Regarding the requests for additional information on the Chillicothe Police Department's officer involved shooting incident in Chillicothe on Friday evening, Sheriff Steve Cox requested the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control investigate the incident. We also asked Livingston County Prosecuting Attorney Adam Warren to give the same consideration and request.
Therefore no additional public information is available through the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office. We are thankful no one was seriously injured or killed. Please refer any additional requests to the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Chillicothe Police.
Sheriff Steve Cox
James Addison Nichols Martavious J. Sullivan
James Addison Nichols, 28 was arrested August 16, 2017 by State Police in Somerset Pennsylvania on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class D felony Possession of Controlled Substance. Mr. Nicholas will be extradited at first opportunity.
Martavious Jermaine Sullivan, 23, KCMO, was arrested by Kansas City Police on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged Probation Violation on original conviction of felony Possession of Controlled Substance. Mr. Sullivan is being extradited from Jackson County this week.
We appreciate all TIPS on our Most Wanted Fugitives and criminal acts.
Sheriff Steve Cox
(photo courtesy Stuart Miles and freedigitalphotos.net)
Recently the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) investigated a foreign scam of a different sort. A local man reported receiving a friend request on social media from an attractive and apparent adult female and they soon began conversing. This led to video chat and adult activity on-line. Subsequently the female claimed she was under legal age and has turned the man’s information over to the CIA, FBI, and local law enforcement for criminal arrest.
The female requested the man immediately wire money to her for this complaint go away. Unfortunately the victim did wire over $100 dollars, which was promptly collected overseas leaving no chance of getting his money back.
Please note, this man did not commit a crime, there is no investigation of anything involving a minor, and this is simply another SCAM with a different twist.
The LCSO continues receiving additional calls of other more typical SCAM attempts. Fortunately no other citizens have recently reported being a victim. Best thing to do is hang-up if you get a call and be cautious who you deal with on social media or elsewhere on the Internet.
Protect yourself, protect your on-line activities, and remember people look for any way to steal your money.
Sheriff Steve Cox
Livingston County Sheriff’s Office K9 Zaki will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. and will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,600 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 2.1 million dollars.
The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduate, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.
The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 - $2,283 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA. 02718.
Zaki is a 2-year-old police K-9 that is trained in police patrol and protection in addition to narcotics detection. Zaki is quickly gaining a reputation as being extremely good with drug detection. Deputy Chris Mueller is the K-9 Officer and Zaki became partners in November 2016. Both Zaki and Deputy Mueller have gone through extensive K-9 training. Deputy Mueller also has extensive training with the legalities and guidelines of legally using the K-9 in various areas of law enforcement.
“I want to thank Vested Interest in K9s for selecting Zaki to receive a protective vest. I also want to continue thanking our great citizens and businesses that have made our K-9 program even possible. Just as my ballistic vest protects me, this vest will help protect K-9 Zaki.” Deputy Chris Mueller
Zaki has been utilized dozens of times by various area agencies since becoming a sworn deputy sheriff. Zaki has assisted not only our office multiple times but also the Chillicothe Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Grundy County Sheriff, and Trenton Police. Zaki has helped make several illegal drug cases which would have otherwise gone free.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office will soon sending K-9 Zaki and Deputy Mueller to an advanced K-9 Training Course which is comparative for a K-9 attending college and gaining a master’s degree.
“We love our K-9 and program. We truly appreciate the help and support from Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. and all those who have supported this office over the years. As always our K-9 is ready to assist in area law enforcement needs.” Sheriff Steve Cox
If you would like to partner with and contribute to our K-9 fund please send a check or money order to the LCSO at 901 Webster Street or County Clerk Sherry Parks at 700 Webster Street, Chillicothe, MO 64601. All funds are secured by the County Clerk until utilized for our K-9 program expenses.
