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Chillicothe Police Chief Rick Knouse (left) and Mayor Chuck Haney (right) look on as City Administrator Ike Holland (back)
reads a Certificate of Valor recognizing police officer Jacob Peterson for going beyond the call of duty to help rescue
individuals who were trapped in a burning apartment building last week. The City of Chillicothe honored Peterson
Monday evening, February 23, 2015, during a regular council meeting for going above and beyond the call of duty.
Peterson was among the first people to arrive on the scene, and he entered the smoke-filled apartment building at 19 Webster Street.
By CATHERINE STORTZ RIPLEY

For Release: 02/24/2015
Contact: Sergeant Jeremy Stephens, Shift Supervisor

On 02/23/2015, officers responded to the 1000 block of South Washington Street for a well being check of a subject. The subject was found to be deceased of natural causes.

On 02/20/2015, officers responded to a two-vehicle non-injury accident at the intersection of Polk Street and Cherry Street. Officers reported a vehicle driven by Elizabeth Gray failed to yield to the right of way and struck a vehicle driven by Ian Smith causing moderate damage to both vehicles.

On 02/23/2015, officers towed an abandoned vehicle from the driving lane on Washington Street at US 36.

The Chillicothe Police Department received 76 calls for service on February 23, 2015.

For Release: 02/23/2015
Contact: Sergeant Jeremy Stephens, Shift Supervisor

On 02/20/2015, officers received a report of theft in the 1700 block of Locust Street. Investigation continues.

On 02/21/2015, officers arrested Shaun McGrath in the 1200 block of Easton Street on a Sullivan County warrant for passing bad checks and on a City of Chillicothe warrant or failing to appear on a seatbelt charge. McGrath was unable to post bond and was transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail.

On 02/20/2015, officers responded to the 1000 block of Graves Street to a report of an out-of-control juvenile. The juvenile was taken into protective custody and transported to HMC for evaluation.

On 02/19/2015, officers responded to the 200 block of West Business 36 Highway in reference to drug use. As a result of this investigation, officers arrested Matthew Gingerich and Cheyenne Davis for possession of less than 35 grams marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both Gingerich and Davis were processed and released pending a court appearance.

On 02/20/2015, officers responded to the 100 block of East Jackson Street in reference to a domestic disturbance. No arrests were made relating to the disturbance as it was verbal in nature; however, Amanda Hines was arrested on a Randolph County Warrant for Failure to Appear on Original Charge of Operating a Motor Vehicle in a Careless and Imprudent Manner Involving an Accident. Hines posted the required bond and was released.

On 02/21/2015, officers arrested David Keeling in the 900 block of Elm Street on a Caldwell County Warrant for a family related offense. He was unable to post the $10,000 cash bond and was transferred to Caldwell County.

On 02/21/2015, officers arrested Jennifer Burk in the 900 block of Elm Street on two Caldwell County Warrants for passing bad checks. Burk was unable to post the $1,000 cash bond and was transferred to Caldwell County.

On 02/20/2015, officers checked the well being of a subject in the 300 block of East Bridge. The subject was transferred to Hedrick Medical Center for an evaluation.

On 02/18/2015, officers received a report of harassment in the 400 block of Vine Street. Investigation continues.

The Chillicothe Police Department received 77 calls for service on February 20, 2015.

The Chillicothe Police Department received 74 calls for service on February 21, 2015.

The Chillicothe Police Department received 37 calls for service on February 22, 2015.

For Release: 02/19/2015
Contact: Sergeant John C Valbracht, Patrol Supervisor

On 02/18/15, officers were dispatched to a report of a two-vehicle non-injury accident on a private parking lot in the 600 block of Brunswick. Officers reported that a tractor trailer unit driven by Robert Wren was backing and struck a parked vehicle causing minor damage.

On 02/19/15, officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 200 block ov East Bridge. The incident was verbal and no arrests were made.

For Release: 02/18/2015
Contact: Sergeant John C Valbracht, Patrol Supervisor

On 02/14/15, officers were dispatched to a report of an individual that failed to return or pay for rented merchandise in the 600 block of Locust Street. Officers have submitted the report to the Prosecuting Attorney for consideration of charges.

On 02/17/15, officers completed an investigation involving harassment and stalking. Officers have submitted the information to the Prosecuting Attorney for consideration of charges.

