The Livingston County Sherriff's Office (LCSO) and Sheriff Steve Cox recently released a report of recent incidents, citations and updates on the county's most-wanted list. Below is a report of those items.
On July 12, LCSO started began an investigation on a registered sex offender allegedly violating registration compliance as the suspect did not register within three business days of being released from incarceration and has at least two social media accounts that are not reported as required. The suspect was interviewed and report being submitted to the prosecuting attorney for consideration.
On July 13, the LCSO received part of a video recording system from a resident in eastern Livingston County. The video system was found by the reporting person and appears it may have been removed from an unknown location during a crime. We are attempting to access the hard drive to gain additional information.
On July 13, a stealing investigation began. A victim reported having $100 stolen from his wallet. Investigation shows one person with the opportunity to have removed the money and that individual was interviewed and issued a summons to appear in Livingston County Associate Court on August 21 for alleged misdemeanor stealing.
On July 14, the LCSO began an investigation where a person allegedly used synthetic urine in an attempt to circumvent a drug test directed by the court. A report will be submitted to the prosecuting attorney.
On July 15, an investigation began on a bond condition violation of a person on bond for a felony drug crime. The investigation yielded evidence of methamphetamine and marijuana use. A report is being submitted to the court.
On July 15, the LCSO began an investigation of possible interference with custody. Investigation is continuing.
On July 16, deputies began an investigation of a reported assault in Utica. The female victim reported an elderly male struck her with a cane and broom. Investigation continuing in attempts to interview other person.
Most Wanted Updates:
On July 13, Jon Alfred Ralston, 48, previously of Wheeling, was added to the most-wanted list as Ralston is wanted on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged failure to appear in court on original class D felony possession of a controlled substance. Bond has been denied by the court with a warrant dated July 9.
On July 17, Josie Simone Murphy, 26, Chicago, Ill., was added to the most-wanted for alleged probation violation on original class E felony fraudulently attempting to obtain a controlled substance. Bond set at $20,000 cash with a warrant dated July 16.
On July 15, the LCSO arrested Hunter Lee Forrest Burns, 18, Purdin, on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged violation of bond conditions on original possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine. Burns was transferred to the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail.
On July 15, the LCSO arrested Virel Van Johnson, 61, Chillicothe, at order of the court as Johnson was sentenced to the Missouri Department of Corrections for treatment on a felony DWI. Johnson was transferred to the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail.
On July 12, speeding citation was issued to a St. Joseph driver for driving 19 mph over the speed limit; an Illinois driver for 17 mph over the speed limit; and to a Gladstone driver for 23 mph over the speed limit.
On Saturday, July 13, two LCSO deputies were assigned a couple of hours of traffic safety enforcement overtime funded through a grant. On July 13a a speeding citation was issued to a Smithville driver for going 17 mph over the speed limit; a Trenton driver for 21 mph over the speed limit; to a Kansas City driver for 25 mph over the speed limit; to a Marthasville, Mo., driver for 17 mph over the speed limit; to a Breckenridge driver for 15 mph over the speed limit; and to a Leavenworth, Kan., driver for 22 mph over the speed limit.
A July 13 investigation is continuing for a possible charge of driving while intoxicated-drug(s) stop. Potential citation to be issued upon receiving lab results.
On July 14, Zaki was summoned to assist the Chillicothe Police Department (CPD) on an investigation in the south end of Chillicothe.
On July 17, Zaki and Deputy Leadbetter were summoned to assist the Chillicothe Police in an investigation.
"This has been a busy time for the LCSO with many on-going investigations, assisting other agencies, and collecting much evidence on various crimes.
LCSO staff has been working on multiple fugitive investigations and talking with area agencies in attempt to get active warrants served," Cox said.
On July 17 the LCSO had only 16 people in custody at the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail, four of which were female detainees. Cox reported this is the fewest people LCSO has had incarcerated in quite some time. On July 19, 17 were people in custody.