Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox recently released incident reports, updates on the county's most wanted and information about recent investigations in the county.
On July 27, LCSO began a stealing by deceit investigation from a former Livingston County resident who had allegedly taking several thousand dollars to fix a piece of machinery and never followed through with completion. Suspect has reportedly moved out of state. Investigation is now on hold as the suspect has made arrangements to work with the victim on this outside of our investigation.
On Aug. 6, LCSO began an investigation of a person allegedly impersonating an attorney. Various documents were filed by this person with the Livingston County Clerk and in other jurisdictions. Investigation has concluded and report is being submitted to the prosecuting attorney for consideration.
On Aug. 14, LCSO responded to a location in the western part of Livingston County on call of possible suicidal person. Investigation shows depressed adult with quantity of medication and willing to accept help. EMS assisted in getting the person to area hospital for evaluation and additional treatment. The Crisis Intervention Team was activated.
On Aug. 15, LCSO responded to a well-being check on LIV 516. Everything was found to be okay and various people were spoken with.
Also on Aug. 15, LCSO began investigation of theft of a wallet and contents from a Utica resident. A potential suspect was identified and initially interviewed. Victim reported to the office a few days later he did not want to prosecute. Case closed.
On Aug. 17, LCSO began an investigation during a disturbance in Mooresville. Investigation led to the LCSO applying for and receiving a search warrant for a home in the 400 block of Jackson Street in Mooresville, on Aug. 18. Evidence seized includes ammunition and two handguns as the suspect is a convicted felon. As a result of the investigation officers arrested Matt Jason Gaunt, 37, Mooresville. Gaunt was charged with two counts alleged class D felony unlawful possession of a firearm.. Gaunt was incarcerated in the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail and has since been released on bond.
LCSO conducted a well-being check on Aug. 17, where a father reported concern about his child and the stepfather. The well check supported the child is well cared for and no evidence of any problem exists.
On Aug. 18, LCSO responded to Ludlow area on a report of stealing. The victim reported between Aug. 17-18 unknown person(s) stole at least the following items: Dewalt Oscillating Tool with battery, tool bits, impact driver 20v drill with battery, three batteries, 20v radio, nail gun/framing nailer/ brad nailer with battery/ air compressor with 100' hose, 12" beveled miter saw, wood and metal drill bit set, measuring tape, two Stihl chainsaws, 16" and 20" Husqvarna chain saw, 450 piece socket set, miter saw stand, apex crimping tool, three Eastwing hammers, generic pressure washer, four pipe wrenches, 300" measuring tape, two channel locks, two Erwin Vice Grips, Bostich 20v drill and 20v Impact drill, slap stapler, three utility knives, tool bag, bit set for drill, 20 piece red handle screw drivers, two Stanley tape measures, plyer set, insulated box, Milwaukee 20 piece hole saws, wood paddle 8 piece set, two nail punches, two flat bars, crowbar, ¼" and ½" concrete bit set. Investigation continues.
On Aug. 22, LCSO assisted the Children's Division on a call in the western part of Livingston County. The call to the Children's Division was unfounded. However during this call the deputy learned there were seven firearms in the home and allegedly in constructive possession of the firearms and that person is a multi-convicted felon and not allowed to possess these weapons. The weapons were also reportedly in a location where the child(ren) of the home could have easy access to the firearms. Evidence retained and report being submitted to the prosecuting attorney for consideration.
On Aug. 24, LCSO began an investigation of alleged Election Laws Violation. Investigation has been completed and being submitted to the prosecuting attorney for consideration.
On Aug. 27, at 3:20 a.m. LCSO responded to a location in Wheeling for reported domestic violence. Investigation reported an intoxicated male had allegedly punched another person and fled on foot prior to officer's arrival. No one at the residence was injured and no one wished to cooperate with prosecution.
Most Wanted Updates:
On Aug. 14, Illinois authorities advised LCSO they had arrested Solomon A. Pryor, 26, on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged failure to obey a judge's order on original class D felony possession of a controlled substance. Bond set at $20,000 cash on a warrant dated July 1. Pryor was initially arrested and charged on this warrant May 7, and released on bond May 13. He was again arrested on this warrant for alleged failure to obey a judge's order on May 18, and released on bond May 20. Extradition will take place at earliest opportunity.
On Aug. 21 Kyle Charles Jettelson, 28, Chillicothe, was arrested after surrendering and posted bond. He was added to the most wanted list on Aug. 14 on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged violation of bond conditions on original class D felony of stealing-$750 or more. Bond set at $10,000 cash.
On Aug. 14 William Rex Long, 25, Marceline, was added to the most wanted list. He is wanted on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged violation of bond conditions on original class D felony unlawful possession of a firearm. Bond set at $10,000 cash. Jon Alfred Ralston, 49, Independence, was added to the list on Aug. 14 the surrendered and was arrested on the warrant for alleged probation violation on original class D felony possession of a controlled substance. Bond set at $10,000 cash.
On Aug. 14, Amber Leigh Wyse, 34, was added to the list after a warrant was issued for alleged class C felony delivery of a controlled substance. Bond set at $15,000 cash. Scott Keith Perschbacher, 54, Chillicothe, had an arrest warrant issued on Aug. 27 or alleged failure to appear in court on original class D felony burglary-2nd degree. Bond set at $10,000 cash. LCSO Jail records show Perschbacher was arrested on this original warrant Aug. 3, and released on bond Aug. 4. Suspect reportedly did not appear in court.
