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Investigations, Arrests, and Court Actions



Investigations and Arrests:


Early morning October 21, deputies assisted with a multi county pursuit which originated in Salisbury Missouri.  The suspect vehicle had been stolen in Michigan and the occupant(s) may have been involved in a business burglary in Chariton County.  Our deputies assisted in attempting to lay spike strips for the stolen vehicle but the driver successfully eluded many attempts in this and other counties to flatten the vehicles tires.  The two men were apprehended in Putnam County and are being held on alleged felony charge(s).  The chase went through Chariton, Carroll, Livingston, Grundy, Mercer, and Putnam Counties.  Fortunately no one was injured during this incident.


Last weeks incident in Wheeling where a victim reported his dog was shot has taken another step.  The DVM confirmed the dog had a bullet wound.  We have not been able to locate any witnesses or reliable information to confirm what property the dog was on when it was shot or by whom.  Anyone with information is asked to call the LCSO at 660-646-0515.



Michael Jessa On or about October 19 an off duty deputy sheriff allegedly witnessed a bond violation of a person on bond from the Associate Circuit Court for a felony allegation on case number 13LV-CR00351.  A report was submitted to the Court regarding the alleged violation.  On October 23 we served a Livingston County arrest warrant on Michael James Jessa, 25, Chillicothe for alleged bond violation on original charge of Assault 2nd Degree.  Mr. Jessa was incarcerated in the Daviess Dekalb County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bond.


Shona Richey October 21 we served a Livingston County arrest warrant on Shona Belle Richey, 49, KCMO, for alleged Probation Violation on original conviction of class D felony DWI-Alcohol-Persistent Offender.   Ms. Richey was incarcerated in the DDCRJ.


October 22 we investigated a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block of East Polk.  A potential stalker was reported and further investigation is taking place.


We have begun an investigation of a horse running at large in southern Livingston County.  This has turned into an animal abuse/neglect investigation.  We are currently seeking a Court order to seize the livestock.


Jerry TacyOctober 22 we served a Livingston County arrest warrant on Jerry W. Tacy, 47, Wheeling for alleged Failure to Appear in Court on original charge of class D felony Non-Support Violation on case number 13LV-CR00099.  Bond was set at arrearage being $55,000 Cash.  Mr. Tacy was transferred to the DDCRJ in lieu of bond.


Benjamin Millazzo October 23 we served a Livingston County arrest warrant on Benjamin Thomas Millazzo, 36, Laredo, for alleged Failure to Obey a Judge’s Order on original charge of Hindering Prosecution, class A misdemeanor.  Mr. Millazzo was transferred to the DDCRJ in lieu of $500 cash bond on case number 13LV-CR00443.


Early morning October 24 we assisted a Chillicothe resident that was involved in a car/deer collision about 2 miles north of Chillicothe.  Fortunately the driver was not injured but her car received extensive damage.  The MSHP Trooper assisted the citizen in getting to her employment in Trenton. 


Other Court Actions:


Presiding Circuit Judge Thomas N. Chapman held Criminal Law Day on Monday and at least the following people who were in custody were sentenced to the Department of Corrections either to execute their sentence, shock time, or attend treatment or other programs:


Kevin MiddaughKevin Middaugh, 27, Chillicothe, Probation Violation on Delivering an Imitation Controlled Substance, 4 years DOC with 120 day program.


Shona Richey Shona B. Richey, 49, Kansas City, class D felony Probation Violation DWI, 4 years consecutive to any other sentences.


John Ashford Jr.  John P. Ashford Jr., 40, Chillicothe, class C felony Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substance, 5 years DOC consecutive to any other sentences.


Lorraine Hatfield  Lorraine Hatfield, 44, Chillicothe, class C felony Possession of Controlled Substance, 5 years DOC consecutive to any other sentences.


Abby Cooley  Abby Cooley, 28, Chillicothe, class B felony Distribution of Controlled Substance, 12 years DOC consecutive with 120 day program.


Jeremy Orona Jeremy Orona, 25, Chillicothe, class C felony Stealing, 7 years DOC consecutive with any other sentences and 120 day program.


Casey RussellCasey Russell, 25, St. Charles, class D felony Conspiracy/Forgery, 3 years DOC consecutive to any other sentences.


Lowell GrimmLowell Grimm, 29, Chillicothe, class C felony, Distribution of Controlled Substance, 7 years DOC consecutive to any other sentences.



Other Information:


On Monday we had an extensive amount of Court for both Associate and Circuit Courts.  In all we had at least 41 detainees appear before the Honorable Thomas N. Chapman and the Honorable James Valbracht in addition to many other defendants that were not in custody.  An additional 2 people were arrested and taken into custody during Court.


On Wednesday we had at least 11 detainees in Associate Circuit Court to appear before Judge James Valbracht.  We also arrested and took an additional 3 people into custody during Court.


Rochelle Coltin A case of felony theft investigated by the LCSO earlier this year resulted in the sentencing of Rochelle Ann Coltin, 44, Linn County, to 7 years in DOC, placed on probation for 5 years and orders restitution to the victim(s) in the amount of $13,296.78 in addition to other costs.


Matthew C. Bonnett  On August 22, a MOST WANTED Fugitive was arrested by authorities in Johnson County Kansas.  Arrested was Matthew C. Bonnett, 23, on Livingston County arrest warrants for alleged non-support violation(s).  Mr. Bonnett will be extradited to Missouri once any Kansas charges are taken care of and/or he waives extradition.


Please pay much closer attention when driving as the car/deer collisions have significantly increased.  A combination of Mother Nature, crops being harvested, out door activities, and cooler weather have contributed to deer being much more active.





All persons are innocent unless and until proven guilty in a Court of law.  A mere arrest and arrest warrant is only an allegation and does not prove guilt.




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