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March 07 the LCSO investigated an incident of a driver passing a school bus with stop arm extended. The driver was located and matter resolved.
March 08 a deputy stopped a vehicle that had been stolen from a location in Chillicothe. The driver and vehicle was turned over to the Chillicothe Police.
March 08 the LCSO shared information/evidence collected with an adjoining sheriff on possible heroin distribution and sex offender registration violation.
March 11 the LCSO began an investigation of a burglary and theft at a residence. Victim advised person(s) unlawfully removed electronics and other items from the home. Person of interest has been identified and interviewed. Investigation continues.
March 12 a child called 911 from a residence in Wheeling of an unknown problem. LCSO staff were on scene and no one would answer the door of the home. There was a vehicle parked in the drive way and dispatch advised the license plates were stolen from Independence. After multiple attempts to get the people inside to answer the door failed officers breached the door on exigent circumstances and were met by 3 adults and 2 children. The group did not have a valid reason for not answering the door and the children were checked and found to be safe. The stolen license plates were seized and information collected. Additional investigation continues.
March 13 the LCSO responded to a location in Wheeling on a domestic disturbance. Elderly resident was having difficulty with a grandchild who was yelling and throwing things. The younger adult was requested to leave the premises due to the problems and no criminal prosecution.
March 15 the LCSO investigated a reported domestic disturbance in Wheeling. No evidence of crime was observed and parties chose to separate for the night.
March 15 the LCSO completed incident report on lost/stolen license plates from a rural resident. It was uncertain where the vehicle was when the plates became missing. Information in the M.U.L.E.S. law enforcement system.
March 15 the LCSO responded to a rural residence to check the well-being of a juvenile child. Report notes the house was a mess but the child(ren) were clean and cared for. What appeared to possibly be mold was observed in the basement and the deputy was concerned about the cat urine and feces odors. One or more dogs outside the home were of concern for the deputy due to their appearance. Discussion was made with the adult(s) about the concerns a follow-up visit 2 days later showed the apparent mold had been cleaned, area disinfected and painted, pets better cared for and the house was much cleaner and organized. The deputy had made a mandated hotline report and the juvenile office has been notified. Investigation continues.
March 17 the LCSO began an investigation of stolen license plates from a rural resident. Investigation continues.
March 18 the LCSO received information of possible child abuse and later turned this case over to the Chillicothe Police Department as the incident allegedly happened in Chillicothe.
March 18 the LCSO responded to a location where a person was reportedly threatening suicide. The deputy and family member discovered the subject was actively attempting self-harm. Urgent life-saving attempt was made and Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services assisted with life-saving efforts and getting the person to Hedrick Medical Center. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family and friends.
March 20 the LCSO completed an incident report on a Chillicothe woman who reportedly failed to appear in Court on a speeding citation and driving while suspended/revoked violation. Additional charge of Failure to Appear may be filed by the prosecuting attorney.
March 22 a citizen reported property damage to their vehicle that had been left at the commuter parking near Mooresville Junction. A window had been broken out of the vehicle and the owner reported nothing appeared missing. Investigation continues.
March 26 the LCSO completed an incident report seeking additional charges on a 47-year-old man for failing to appear in Court on child support charges.
March 26 the LCSO has begun investigation of a possible child sex offense that took place in Livingston County a few years ago. Multiple people are being interviewed.
March 26 a registered child sex offender wanted to be way less than polite to staff at the LCSO. Sheriff Cox arrived and had a meeting with the registered offender about attitude, mutual respect, how to conduct himself when dealing with law enforcement employees, and requirements of registration laws along with the zero tolerance we have for registration violations. Information was also shared with the offender’s probation/parole officer.
March 28 the LCSO responded to a call in the western part of Livingston County on concern of an adult male. The investigation resulted in locating the deceased adult male in a secured building. Preliminary investigation strongly suggests suicide. Livingston County Coroner and CDES assisted. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family and friends.
The LCSO has continued with an in-depth investigation into heroin distribution in and around Livingston County. A quantity of information was revealed thanks to a search warrant and one person is already in custody. Additional information will be submitted to the prosecuting attorney for consideration of charges.
March 09 a Chillicothe PD officer requested K-9 Zaki and handler Deputy Leadbetter to the scene of an accident. Apparently one person had fled on foot and there was concern with other activity which may have been taking place. K-9 Zaki gave a positive indication as to the odor of drug(s). The CPD officer detained one person and seized evidence. Deputy Leadbetter assisted at the scene. Additional information may be obtained from CPD.
March 09 K-9 Zaki and handler Deputy Leadbetter assisted a local business on a request for a free air sniff. No indication was given for the presence of drugs.
March 10 K-9 Zaki and handler Deputy Leadbetter assisted a local business on a request for a free air sniff. No indication was given for the presence of drugs.