For Release: 02/16/2015
Contact: Sergeant Jeremy Stephens, Shift Supervisor

On 02/15/2015, officers arrested Susan Johnson on a Grundy County warrant for passing a bad check following a traffic stop in the 300 block of Washington Street. Johnson was unable to post bond and was transferred to Grundy County.

On 02/14/2015, officers responded to the 800 block of Jefferson Street to a report of animal neglect. Officers seized the animal and issued the owner, Elizabeth Prewitt, a Municipal citation for animal neglect.

On 02/14/2015, officers arrested Marla St. Onge in the 600 block of Walnut Street on a Livingston County Warrant for failing to obey judge's orders on an original charge of driving while revoked/suspended. St. Onge posted the required bond and was released with a future court date.

On 02/06/2015, officers responded to a domestic disturbance in the 800 block of Jansen Street. A juvenile was taken into custody and turned over to the Livingston County Juvenile Office.

On 02/12/2015, officers received a report of theft in the 600 block of Locust Street. A suspect has been identified and charges are pending.

The Chillicothe Police Department received 55 calls for service on February 14, 2015.

The Chillicothe Police Department received 31 calls for service on February 15, 2015.

For Release: 02/14/2015
Contact: Sergeant Jeremy Stephens, Shift Supervisor

On 02/09/2015, officers arrested Jamie Wood at Washington and Ann Street for driving while suspended following a traffic stop. She was released after posting bond.

On 02/09/2015, officers responded to the 700 block of Clay Street for a well being check. Officers discovered the resident had passed away. Officers were assisted by the Livingston County Coroner.

On 02/12/2015, officers received a report of theft in the 1300 block of Elm Street. Investigation continues.

The Chillicothe Police Department received 78 calls for service on February 13, 2015.

For Release: 02/12/2015
Contact: Sergeant John C Valbracht, Patrol Supervisor

Officers were dispatched with the Livingston County Juvenile Officer to the Chillicothe Middle School in reference to a disturbance between two juvenile males. The incident was referred to the Juvenile Office.

Officers arrested Joseph H. Roberts in the 300 block of JFK on a Buchannan County Felony Warrant for non-support. Roberts was transported to the Police Department where he was processed and transferred to Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail to await extradition.

For Release: 02/11/2015
Contact: Sergeant John C Valbracht, Patrol Supervisor

On 02/10/15, officers were dispatched to a report of a vehicle crashing into a residence in the1700 block of Jennings Place. Officers determined that a vehicle driven by Ashley Blue Daniel was southbound on Irvin Place at an excessive rate of speed. The Daniel vehicle slid through the intersection of Jennings Place leaving approximately 100 feet of skid marks and struck a residence causing extensive damage to the vehicle and the residence. Daniel was arrested for driving while intoxicated, driving while revoked and possession of a controlled substance. Daniel was transported to the Police Department where he was processed and transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail. Officers reported that the vehicle struck the residence at a bedroom of two small children who were not in the room at the time, and there were no injuries reported.

Officers assisted the Livingston County Children's Division on a hotline investigation in the 700 block of Cowgill Street. The incident was determined to be unfounded.

Officers assisted the Livingston County Children's Division on a hotline investigation in the 1000 block of Comstock. The incident was determined to be unfounded.

For Release: 02/09/2015
Contact: Sergeant Jeremy Stephens, Shift Supervisor

On 02/05/2015, Chillicothe Police officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Sunset Avenue in reference to a domestic disturbance. The incident was determined to be verbal in nature. The parties agreed to separate and no arrests were made.

On 02/05/2015, officers responded to a motor vehicle accident in a private parking lot in the 1200 block of Fair Street. Officers reported a vehicle driven by Brandon Gillilan was backing from a parking stall and struck a parked motor vehicle and a pedestrian. Minor injuries were reported to the pedestrian. Officers were assisted by the Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services.

On 02/07/2015, officers arrested Geri Newsom near Third Street and Wilson Street following a traffic stop for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. She was transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail pending the issuance of a warrant.

On 02/06/2015, officers received a report of property damage in the 900 block of Woodward Street.

