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November 9, 2011


Sheriff Steve Cox





1.      On November 08, Sheriff Cox submitted a grant application to the Missouri Department of Public Safety regarding the Deputy Sheriff Salary Supplementation Fund (DSSSF) in attempt to supplement an increase for the current wages of our sworn and non-sworn deputy sheriffs.  The DSSSF is funded by fees from civil process papers served by sheriff’s offices around the State of Missouri.  The total amount being sought on this DSSSF grant application is $71,632.50 in total wages and benefit costs to be paid to Livingston County.  Presiding Commissioner Eva Danner Horton is the Authorized Official and Sheriff Cox is the Project Director for this grant.  We will learn around January 2012 if we will be awarded all or part of this grant.  Livingston County Treasurer Martha Peery will account for monthly reports and disbursements for Livingston County through the Department of Public Safety. 

The Missouri Sheriffs’ Association was instrumental in getting the DSSSF law passed several years ago.  However this is the first grant application permitted due to two 1st class counties having unsuccessfully sued over this Missouri law with the Missouri Supreme Court ruling against those petitioner(s). 

Missouri Sheriffs are very excited and pleased to apply for these funds for the deputy sheriffs in Missouri.  Historically Missouri counties have the lowest pay and benefits for licensed peace officers.  We frequently see municipal officers, troopers, juvenile officers, conservation agents, liquor control, and state/federal corrections officers receiving a significant higher salary and benefit package.  Our employees face as much if not more dangerous situations and typically with fewer employees spread out over a larger geographic area.


2.      We have completed an investigation of a reported domestic disturbance in Utica.  There are no arrests pending at this time due to insufficient evidence.


3.      We completed an investigation of reported property damage and trespassing.  It was determined the trespassing was unintentional and a mistake by a hired hand.  The reporting person requested no criminal charges and was able to resolve the matter.


4.      We are investigating a report of an assault with injury to a juvenile in the western part of Livingston County.  A suspect has been identified and the matter remains under investigation.


5.      On November 01, we transported 2 men to the Missouri Department of Corrections in St. Joseph on Parole Violation arrest warrants:


a.       Brandon Scott Simpson, 23, Chillicothe

b.      Neal James Miller, 39, Chillicothe


6.      On November 03, we extradited Shawn Pridemore, 19, from Butler County Missouri on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged failing to appear in Livingston County Court on a stealing violation.  Mr. Pridemore has since posted bond and was released pending next court appearance.


7.      The LCSO has remained very busy working on criminal investigations, responding to a variety of calls for service, assisting other agencies, jail-detainee issues, Court security, and assisting citizens/motorists.


8.      Keep in mind that firearms deer season begins this weekend.  We will see a significant amount of increased traffic on the secondary and gravel roads.  If you have trespassing or other complaints you may call our office and either a deputy or conservation agent will be dispatched to assist you.


9.      If you are involved in a civic, church, or school group and would like any type of presentation from the LCSO, please feel free to contact Sheriff Cox or Chief Deputy Lightner to get one scheduled.


10.  Last week Detention Officer Laura Andal provided the “Eddie Eagle” gun safety program from the N.R.A. to students K-4th grade at Bishop Hogan School.  The materials were provided to the Livingston County Sheriffs Office free from the National rifle Association.  We have contacted or are attempting to schedule this program with other Livingston County schools at this time.


11.  The Livingston County Jail currently has 42 people in custody, 11 of which are female detainees.  We have 1 detainee on high risk watch.


12.  If you have any information, questions, or concerns on these or other crimes then please call us at 660-646-0515.






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