Recently the LCSO assisted a law enforcement agency from another county with a theft from a business investigation.
April 26 the LCSO began an investigation of harassment. A suspect has reportedly sent hundreds of harassing messages to the victim. Report being submitted to the prosecuting attorney for consideration of charges.
April 28 the LCSO began an investigation of theft from a residence in/near Chula. Victim reported their safe had been accessed but undamaged and a specific amount of cash was missing. Several people have been interviewed and the investigation continues.
May 1 Deputy Leadbetter and K-9 Zaki were called out to assist a Chillicothe Police Officer at a location where drugs were suspected. Zaki gave positive indication of drug odor during a free air sniff. See CPD for additional details.
May 03 the LCSO completed a trash dumping investigation in the 10000 block of Liv 2364. A suspect had been identified and he admitted to the violation and has cleaned the area. A citation was issued to the individual for littering.
May 05 a peace disturbance was investigated in Wheeling. One person was found to be extremely intoxicated and had been arguing with other family. No crimes were committed and situation resolved.
May 06 the LCSO began an investigation of a sex offender registration violation. On that date the suspect registered with the LCSO reporting that he did not own or operate any vehicles. Later that same day a deputy observed the suspect operating a motor vehicle in Chillicothe. Investigation continued with attempt to obtain surveillance video. Incident report being submitted to prosecuting attorney for consideration.
May 07 an investigation of fraud/SCAM was initiated after a local senior citizen reported falling for a scam where the other person claimed to be out of the country and in a hospital and needing funds to pay expenses. The local victim sent $2,000 to help this person and had also given bank account information so they could be “repaid”. Victim has worked with their bank to close the account and the bank has been helpful with the fraud case. Information submitted to federal agency.
May 08 the LCSO and Livingston County Coroner’s Office investigated an unattended death at a home in Wheeling. The deceased person was an elderly female and preliminary investigation suggests the woman died of natural causes. Investigation continues. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and other loved ones.
May 09 a Peace Disturbance was investigated which reportedly took place at Highway 65 and Highway H during a child exchange. One parent was reported to be screaming and cussing at the other parent with the child present. Both adults have been interviewed and the report is being submitted to the prosecuting attorney for consideration.
LCSO recently completed an investigation from December 2018 of possible possession of Child Porn after computer lab determined there was nothing supporting child porn having been uploaded or accessed. Case closed.
May 10 a littering violation was reported on Liv 243. Boxes of neatly packed clothing and kitchen items were dropped or left at two locations south of the animal shelter. The owner was identified and interviewed on May 16. The mess is being cleaned up and report being submitted to the prosecuting attorney.
May 12 the LCSO began an investigation of burglary and theft from a location on Liv 304. Victim reported several items missing including a riding and a push lawn mower. Investigation continues.
May 14 the LCSO completed an investigation into the theft of a diamond ring valued around $20,000. A suspect has been identified and is now out of state. Evidence and information collected including phone conversation(s) with the suspect are on file. Report is being submitted to the prosecuting attorney for consideration of felony stealing charge.
May 15 the LCSO assisted the Missouri State Highway Patrol on a vehicle stop where the trooper asked for assistance. The investigation resulted in the arrest of Ryan C. Wheeler for alleged Possession of Methamphetamine. Mr. Wheeler was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail.
The LCSO is continuing to work on a child sex offense investigation. This crime allegedly took place in multiple counties and even states over a period of several years. A suspect has been identified.
Most Wanted Updates:
Arrested on May 10, 2019 Carroll County authorities served a Livingston County arrest warrant on Brian A. Perry, 40 wanted for alleged felony Possession of Methamphetamine. Mr. Perry has been a fugitive since September 13, 2018 and has eluded area law enforcement multiple times.
Arrested on May 11, 2019 when Clinton County authorities served a Livingston County arrest warrant on Jacob Paul Dudley, 20 wanted for alleged Probation Violation on original class E felony property damage. Mr. Dudley has been a fugitive since October 22, 2018.
May 01 the LCSO arrested Allen L. McBee, 48, Independence on a Caldwell County arrest warrant for alleged Failure to Appear in Court on a DWI case. Mr. McBee posted bond and was released from custody.
May 06 a deputy checked a vehicle on U.S. 36 at 91 in a 65. The deputy was finally able to get the vehicle stopped east of Wheeling on U.S. 36 and the investigation resulted in the arrest of William Richard Letner, 27, Marionville, MO for alleged DWI and excessive speed. Mr. Letner was processed and later released on summons.
