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Missouri man, a member of Southwest Honkys gang, pleads guilty to meth conspiracy

A Fair Grove, Missouri, man who is a member of the Southwest Honkys violent prison gang pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a drug-trafficking conspiracy in which investigators intercepted a shipment of nearly 9.5 kilograms of methamphetamine. William F. Jones, 45, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to participating […]

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Man who escaped Missouri halfway house caught crossing Mexican border into California

A man who escaped from a Springfield, Missouri, halfway house 17 months ago pleaded guilty in federal court after being caught crossing the border from Mexico into San Diego, California. Benjamin E. Garnica, 34, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to escaping from federal custody. Garnica was sentenced on March 20, 2014, […]

Prison Sentence

Chicago man caught driving in north Missouri with drugs sentenced to 15-years in prison

A Chicago, Illinois, man who was arrested while driving through northern Missouri was sentenced in federal court for possessing nearly a kilogram of methamphetamine to distribute. Kevin M. Phyfiher, 29, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to 15 years in federal prison without parole. On Oct. 29, 2019, Phyfiher pleaded guilty to one […]

Sexual Assault

Missouri man charged with producing child pornography, sexually abusing three teens

 A Springfield, Missouri, man has been charged in federal court with sexually assaulting three teenagers and recording the abuse on his cell phone. William Shane Berg, 47, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Springfield on Wednesday, May 6, with one count of producing child pornography. According to an […]

Child Pornography

Missouri man charged with producing child porn after trading images of 5-year-old girl

An Independence, Missouri, man who was arrested on Tuesday, the same day he shared pornographic images over the internet that he had just taken of a 5-year-old child victim, was charged in federal court. Justin Swift, 35, was charged in a two-count criminal complaint with producing child pornography and with distributing child pornography over the […]

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Chillicothe Police Department investigates theft of six handguns at business

The Chillicothe Police Department is seeking information regarding a burglary on Wednesday morning in which firearms were allegedly stolen. Chillicothe Police Sergeant Curtis Hays says officers were dispatched to a burglary alarm at a local business and discovered forced entry was made into the business. They attempted to locate a suspect or suspects in the […]

Chillicothe Missouri Police Department

Chillicothe Police Department investigates child molestation

Chillicothe Police Chief Jon Maples reports the department investigated five child victim cases this week, however, few details were released. The Detective Division is investigating the cases with assistance from the Patrol Division. The Detective and Patrol divisions have conducted a child sex crime recently. The police department also worked with partner agencies, such as […]

Fatal Shooting

Patrol identifies Chillicothe man killed in officer-involved shooting in Wheeling

The Highway Patrol has released the name of the individual shot and killed during a traffic stop last Thursday evening in Livingston County. The state patrol says the deceased was identified as 33-year-old Kyle A. Eichler of Chillicothe. Livingston County deputies reported they experienced problems with Eichler during a traffic stop in Wheeling. The highway […]

United States Attorney Office Website

U.S. Attorney urges the public to report suspected COVID-19 fraud

U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison urges the public to report suspected fraud schemes related to COVID-19 (the coronavirus) by calling the National Center for Disaster Fraud hotline (1-866-720-5721) or writing to the NCDF email address at disaster@leo.gov. The Department of Justice is committed to preventing, pursuing, prosecuting, and punishing individuals and businesses that take advantage of […]

Livingston County Sheriff Website

Livingston County Sheriff restricts public access to office facilities

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office administrative facility at Chillicothe has temporarily restricted access for the general public. Sheriff Steve Cox reports the changes include calling the office Monday through Friday from 8 to 4 o’clock for administrative needs. Those non-emergency needs include questions about the civil process, eviction notices, copies of reports, bond information, and […]