On 02/06/2015, officers began an investigation of false impersonation and practicing law without a license in the 700 block of Webster Street. Officers arrested Vladislavic Lopez-Campbell-Forbes who stated he was from the state of California. Through fingerprint analysis, the subject was identified as John Doe out of Ohio.

The Chillicothe Police Department received 64 calls for service on February 6, 2015.

The Chillicothe Police Department received 76 calls for service on February 7, 2015.

The Chillicothe Police Department received 41 calls for service on February 8, 2015.

For Release: 02/06/2015
Contact: Sergeant John C Valbracht, Patrol Supervisor

On 02/04/2015, officers were dispatched to a report of a two-vehicle non-injury accident on Washington Street south of Polk Street. Officers reported that a southbound vehicle driven by Megan Urton was slowing to turn into a private drive when her vehicle was struck in the rear by a vehicle driven by Cody Munsterman. Officers reported minor damage to the vehicles.

Officers completed an investigation of animal neglect from an incident in the 1400 block of Clay Street. Officers issued a Municipal Citation for animal cruelty to Amy Yarbrough. Ms. Yarbrough surrendered the two dogs to animal control to put be up for adoption.

For Release: 02/05/2015
Contact: Sergeant John C Valbracht, Patrol Supervisor

On 02/04/15, officers were dispatched to a report of a hit and run accident on a private parking lot on the 500 block of W. Business 36. Officers reported that a vehicle was parked on the lot when it was struck by an unknown vehicle that left the scene. Officers reported minor damage.

On 02/04/15, officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle non-injury accident at the intersection of W. Business 36 and International St. Officers reported that a vehicle driven by Carl R. Timmons was southbound on International Street when he attempted to stop at the intersection of Business 36. Timmons was unable to stop due to the slick street and slid into a vehicle driven by Jackie Freeman that was westbound on Business 36 causing moderate damage.

On 02/04/2015, officers were dispatched to a report of a two-vehicle non-injury accident at the intersection of Calhoun and Easton St. Officers reported that a vehicle driven by David Goodman was southbound on Easton and unable to stop at the intersection of Calhoun Street due to the ice and snow on the roadway. Officers reported that the Goodman vehicle struck a vehicle driven by Timothy Wimmer that was westbound on Calhoun Street. Officers reported moderate damage, and Goodman was issued a Municipal Citation for speed too fast for conditions.

Officers were dispatched to a report of stolen license plates in the 200 block of S. Washington Street. Officers reported that the victim discovered that the plates on her vehicle were not her plates. Officers determined that someone apparently removed the victim's plates from the vehicle and replaced the plates with plates that were reported stolen from another jurisdiction. The incident remains under investigation.

Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1400 block of Clay Street in reference to a report that two dogs were inside a residence, and the neighbor had not seen anyone in or around the residence for two weeks. Officers observed that there were no signs of activity, and the two dogs were seen inside the residence. Officers observed dog feces all over the front room floor and were unable to get a response at the door. Officers made entry and discovered that the dogs had no food or water, and it appeared that they had not been taken care of for several days. Officers were unable to locate anyone in the residence and had no way to contact the resident. The two dogs were turned over to animal control, and the incident remains under investigation.

For Release: 02/04/2015
Contact: Sergeant John C Valbracht, Patrol Supervisor

Officers received a report from a resident that he had attempted to sell an item on the interned. He advised that the buyer sent him a check for $1,500.00 over the agreed purchase price. The resident contacted the buyer and was told to cash the check and send the remaining cash with the individual that he had hired to pick the item up. The officer checked with the bank, and the person the check was drawn upon to find that the check was counterfeit. PLEASE be wary of internet scams when buying or selling items on the internet. There are several criminals online that are out to take advantage of you. If you buy or sell an item, make sure you use a safe method of payment. The biggest use of scammers is a counterfeit check that by the time it is found to be no good, the victim is out the entire amount of the check cashed. NEVER cash a check that is over the sale amount of the transaction and you are advised to pay the rest to another party.

Officers were dispatched to a report of a disturbance in the 1300 block of Monroe Street. Officers arrested Johnathan M. McGinness for peace disturbance. McGinness was transported to the Police Department where he was processed and released on a Municipal Citation.

For Release: 02/03/2015
Contact: Sergeant Jeremy Stephens, Shift Supervisor

On 02/02/2015, officers received a report of theft in the 200 block of W. Business 36. Investigation continues.

