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September 8, 2011


Sheriff Steve Cox




1.      Livingston County Sheriff’s Office has been very busy investigating alleged child sex offense violation(s) and/or Sex Offender Registry Violation(s):

a.       Our office has been working with the Carroll County Sheriff, Saline County Sheriff, and Missouri State Technical Assistance Team pertaining to an alleged Statutory Sodomy violation(s) investigation. 

Our portion of the investigation alleges that an adult male in the State of Kansas contacted and met a juvenile male in a nearby county and allegedly transported the victim to Livingston County, Missouri in August 2011 and engaged in sodomy relations with the victim in Livingston County.

The investigation has resulted in a search warrant at a specific location with assistance from Kansas authorities and the Missouri State Technical Assistance Team.

Livingston County Associate Circuit Judge James P. Valbracht issued a felony arrest warrant for Scott Matthew Jennerich, 33, Shawnee Kansas, for alleged Statutory Sodomy.  Bond was initially placed at $50,000 cash.  We extradited Mr. Jennerich from the State of Kansas and he has appeared before Judge Valbracht.  On September 07, Mr. Jennerich posted bond on the Livingston County warrant and before Mr. Jennerich left the Livingston County Jail we served him with a Carroll County arrest warrant for alleged Statutory Sodomy with a cash bond of $50,000.  Mr. Jennerich was subsequently transferred to the Carroll County Sheriff’s custody.


b.      Our office and Deputy/School Resource Officer Mike Lewis have conducted a criminal investigation at the request of the Chillicothe R-II Administration regarding allegations of a prior school employee allegedly having had sexual relations with a juvenile female.  We have since shared information with the victim’s parents and conducted interview(s).

On September 07, we arrested a 23 year old Chillicothe man, for alleged Statutory Rape 2nd Degree, class C felony and he was subsequently served with a Livingston County arrest warrant on said charge.  The individual was incarcerated in the Livingston County Jail and has since been released on bond.


c.       Sheriff Cox recently saw a man in a residential area of Chillicothe that had not been around here in several years.  Subsequent investigation revealed this man allegedly should be registering as a sex offender and was not currently registered as such with any county in Missouri.  We applied for and received an arrest warrant for Alvin Dornell Griffin Jr., 41, Chillicothe, for alleged Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, class D felony violation.  Bond was initially placed at $2,500.  Mr. Griffin remains incarcerated in lieu of bond.



2.      On August 27, we assisted the Lees Summit Police on an investigation of a run a way/missing child from their jurisdiction.  We located the child in the Avalon area and detained the juvenile at the Livingston County Sheriffs Office (LCSO) until a parent arrived.


3.      On August 25,we investigated a report from a school bus driver that a vehicle in Utica passed the school bus while it was stopped with all signals and loading/unloading children.  The vehicle was described as a white Dodge pickup but the license plate number as given was not on file with the Department of Revenue.


4.      On September 02, we extradited Joseph Henry Pratt, 48, Richmond, from the Ray County Sheriff on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged Probation Violation on an original conviction of class C felony Controlled Substance Violation.  The Court has initially denied bond on this warrant.


5.      On September 04, we investigated a report of phone harassment.  The deputy listened to numerous telephone messages allegedly left for the reporting person by a former spouse.  Contact was made with the suspect and informed of the pending report to the prosecuting attorney at the request of the victim.


6.      On September 06, we investigated a report of burglary and theft from a building in the Bedford area.  Unknown person(s) forced entry into a building and removed an air tank, fencing splicer’s, fishing rod combo, tackle box and equipment, assorted steel fencing posts.  Investigation continues.


7.      On the early morning of September 06, we began a missing person’s investigation in the southern part of Livingston County.  An adult female was reported to have left in a family vehicle during the middle of the night.  The lady was reported to be suffering from certain conditions and had not driven in years.  Our office coordinated a search by area law enforcement and the female returned home safely.


8.      On the early morning of September 07, we investigated a 911 report of a domestic assault at a location in the southern part of Livingston County.  Subsequent investigation resulted in no supporting evidence that any assault had taken place and evidence which strongly suggests alcohol and/or drugs contributed to an alleged false report.  Investigation continues.


9.      This week, we have investigated a report of a vicious dog in Ludlow.  The animal owner had previously been warned to keep the dog confined and the animal was apparently running at large again.  We have attempted contacts with the animal owner and have noted the animal is no longer roaming free.  A summons is being issued for a mandatory Court appearance for failure to maintain control of his animal.


10.  On September 07, we did a probation compliance check at a location on McVey Street.  We subsequently arrested Vicki Dawn Fields, 50, Chillicothe, on a Probation Violation arrest warrant.  Ms. Fields was incarcerated in the Livingston County Jail in lieu of bond.


11.  Currently the Livingston County Jail has 41 persons in custody, 12 of which are female detainees. 


12.  Over two days this week we transported a total of 25 detainees to Court for mandatory appearance.


13.  On September 08, we had in-house mandatory training on Taser Recertification and Stun Cuff Training for sworn and detention staff.


14.  Our staff has remained very busy on criminal investigations, calls for service, assisting other agencies, performing jail duties, traffic complaints, assisting motorists, removing debris from the roadways, checking the well being of citizens and livestock, and other statutory requirements.


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


16.  Please understand that all persons are innocent unless and until proven guilty in a Court of law. 


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