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Incident Reports:

LCSO has completed an investigation which began on or about March 16.  An adult reported certain incidents happening to him around 10 years ago that caused physical injury.    Our office has offered to help identify and obtain additional services for one or more of the people allegedly involved.  This was not a child sexual abuse allegation and the statute of limitations has expired.

March 28 LCSO staff stopped a person driving with a suspended driver's license.  The man was issued a citation and a drug dog was summoned to the scene due to reasonable suspicion of other crime(s) taking place.  Linn County Sheriff Henke and his K-9 responded (as Zaki is temporarily off duty due to previous work related injury) and alerted to the odor of drug(s) in the vehicle.  Officers seized methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia for methamphetamine.  Evidence is being submitted to the MSHP Crime Lab.

April 15 LCSO began investigation on sex offender registration violation for allegedly operating a vehicle he had not previously disclosed as being one he operates and for not having a valid driver's license.  The suspect was located near his home and fled on foot when he saw the deputy.  A short foot chase ended with the suspect having tossed a digital scale and in possession of nearly $2,000 cash.  Linn County Sheriff Henke was summoned with his K-9 (as Zaki is off recovering from injury) but no drugs were located.  The suspect was interviewed and incident report being submitted to the prosecuting attorney for consideration.  Investigation continues.

April 15 LCSO began a property damage investigation to a cemetery in the western part of Livingston County.  A person that had been residing there owned horse(s) that had allegedly roamed the cemetery and caused significant property damage.  The horse owner has moved and when located reported he would get the damages repaired.  At this time the report is not being submitted to the prosecuting attorney.

April 19 LCSO responded to a residence on LIV 216 regarding a domestic violence incident.  Investigation shows the couple had reportedly been arguing for some time and then one or both of the adults were allegedly throwing things at each other and one poured milk on another person.  All persons were interviewed and separated, both persons have requested no prosecution as they have resolved their issues. 

April 20 LCSO, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services responded to an address on Highway F south of Dawn for a reported Domestic Violence incident where multiple people were assaulted, one may be having a heart attack, one person was reportedly stabbed and had broken bone(s).  Investigation shows no evidence of any stabbing, some people had left scene prior to law enforcement arriving and a variety of stories being told to law enforcement.  All persons have been interviewed with some being less than cooperative.  Investigation continues but reports will be submitted to the prosecuting attorney and juvenile office.

LCSO has completed a drug investigation in Wheeling and are seeking criminal charges on an adult for alleged Possession of Methamphetamine and Prescription Controlled Medications.  The suspect had allegedly been distributing the controlled substances.

April 23 LCSO began investigation of theft of timber from a location near Dawn.  Victim reported theft of several walnut trees. 

April 23 Sheriff Cox was in Wheeling and witnessed a person driving a vehicle and later learned the driver does not have a valid license.  A summons is being sent to that person as this will be that persons 3rd offense in Missouri for no valid driver's license.

April 24 LCSO investigated a death at a home in the Utica area.  Preliminary investigation suggests the elderly person passed of natural causes.  LCSO was assisted by the Livingston County Coroner's Office and Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services.  Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family, friends and other loved ones.

April 24 a rural resident reported scammers harassing her and trying to get her to load money onto a card and provide them the card number.  Unfortunately these creeps are not in the United States and there is no extradition possible.

LCSO staff have many other on-going criminal investigations that are taking place at this time.


Most Wanted Updates:

April 17 LCSO arrested Nicholas A. Sturm, 32, Chillicothe on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged Failure to Obey Judge's order on bond conditions on original class C felony Trafficking Drugs-2nd degree.  Mr. Sturm was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail in lieu of bond.

April 17 Harrison County authorities arrested Amanda R. Burns, 38, wanted on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged Probation Violation on original class E felony Conspiracy to Possess Controlled Substance.  Ms. Burns was extradited and taken to DDRJ.

April 24 added Cheryl Ann Hogwood, 30, Chillicothe who is wanted on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged Probation Violation on original class D felony of Forgery. 

April 24 added Joseph Alan Vargas, 21, Chillicothe who is wanted on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class E felony domestic Assault-3rd degree.


Other Arrests:

April 19 LCSO was investigating a domestic disturbance on LIV 216 and subsequently arrested a witness on an outstanding Clay County arrest warrant.  Stephon Deante Sese, 33, Gladstone on the Clay County warrant for alleged Failure to Appear in Court on Driving without Auto Insurance.  Mr. Sese was released on bond.



Remains in-active with duty pending check-up in Columbia stemming from March injury in use of force incident.  LCSO has been fortunate enough to have access to Linn County Sheriff Henke and his K-9 during this time Zaki has been off duty.



April 20 at 11:27 p.m. a deputy was stationary at Highway B and U.S. 36 when he stopped a vehicle for a headlight violation.  The deputy subsequently wrote the Wheeling resident a citation for Driving While Revoked/Suspended and No Auto Insurance.

LCSO has received complaints of speeding through construction zone with workers present on Highway 190 on the Thompson River Bridge various warnings were given and two citations issued:

April 23 a deputy issued a Chillicothe driver a speeding citation for 40 in a 25 in that work zone.

April 23 a deputy issued a Gallatin driver a speeding citation for 45 in a 25 in that active work zone.


Additional Information:

LCSO has been busy investigating area criminal violations and sharing information with other agencies.  Our staff has been active with patrol in all areas of the county each day/night. 

LCSO staff has been receiving NARCAN training in attempt to receive NARCAN grant supplies for our officers to carry in the field.

Sheriff Cox has was involved with conference call(s) with the City/County and Missouri Sheriffs' Association regarding Covid-19 and other issues.

On April 24 LCSO served a Court order to remove a person from a rental home.  The eviction process and court procedures ultimately led to this final step.

Currently the LCSO has 18 people in custody.


Sheriff Steve Cox


Note:  All persons are innocent unless and until proven guilty in a Court of law.  An arrest and/or arrest warrant is merely an allegation and nothing more.

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