On May 29, area law enforcement arrested 21 individuals from cases investigated in Chillicothe and Livingston County, additional people were also arrested during for other crimes while the warrants were being served.

According to a joint press release from Chillicothe Police Chief Jon Maples and Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox together their agencies had 34 arrest warrants for combined 40 felony counts on a total of 28 defendants from cases investigated in Chillicothe and rural Livingston County. On May 29, those warrants were served, and law enforcement arrested 21 people on Livingston County arrest warrants for alleged 31 total felony violations on those warrants. The case files were reviewed by Livingston County Prosecuting Attorney Adam Warren and charges came from Livingston County Associate Circuit Court.

Additional people were also arrested because during the execution of arrest warrants officers saw evidence of other crimes. As a result, two search warrants were applied for, received and served. This resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana, prescription medication, and various drug paraphernalia. The defendants on those cases could receive additional felony charge(s) in the near future.

According to the press release, during the execution of one arrest warrant additional consensual search was granted by the arrested person and resulted in the seizure of additional methamphetamine and five firearms. Additional charges are pending.

Additional investigations of suspected drug houses resulted in the search of two homes and resulted in three additional arrests. These investigations resulted in the combined seizure of methamphetamine, prescription medication, distribution equipment and suspected evidence of distribution.

As each person was arrested they were transported to the Chillicothe Police Department where they were screened for incarceration (including medical questions), fingerprinted, interviewed, photographed and loaded on a Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail (DDRJ) Transport Van then delivered to the jail for booking. Two men were transported by the Livingston County Sheriff's Office to the DDRJ to assist the transport crews.

Approximately 40 law enforcement officers from the Chillicothe Police Department (CPD), Livingston County Sheriff's Office (LCSO), Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP), Missouri Probation and Parole, N.I.T.R.O. ATF Task Force and the Missouri Fire Marshall's Office were assigned to four enforcement teams made up of officers from each agency with each officer having a vital role and each team was given specific assignments on enforcement, Cox said, City and county law enforcement had this enforcement scheduled for earlier this year when most of the drug-related warrants were to be served and it had to be postponed due to COVID-19 and concerns at that time.

Those arrested on May 29, in order of arrest, include: Colton G. Duncan 36, Chillicothe, wanted on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class D felony possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine and class E felony driving while revoked/suspended with bond set at $7,500 cash. Duncan was released from DDRJ on May 27 after recent incarceration on allegation of domestic assault. William Victor Martins 55, Chillicothe,wanted on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class D felony possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine and for alleged class E felony of hindering prosecution on a felony with combined bond set at $12,500 cash. Kenten M. Williams 51, Chillicothe, wanted on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class C felony delivery of controlled substance-methamphetamine and 20LV-CR00275 for alleged class C felony delivery of a controlled substance-methamphetamine with a combined bond of $35,000 cash. Jonathan Taylor Meservey 18, Chillicothe, on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class B felony child molestation-2nd degree-child less than 12 years of age. Bond was set at $10,000 cash. Detrii Dean Hyatt 25, Chillicothe, on Livingston County arrest warrant for two alleged counts class D felony abuse or neglect of a child - no sexual contact with bond set at $20,000 cash. Jerry Eugene Osbon Jr. 54, Chillicothe, on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class D felony possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine with bond set at $10,000 cash. Raven C. Pittman 26, Chillicothe, on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class D felony possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine, bond set at $10,000. Joseph Alan Panholzer Jr. 49, Chillicothe, on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class D felony abuse or neglect of a child under - no sexual contact with bond set at $5,000 cash. Curtis L. Bassett 53, Chillicothe, on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class A felony distribution of a controlled substance-methamphetamine in a protected location with bond set at $50,000 cash. Teresa May Stumph 69, Chillicothe, on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged violation of bond conditions on original class C felony trafficking drugs (methamphetamine) in 2nd degree and for alleged class C felony delivery of controlled substance-methamphetamine with a combined bond of $25,000 cash. Traci J. Jones 38, Wheeling, wanted on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class C felony delivery of controlled substance-oxycodone with bond set at $10,000 cash. Douglas Steven Coin 36, Wheeling, on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class D felony possession of controlled substance - methamphetamine and class E felony driving while revoked/suspended with bond set at $10,000. Coin was recently incarcerated by the MSHP and LCSO on an investigation for alleged felon in possession of firearm and was released from DDRJ on bond May 27. Phillip Burgess 39, Chillicothe, on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class D felony possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine with bond set at $10,000 cash. Laura B. Waterman 40, Chillicothe, on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged two counts class D felony abuse or neglect of a child - no sexual contact with bond set at $20,000 cash. Angela Stock 40, Wheeling, on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class D felony possession of controlled substance-heroin and for alleged possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine with combined bond of $10,000 cash. Spencer Chase Pittman 24, Wheeling, on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class D felony possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine and for alleged possession of controlled substance-heroin with combined bonds of $25,000 cash. Dorothy Marie Berry 53, Wheeling, on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged three counts class D felony possession of controlled substance - methamphetamine, clonazepam and carisoprodol with bond set at $10,000 cash. Alisha Marie Laws 29, Chillicothe, on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class D felony possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine with bond set at $10,000 cash. Dawn A. Cornell 40, Chillicothe, on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class A felony distribution of controlled substance-methamphetamine in a protected location with bond set at $30,000 cash. Camerron Allen Carmack 23, Chillicothe, on Livingston County arrest warrant or alleged class C felony delivery of controlled substance-fentanyl with bond set at $15,000 cash.

