Last week Chief Deputy Michael Claypole attended advanced training. Chief Deputy Claypole does an excellent job for the LCSO and citizens of Livingston County.
Course Name: Investigating Officer-Involved Shootings
Length: 3 days
Presented by: Code 4 Consultants
Training consisted of how to investigate shootings involving officers as victims being shot or of officers being forced to shoot a suspect. Course covered the following objectives:
Understanding the importance of investigating an officer involved shooting
Learn how to properly handle investigating an officer involved shooting
Understand how people react to stress or fear
Learn how to prepare of an autopsy
Understanding the importance of follow up
Understanding why reporting is so critical
As well as working evidence scenes attending officers watched many videos involving law enforcement officers being shot and killed, injured, or shot at as well as officers shooting at armed suspects, evaluating the videos to determine what as an investigator should be done upon arrival for scene preservation, evidence preservation, witnesses, completing the investigation from start to finish and compiling a report for the prosecutor's office, the department, and court system if needed.
Also information on officer well-being following a shooting incident and how officers deal with the stress and clearing them for return to duty.
Sheriff Steve Cox
Help Support our K-9 Program for continued care, Advanced Training and Tactical Training, and other needs Zaki may have.
Deputy Chris Mueller and K-9 Zaki
Zaki is a young Police Trained K-9 and has an excellent nose and ability. We at the Sheriff’s Office want to provide our community and area agencies with the service of an exceptional Police Dog.
We want to send K-9 Zaki and handler Deputy Chris Mueller to Advanced Training and Tactical Training. In doing so we are hopeful to generate up to $4,000 of private support for the training. This will provide Zaki and Chris with top end training for up to 3 weeks on extreme obedience and intense situations in law enforcement that could save lives, including Zaki’s life.
An example would be during a building search, the K-9 could be directed to search an area ahead of the handler at a distance commanded by the handler. The K-9 would alert to the presence of a person and then could be further directed as the situation is needed or even continue on with searching.
We have applied for a grant to obtain a ballistic vest for Zaki and should be notified on that in the next few weeks. The vest grant is potentially worth $2,600 dollars and we have a very good chance in obtaining this vest.
Presently we have a fairly well-equipped K-9/Program but we do have goals to obtain additional equipment to continue important in-house training for the K-9 and deputy. To date Zaki has helped in several drug cases/arrests, a potentially armed fugitive arrest, and more. Zaki has eagerly assisted our deputies, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Chillicothe PD, Grundy County Sheriff and Trenton Police.
We believe this advanced training opportunity is something we should not pass on and will significantly strengthen our ability to provide excellent service. If you would like to contribute to support Zaki and our K-9 Program you may send donations to the LCSO at 901 Webster, or County Clerk Sherry Parks at 700 Webster, Chillicothe, MO 64601. Please make the donation to “Sheriff’s K-9 Program”.
Zaki is a very beautiful and smart dog, we are hopeful to continue with his education all while making more friends for Zaki. Thank you for your past, present, and future support.
Zaki after a Take Down
Thank you for any and all consideration!
Sheriff Steve Cox
June 15 the LCSO received a report of stolen license plate(s) from a parked vehicle in Ludlow. Investigation continues.
June 15 the LCSO responded to a domestic disturbance in the 22000 block of Highway 65. No arrests were made as the incident was only verbal and the parties agreed to separate for the day.
June 16 the LCSO investigated a delayed report of domestic disturbance in Mooresville. Both adults have been interviewed and a report is being submitted to the prosecuting attorney for consideration of charges.
June 19 the LCSO began an investigation of alleged attempted assault at the courthouse between 2 citizens on the 1st floor. No further investigation is taking place after review of the courthouse video evidence.
June 19 the LCSO responded to a report of an abandoned vehicle in the roadway on Highway V near Liv 251. The car was subsequently towed as it had no license, was blocking the roadway, and the last registered owner claimed they had sold the vehicle to someone else. If you own the block Honda, please contact Sheriff Cox or Deputy Woelfle at the LCSO, 660-646-0515.
June 16 the LCSO and MSHP served a Parole Violation arrest warrant on Michelle Williams, 47, rural Chillicothe at a residence on Old Highway 190. Ms. Williams was transferred to Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail.
June 16 the LCSO extradited Jacob Powell, 26, from Carroll County authorities on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged Probation Violation on class B felony drug violation conviction. Mr. Powell was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail.