March 13 the LCSO was at a residence on East Polk Street in Chillicothe attempting to serve a civil summons to appear in Court. A known female opened the door, stepped out and quickly shut the door behind her. The deputy could smell a drug odor on the female’s breath and inquired about the presence of drugs. The female reportedly became irate. Probable cause was obtained to secure the home to apply for a search warrant. The female would not cooperate with the deputy until additional officers from Chillicothe PD and LCSO arrived. A male in the home and child(ren) were also present. After additional discussion the officers were allowed to search the home and found where the controlled substance had reportedly been. The male in the home confessed to having destroyed the controlled substance by flushing it when the female had previously stepped outside the home with the deputy. Evidence was seized, hotline report made, and reports are being submitted to the prosecuting attorney for consideration of charge(s) against both adults. The male is on probation/parole for reported Robbery and Burglary.
March 18 a deputy stopped a vehicle on U.S. 36 for 88 in a 65. The driver was cited for the speed and further investigation resulted in the seizure of alleged drug paraphernalia and THC oil. Klaudia Jaronczyk, 22, Chicago, IL was arrested for the violations, processed at the LCSO and released pending lab results
March 22 the LCSO obtained information on possible drugs at a home in Chillicothe. LCSO and Chillicothe PD worked together (see Chief Maples press release 3-25-19) and ended up searching two homes and arresting multiple people. K-9 Zaki was instrumental in one of the home searches. Great job by all and nice to have such great TEAM work!
March 23 a deputy made a traffic stop west of Wheeling on U.S. 36 for 81 in a 65. A Hispanic male in the back seat of the stopped had a coat over his face and would not uncover his face. Further investigation identified probable cause of controlled substance being in the vehicle. It was found the male in the back seat was in possession of small amount of marijuana. The driver of the car also had a safe in the trunk which also contained small amount of marijuana and some ammunition. The safe and ammunition was confiscated and the occupants were given warning for the small amount of marijuana. K-9 Zaki was on scene but not needed due to the discovery of the evidence. Investigation continues.
March 24 the LCSO checked on a person and vehicle on Liv 235 north of Liv 2364. The driver was subsequently arrested for alleged Driving While Suspended and found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Michael Alan Knowles, 28, Meadville was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail pending filing of formal charges.
March 27 evening the LCSO received complaint of a box truck entering Livingston County on U.S. 36 driving careless and at speeds around 90. A deputy was able to check the speed at 78 in a 65 and stopped the Brooklyn, New York driver. The stop resulted in learning the truck was coming from a southern border state and the driver did not have proper paperwork for hauling goods and other information prompted Detective Ford to request K-9 Zaki arrive on scene. The driver then openly told the deputy of some marijuana in the sleeping area of the truck. Zaki did give positive indication of drug odor but the only thing found was the misdemeanor amount of marijuana. The driver was cited for the speed and possession.
MOST Wanted updates:
March 03 authorities in Vernon County, Missouri arrested Levi Lee McNeely, 18, El Dorado Springs, MO on a Livingston County class D felony arrest warrant for alleged Possession of Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine. Mr. McNeely has been a fugitive since January 25, 2019.
March 05 Chicago Police arrested Anthony Jake Banks, 29, on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged 2 counts class D felony of Forgery. Mr. Banks has been a fugitive since April 19, 2018.
March 23 Kansas City Missouri Police arrested Jon Alfred Ralston, 47, Kansas City on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class D felony Possession of Controlled Substance. Mr. Ralston had been a fugitive since February 02, 2019 and was extradited by LCSO on March 25, 2019.
March 11 the LCSO arrested Carol A. Head, 48, Chillicothe on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged felony possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine. Ms. Head was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail in lieu of bond.
March 12 the LCSO served a Chillicothe Municipal arrest warrant on Travis Riddle, 41 Chillicothe for alleged traffic offense(s). Mr. Riddle posted the $200 bond at the LCSO and was released pending court appearance.
March 13 the LCSO arrested Mark James Baggos, 28, Wheeling on a Macon County arrest warrant for alleged Failure to Appear in Court on a Weapons Offense. Mr. Baggos was turned over to the Macon County Sheriff in lieu of bond.
March 14 the LCSO arrested Kristopher D. Anderson, 40, Chillicothe on a Chillicothe Municipal warrant and Mr. Anderson posted the $500 bond at the LCSO and was released with a court date.
March 14 night a deputy checked on a person walking in rural Livingston County and subsequently arrested Tyler S. Parker, 27, Breckenridge on two felony warrants being 1 each from Caldwell County and Daviess County for alleged probation violation.
March 22 the LCSO arrested Michael Neil McGinnis, 22, Lee’s Summit on Livingston County warrant for alleged Probation Violation on original class D felony possession of controlled substance. Mr. McGinnis was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail.
