Incidents, Arrests and MORE Public Information
July 08 LCSO investigated a reported animal bite to a rural resident. The woman reported a strange cat had bit her and required medical care. The cat will be monitored and the Livingston County Health Center notified of the animal bite.
July 13 LCSO has spent significant time on investigating a burglary and theft of firearms reported June 21. This led to working with Grundy County authorities and actively assisting on the 13th where one person was arrested by authorities on a probation/parole warrant and one of the alleged stolen firearms was recovered. Investigation remains active.
July 14 LCSO began an investigation of burglary and theft from private property in area of LIV 210 and LIV 251. Suspect(s) stole at least a 2000 Suzuki utility vehicle, green in color, telescoping pole saw, 20 ton floor jack, generator (black and gray in color), black colored leaf blower, metal folding ramps, camo portable deer blind and foldable chair. Crime took place sometime between May 30 and July 14, 2021. Investigation continues.
July 16 at 9:53 p.m. a resident in the 8000 block of LIV 508 had left to go to Chillicothe and upon returning home found his two 5 gallon jugs of gas had been emptied. Neighbors reported seeing a specific vehicle arrive on the property. Investigation continues.
July 16 at 11:25 p.m. LCSO responded to N. 4th street in Wheeling on a report of Domestic Violence. Investigation revealed alcohol was involved, one person was locked out of the home and had broken a window of their home. No physical altercation or other criminal act had taken place. Information was provided to all persons and assistance offered to help separate for the night.
July 17 at 8:12 p.m. LCSO responded to HMC for a reported domestic assault. Suspect reportedly sprayed the female with pepper spray. The victim went to HMC for treatment and then left the hospital. Subject was not found at the residence. Investigation continues.
July 18 at 7:56 a.m. LCSO responded to a location in southern Livingston County as caller believed people had been accessing her home without permission. Investigation shows that no criminal act has taken place and no unauthorized access has been made. Information shared on resources and Crisis Intervention Team report submitted for additional assistance.
LCSO has completed incident report on wanted felon who failed to appear in Court on original felony allegation. Potential additional felony charge may be filed for the failure to appear.
LCSO has completed an investigation of harassment that took place in May. Various people have been talked with or attempted to be talked with. The report is being submitted to the prosecuting attorney for consideration.
LCSO has completed an assault investigation from June 2021. Victim resides in another county and required significant medical attention. Chariton County Sheriff's Office has assisted with this case. Report being submitted to the prosecuting attorney for consideration.
July 20 LCSO responded to a report of a suicidal male in rural Livingston County. Investigation showed no confirmation the person was suicidal and the man was surrounded by family/friends. Information was shared on resource(s).
July 22 at 8:53 p.m. LCSO responded to a call of domestic violence assault in progress where the male was now pointing a handgun at the victim. This was reportedly taking place in a home in the north end of Wheeling. LCSO, Missouri State Highway Patrol and a Chillicothe Police Officer responded to assist as the occupants of the home were initially not complying with officers demands to exit the home. Linn County Sheriff was also sending a deputy to assist at the scene. A short while later a male was detained and investigation did not support that a physical altercation had taken place and the "handgun" was actually an air gun and not a dangerous weapon. There was no credible evidence found to support the air gun was pointed at anyone. No formal arrests made. The caller had fled the area prior to officers arriving. That person was later spoken with and unable to provide credible information/evidence. Fortunately no one was injured. One officer nearly struck a deer while responding to the scene.
Most Wanted Updates:
Arrested July 09:
Shelby Bonea, 25, St. Joseph, wanted on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class E felony Assault-3rd degree. Bond set at $5,000 on case #21LV-CR00309.
Added July 9:
Chamen Richard Bell, 35, Sumner, wanted on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged Violation of Bond Conditions on original class B felony Burglary-1st degree and class E felony Harassment-1st degree.
Sterling Joe Blakeley, 52, Breckenridge, wanted on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class D felony Possession of Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine.
Cameron D. Tuttle, 22, Ludlow, wanted on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged Failure to Appear in Court on original class D felony Tampering with Motor Vehicle-1st degree.
Added July 13:
Jeremiah W. Johnson, 40, Brookfield, wanted on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged Probation Violation on original class E felony Non-Support, Total Arrears in Excess of 12 Monthly Payments Due Under order of Support. UPDATE: Arrested by Linn County authorities on July 13, 2021.
Dillon Lee Potter, 25, Chillicothe, wanted on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged Probation Violation on original class D felony Possession of Controlled Substance. UPDATE: Surrendered July 19, 2021 and transferred to DDRJ.
Arrested July 14:
About 3:30 p.m. LCSO arrested Kevin Lee Case, 51, Chillicothe on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged Failure to Obey a Judge's Order on 2 counts class D felony Domestic Assault-2nd degree. Mr. Case was transferred to DDRJ in lieu of bond.
Arrested July 15:
Nathaniel B. Novotny, 34, wanted on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged Failure to Appear in Court on original 6 counts class D felony Forgery. Arrested in St. Joseph and LCSO will extradite at earliest opportunity.
July 13 LCSO arrested Joseph Ray Buckner Jr, 24, Trenton when he surrendered to the LCSO on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class A misdemeanor Domestic Assault-4th degree. Mr. Buckner was released on bond pending court appearance.
July 13 at 2:15 p.m. LCSO extradited Jeremiah Wayne Johnson, 40, Brookfield from the Linn County Sheriff on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged Probation Violation on original class E felony Non-Support, Total Arrears in Excess of 12 Monthly Payments Due Under Order of Support. Mr. Johnson was then taken to Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail in lieu of bond.
