Livingston County Sheriff's Office and Sheriff Steve Cox have recently released a report on incidents, citations and more from events occurring in Livingston County in July, including an update on a July 13 incident that occurred in Mooresville.

On July 19, additional charges were filed in Livingston County Associate Court against Matthew Aaron Case, 29, Chillicothe, which stemmed from an incident on the afternoon of July 13, where it is alleged. Case fled from an LCSO deputy, and pointed a bag containing a gun at the deputy, before being arrested on a felony warrant for alleged violation of bond conditions on class E felony attempted tampering with a motor vehicle.

Case has since been charged with several alleged crimes, including class E felony resisting arrest by flight; creating a substantial risk of serious injury or death to any person; class D felony unlawful possession of a firearm and unclassified felony of armed criminal action. Bond was initially denied by the court. Then on July 22 the LCSO also received a parole violation arrest warrant from the State of Missouri on Case as he is currently on parole until January 22, 2022, for felony convictions of stealing and burglary-2nd degree and on parole until January 21, 2029, for a felony conviction of burglary-2nd degree. Case will be returned to the Missouri Department of Corrections on the parole warrant.

Incidents:

A drug investigation from February 2019 has been completed. The evidence seized was submitted to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab and the recently obtained lab report shows the evidence contains methamphetamine. A report was submitted to the prosecuting attorney for consideration of charge(s).

An investigation involving the recovery of a Samsung Security Video Recording system has been completed. We have been unable to determine the owner and a search of the hard drive was completed.

On July 14, the LCSO began an investigation into alleged Interference with Child Custody case. The suspect allegedly violated the family court order on visitation times in the summer. The case file being submitted to the prosecuting attorney for consideration.

On July 21, deputies assisted a person with needs and made a Crisis Intervention Team referral for the individual.

On July 21, an investigation of a reported assault began in Ludlow. One person was treated for injury and deputies arrested Brittany K. Lee, 29, Ludlow, for alleged assault. Lee has since been charged in Associate Court with alleged class E felony domestic assault 3rd degree. Lee has since been released on bond.

On July 21, the LCSO responded to a location in Utica area for an unattended death investigation. The adult male had passed away in the home and preliminary investigation suggests the cause of death was from natural causes. The LCSO was assisted by the County Coroner’s Office and Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services. "Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family and friends," Sheriff Cox said.

On July 22, the LCSO began an investigation of alleged child abuse. The investigation has advanced with assistance from the Child Advocacy Center and the case file is being completed for the prosecuting attorney to consider.

On July 23, an investigation began on possible attempted burglary in the Avalon area. The suspect vehicle was seen pulling onto the private property near building(s) without headlamps on about 3:30 a.m. The property owner approached the suspect who claimed he was simply going to check the oil in his motor and left the scene. LCSO asked for assistance from the public on identifying the pickup and we received multiple tips but unfortunately, none of those leads yielded positive results. Then on July 25, Deputy Nicholas Leadbetter and K-9 Zaki assisted authorities in Grundy County to arrest a fugitive. Information was collected during that investigation which led the LCSO office to interview a person in Mercer County on July 29. That man was under arrest on a different matter and admitted that it was his vehicle and him on the property in question. The suspect denied planning a burglary and was issued citations to appear in Livingston County Court for alleged driving without headlights, driving while suspended and trespassing 1st degree. The suspected passenger was identified and that person has not been located and is currently a fugitive from law enforcement in another county. Investigation continues with potential additional charge(s).

On July 24, the LCSO obtained information during an investigation in Wheeling while assisting the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office that possible methamphetamine and/or methamphetamine drug paraphernalia were inside a residence. Additional investigation resulted in the seizure of narcotics equipment and a report is being submitted to the prosecuting attorney for consideration.

On July 25, the LCSO began an investigation of property damage and trespassing at a location in Chula. Suspect(s) allegedly trespassed onto private property and broke a window on a vehicle. Juveniles have been identified as persons of interest and investigation continues.

Also on July 25, a deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in Chillicothe and noticed unusual movement from the driver. A Chillicothe Police Officer assisted our deputy on the stop and the driver was found to be on probation/parole for both possession and distribution of a controlled substance. A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded two syringes and a bottle of alcoholic beverage. Information was shared with the probation/parole office and the driver was issued a warning for the equipment violation. A report on the paraphernalia possession is being completed.

On July 26, the LCSO assisted the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services on a one-vehicle serious injury accident. A passenger in the vehicle was taken from the scene by air ambulance. The incident took place on Highway N in northwest Livingston County.

