Sheriff cox released recent incident reports.

Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox has released incident reports from the last several weeks, in an ongoing effort to keep area residents aware of recent investigations, arrests and other actions taken by deputies across the county.

On the evening of Dec. 12, a deputy stopped a vehicle north of Chillicothe and as the deputy approached the vehicle the driver sped away. An attempt was made to stop the vehicle however the pursuit was soon terminated due to the dangerous speed the suspect driver was going without concern for others. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) and Chillicothe Police Department (CPD) are continuing with the investigation and the situation may soon result in an arrest.

“The LCSO has many on-going criminal investigations of various crimes including drug distribution, stealing, burglary, animal abuse and child offense(s). We also have many active fugitive investigations taking place,” Cox said.

On Dec. 15, the LCSO assisted the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP), Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services, Coroner's Office and citizens regarding a fatality and serious injury traffic crash on Highway U in northwest Livingston County.

An investigation from earlier this month where a vehicle was stopped by a deputy and then fled as the deputy was approaching the car has continued. The investigation has resulted in the identity of the alleged driver. That person was reportedly wanted on one or more warrant(s) and may have had drug(s) in the car. Information is submitted to the prosecuting attorney for consideration of charge(s). The suspect has since been arrested in another county on the outstanding arrest warrant(s).

Recently the LCSO assisted the MSHP with an incident where a male subject was allegedly refusing to comply with law order and enter a secured scene. The male had to be restrained during the incident and a state trooper was reportedly injured during the process. No arrest was made at the time of the incident. MSHP is continuing with the investigation.

On Dec. 17, Deputy Sheriff/School Resource Officer Mike Lewis filed a report with the LCSO regarding a student at Chillicothe High School allegedly found to be in possession of marijuana. School officials and parents were informed of the issue and handling the situation. Report filed with prosecuting attorney.

On Dec. 18, a deputy assisted the CPD on a fugitive investigation. Officers had taken Christopher Michael Rader, 40, into custody on active Carroll County arrest warrant for an alleged misdemeanor violation. The officers discovered suspected methamphetamine and methamphetamine drug paraphernalia after the arrest.

On Dec. 19, LCSO began an investigation of property damage to a cemetery in rural Livingston County. Continuing with case investigation at this time.

“LCSO has completed an investigation of alleged domestic assault and property damage where an adult female allegedly was fighting with a sibling and then reportedly damaged a window attempting to gain entry to a home. Subjects separated and interviewed, a report is being submitted to the prosecuting attorney for consideration,” Cox said.

Most Wanted Updates:

On Dec. 11 deputies arrested Lauren R. Baker, 31, Braymer, on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged failure to obey a judge's order on original class D felony forgery. Baker was transferred to the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail in lieu of bond.

On Dec. 12, Danny R. Souders, 57, Jamesport, was added to the most wanted list on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged failure to appear on original class D felony possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine. Bond was set at $5,000 cash only, with a warrant dated Dec. 12.

On Dec. 18 Nathaniel B. Novotny, 33, Chillicothe, was listed as wanted on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged six counts class D felony of forgery. Bond was set at $10,000 with a warrant dated Dec. 12. Novotny was arrested the afternoon of Dec. 19 by LCSO and CPD, following a tip. He was later transferred to Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail (DDRJ) in lieu of a bond.

Barry Preston Cooper, 43, Chillicothe, was added to the most wanted list on Dec. 18, due to a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged failure to obey a judge's order on original class C felony delivery of controlled substance - methamphetamine with warrant dated Dec. 17.

On Dec. 20, the LCSO arrested Joel T. Kellison, 43, Chillicothe, on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged probation violation on original class E felony domestic violence-3rd degree. Kellison was found in the 1000 block of Graves Street and has been a fugitive since Nov.13, 2019. Kellison was transferred to DDRJ in lieu of a bond.

Cox reported that also on Dec. 20, the LCSO arrested Jeremy W. McDermott, 38, Carroll County, on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged failure to appear in court on three counts class A misdemeanor non-support. McDermott has been a fugitive since July 16, 2018, and residing in Carroll County. He surrendered to the LCSO on Dec. 20 and was transferred to DDRJ in lieu of a bond.

Other Arrests:

Dec. 8 the LCSO arrested Desmond Dorian Huff, 27, Chillicothe, on a Missouri State Parole Warrant. Huff was transferred to DDRJ.

On Dec. 14 at 7:21 p.m. near LIV 233 and LIV 236 the LCSO arrested Cherron Lynn Butterfield, 46, Kidder, on a Dekalb County arrest warrant for alleged failure to appear in court on original misdemeanor of Stealing. Butterfield was transferred to DDRJ in lieu of a $1,000 bond.

On Dec. 15, a deputy made a vehicle stop after witnessing a vehicle in Chillicothe allegedly run two stoplights. The driver, Jake Eugene Frazier, 26, Jamesport, was arrested for alleged driving while revoked/suspended and other traffic violations. He was processed and released.

On Dec. 18 LCSO deputies arrested Troy Lloyd Murray, 38, on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged violation of bond condition on original class E felony property damage-1st degree. Murray was transferred to DDRJ in lieu of bond.

Citations:

On Dec. 11, a Cameron driver was issued a speeding citation for going 86 mph in a 65 mph zone on U.S. Highway 36 at LIV 261.

On Dec. 12, a Raymore driver was issued a speeding citation for going 78 mph in a 65 mph zone on U.S. Highway 36 near Utica.

On Dec. 14, a Chillicothe man was issued a speeding citation for going 77 mph in a 60 mph zone on U.S. Highway 65 near Chula Junction; and an Adamstown, Mo., driver was cited for going 82 mph in a 65 mph zone on U.S. Highway 36 at Chillicothe.

Zaki:

On Dec. 12, the CPD requested the assistance of Zaki at a traffic stop in south Chillicothe. Zaki alerted to the vehicle and subsequent search resulted in the seizure of suspected methamphetamine and a stolen handgun.

On Dec. 13, a deputy made a vehicle stop on U.S. Highway 36 for dangerous driving and Zaki was summoned to the scene. The male occupants had obviously been lying to the deputy and Zaki alerted to the odor of drug(s) in the vehicle. LCSO staff located a quantity of marijuana and six firearms, of which only one was claimed to be in the vehicle. The vehicle was headed to the State of Colorado. Information is submitted to the prosecutor, Cox said.

Also on Dec. 13, CPD requested Zaki assist on a vehicle stop. Zaki alerted to the order of drug(s) and subsequent search reportedly resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine and/or methamphetamine drug paraphernalia.

Additional Information:

LCSO has shared many received tips on fugitives with the respective agencies in other counties.

“A very high escape risk detainee was recently escorted by additional LCSO staff from the facility,” Cox said. “He is being held to Livingston County Associate Court for a mandatory appearance. Additional security was present in the hearing and also assisted in escorting the suspect back to the jail facility without incident.”

On Dec. 12, the LCSO towed an abandoned vehicle (yellow Monte Carlo) which had been previously tagged from U.S. Highway 36 west of Mooresville.

On Dec. 17, senior staff had a two-plus hour meeting on 2020 budget needs.

On Dec. 17, there were six LCSO detainees from the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail appear in circuit court.

“The LCSO recently assisted many motorists and the Missouri State Highway Patrol with various slide-off accidents due to slick roadways,” cox said. “We appreciate all the towing companies in our area for their assistance as well.”

On Dec. 20, the LCSO had 36 detainees in custody at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.

The sheriff has been preparing 2020 budget information for the Livingston County Commission.