On Aug. 27, William Deonte' Cooper, 40, Bevier, was listed as wanted on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged violation of bond conditions on original class D felony possession of a controlled substance. Bond set at $20,000 cash with warrant dated Aug. 21. LCSO Jail records show Cooper was initially arrested on this case on Feb. 25, and released on bond the next day. He was arrested again for alleged violation of bond conditions on Feb. 27, and released on bond again March 5. Then he was arrested again for alleged violation of bond conditions on April 28, and released on bond July 7. He is wanted on these charges again.
On Aug. 11, at 5:01 p.m. LCSO stopped a vehicle in Chillicothe and subsequent investigation lead to the seizure of methamphetamine and other drug related evidence. Investigation resulted in the arrest of Dillon Lee Potter, 24, Chillicothe, for the alleged felony drug violation. Potter was processed at the LCSO and released pending lab report from Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab. Also in the vehicle was an adult male who was released from Missouri Department of Corrections three days prior, no probable cause existed to arrest that person at the time of stop.
On Aug. 14, LCSO arrested Jonathan Taylor Meservey, 18, Chillicothe, for alleged sex offender registration violation. Meservey was reportedly required to register with this office as a sex offender upon being released from jail quite some time prior to this date and did not. He was transferred to DDRJ and a felony warrant was issued.
On Aug. 15, at 3:02 p.m. LCSO stopped a speeding vehicle for travelling 85 mph in a 65 mph zone on U.S. Highway 36 at Utica. The Utah driver, Dylin K. Chestang, 28, was subsequently arrested for the alleged speeding and driving while revoked/suspended. Chestang was taken to the LCSO where he was processed, issued citations and posted bond.
On Aug. 17 LCSO arrested Danny Ray Souders, 58, Jamesport, on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged violation of bond conditions on original class D felony possession of a controlled substance. Souders was transferred to DDRJ in lieu of bond.
On Aug. 19, LCSO arrested Norman Justin Caselman, 40, Hale, at the request of the court as the judge revoked his bond on two cases. Caselman posted the newly set bond and was released pending next court appearance.
On Aug. 20, a deputy stopped a motorcycle in Chillicothe for no license plate and found the driver to allegedly have no valid driver's license and arrested Anthony Eugene Yeomans, 26, Chillicothe, for that violation only 2nd offense. Yeomans was processed and released on summons pending court appearance.
LCSO stopped a vehicle at 4:48 a.m. on Aug. 20 and subsequently arrested Curtis D. Burton, 30, Brookfield, on Linn County arrest warrant and he was taken to the DDRJ pending extradition by Linn County.
On Aug. 2,1 LCSO arrested Kelvin Maggiefield, 53, Trenton, on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged failure to obey a judge's order on class E felony driving while revoked/suspended. Magggiefield was transported to DDRJ in lieu of bond.
On Aug. 23, at 12:56 a.m. LCSO stopped a speeding vehicle on U.S. Highway 36 near LIV 255. Investigation led to the arrest of Michael C. Sanders, 31, Marshall, for alleged driving while intoxicated and excessive speed. He was released with a September court date.
On Aug. 24, Nicholas Andre Sturm, 32, Chillicothe, surrendered to the LCSO on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged violation of bond conditions on original class C felony trafficking drugs-2nd degree-methamphetamine. Sturm was transferred to the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail in lieu of bond.
At t 5:32 a.m., on Aug. 24, a deputy stopped a speeding vehicle on U.S. Highway 36 and the Raymore driver was headed to Marceline. Further investigation resulted in the arrest of Melissa D. Colbert, 32, for alleged excessive speed and driving while revoked. Colbert was processed at the LCSO and released on summons after posting bond.
On Aug. 21, a deputy worked two-hour traffic enforcement grant activity, three citations were issued and five warnings were given. Citations are for 83 mph in a 65 mph zone, 77 mph in a 65 mph zone and a citation for no auto insurance.
On Aug. 22, at 9:30 a.m. an Illinois driver was cited for excessive speed of 86 mph in a 65 mph zone on U.S Highway 36 at LIV 247.
On Aug. 22 at 12:34 p.m. Chillicothe driver was cited for operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver's license on LIV 231.
On Aug. 23, at 2:50 p.m. a deputy issued a Kansas Driver a speeding citation for 86 mph in a 65 mph zone on U.S. Highway 36 at LIV 242.
On Aug. 24, at 4:12 p.m. a deputy issued a California driver a speeding citation for 81 mph in a 65 mph zone on U.S. Highway 36 at LIV 259.
On Aug. 25, LCSO received two complaints on a vehicle driving at a high rate of speed east bound on U.S. Highway 36. A deputy located the vehicle and checked it at 92 mph in a 65 mph zone. Driver was cited for the speed and no auto insurance. Driver also had a young child in the vehicle and was advised of potential citation for child endangerment violation due to his driving.
Staff has responded to many calls regarding traffic violations recently. With schools back in session it is even more important for drivers to be cautious.