June 17 a deputy arrested Job B. Gonzales, 18, Raymore, MO for alleged Possession of Marijuana. The arrest took place in the 1400 block of Polk Street while assisting the Chillicothe Police on a prowler investigation. Mr. Gonzales was issued a citation and released pending Court appearance.
June 21 the LCSO responded to a call of a suicidal person in rural Livingston County. A person was detained and transported to Hedrick Medical Center for evaluation and subsequently taken to a treatment facility per court order.
June 21 the LCSO served a Livingston County arrest warrant on Cheryl Ann Gardner, 64, Breckenridge for alleged Tampering with a Witness. Ms. Gardner has surrendered to the court and subsequently posted bond.
June 21 the LCSO served a Livingston County arrest warrant on Georgia Lee Bartz, 62, Ludlow for alleged Tampering with a Witness. Ms. Bartz had surrendered to the court and subsequently posted bond.
June 15 a deputy issued a Chillicothe driver a citation for No Driver’s License.
June 16 a deputy issued a Eureka Missouri driver an excessive speed citation for 93 in a 65 on U.S. 36 at Liv 419.
LCSO staff have been very busy with a variety of on-going criminal and fugitive investigations, assisting other agencies, bailiff and courthouse security, calls for service, patrol and civil process, and many other requirements.
Tuesday evening Sheriff Cox, Deputy Chris Mueller and K-9 Zaki attended the Law Enforcement Restitution Fund (LERF) meeting. Deputy Mueller and K-9 Zaki gave an update and presentation to the board. The LERF board voted to provide $1,500 toward the continued LCSO K-9 services and needs.
The LCSO currently has 22 people in custody at the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail.
***Interesting notes on 2 people recently sentenced to serve time in jail for speeding offenses in Livingston County:
Noah Hutcheson, 20, Springfield, Illinois. MSHP pulled him over at 36 Grand River doing 114 in a 65. 14 days jail sentence.
Qiyon DominiqueTooley, 20, Overland Park, KS. MSHP pulled her over at 36 westbound east of Hwy D doing 105 in 65. 6 day jail sentence.
Sheriff Steve Cox
During the afternoon of June 22 a Missouri Parole Officer was on U.S. 36 and saw a pedestrian he needed to speak as he is on probation/parole. The subject had outstanding Chillicothe Municipal arrest warrant for possession of marijuana and Buchanan County arrest warrant for child neglect. The suspect, Nathan Osborne, 30, Chillicothe fled into the brush and timber and eluded law enforcement officers.
Last evening about 6:50 p.m. Deputy Nicholas Leadbetter located the fugitive walking on U.S. 36 west of Chillicothe and the suspect was now also wanted on a Probation Violation Arrest Warrant. Upon approaching the area Mr. Osborne took off running towards the timber. Deputy Leadbetter yelled at the suspect he was under arrest and then gave chase. Mr. Osborne tripped and fell in the timber area and refused orders to show his hands. The suspect would only show his left hand and kept his right hand hidden from the deputy. The Taser was properly deployed and the deputy then saw a large knife near where the subjects’ right hand was. The suspect continued to ignore commands from the deputy to roll away from the knife and was told he would be Tazed again if he did not comply. The suspect rolled away and was handcuffed and ultimately transported to Hedrick Medical Center to be cleared for confinement.
Mr. Osborne was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail and potentially faces additional charge(s) of felony Resisting Arrest and weapon offense.
Deputy Leadbetter was subsequently assisted by Chief Deputy Michael Claypole, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Chillicothe PD, and Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services.
Sheriff Steve Cox
Jonathan Patrick Patterson
June 17 the LCSO arrested Jonathan Patrick Patterson, 19, Chillicothe on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class D felony Sex Offender Registration Violation(s). This stems from a LCSO investigation into the allegations that Mr. Patterson was not complying with all sex offender registration requirements. Mr. Patterson was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail in lieu of $1,500 bond.
Mr. Patterson is currently on probation for a felony conviction of Promoting a Sexual Performance by a child under the age of 14. Mr. Patterson’s probation may be violated over this current allegation.
Sheriff Steve Cox
Since May 04 the LCSO has been conducting an investigation of alleged embezzlement and stealing. We still have a few steps in this case and evidence to collect before the incident report is presented to the prosecuting attorney for consideration.
