Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox reports on department investigations, incidents and arrests

Livingston County Sheriff

Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox and his staff have been busy throughout the month of October with investigations and incidents.  Several arrests are also in his report.

A registered Sex Offender Violation Investigation has taken place on an area offender for allegedly refusing to list accurate vehicle and address information on the required registration forms.  The suspect has been interviewed and report being submitted to the prosecuting attorney for consideration of criminal charges.

The sheriff is clearing a burglary and theft of a firearm from a rural residence which was reported to the office in January 2017. Investigation shows Booneville and Sedalia authorities assisted the sheriff with the questioning persons of interest. The firearm was recovered at an out of county Pawn Shop and the department is now seeking charges on one person for his alleged involvement.

The Deputy Sheriff/School Resource Officer Mike Lewis filed a report with the department of a property damage incident in the parking lot of Chillicothe High School. A student was alleged to have kicked and damaged a parked car which resulted in the student with the freshly damaged car to retaliate against that student’s vehicle. The students, parents, and school officials are aware of the situation and the matter is being handled by school officials and parents.

The department began an investigation of property damage and leaving the scene of an accident.  An unknown vehicle struck the post and mailbox at a location on Liv 233. 

The department concluded an investigation of a possible suicidal person with the service of a 96 hour Court order to have the adult transferred to a treatment facility.

The Deputy Sheriff/School Resource Officer Mike Lewis filed a report with the office regarding a student at the Chillicothe Middle School allegedly being in possession of a “Switchblade” knife and cigarettes. Parents were contacted and school officials are involved in the matter. A report is also being submitted to the juvenile office.

In the early morning hours on October 11, the department responded to a residence on Liv 520 for a domestic disturbance. Investigation shows no criminal violation took place. The male was reportedly intoxicated and a verbal argument took place.

The department responded to a residence on Liv 520 regarding a possible suicidal and intoxicated person. Investigation shows the person was intoxicated but there was no information or evidence to support anyone was intoxicated. The person was with responsible and sober people so no further action could be taken.

The department began a criminal investigation where a rural resident reported items missing from his property, specifically work tools and work equipment valued over $750. Further investigation revealed work tools having been stolen from a job site in Chillicothe and that victim has since reported it to Chillicothe Police Department.  Additional information obtained led to the department obtaining a search warrant in the 200 block of N. Sherman in Wheeling for the stolen property. Upon serving the search warrant a majority of the reported stolen property was recovered. The department arrested Joseph Wayne Woody, 36, of Wheeling for the alleged theft.  Woody was transferred to the Daviess-Dekalb County Regional Jail and later released from jail after posting bond on the felony warrant.

The department investigated a death at a location in/near Mooresville. The preliminary investigation shows suicide as the cause of death. The office was assisted by the Livingston County Coroner’s Office. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family.

The department began an investigation of stalking, violation of protection order, property damage, and assault near Utica. The victim and witnesses reported a Caldwell County man was driving recklessly on U.S. 36 and stopped the vehicle then approached them. The suspect assaulted a female who had been previously involved with the suspect. The suspect also punched the victim’s vehicle.  The suspect had two active arrest warrants and an order of protection against him at the time of this new incident. The department is seeking additional charges as the suspect was gone prior to our arrival.

Officers from the department investigated a report of disturbance, trespassing, and violation of protection order at a business north-west of Chillicothe. The investigation shows an adult female allegedly refused to leave and was yelling at two juveniles. The subject left prior to the deputy arriving. The suspect also has a protection order against her. 

The department began an investigation of a person intentionally blocking a drainage tube north east of Chillicothe. This tube is under a roadway which serves several homes and is the only entrance/exit. The suspect blocking the tube has been cited to court before for this type of incident.  Another report is being submitted to the prosecuting attorney for consideration of charges. The roadway flooded during the last rainstorm due to the blocked tube.

Arrests:

Officers arrested Tyler Montana Gibson, 25, Chillicothe on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged probation violation on an original conviction of class D felony violation protection Order-Adult. Mr. Gibson was denied bond by the Court and transferred to the Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail.

The Livingston County Sheriff’s office, Probation, and Parole, and Chillicothe Police Department were at a residence in the 200 block of Walnut attempting to serve an arrest warrant from Buchanan County, Missouri. The department had previously been to the address more than once on this fugitive investigation. Officers arrested Amanda Lea Lovelady, 24, Chillicothe on the Buchanan County felony warrant for non-support violation.  Lovelady was transferred to Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail pending extradition by Buchanan County Sheriff.

Also related to the Lovelady information, officers arrested Taylor Daniel Hensley, 28, Chillicothe for alleged interfering with an arrest.  Hensley allegedly concealed the fact Lovelady was hiding inside the home at a previous time a deputy sheriff was there and made contact with Hensley.  The suspect was transferred to Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail pending formal charges being filed and eventually posted bond on the subsequent Livingston County arrest warrant.

Officers arrested Anthony R. Bogar, 37, Illinois on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged misdemeanor DWI. The arrest took place in the 700 block of Webster Street.

Officers arrested Most Wanted fugitive William Scott Bowe, 41, Independence on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged delivery of a controlled substance (Methamphetamine).  Bowe surrendered himself at the department office and posted bond.

Officers arrested Joshua G. Holtzclaw, 30, Chillicothe on a parole violation warrant.  Holtzclaw was transferred to the Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail until he can be returned to prison.

Officers from the department were serving a body attachment order from Livingston County Court (basically a civil warrant) and arrested Zachary R. Kerns, 29, at his residence in Chillicothe.  During the arrest, the officers discovered in plain view marijuana and other items which were seized.  Kerns was subsequently transferred to the Daviess-DeKalb County Regional Jail.

A Most Wanted fugitive was arrested by the officers at a location in Utica. Willie B. Brookshier, 32, was arrested on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged manufacturing marijuana.  Brookshier was transferred to the Daviess-DeKalb County Regional Jail in lieu of bond.

Citations:

The department issued a Trenton driver an excessive speed citation for 81 in a 65 on U.S. 36 at Liv 251.

The department issued a Shelbina driver an excessive speed citation for 87 in a 65 on U.S. 36 at Liv 269.