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Incidents, Arrests and MORE



Incident Reports:

May 18 LCSO staff were summoned to attempt to assist with a stolen vehicle in Chillicothe that was fleeing from law enforcement.  The suspect began driving in the wrong lanes of U.S. 36 and was able to get out of the county before our officers could get into position.  The chase ultimately ended in Clay County after the suspect allegedly drove in the wrong lanes of 36 and Interstate 35 numerous times nearly striking many people including law enforcement.  Multiple agencies in that area worked together and caught the suspect who was identified as Nicholas Paul Hagler, 26, Independence.  Mr. Hagler has a felony Livingston County arrest warrant and is on our Most Wanted page for alleged Violation of Bond Conditions on original felony charge of Tampering with a Motor Vehicle (auto theft).  Mr. Hagler is reportedly wanted on felony warrant in Jackson County and will be turned over to that agency first to begin his lengthy court process in several counties.  Good work by all those agencies who were involved.

LCSO has completed investigation on domestic assault investigation from April and submitted case file for potential charges on both adults for alleged assault.  Prosecuting Attorney Adam Warren will review and consider.

LCSO has received lab report back from incident in February involving man allegedly driving under influence of drugs and are now seeking charges against the suspect.

May 17 LCSO investigated a residential burglary at an unoccupied building west of Chillicothe.  The owners responded and reported nothing was missing and the break in had to have taken place within the previous week.  Investigation continues.

May 17 and 18 LCSO staff responded to calls regarding child custody and appointment of guardianship involving a child. 

May 20 LCSO investigated call of harassment/stalking in the north end of the county. 

May 20 LCSO began investigation on report of person considering suicide.  We were able to connect the person with a case worker and get services started without further intervention.

May 20 LCSO began investigation of possible mutilation to a dead cow in northwest Livingston County.


Most Wanted Updates:

Arrested May 18, Chase J. Fantazia, 29 arrested by Platte County authorities for alleged class E felony Failure to Obey a Judge's Order on Livingston County warrant for original class Unlawful Use of a Weapon-subsection 4 and class D felony Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.  Bond set at $10,000 cash on case #19LV-CR00692 with warrant dated May 11, 2020.  We have extradited Mr. Fantazia to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.


Other Arrests:

May 20 LCSO arrested Joseph Alan Vargas, 21, Chillicothe on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged Failure to Obey a Judge's Order on original class E felony Domestic Assault-3rd degree.  Bond set at $5,000 cash on case #20LV-CR00213 dated May 18, 2020.

May 20 LCSO arrested Joshua Caleb Allen, 35, Mooresville on a Buchanan County arrest warrant for alleged property damage.  Mr. Allen was taken


May 16 a Richmond driver was cited for excessive speed in a construction zone on U.S. 65 at the Grand River for 60 in a 45.

May 16 a Portland Oregon driver was cited for excessive speed in a construction zone on U.S. 65 at the Grand River for 60 in a 45.

May 19 a Hale resident was stopped south on U.S. 65 and issued speeding citation for 65 in a 35 in construction zone.


Additional Information:

Sheriff Cox had meetings this week with Chillicothe Police Chief Jon Maples, Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail, Probation and Parole and the Livingston County Commission.

LCSO currently has 28 people in custody.

LCSO has various on-going criminal and fugitive investigations in addition to working with many other agencies.

May 21 lights at road construction were not working on U.S. 65 at the Grand River and LCSO assisted with traffic until it could be repaired.


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.