May 31 the LCSO began an investigation of alleged Arson. Incident report shows when the victim came for lunch a large firewood pile was found to be on fire. Investigation continues.
June 08 the LCSO began an investigation of harassment and possible stalking. A suspect has been identified and the investigation is continuing at this time.
June 08 the LCSO began an investigation of trespassing east of Chillicothe. Incident report shows 2 adults were on an ATV and were driving through a freshly planted bean field when confronted by the property owner who requested they remain there as he had called law enforcement. The man allegedly told the female driver to get out of here and they took off attempting to hide behind some nearby housing. A deputy found the female and arrested Anissa L. Rhoton, 41, Marshall for the trespassing violation. Rhoton indicated the male left as he was tired of waiting. The deputy soon found that man hiding in a grassy area nearby. The deputy arrested Richard Daniel Stumph, 47, Hale for Trespassing.
June 09 the LCSO began an investigation of a registered sex offender allegedly not complying with registration form requirements. The suspect allegedly has an account on Facebook and other violations which have not been reported. An interview has taken place and a full registration completed. A report has been submitted to the prosecuting attorney for consideration.
June 14 the LCSO began working on a reported child sex offense in rural Livingston County. Investigation is continuing.
June 06 the LCSO arrested Richard Daniel Stumph, 47, Hale on a Parole Violation arrest warrant. Mr. Stumph was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail.
June 11 the LCSO arrested Levi Elias Terrell, 18, Chillicothe on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged Probation Violation on original conviction of class A misdemeanor Stealing. Mr. Terrell was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail in lieu of $2,000.
June 12 a deputy arrested Joel Tracy Kellison, 40, Chillicothe for alleged Driving While Revoked. Mr. Kellison was processed at the LCSO and released on a summons.
June 07 a deputy issued a Chillicothe man two citations with one being for Child Restraint violation and the second for Failing to Register a Motor Vehicle.
June 09 a deputy issued a St. Joseph driver a speeding citation for 81 in a 65 on U.S. 36 at Liv 247.
June 09 a deputy issued an Illinois driver a speeding citation for 81 in a 65 on U.S. 36 at Liv 413.
June 09 a deputy issued a Kansas City driver two citations being for 79 in a 65 and No Valid Driver’s License on U.S. 36 at Liv 408.
June 10 a deputy issued a speeding citation to an Arnold, MO resident for 86 in a 65 on U.S. 36 at Liv 425.
June 13 a deputy issued a Meadville man a citation for no motorcycle license.
June 13 a deputy issued a Chicago IL driver a speeding citation for 90 in a 65 on U.S. 36 at Highway D.
On June 08, Sheriff Cox attended the town meeting in Mooresville where area information was exchanged.
June 10 a fugitive on our MOST WANTED listing since January 13, 2016 was arrested by authorities in Merriam Kansas. Autum Octavia Rowe, 21, Kansas City, Kansas was arrested on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged PROBATION VIOLATION on an original conviction of class C felony Theft/Stealing Credit Device. Ms. Rowe will be returned to Missouri once extradition proceedings have been completed.
Currently the LCSO has 22 people in custody at the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail, 7 of which are female detainees.
The LCSO has remained very busy on these and other on-going criminal investigations, fugitive investigations, assisting other agencies, court bailiff and courthouse security and administrative duties.
We truly appreciate all the crime and fugitive TIPS which continually come in through our website. They do help solve crime and make all of Livingston County a better place.
If you have any information on these or other crimes, please call us at 660-646-0515 or submit a tip through our website at www.livcoso.org.
Sheriff Steve Cox
The LCSO recently received Court orders to cause the following people to be transferred to the Missouri Department of Corrections unless otherwise noted:
Jason L. Hicks, 42, Maysville Probation Violation - Possession Controlled Substance - 4 years.
Katrina Bledsaw, 34, Oklahoma Probation Violation - Possession Controlled Substance - 7 years.
Sherry Hicks, 51, Brookfield Stealing - 3 years.
Jennifer McDowell, 33, Carrollton Possession Controlled Substance - 4 years (being held at Ray County on Carroll County charges won't be transported to DOC until they are done with her).
William Jennings Bryant Ross, 38, Chillicothe on Probation Violation - Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute - 15 years consecutive.
Sheriff Steve Cox