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November 22, 2011


Sheriff Steve Cox




1.      On November 14, we began an investigation of an unattended death of Merle D. Swan, 47, Wheeling.  Family and Wheeling first responders discovered Mr. Swan in his home.  We are awaiting the medical reports for actual cause of death.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Mr. Swan.  Our investigation is continuing.


2.      On November 19, we served an arrest warrant on Patricia Ann Solidum, 29, Brookfield for alleged probation violation on original charge of felony controlled substance violation.


3.      On November 22, Sheriff Cox responded to a call of a strange acting individual in a vehicle on the side of U.S. 36 near Mooresville.  Upon investigation the male driver described having been in a domestic disturbance the previous night in a southern Missouri county.  The subject was attempting to get to Nebraska and could not go any further.  The individual was on probation for domestic assault and allegedly explained that he wanted to kill 2 deputy sheriffs from the county he resides in and then kill himself.  The individual was taken into custody and later transported to a treatment facility by Court order.  All pertinent information was shared with the respective county sheriff’s office.


4.      On November 15, Deputy Jay Cooksey responded with emergency medical staff to a location in Wheeling as a juvenile had been bitten by a dog.  The juvenile was treated by emergency medical staff and transported to Hedrick Medical Center.  A parent was notified and the animal owner had proof of current vaccinations.  The animal is being confined and monitored as a precaution and the report was shared with the Livingston County Health Center as required by law.


5.      On November 11, we investigated a reported assault at a location in Avalon.  The incident report describes one person being upset over a photo in a business of a deceased relative and subsequent destruction of said picture.  Later that same man allegedly physically assaulted the reported victim by striking him and biting his nose.  We arrested Benjamin A. Taube, 29, Chillicothe for alleged assault.  Additional investigation continues.


6.      On November 12, detention officer reported a problem in the jail with a detainee and property damage to county property.  Investigation revealed that a detainee had physically punched the television in the jail and rendered it useless.  We arrested Shannon Reid Jackson, 26, Wheeling, for alleged felony destruction of county property.  Mr. Jackson is currently being held on alleged felony charges of 1st degree domestic assault and armed criminal action.  Mr. Jackson was also given disciplinary action for the jail rules violation.


7.      On November 11, we began an investigation of a reported burglary and theft from a residence in the Dawn area.  The investigation shows that unknown person(s) are reported to have entered a home and removed a 30-30 rifle, .22 rifle with trigger guard missing, 12 gauge pump shotgun, shotgun shells, boots, a cell phone, whiskey, and other misc items.  Investigation continues.


8.      On November 11, we served a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged littering.  We arrested Mr. George Richard Waltz, 48, Dawn, on said warrant.  Mr. Waltz posted the $250 bond and was released pending Court appearance.


9.      On November 15, we investigated a report of a burglary to a parked vehicle on Liv 242.  Investigation revealed that someone unlawfully entered a pickup and removed a Ruger 30-06 rifle with Leopold scope, check book, credit cards, and vehicle owners manual.  Investigation continues.


10.  The LCSO staff has remained very busy on a variety of on going criminal investigations, responding to calls for service, assisting other agencies, jail and Court duties, and assisting our citizens.


11.  This Friday the LCSO is offering an additional day of visitation for anyone wanting to visit a detainee over the holiday weekend.  Normal visitation rules apply but anyone visiting Friday may also visit during normal visitation Saturday or Sunday.


12.  Currently we have 33 people incarcerated in the Livingston County Jail, 13 of which are female detainees and 1 is on high risk watch.


  1. 13.  On behalf of the entire Livingston County Sheriffs Office we wish you and your family a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. 
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