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December 07, 2011


Sheriff Steve Cox





1.      Sheriff Cox has received preliminary approval of a grant from the Deputy Sheriff Supplemental Salary Fund which begins January 2012.  We had sought over $70,000 to supplement sworn and non-sworn deputy sheriff salaries at our office and the additional administrative costs.  Due to the large number of sheriffs offices around the state in need of enhancing deputy salaries to retain and attract quality employees there was not enough funds to support the requests.  We are currently scheduled to receive a total of $9,577.30 in salary money for full time sworn deputy sheriffs and additional $2,113.71 in Fringe Benefits with a total of personnel and benefit cost of $11,691.01 from January 01 through June 30, 2012.  The sheriff will reapply for the subsequent grant when it becomes available.

Although we are very pleased to receive this grant it is sad the men and women of our office and many other county sheriff’s offices often qualify for public assistance due to the salary they are authorized.  Historically municipal and state agencies offer their law enforcement officers and employees better salaries and benefits then are authorized by county governments around the state of Missouri.


2.      The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) has completed a lengthy drug investigation involving a number of people in Livingston County.  On December 06, 2011 we received an additional tip which significantly helped us with the investigation.  During the investigation deputies allegedly seized methamphetamine, chemicals and items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine some of which was still in the stage of chemical activity, drug paraphernalia, other drug related items, and Xanax.

The investigation has thus far led to the arrest 2 men:


*     David Charles Newsome, 44, Chillicothe for alleged manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia related to methamphetamine.

*     Steven Mack Powers (aka: Weaver), 53, Avalon, for alleged manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia related to methamphetamine.


Both men have been incarcerated in the Livingston County Jail.  The LCSO was assisted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.  We have applied for arrest warrants and anticipate the 3 men will have their first Court appearance today before Judge James P. Valbracht.  Additional investigation is continuing.


3.      On December 06, 2011 we assisted the Chillicothe Police and Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services on a serious medical call in Chillicothe.


4.      On December 06, we assisted School Resource Officer Mike Lewis with an investigation of a bomb threat at the Litton Ag Center.  Proper steps were taken for the safety of all.  Video assisted the investigation of the potential suspect(s) who entered the restroom during a specific time.  It was determined this was a false report.


5.      On December 05, we investigated a delayed report of alleged domestic assault which took place in the north half of Livingston County.  The investigation resulted in evidence of alleged injury to the female, seizure of drug paraphernalia, and seizure of a firearm.  The suspect in this case has been identified but not yet located for questioning.  A report is being submitted to Livingston County Prosecuting Attorney Adam Warren for consideration of charges.


6.      On Monday, December 05, we transported 16 detainees from the Livingston County Jail to the Circuit Court for mandatory appearance on Criminal Law Day.


7.      We currently have 41 detainees in custody at the Livingston County Jail, 11 of which are female.



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