LIVINGSTON COUNTY SHERIFF
December 05, 2011
Sheriff Steve Cox
1. An investigation of alleged tampering or attempted tampering with a victim/witness has resulted in formal charges being filed against Scott William Eckert, 35, Southeast Correctional Center, Charleston, MO. The arrest warrant allegeds 3 class C felony violations of Tampering with a victim/witness in a felony prosecution. The investigation began in July 2011 when the LCSO learned a juvenile in Livingston County was allegedly receiving mail from Mr. Eckert and he was attempting to get that person to persuade the crime victim change their testimony to be in favor of Mr. Eckert.
Scott Eckert was first arrested in May 2007 and convicted in November 2009 of Forcible Rape, Statutory Rape, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. This stemmed from an investigation of an incident which took place in the north east part of Livingston County in May 2007.
The Missouri Department of Corrections has assisted us in this most recent investigation.
2. On December 02, the Chillicothe Police arrested a man on an alleged felony property crime violation and incarcerated him the Livingston County Jail. The individual was subsequently charged in Livingston County Court and then posted a cash bond. We notified Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of the alleged illegal status of the suspects’ citizenship and they offered us no assistance. The individual has been in the US for the last 16 to 18 years without taking the proper steps to become a legal citizen.
3. We have experienced a significant number of people reporting they are being contacted through the mail and email in attempt to persuade them they have won something or fall into a scam of cashing a forged check and wiring money to help pay customs fees or taxes. Keep in mind these types of criminals are always out there but seem to be more aggressive in their tactics during the holiday season.
4. On December 04, we investigated a report of a citizen near Dawn seeing at least one man in a pickup around 4:15 a.m. going through the victim’s mail box. When the intended victim turned on the exterior light the mail was tossed to the ground and the vehicle quickly left the scene. A similar looking vehicle was reported to be stuck in a nearby area around the same time and another witness reported a flat bed pickup arrived and helped free the stuck vehicle. We are interested in speaking with anyone associated with either of these pickups. Investigation continues.
5. On December 04, we began an investigation of property damage to private property near Highway 190 and Route Y. The property owner reported that unknown vehicles had been mudding on his property and caused damage to a drainage ditch. Investigation continues.
6. Later afternoon on December 04, two men reported they were following a red pickup and had observed the two occupants stealing or attempting to steal items from private property. The witnesses were followed the suspect vehicle from the Mooresville area to Ludlow. The sheriff and MSHP Sgt. Skoglund located these men in Ludlow and interviewed all parties. The 2 men claimed they were only picking up junk metal to scrap and claimed to be doing this only on the right-of-way along public roads. Investigation is continuing to determine if any private property was stolen or attempted to be stolen. We appreciate the information provided by the two witnesses.
7. On December 02, we extradited a fugitive on a Livingston County arrest warrant from the Marion County Sheriff. Arrested was Warren L. James, 47, Marceline, for alleged probation violation on original charge of felony controlled substance violation. Bond has initially been denied by the Court.
8. On December 04, we assisted a family in locating a place to stay last night that was unable to find shelter.
9. The Livingston County Jail has a current detainee population of 40 people, 11 of which are female detainees.
10. If you have any information about these or other crimes, please call us at 660-646-0515.