May 06 the LCSO arrested Kennadie Nicole Stottlemyre, 21, Chillicothe on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged Failing to Obey a Judge’s Order on original class D felony Possession of Methamphetamine.
May 06 the LCSO extradited Hunter Lee Forrest Burns, 18, Brookfield from the Linn County Sheriff on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class D felony Possession of Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine. Mr. Burns was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail.
May 07 we arrested Steven Lee Munson Jr., 43, Ottumwa Iowa on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged Probation Violation on original class D felony Driving While Revoked/Suspended.
May 07 a deputy observed a person suspected to have a revoked driver’s license (confirmed by dispatch) operating a pickup on Dickinson Street in Chillicothe. The deputy stopped and arrested Carlton Travis Cordray, 43, Chillicothe for the alleged Driving While Revoked. Mr. Cordray was processed and released on summons to appear in Court on June 05, 2019.
May 07 we arrested Amber Kay Berglund, 32, Minnesota on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged Probation Violation on original class C felony Passing Bad Check-$500 or more-No Account/Insufficient Funds. Ms. Berglund was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail.
May 11 a deputy stopped a vehicle on U.S. 36 as it was repeatedly crossing lane dividing lines and the white fog line. The deputy first noticed the strong odor of burnt marijuana come from the vehicle and then coming from the breath of the driver. Additional information/evidence was collected and Dylan T. Couch, 19, Milan was arrested for alleged DWI under drugs-Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Suspect was later released on citations.
May 14 the LCSO found a stolen vehicle from Carroll County in Utica. The stolen pickup was back in a wooded area north of Nettleton Road. The vehicle was stolen on or about May 11 and has been secured for further investigation.
May 16 a deputy stopped a vehicle for 83 in a 65 on U.S. 36 at Wheeling junction and subsequently arrested Earl Michael Dinwiddie, 31, Kentucky for the alleged speeding violation and driving while suspended/revoked. Mr. Dinwiddie posted bond and was processed at the LCSO before being released.
May 16 the LCSO arrested Joseph A. Vargas, Chillicothe on a Chillicothe Municipal Warrant for alleged Trespassing. Mr. Vargas was unable to post bond and transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail.
May 17 a Livingston County arrest warrant and commitment was served on Melanie Byrnes, 39 for alleged contempt of court. Ms. Byrnes was unable to post the $500 bond and was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail.
May 04 a speeding citation was issued to a St. Charles driver for 83 in a 65 on U.S. 36 and Caldwell County line.
May 10 a speeding citation was issued to a St. Charles driver for 81 in a 65 on U.S. 36 at Liv 251.
May 16 a speeding citation was issued to an Illinois driver for 94 in a 65 on U.S. 36 at Utica.
May 16 a speeding citation was issued to a Kansas driver for 82 in a 65 on U.S. 36 at Utica.
May 16 a speeding citation was issued to an Illinois driver for 95 in a 65 on U.S. 36 at Mooresville Junction.
May 01 Zaki and Deputy Leadbetter were summoned to assist the Chillicothe Police on a traffic stop about 1:24 a.m. Zaki gave positive indication as to the odor of controlled substance(s) and the officer located a smaller amount of marijuana. See CPD for additional details.
May 04 the Missouri State Highway Patrol called for assistance from the LCSO K-9 and deputy. Deputy Leadbetter and Zaki responded to the location on U.S. 65 where Zaki gave positive indication of controlled substance odor present. The report shows approximately 1/4 pound of marijuana in a vacuum sealed container was seized. The MSHP arrested a 38-year-old Chillicothe man. See MSHP for additional details.
The LCSO has been experiencing problems with our computer server and that is being replaced at first opportunity for approximately $4,200. This has periodically hindered our daily operations and we look forward to having it corrected.
May 15 the LCSO participated with other emergency responders with a presentation at the United Methodist Church. Everyone reported having a great time.
May 15 the court bailiff had to remove an unruly detainee from the Circuit Court and was returned to the transport van until his case was called later in the day. Upon leaving the courtroom the second time the same detainee became aggressive again.
Currently we are holding 22 people in custody at the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail.
The LCSO has remained extremely busy with many other calls for service, civil process, investigations, bailiff duty and assisting other agencies.
If you have any information on these or other crimes please call us at 660-646-0515, dispatch at 660-646-2121 or submit a non-urgent Crime TIP through our website at www.livcoso.org
Sheriff Steve Cox