The following individuals were arrested on probable cause and warrants were applied for: Jeff A. Piearcy 55, 900 block Elm Street, for alleged possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine drug paraphernalia. Piearcy also had an outstanding Dekalb County arrest warrant on a traffic violation. Landie England 23, 600 block East Street, was arrested for alleged possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, 6 counts possession of controlled substance and possession of methamphetamine drug paraphernalia. England is out on parole for a separate methamphetamine related conviction. James Ernest Laughlin 22, Chillicothe was arrested in the 600 block of East Street for alleged possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, two counts of possession of controlled substance and felony possession of methamphetamine drug paraphernalia. Laughlin is on parole for a separate methamphetamine related conviction.

Outstanding arrest warrants still existed for the following individuals as of the evening of May 29: William J. Knouse 41, Wheeling, on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class C felony delivery of controlled substance-methamphetamine, bond set at $10,000. Knouse is also wanted on State of Missouri Parole Warrant as he is on parole for conviction. Jeffery Dwaine Morris 47, Cameron, on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class D felony possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine with bond set at $15,000 cash.

Outstanding warrants on persons incarcerated on other charge or conviction: James Russell Utley, 58, Chillicothe, on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class C felony delivery of controlled substance-methamphetamine and for alleged class A felony distribution of a controlled substance-methamphetamine in a protected location with a combined bond of $75,000 cash. Utley is currently incarcerated in the DDRJ since March 6 on two different counts of felony delivery controlled substance cases. Constance M. Denton, 57, Chillicothe, on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class C felony delivery of controlled substance-methamphetamine, bond set at $15,000 cash. Denton is currently in the Missouri Department of Corrections on a recent felony methamphetamine-related drug conviction. Desmond Dorian Huff, 28, Chillicothe, is wanted on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class A felony of distribution of controlled substance-methamphetamine in a protected area, bond set at $50,000 cash. Huff is currently in the Missouri Department of Corrections for parole violation on a different criminal conviction for distribution and possession of controlled substance. Haley Marie Swain, 18, wanted on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class A felony distribution of a controlled substance-methamphetamine in a protected location with bond set at $100,000 cash. She is currently in the Missouri Department of Corrections in Vandalia on a different criminal case. Travis D. Moritz, 46, Chillicothe, on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class D felony possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine with bond set at $10,000 cash. He is currently incarcerated in the Platte County Jail on unrelated charges. Cheyenne Daniel Hershey, 39, on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged class D felony possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine with bond set at $10,000 cash. Hershey is incarcerated in the Cooper County Jail on different charge(s).

“All of us understand the destruction methamphetamine, heroin and opiates has on people, families and our communities. As we continue to debrief and take these investigations to the next level our primary goal remains for the safety of our communities and families,” the press release reads.

Cox and Maples report that nearly all arrested were cooperative, besides one male suspect who tried to flee out a back window of a home until seeing law enforcement present and was subsequently arrested. This person was extremely angry and uncooperative and on the way to the police department reportedly was thrashing around in the caged area of the patrol vehicle violently enough that he received a slight self-induced injury. He was checked and released for confinement.

“Two other people were mouthy and did not think their crimes were worthy of incarceration,” the release stated. “We have identified those who we believe may really need and benefit from treatment and other assistance to get away from addictions; as compared to those who have been supplying drugs to others while funding their addiction or are career criminals with that information being shared with Prosecuting Attorney Adam Warren.”