Sheriff Steve Cox
August 15 the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) began an investigation of a burglary and theft from a building in the 2000 block of Liv 408 in the Mooresville area. The burglar(s) forced entry to the building and removed at least the following items:
1 Echo Chainsaw, 1 Belt Sander, 1 Black and Decker Jig Saw, 1 Skill circular saw, 1 Kobalt drill bit set, 1 Stanley socket set and 1 Stihl weedeater.
The LCSO is searching for this vehicle and any information about this vehicle as the driver is a person of interest. Anyone with information is asked to call the LCSO at 660-646-0515, dispatch at 660-646-2121, or submit a crime tip on line at www.livcoso.org.
We thank you ahead of time for any assistance.
Sheriff Steve Cox
(photo courtesy stuartmiles and freedigitalphotos.net)
July 19 the LCSO began an investigation in Chula of a residential burglary. While to resident was away unknown person(s) forced entry to the home and removed at least 2 items which were reported to be a twin size mattress and a bag of safety pins. Investigation is continuing.
July 27 the LCSO began an investigation of auto theft from a location near Mooresville. The pickup is a 1993 Chevrolet pickup, purple in color, tinted windows, and has a hood scoop. Investigation continues.
July 28 the LCSO received a report of a stolen/damaged mailbox from an address in the 21,000 block of Liv 236 near Wheeling. The time frame on this incident is similar to the other recent mailbox crimes in that area. Investigation continues.
July 28 the LCSO received another report of a stolen mailbox in the Wheeling area. Victim noticed the John Deere mailbox missing on July 19 which is in the same time frame as others reported. Investigation continues.
July 30 the LCSO investigated a reported assault in rural Livingston County where an adult and intoxicated man allegedly began physically assaulting an adult female. The incident then led to an address in Chillicothe and CPD officers were summoned for a disturbance. The deputy was called to the scene to investigate the rural crime. The LCSO arrested Shaquille Johntavius Owens, 24, Chillicothe, for alleged Assault.
July 31 the LCSO received information from a detective with Kansas City Police as that agency has recovered a stolen firearm from a September 2013 theft in Avalon. Investigations continue.
August 03 the LCSO began an investigation of a child sex offender residing in close proximity to a day care. The suspect had recently been released from prison and was aware of the registration requirements and has since moved. An incident report is being submitted to the prosecuting attorney for consideration of charges.
August 05 the LCSO was summoned to a domestic disturbance call on Highway A. The investigation involved a juvenile being the reported victim. The LCSO arrested Stephanie Brownsberger, 44, Chillicothe for alleged Domestic Assault-3rd degree and she was incarcerated in the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail pending formal charges.
August 06 the LCSO began an investigation of burglary and stealing from a vacant residence in Wheeling. Items stolen include Dewalt tools, ceiling fan, sheet rock supplies, and hand tools, 3 gallons of paint, electrical outlets and GFI outlets. Investigation continues.
August 07 the LCSO responded to a possible attempted suicide in the southern part of the county. The person involved is okay and seeking additional treatment.
August 07 the LCSO began an investigation of alleged Sex Offender Registration Violation where a registered child sex offender is residing too close to a day care. The suspect was given 3 days to move before a second offense is logged. The incident report will be submitted to the prosecuting attorney for consideration.
August 07 the LCSO investigated a Domestic Disturbance in Utica. No immediate arrests were made due to lacking probable cause at that time.
August 10 the LCSO investigated a 1 vehicle accident in the 5400 block of Liv 537. The accident happened the night of the 9th and the people left the vehicle in a very poor spot that was a potential traffic hazard. Deputies issued the Brookfield driver 2 citations being Failing to Register a Motor Vehicle (plates expired February 17) and Failure to Drive on the Right Half of a Roadway.
July 31 the LCSO arrested Alan E. Kitchener, 35, Chillicothe, on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class E felony Sex Offender Present in a Park. Mr. Kitchener surrendered to the LCSO and was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail in lieu of $5,000 bond.
July 31 the LCSO served a Livingston County arrest warrant on Gary Alvin Johnson, 58, Chillicothe for alleged class D felony Possession of Controlled Substance. Mr. Johnson was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail in lieu of $5,000 bond.
