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Incident Reports:

January 19 a motorists on U.S. 36 began following a deputy sheriff patrol vehicle at an extremely close and unsafe distance. The deputy stopped the motorists and subsequently arrested Richard Ryan Johnson, 44, Mountain Grove, Missouri for alleged Following too Closely, Improper Signal, and Driving While Suspended. Mr. Johnson was transported to the LCSO and later released on summons.

January 22 a citizen reported being a victim of identity theft and fraud. Unknown person(s) in State of Michigan used victim’s personal identity to submit tax returns. The IRS and State of Michigan have been notified. Investigation continues.

January 26 officials at Chillicothe Middle School reported to Deputy Sheriff/School Resource Officer Mike Lewis of information claiming a juvenile child had been sending or posting very inappropriate photos to other juvenile(s). In-depth investigation has also involved juvenile officer, school officials, parent/guardian notifications. This investigation reportedly does not involve any adults.

January 28 the LCSO began an investigation of failing to maintain control of an animal in Utica. Reporting party explained their daughter’s dog was on their property when a neighbor’s dog came to their property and attacked their dog which resulted in serious injury to their pet. Additional investigation has taken place and a report will be submitted to the prosecuting attorney for consideration.

January 29 the theft of an ATV was reported in Ludlow. Vehicle has been located in another county and the matter remains under investigation.

January 29 and 30 the LCSO followed up on reports of a cat being tied up inside a vacant home and left to die in Wheeling. Investigation showed no criminal violation as the cat had food and water and has since been taken to a better home environment.

January 31 Sheriff Cox was contacted by a parent outside of Livingston County concerned about their juvenile child sending variety of nude and indecent photos via phone and/or internet at the request of an adult male believed to be in another state. The sheriff spoke with the parent and gave guidance on how and where to report the matter for immediate investigation.

January 31 the LCSO began an investigation of property damage in the 22000 block of Liv 443. Victim reported unknown person destroyed their mailbox. Investigation continues.

January 31 LCSO deputy began an investigation of property damage and possible burglary. A window of the garage was broken and owner concerned house may have been burglarized but refused to allow deputy to check the home for suspect inside.

February 01 the LCSO began an investigation of alleged assault outside a business near Chula. The assault reportedly took place on Saturday, January 30, 2016. Several leads have been followed and the matter remains under investigation at this time.

February 02 the LCSO investigated a report of trespassing and possible stalking by an ex-boyfriend in Mooresville. The suspect was found at the home and all parties interviewed. Case file will be submitted to prosecuting attorney for review.

February 02 the LCSO inspected a rural property on a tip of livestock being neglected. That report was unfounded.

February 04, Deputy Sheriff/School Resource Officer Mike Lewis filed a report with our office regarding a student that has missed excessive amounts of school. Prior contact with the parents has been made about the problem. Information is being submitted to the Office of Prosecuting Attorney for consideration of charges.

February 04, LCSO deputy and Humane Society went to location in 200 block Marshall Street, Chula regarding follow-up on animal neglect investigation. The owner(s) had given consent for staff to enter the unoccupied home and remove the dogs. The owner(s) are incarcerated on unrelated matter at this time.

Last week the LCSO completed an investigation of alleged animal abuse/neglect of livestock in the North West part of the county. Several people were interviewed and the matter has been resolved with no charges pending.




January 20 the LCSO served a Livingston County arrest warrant on Timothy Loyd Hughes Jr., 25, Chillicothe for alleged felony bad check violation. Mr. Hughes surrendered to the LCSO upon learning of the arrest warrant. Mr. Hughes posted bond and was released pending court date.

January 21 the LCSO served a Probation/Parole warrant on William Edward Grimes, 25, Trenton, for violation of probation or parole. Mr. Grimes was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail.

January 21 the LCSO extradited William Charles Moffatt, 49, Sunrise Beach from the Clay County Sheriff and served a Livingston County arrest warrant on Mr. Moffatt for alleged charges of excessive speed, possession of marijuana, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Mr. Moffatt was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail in lieu of bond.

January 23 the LCSO served a Smithville Municipal arrest warrant on Dusty Dean Donoho, 43, Ludlow for a speeding ticket warrant. Mr. Donoho posted bond and was released.

January 25 the LCSO served a Dekalb County arrest warrant on William Dean Moore II, 28, Chillicothe for an alleged Child Support violation. Mr. Moore surrendered himself to the LCSO upon learning of the warrant. Mr. Moore was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail.


Additional Information:

The LCSO has been following up on many leads and sharing information with other agencies regarding the recent theft of a pickup from the vehicle owners’ property on Old Highway 190. At present we have not positively identified the person of interest. Several agencies are assisting with collecting information for this multi-county investigation.

February 04 the LCSO was given a Court order to transport a Livingston County resident to a treatment facility in another county. Two deputies were required for the transport.

Currently the LCSO has 30 people incarcerated in the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail, 8 of which are female detainees.

The LCSO has had several lengthy “Black Out” periods over the last 2 weeks. This means all our staff was tied up with statutory requirements and on calls for service which only allowed an immediate response for an extreme emergency. The Missouri State Highway Patrol worked with us to assist in local needs whenever possible.

The LCSO has these and many other investigations taking place. Should you have any information with these or other crimes, please call us at 660-646-0515 or submit a crime TIP through our website at www.livcoso.org

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