July 13 LCSO extradited Shelby Bonea, 25, St. Joseph from the Platte County Sheriff on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged Domestic assault-3rd degree. Ms. Bonea was transferred to DDRJ in lieu of bond.
July 13 LCSO extradited Mitchell James Lewis, 23, from the Clay County Sheriff on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged Failure to Appear in Court on Driving While Suspended/Revoked allegation. Mr. Lewis was transferred to DDRJ in lieu of $500 bond.
July 18 Avery Elizabeth Mock, 29, Spickard surrendered to the LCSO on Livingston County arrest warrant for allegedly failing to appear in Court on a speeding citation. Ms. Mock was released on bond.
July 19 LCSO served a Livingston County arrest warrant on Norman Justin Caselman, 41, Hale for alleged class A misdemeanor Violation of Order of Protection for Adult. Mr. Caselman was released on bond pending Court appearance.
July 30 at 1:57 a.m. a deputy made a traffic stop on vehicle that appeared the driver was very sleepy or intoxicated. The stop resulted in the arrest of Vanessa Gonzalez Santos, 23, Olathe Kansas. Arrest was on two outstanding Polk County arrest warrants for alleged Excessive Speed and No Valid Driver's License. Ms. Gonzalez posted the $600 bond and was released with new court date.
July 08 about 4:15 p.m. LCSO deputy was traveling west in Caldwell County to Cameron when he checked an eastbound vehicle at 106 on U.S. 36. The deputy radioed the sheriff about the dangerous driver and the sheriff located the vehicle on U.S. 36 about 2 miles west of Utica traveling at 86 in a 65. The suspect vehicle was then observed following another vehicle too close in the passing lane. The vehicle then accelerated rapidly but was stopped at the south junction on U.S. 65 in Chillicothe. The Indiana driver was cited for Careless and Imprudent Driving by failure to exercise due care.
July 08 at 10:50 an Overland Park driver was cited for 81 in a 65 on U.S. 36 at Mooresville.
July 08 at 3:40 p.m. an Illinois driver was cited for 90 in a 65 on U.S. 36 at Mooresville.
July 10 at 3:15 p.m. a Chillicothe driver was cited for Failure to Register Motor Vehicle with Dept. of Revenue.
July 11 at 3:41 p.m. a Hale driver was cited for no auto insurance on Highway 65 2 miles south of 36.
July 12 at 11:44 p.m. a deputy stopped a motorcycle and found the Chillicothe man did not have a motorcycle license and was cited for that violation.
July 16 at 6:50 p.m. a Brookfield driver was cited for 84 in a 65 on U.S. 36 near Wheeling.
July 17 at 12:35 a.m. a Moberly driver was cited for 79 in a 65 on U.S. 36 near Utica.
July 17 at 11:16 a.m. a Michigan driver was cited for 86 in a 65 on U.S. 36 near Wheeling.
July 18 at 8:52 a.m. a Chillicothe driver was cited for 81 in a 60 on U.S. 65 south of Chillicothe.
July 18 at 3:35 p.m. a New Jersey driver was cited for 84 in a 65 on U.S. 36 near Mooresville.
July 18 at 4:51 p.m. a Kansas driver was cited for 86 in a 65 on U.S. 36 at Medicine Creek.
July 19 at 12:30 p.m. a Michigan driver was cited for 81 in a 65 on U.S. 36 at Mooresville.
July 22 at 3:22 p.m. a Tina driver was cited for 75 in a 55 on Highway C just east of Dawn.
July 08 LCSO transported two men to the Missouri Department of Corrections in St. Joseph.
Night of July 08 LCSO guarded one detainee at the Cameron Hospital.
July 13 Sgt. Woelfle attended the Utica Town meeting where area information was exchanged.
July 15 and 16 LCSO was very busy taking care of the court and jurors on a 2 day jury trial. The defendant had been charged with a child sex offense allegation. After 2 full days of court the jury returned a not guilty verdict and court was concluded about 7:00 p.m. Friday night.
LCSO was short staffed last week due to work comp issues, another deputy being at required training all last week and many other statutory and court obligations.
July 21 about 10:00 a.m. LCSO and EMS responded to a report of a vehicle crash near Wheeling Junction. It was determined the caller did not realize the car had struck a deer during the night and the vehicle was left on the shoulder. The vehicle was towed for motorist safety.
This week a LCSO Charger patrol vehicle was taken out of service for repair due to striking a large raccoon on Highway 190. Damage to the cooling system required repairs.
*** LCSO has recently worked with authorities in Grundy County on an investigation of a residential burglary where money and several firearms had been taken from the home in Livingston County. Investigation led to suspect(s) in Grundy County and officers were able to find and arrest an adult male on a probation/parole warrant and then ultimately serve a search warrant in rural Grundy County. One firearm was seized that had allegedly been stolen from the home in Livingston County. Other item(s) were seized. Information being submitted to prosecutors in both counties for consideration of charges. Investigation continues into the whereabouts of the remaining firearms and other persons involved in the crimes. We want to thank the Grundy County Sheriff, Trenton Police and MSHP for their assistance.
Currently the LCSO has 30 people in custody.
Please contact us if you have information about these or other crimes, 660-646-0515, dispatch is 660-646-2121 or submit a non-urgent TIP through our website at www.livcoso.org.
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.