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Information on a Crazy Week


This has been a very busy week for the LCSO as Tuesday and Wednesday was Law Day for Circuit and Associate Courts.  On Tuesday we transported 28 detainees to the Criminal Law day to appear before the Honorable Thomas Chapman and on Wednesday we took 10 detainees to court for appearance before the Honorable James Valbracht.  Several detainees were sentenced to prison and/or probation and we also booked in several new prisoners.

This week we transported the following men and women to prison with the Missouri Department of Corrections either at St. Joseph or Vandalia:


Zachary Alan Laffey, 18, Chillicothe for SIS conviction on 2 counts theft of a firearm.


William J. Knouse, 34, Wheeling, 10 years Manufacturing Methamphetamine.


Cody W. Adams, 19, Chillicothe, 4 years for Aggravated Assault.


Warren L. James, 48, Linn County, 4 years Possession of a Controlled Substance.


Erick J. Wattenbarger, 38, Trenton, 3 years on DWI.


Evage Howard Jr., 30, KCMO, 5 year for Forgery. 

Travis Sturguess, 22, Brookfield (Linn County Case), Assault 2nd degree 4 years, Forgery 4 years.


Michelle Sue Curtis, 48, Trenton, 7 years for Possession of a Controlled Substance.


Katrina A. Bledsaw, 30, Humphreys, 5 years for Possession of a Controlled Substance.


Brandi Opal Peniston, 37, Chillicothe, 2 counts of Forgery, 5 years each count to run consecutive.

This morning we began an investigation of alleged domestic assault.  The investigation has turned into the seizure of alleged drugs/paraphernalia and possible child endangerment.  Investigation is actively continuing at the time of this press release.


Last night a detention officer found a male detainee allegedly in possession of a broken toothbrush which appears to have been ground on the cement floor of the jail to sharpen.  The detainee reported this was his “toothpick”.  The matter is clearly not allowed in the jail rules and is treated as a weapon.  A report will be submitted to the prosecuting attorney for consideration of charges for a weapon offense in the jail.


Today the Chillicothe Police were summoned to the first floor of the Court house for a domestic type disturbance as the sheriff was summoned to the second floor for a disturbance in Associate Court.  The police subsequently made an arrest and the other matter did not require a change of address for anyone.


Deputies are investigating a report of identity theft as a citizen reported someone allegedly used identity of a deceased person to obtain cell phone service with an area provider.  Investigation continues.


We have completed an investigation report on two detainees for allegedly destroying a jail blanket.  The report is being submitted to the prosecuting attorney for consideration of criminal charges.  Destruction of any Jail Property is potentially a class D felony.


On November 14, we investigated a report of dead dear carcasses being dumped in a creek/ditch on Liv 216 north east of Chillicothe.  Information is being turned over to the Department of Conservation.


On November 15 a deputy worked with the Chariton County Sheriff on a theft investigation of welding equipment.  The officers searched private property and found similar welding equipment and photographed the cart and tires treads.  Investigation is continuing.


Last weeks poll question on our website was “For 2011 what is the number of recorded telephone calls in the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office; EXCLUDING all 911 calls, Inmate/Jail phones, and Fax lines?  The multiple choice answers were 22872,  44141,   66015,  or   80358.  Of those who participated only 20.4% chose the correct answer being 80,358 recorded calls.  This weeks poll may be viewed at www.livcoso.org


We currently have only 32 people in the Livingston County Jail!





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