Lippmann was charged with possession of a controlled substance, and driving while revoked or suspended.


Troy man charged

At about 4:10 a.m. on Feb. 5, a Troy Police officer responded to a domestic disturbance at the 500 block of Hall Street. 

The victim alleged Jeffrey Price, 30, of Troy, was high on drugs all day – and wrapped his arm around her neck until she blacked out. 

When she regained consciousness, Price, according to the probable cause statement, forced her to give him the keys to her car, which she complied.

An officer later spotted Price driving the vehicle. When the officer attempted to pull the vehicle over, Price began a pursuit, which ended at the Park Place Apartments.

Price was charged with second-degree domestic assault and robbery.


Elsberry man charged with vehicle theft

Lincoln County prosecutors with stealing a motor vehicle charged an Elsberry man.

In late July, a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy located a 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit in front a barn at Walnut Lane in Foley that was reported stolen around a week earlier. 

Inside the barn was Jesse Simmons, 36, of Elsberry, who was found to have active warrants on him. Also found on his person was a set of keys belonging to a Volkswagen. 

Simmons will be arraigned on March 5.


Local woman charged with drug, gun possession

Responding to a tip on Feb. 4, members of the Multi County Narcotics and Violent Crimes Enforcement Unit responded to a home at the 80 block of White Road in Elsberry. 

Upon entering the home, members found two people inside the home, Ryan York and Forrest Martin, 37, of Elsberry. 

A search found several bags of methamphetamine, four grams of fentanyl, multiple unused micro bags, three electronic scales with powder residue, three grams of marijuana, naloxone hydro-chloride pills, alprazolam pills, corisoprodol pills, a .22 caliber Mossberg rifle and drug paraphernalia.

Martin was charged with delivery of a controlled substance, five counts of possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.


Troy man charged leaving the scene of an accident

According to a probable cause statement, on Oct. 26, 2020, Troy Police officers were dispatched to the area of East Cherry Street and Carrington Boulevard to investigate a single-vehicle accident involving a Jeep Wrangler.

A witness said he saw a white male get out of the vehicle and walk away from the scene after the crash. An investigation showed the registered owner of the vehicle was Brett Byington, 28, of Troy.

Byington later voluntarily came to the Troy Police Department for an interview, and admitted driving the vehicle. He also admitted leaving a bar, and while driving, lost control of his Jeep and crashed into a fence at the Brittany Place Apartments before striking a tree. He was able to get back on the road before finally losing control and striking the embankment on East Cherry Street.

Byington was charged on Feb. 5 with leaving the scene of an accident with property damage exceeding $1,000.

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