BUSY MONDAY IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY
On September 24, about 1:50 a.m. Detention Officer Jake Hightower was conducting jail checks in the Livingston County Jail and found a male detainee on the floor with part of a towel tightened around his neck. The detainee was alone in a cell pod but not in isolation and there had been no prior indication the person may be considering self harm. Mr. Hightower immediately summoned assistance and removed the item from the detainee’s neck to aid in breathing. Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services quickly arrived and transported the detainee to the hospital and he was guarded by a deputy throughout the night and has since been transferred by Court order. The detainee is no longer in the care of a medical physician.
Early afternoon on September 24, the Livingston County E-911 Center at the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a rural residential burglary where a cleaning person was home at the time of the intrusion. Sheriff Cox responded to the scene and found the suspect had left. The witness reported knowing the suspect and that he was allegedly upset with her about a personal matter and when she would not let him in he kicked open the locked front door and took the witnesses cell phone. The witness reported the suspect subsequently took a home phone from her she had retrieved to call 911 and used it to break the large screen television in the home. The witness reported after nearly 2 hours the man left and she was able to get law enforcement notified. Area officers are searching for the individual and an application for an arrest warrant is being completed and will be presented to Livingston County Prosecuting Attorney Adam Warren for consideration of charge(s).
On the afternoon of September 24, Deputy/Bailiff Jim Fox and Sheriff Cox were conducting Court security in the Livingston County Courthouse as both Circuit Court and Associate Circuit Court were in session. The sheriff received reliable information that a man was allegedly plotting to take a firearm into the Courthouse and end his life in front of the Judge and/or his probation officer. Due to a black out of service (all Livingston County deputies were tied up on other matters away from Chillicothe) the sheriff requested assistance from the Chillicothe Police as the suspect was possibly on his way to the building. Emergency intervention steps were initiated upon arrival of the suspect; who was very compliant and apologetic to the officers and staff. The individual was found to be unarmed and he remained completely cooperative and well behaved throughout the afternoon. No additional charges are being sought and the assistance from the Chillicothe Police was very much appreciated.