A recent search warrant obtained by Sheriff Steve Cox was served on the evening of June 14 by officers from the Livingston County Sheriff’s office (LCSO), Chillicothe Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The investigation resulted in the seizure of alleged methamphetamine and methamphetamine drug paraphernalia, according to a press release from Cox. Officers arrested Steven L. Burns, 33, Chillicothe, for the alleged drug violations. Burns was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail and has since been charged with alleged felony possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine and remains incarcerated pending a court appearance. Burns is also on parole for a sex crime and information has been sent to the parole officer. During this incident a LCSO employee was injured during attempt to force open locked door as the suspect was refusing to open the door. The employee was cut from the breaching tool and required multiple stitches at Hedrick Medical Center. On June 14, LCSO arrested Kelly Noel Hanshaw Saville, 18, Chillicothe, on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged felony possession of controlled substance. Saville was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail.

On June 15, Deputy Nicholas Leadbetter and K-9 Zaki were summoned to assist a Carroll County Sheriff Deputy in Carroll County on a vehicle stop. Zaki gave indication as to the odor of drug(s) being present and the deputy reported finding numerous prescriptions to other people, some unidentified prescriptions (labels removed) and marijuana.

On June 16, Deputy Leadbetter and K-9 Zaki were summoned by the Missouri State Highway Patrol to assist on a car stop on U.S. 36 near the Grand River. Zaki gave indication as to the odor of drug(s) being present and a subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine, ecstasy and methamphetamine paraphernalia. Deputy Leadbetter assisted in the vehicle search. Troopers arrested Cassie K. Leeper, 36, Trenton, on the alleged drug violations. The LCSO transferred. Leeper to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail pending formal charges being filed.

Also on June 16, a Springfield, Ill., man was stopped for excessive speed and during the stop indicators of possible drug possession were raised. K-9 Zaki gave indication as to the presence of drug odor(s). Further investigation resulted in seizure of drug pipes and learning the driver swallowed certain controlled substance when he was worried about being stopped. The driver was found to be okay and later cited for possession of drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop on U.S. 36 at Highway D. A report is being submitted to prosecuting attorney for consideration of charge(s).

Early on the evening of June 16, Deputy Leadbetter and K-9 Zaki were summoned to assist the Chillicothe Police Department on an incident with an alleged violent fugitive. That person was found to be in possession of methamphetamine.

“The LCSO has several additional drug investigations continuing and we hope to share additional information on these in the near future,” Cox said. “We appreciate all your tips on drug and other crimes. We take great effort to see each tip is checked into and/or passed on to the respective law enforcement agency with jurisdiction.”