March 22 the LCSO served a Livingston County arrest warrant on Shelbi Lynn Shira, 27, Chillicothe for alleged Probation Violation on original class B felony Drug Violation. Ms. Shira was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail in lieu of bond.
March 22 the LCSO arrested Monica Beth Bail, 31 on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged Probation Violation on original class C felony of Forgery. Bond was set at $25,000 and Ms. Bail was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail.
March 25 Detsanie Dawn Batson, 24, was arrested on a Caldwell County arrest warrant for alleged Failure to Obey a Judge’s Order on two original charges of class E felonies of Knowingly Burning/Exploding and Property Damage. Bond was set at $20,000 and Ms. Batson was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail in lieu of bond.
March 25 the LCSO arrested Charles Robert Smith, 33, Chillicothe on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged Violation of Bond Conditions on original felony for Possession of Controlled Substance. Mr. Smith was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail in lieu of $20,000 bond.
March 25 the LCSO arrested Peggy Jo Zorn, 39, Chillicothe on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged Violation of Bond Conditions on original class D felony Possession of Controlled Substance. Ms. Zorn was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail in lieu of $20,000 bond.
March 8 a speeding citation was issued to an Illinois driver for 85 in a 65 on U.S. 36.
March 14 a deputy issued a Kahoka driver a speeding citation for 78 in a 65 on U.S. 36 at Mooresville.
March 14 a deputy issued a Kansas driver a speeding citation for 83 in 65 on U.S. 36 at Wheeling.
March 14 a deputy issued a speeding citation to a Chillicothe driver for 82 in a 65 on U.S. 36 near the Grand River.
March 14 a deputy issued a speeding citation to a Chillicothe driver for 78 in a 65 on U.S. 36 at the Grand River.
March 14 a deputy issued an Illinois driver a speeding citation for 86 in a 65 on U.S. 36 near U.S. 65.
March 15 a deputy checked a vehicle traveling east on U.S. 36 at 106 in a 65. The chief deputy immediately activated emergency equipment and got behind the vehicle which continued east bound at a high rate of speed and continuously driving in the passing lane. Other vehicles were pulling to the right and yielding to our emergency vehicle but the driver continued on and finally stopped near the Meadville Junction. The 25-year-old Chillicothe man was cited for the alleged 106 miles per hour, Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle and the driving lane violation. Subject posted bond and was released pending court appearance.
March 21 an Illinois driver was cited for excessive speed of 81 in a 65 on U.S. 36.
March 22 a deputy stopped a vehicle on U.S. 36 at a very high rate of speed. After the vehicle had slowed when the driver saw the deputy is when we were able to lock the slower speed at 99 in a 65. The Kansas driver was issued a citation and is mandated to appear in Associate Court on April 24.
March 22 the LCSO issued a Kansas City driver a speeding citation for 87 in a 65 on U.S. 36 at Mooresville Junction.
March 23 a deputy issued a Monroe City driver a speeding citation for 76 in a 65 on U.S. 36 at Mooresville.
March 23 a deputy issued a Utah driver a speeding citation for 83 in a 65 on U.S. 36 at Mooresville.
March 23 a deputy issued a Kansas City driver a speeding citation for 90 in a 65 on U.S. 36 at Mooresville.
March 24 the LCSO issued a speeding citation to a St. Joseph driver for 90 in a 65 on U.S. 36 near Mooresville.
March 25 an Illinois driver was cited for 84 in a 65 on U.S. 36 at Wheeling Junction.
March 25 an Illinois driver was cited for 80 in a 65 on U.S. 36 near Wheeling.
March 25 an Ohio driver was cited for 80 in a 65 on U.S. 36 near Mooresville.
March 25 a Maryville driver was cited for 83 in a 65 on U.S. 36 near Mooresville.
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March 14, 23 and 25 a deputy was assigned traffic enforcement overtime project. The overtime funds are reimbursed to Livingston County from the state on a traffic enforcement grant.
March 26 Sheriff Cox and Chief Maples met and discussed business on how we can improve services with each other and our citizens, continuing to work together and ways to increase communication between the agencies along with ideas on joint enforcement activities. Additional meeting is planned for near future. Great meeting.
March 27 the sheriff and captain had a meeting with the jail administrator for Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail. Various items were discussed regarding detainees, booking procedures, notifications, safety, transports, and costs. Very good meeting.
March 29 the LCSO currently has 28 people in custody at the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail, 9 of which are female detainees.
The LCSO has remained extremely busy this month with numerous criminal investigations, court, assisting other agencies, civil service, training requirements and many administrative duties.
If you have information on these or other crimes, please call us at 660-646-0515 or dispatch at 660-646-2121 or submit a non-emergency Crime TIP through our website at www.livcoso.org.
Sheriff Steve Cox
Note: All persons are innocent unless and until proven guilty in a Court of law. An arrest or arrest warrant is merely an allegation and nothing more.