August 01 the LCSO arrested Casey L. Lester, 35, Norborne for alleged Driving While Suspended and for 2 traffic warrants from Carroll County. Ms. Lester posted bond at the LCSO and was released from custody.
August 02 the LCSO served 2 Livingston County arrest warrants on RJ Allan Cox, 28, Chillicothe for alleged class D felony Stealing and class E felony Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Property Damage. Suspect appeared before Associate Judge James P. Valbracht and was turned over to the Chillicothe Police for additional investigation prior to being transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail in lieu of bond.
August 07 the LCSO served a Livingston County arrest warrant on Raven Cheyene Pittman, 23, Chillicothe for alleged Failure to Obey a Judge’s Order on Bond Conditions on original 2 counts felony Possession of Controlled Substance. Ms. Pittman was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.
August 08 the LCSO served 2 Livingston County arrest warrants on RJ Allan Cox, 28, Chillicothe for alleged Leaving the Scene of an Accident and class D felony stealing. Mr. Cox was transferred to the custody of the Chillicothe Police pending bond.
August 09 the LCSO served a Livingston County arrest warrant on Paul Lee Estes, 43, Utica for alleged Failure to Obey a Judge’s Order on Pay or Appear on original traffic violation. Mr. Estes posted the cash bond and was released from custody.
August 09 the LCSO served a Livingston County arrest warrant on Christian Shane Stretch, 36, Chillicothe for alleged Failure to Appear in Court on a Misdemeanor. Mr. Stretch posted $500 cash bond and was released from custody.
August 09 the LCSO served a Lafayette County arrest warrant on Michael Allen Minnick, 31, Wheeling for alleged Failure to Appear in Court on a Burglary charge. Mr. Minnick was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail in lieu of bond and pending extradition to Lafayette County.
August 09 the LCSO served a Livingston County arrest warrant on Robert Scott Bennett, 39, Chillicothe for alleged Failure to Obey a Judge’s Order on Pay or Appear on original traffic violation. Mr. Bennett posted the $118.50 bond and was released from custody.
August 01 a deputy issued a Norborne driver a speeding citation for 84 in a 65 on U.S. 36 and Liv 251.
August 04 a deputy stopped to help a person who was stopped in the passing lane of U.S. 36 at a hillcrest and when the driver saw the deputy the vehicle took off. The deputy made contact with the driver and learned the female Illinois driver had stopped on the highway in attempt to get her cell phone charged or working. The deputy subsequently arrested Shannon Renae Dennis Manroe, 39, Illinois for alleged Driving While Suspended/Revoked.
August 04 a deputy issued an excessive speed citation to an Indiana driver for 85 in a 65 on U.S. 36 at the Grand River.
August 04 a deputy issued an excessive speed citation to a Kansas driver for 90 in a 65 on U.S. 36 at Liv 419.
August 08 a deputy issued a Braymer driver a speeding citation for 81 in a 65 on U.S. 36 at Highway D.
August 02, the LCSO was conducting Courthouse security and Bailiff Duty for both Associate and Circuit Courts. That morning an adult female became very disruptive at the Associate Court and was removed from the building due to the loud profanity and disturbing the peace. In a separate incident an adult male was escorted out the doors of the Courthouse as he was apparently attempting to cause an incident with a female in the building. The same man was being disruptive to the courthouse and when he refused to listen to directives by the sheriff’s office employee he was removed from the building. (TIP, a Judge can hold someone in contempt of court for up to 6 months in jail without a hearing! The Courthouse is a place of respect and order.)
The LCSO received notice our requests for grant money for DWI Saturation Enforcement overtime was cut from the $5,590 requested to only $2,000 and the requested $6,418.95 in Hazardous Moving Violations enforcement overtime was not funded.
