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Incident Reports:

October 13 LCSO investigated report of property damage as trees were cut on private property and the issue involves dispute on an easement.  Matter deemed not criminal and referred to civil court.

October 16 LCSO investigated report of Interference with Custody where parents were at odds over who was to have their child on a specific weekend.  Matter determined to be civil and referred to their attorney.

October 17 LCSO and Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to a rural location for check the well-being of a person.  Officers discovered an adult who was reportedly attempting to commit suicide.  Officers intervened in the attempt and obtained assistance from emergency medical and ultimately transported the person from a hospital to a location for treatment under Court order.

October 18 LCSO began working a drug investigation that has resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine and identity of the suspect.  Evidence is being submitted to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab pending formal identification and weight.

October 21 LCSO investigated report of assault to an adult female by a juvenile in rural Livingston County.  Information was collected and report submitted to juvenile officer.

October 24 morning LCSO responded to southern part of Livingston County regarding a vehicle theft and theft of significant amount of tools from vehicle(s).  The suspect vehicle is a white in color Chevrolet Cruze that had the license plates removed and two male occupants.  Investigation continues.

October 24 LCSO responded to the western part of Livingston County on a call of an adult who was reportedly suicidal and armed with a knife.  Deputy was able to assist the person in getting immediate help.  A Crisis Intervention Team report filed and mental health involved that day.

October 24 LCSO at 7:47 p.m. responded to HMC on a report of a dog bite to a young child.  People had been at a birthday party and the child was bitten by a dog there.  Minor injury and information shared with Livingston County Health Center.

October 27 LCSO assisted public school with parent(s) that are not having their child properly attend school and/or remote learning.  A report is being submitted to the prosecuting attorney for consideration on the parents.    

October 30 LCSO investigated a dog bite that reportedly took place on Oct. 28 north of Chillicothe.  The animal owner(s) were contacted and information sent to the Livingston County Health Center.     

November 01 LCSO began an investigation in Utica on threats and a disturbance.  The adult male suspect in this case allegedly has been harassing an adult female.  The man allegedly threatened a deputy in that he would smash his head and would do the same to the sheriff when he finds him.  This man and his crew were sent on their way and incident report being completed for the prosecuting attorney to consider criminal charges.  The female was encouraged to apply for an order of protection from the Associate Court. 

November 02 LCSO worked at helping a suicidal juvenile and also worked with the juvenile office and Division of Family Services on this family issue.


Most Wanted Updates:

Added October 21 Lee Alvin Hines, 43, Avalon, wanted on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged Violation of Bond Conditions on original class D felony Possession of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine).  Bond set at $20,000 cash on case #20LV-CR00399-01.

Added October 21 Joshua Dylan Clements, 38, Hannibal wanted on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged 2 counts class A misdemeanor Criminal Non-support.  Bond set at $1,600 cash on case #20LV-CR00505.

Arrested October 26, Christian James Elliott, 25, Dawn.  Mr. Elliott surrendered to LCSO on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class D felony Possession Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine.  Mr. Elliott was transferred to DDRJ.

Added November 04, Tyler Montana Gibson, 28, Chillicothe, wanted on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class E felony Domestic Assault-3rd degree.  Mr. Gibson is believed to be in Chillicothe and hiding from law enforcement. 


Other Arrests:

Traffic stop October 19 at 12:29 a.m. led to the arrest of Julie A. Phelps, 42, Mercer on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged failure to pay fine or appear in court on a seatbelt violation.  Ms. Phelps posted the $10 bond and was released.

October 21 LCSO arrested Brenda L. Burnett, 60, Chillicothe per request of the court on probation violation of original possession of drug paraphernalia violation.  Ms. Burnett was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.

October we LCSO conducted a traffic stop and the male driver claimed to not have identification with him and gave "his" name and identifiers.  When no one was found under that name and date of birth further investigation took place which resulted in the discovery the driver was lying about who he is.  The person was found to be Christopher Michael Vaughn, 38, and was wanted out of state on felony probation violation for original Possession of Controlled Substance.  Mr. Vaughn was also taken to the DDRJ in addition to being cited for driving while revoked/suspended and speeding.  Extradition hearing took place October 26 and Mr. Vaugh will be released to extradition officers.

November 02 at 10:53 p.m. in the 1200 block of Third Street in Chillicothe served a Livingston County felony arrest warrant on Shannon Leigh Busse, 40, Chillicothe for alleged class D felony of Forgery.  Ms. Busse was also found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and information on that violation will be submitted to the prosecuting attorney.  Ms. Busse was transferred to Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.



October 16 at 2:53 p.m. an Illinois driver was cited for 83 in a 65 on U.S. 36 at LIV 261.

October 17 at 3:11 p.m. a Chicago driver was cited for 88 in a 65 on U.S. 36 at Highway 65.

October 17 at 11:50 p.m. a Norborne driver was cited for 77 in a 65 on U.S. 36 at LIV 255.

October 21 at 6:45 a.m. a Brookfield driver was cited for 84 in a 65 in heavy fog on U.S. 36 at LIV 259.

October 24 at 7:10 a.m. an Indiana driver cited for 83 in a 60 on U.S. 65 at LIV 214.

October 24 at 7:30 a.m. Indiana driver cited for 83 in a 65 on U.S. 36 at Highway B.

October 30 at 9:22 a.m. a Chicago driver was cited for 85 in a 65 on U.S. 36 at Highway 65.

October 31 at 12:08 p.m. a Minnesota driver was cited for 80 in a 65 on U.S. 36 at LIV 261.

November 01 at 12:30 a.m. a deputy stopped a speeding car in Chillicothe for 38 in a 25.  The Warrensburg driver struck the curb when he was stopping, put gum in his mouth, was uncooperative and did not follow simple direction from the deputy during the stop.  Due to concern the driver may be impaired on alcohol or something else the driver was checked further for possible impairment.  Turned out no arrest was required and the driver cited for the speeding violation.  Point is when an officer stops a vehicle the officer has duty to make certain everything is okay with the driver before allowing him/her to continue.  We are not here to harass people but we are also not here to be harassed.


Additional Information:

LCSO applied for reimbursement of $736 dollars from the state on traffic safety grant for deputy overtime spent around the Labor Day holiday weekend.

LCSO has assisted several agencies with various needs, criminal investigations, calls for service, traffic accidents and assisting stranded motorists.

LCSO recently received Court order to transfer Jonathan Robison, 30, Brookfield to the Missouri Department of Corrections to serve 7 years on conviction for Assault in 2nd degree.

LCSO has experienced multiple employees being absent due to medical issues.  At least one employee is off due to Covid-19 protocol.

LCSO has spent additional time working with those appearing for Court Tuesday and Wednesday this week to make certain changes in court procedures for Covid-19 protocols are being followed.

Our office has recently spent hours training on E-Warrant requirements from the State of Missouri with the Circuit Clerks Office and Chillicothe Police Chief and Dispatch.

Evening of November 03 LCSO assisted with security at the Livingston County Courthouse and area.  No problems were noted.

Currently the LCSO has 41 people in custody.


Sheriff Steve Cox


NOTE:  All persons are innocent unless and until proven guilty in a Court of Law.  An arrest, arrest warrant and/or pre-trial incarceration are merely allegations and nothing more.


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