On July 27, the LCSO completed a drug investigation and seized alleged drug paraphernalia used for methamphetamine use. The suspect was issued a citation for the violation and is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 21.

On July 27, the LCSO completed a referral for an individual to receive assistance from the Crisis Intervention Team for various needs.

Most Wanted Updates:

On July 23, Kyle Lee Case, 30, Chillicothe, was arrested by authorities in Buchanan County on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class E felony non-support, total arrears in excess of 12 monthly payments. Case had been a fugitive since June 24, 2019.

Also on July 23, Jared Allen Johnson, 30, was arrested by authorities in Buchanan County on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class D felony forgery. Johnson had been a fugitive since May 31, 2019.

Arrests:

On July 12, deputies arrested James Edward Cassity, 51, Chillicothe, on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class D felony abuse or neglect of a child. Cassity has since been released on bond.

Also on July 12, deputies assisted the Missouri State Highway Patrol on a vehicle stop and arrested Zachery William Fay, 21, Marceline. He was arrested on a Chariton County arrest warrant for alleged failure to appear on misdemeanor charges. Fay was transferred to the custody of the Chariton County Sheriff’s Office.

On July 24, deputies arrested Dustin Lee Ritchie, 35, in Wheeling on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged failure to obey judge’s order on original class E felony resisting arrest. Ritchie was transferred to the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail (DDRJ) in lieu of $15,000 bond.

On July 25, the LCSO arrested David Lee Kirkpatrick, 61, Chillicothe, on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged failure to obey a judge’s order on original class D felony allegation of sex offender registration violation. Kirkpatrick was transferred to DDRJ in lieu of $15,000 bond.

On July 27, the LCSO arrested Goldie Elizabeth Tietjens, 29, Brunswick, on a Chariton County warrant for alleged resisting arrest-felony. Tietjens was turned over to a Chariton County Deputy near Sumner.

On July 30, deputies arrested Jessica Lynn Ishmael, 37, Dawn, on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged probation violation on original class A misdemeanor DWI-person less than 17 years of age in the vehicle. Ishmael posted a $1,000 bond and was released pending a court appearance.

On July 30, we arrested Marie Alean Osborn-Carle, 57, on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class D felony DWI with serious physical injury. Osborn-Carle was transferred to the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail in lieu of $15,000 bond.

On July 31, Ashley Dawn Brown, 30, Ludlow, surrendered to the LCSO on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class D felony possession of a controlled substance. Brown was arrested and taken to Livingston County Associate Court to appear before Judge Leamer.

Citations:

On July 19 a South Dakota driver was cited for driving 22 mph over the posted speed limit and a Braymer driver was cited for driving 22 mph over the posted speed limit.

On July 23, a Mooresville driver was stopped in Chillicothe and issued a citation for alleged driving while suspended.

On July 28, a speeding citation was issued to a Carrollton resident for driving 19 mph over the speed limit.

On July 31, a vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation and the Chillicothe driver was issued citation for failure to maintain financial responsibility and no seat belt.

K-9 Zaki:

On July 14, Deputy Leadbetter and K-9 Zaki were summoned to assist the Chillicothe Police Department (CPD) on a vehicle stop in the southern part of Livingston County. Zaki gave a positive indication on the presence of drug odor(s) and a search of the vehicle yielded suspected package of narcotics. The evidence was retained by the CPD for additional investigation.

On July 25, Deputy Leadbetter and K-9 Zaki were summoned to assist the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Mercer County Sheriff’s Office in locating and apprehending a fugitive who had fled on foot from an officer into a wooded area. The person was wanted for alleged drug distribution and felony assault by striking the victim in the face with a metal pipe. "Zaki did an excellent job of tracking the suspect into a creek area with a large log jam where the suspect was hiding several feet inside this area," Cox said. " The suspect was informed unless he immediately showed his hands that Zaki was going to retrieve him from the hole he was in. The suspect surrendered."

Additional Information:

"The LCSO has received numerous tips lately, several of which involved information actively taking place in other counties. Local information was checked on and out of town information was shared with the respective agencies. Several of these tips resulted in positive action taking place," Cox said. "The LCSO has assigned several staff to assist multiple days/nights with securing the alleged crime scene areas on a major investigation at request of both the Clinton and Caldwell County Sheriff. We have offered additional resources if needed."

If you have any information on these or other crimes, please call LCSO at 660-646-0515, dispatch at 660-646-2121 or submit a non-urgent Crime TIP through the LCSO website at www.livcoso.org.