Currently the LCSO has 32 people in custody at the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail, 10 of which are female detainees.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office has remained very busy with these and other criminal investigations, assisting and sharing information with other agencies, Court security and bailiff duty, and other statutory obligations.
If you have information on these or other crimes, please call us at 660-646-0515, dispatch at 660-646-2121, or submit a tip through our website at www.livcoso.org.
Be safe and have a great weekend and THANK YOU for your continued support.
Sheriff Steve Cox
(Tresa Lyn Wilson booking photo)
On August 06 the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) was summoned to Avalon regarding possible trespassing by several people on private property. Detective Ryan Ford responded and found several people at the described located.
Further investigation resulted in the seizure of a significant amount of suspected Methamphetamine, additional packages of suspected Diazepam, and 2 packages of marijuana. All the items were packaged for immediate sale. Additional item(s) were also seized from the scene.
Preliminary investigation led to the arrest of Tresa L. Wilson, 51, Chillicothe for alleged Drug Distribution and/or Possession with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances. Ms. Wilson was taken to the LCSO where she was interviewed and transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail. Ms. Wilson has since been charged in Livingston County Associate Circuit Court with alleged 2 class C felony counts of Delivery of Controlled Substance. Ms. Wilson remains incarcerated in lieu of $5,000 cash bond.
Additional investigation has and is taking place with potential additional arrests pending. These people stopped by the location in Avalon and were planning on traveling to a specific location in Bedford.
The LCSO was assisted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Good work by all involved.
Sheriff Steve Cox
(Reminder that all persons are innocent unless and until proven guilty in a Court of law. An arrest and/or arrest warrant is merely an allegation.)
Recently the LCSO hosted another POWER-UP Self Defense class for women. The course was instructed by Sarah Fuehring with POWER-UP and Deputy Chris Mueller from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Mueller has previously received extensive training to provide this course to area residents.
POWER-UP provides women with useful information and skills they can utilize throughout their life in various situations which may help prevent them from being a crime victim. The day and half course was filled with a lot of hard work and even hands on practice.
We have shared a photo of some of the attendees of this training and we are currently exploring hosting another training this fall.
A big Thank You to Sarah and Deputy Mueller for their work and to all those who were in attendance.
“I completed the Power Up Self Defense course with my daughter. The experience was excellent. We both gained knowledge that we hope to never need, but in the event we do, we are both educated with some skills. I strongly encourage all women to find the 12 hours for the course and TAKE IT! You will not be disappointed.” Holly Thompson
Sheriff Steve Cox
August 01 through 03, 2017 the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office was in charge of a lengthy jury trial with regard to Courthouse and Courtroom security, and prisoner transportation. The case was a change of venue from Caldwell County for the alleged crime of Kidnapping.
The defendant did not testify and after lengthy deliberation the jury acquitted the adult male on this allegation. What the jury had not been able to hear as evidence or testimony is the suspect had been convicted of Forcible Rape in October 2015 in Boone County, Missouri.
The defendant in this case has since been returned to the Missouri Department of Corrections to continue serving his 15-year sentence from the Boone County conviction.
The jurors did a good job of paying attention and following the required instructions of the Court.
Sheriff Steve Cox
(Photo courtesy atibodyphoto and freedigitalphotos.net)
Sunday morning on August 06 about 8:45 Detective Ryan Ford was on U.S. 36 east bound heading to Wheeling on a criminal investigation when he witnessed a west bound vehicle at an extremely high rate of speed. Detective Ford checked the vehicle at 114 MPH when restricted to 65 MPH.
The driver, Ariel Anthony Diaz, 56, Florida, was traveling to Wichita Kansas and claimed he was only in a hurry to use the restroom. Mr. Diaz was placed under arrest and taken to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO). Once at the LCSO Mr. Diaz decided he no longer needed to use the restroom. Mr. Diaz posted the required bond and was processed before being released on a must appear summons for September 06.
Please use this as a reminder to drive safe. Talk with your friends and family and assure you prefer they make it home without incident.
Sheriff Steve Cox