On 01/30/2015, officers responded to US 65 and MO 190 to a two-vehicle non-injury accident. Officers reported a vehicle driven by Morgan Dowell was struck by a vehicle driven by Ronald Reynolds as the Dowell vehicle was slowed at a yield sign.

On 01/31/2015, officers responded to the 200 block of W. Business 36 to check the well-being of a subject. The subject was placed into protective custody and transported to Hedrick Medical Center for an evaluation.

On 01/31/2015, officers arrested Mattie Williams in the 2700 block of North Washington Street for peace disturbance, assault on a law enforcement officer, and possession of less than 35 grams marijuana. She was transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges.

The Chillicothe Police Department received 58 calls for service on February 2, 2015.

For Release: 02/02/2015
Contact: Sergeant Jeremy Stephens, Shift Supervisor

On 01/25/2015, officers arrested Tristan Trask, Trenton, in the 1000 block of Graves Street for Stealing. Trask was released on a citation. A juvenile was also taken into custody for theft at the same location and was turned over to a parent. The report was forwarded to the Municipal Prosecutor and the Livingston County Juvenile Office.

On 01/31/2015, officers arrested Jackson Cairns in the 900 block of north Washington for minor in possession of alcohol by consumption. He was processed and released on a Municipal Citation.

On 01/31/2015, officers were dispatched to 190 and Tomahawk Drive to a one-vehicle non-injury slide off. Officers reported a vehicle driven by Garith Felton was west bound on 190 just east of Hornet Drive when he lost control due to weather conditions and left the south side of the roadway and struck a utility pole which caused damage to both his vehicle and the utility pole.

On 02/01/2015, officers received a report of theft in the 400 block of Cherry Street.

On 02/26/2015, officers of the Chillicothe Police Department assisted members of the Western Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force in serving a search warrant in the 300 bock of Edgerton Street.

On 01/31/2015, officers arrested Jason Hicks and Joni Franklin in the 600 block of Walnut Street after concluding a report of forgery in the 500 block of North Washington Street. They were both transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges.

On 02/01/2015, officers assisted the Livingston County Juvenile Office with a runaway juvenile in the 1000 block of Fair Street.

On 01/31/2015, officers received a report of theft in the 800 block of State Street. A suspect has been identified and charges are pending.

On 01/30/2015, officers responded to a two-vehicle non-injury accident in the 300 block of South Washington Street. Officers reported a vehicle driven by George Plummer struck a vehicle driven by Rebecca Berry as it was stopped at a stoplight.

On 02/01/2015, officers began assisting the Creek County Oklahoma Sheriff's Department with a Sodomy investigation as the victim currently resides in Chillicothe.

On 02/01/2015, officers responded to US 65 at the US 36 westbound on-ramp to a report of a one-vehicle non-injury accident. Officers reported a semi and trailer driven by Johnny Chan was traveling northbound on US 65 and attempted to make a left turn onto westbound 36 when the semi slid off the road due to the conditions of the roadway, sliding down a deep embankment, and subsequently jackknifed.

The Chillicothe Police Department received 69 calls for service on January 30, 2015.

The Chillicothe Police Department received 66 calls for service on January 31, 2015.

The Chillicothe Police Department received 60 calls for service on February 1, 2015.

For Release: 01/30/2015
Contact: Sergeant Jeremy Stephens, Shift Supervisor

On 01/29/2015, officers arrested James Dean Whitt, Trenton, in the 400 block of Clay Street for minor in possession of alcohol by consumption and possession for less than 35 grams marijuana. Whitt was released on Municipal citations.

On 01/27/2015, officers arrested Geoffrey Hesser, Colorado Springs, CO, for driving without a license and failing to use a turn signal following a traffic stop in the 3000 block of North Washington Street. Also arrested was Heather Vandevender, Colorado Springs, CO, for possession of less than 35 grams marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. They were transferred to the custody of the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges.

On 01/29/2015, officers arrested Christy St. Clair for 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance (Methamphetamine and Hydrocodone) following a traffic stop near Elm Street and Webster Street. St. Clair was processed and transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges.

The Chillicothe Police Department received 77 calls for service on January 29, 2015.

For Release: 01/29/2015
Contact: Sergeant John C Valbracht, Patrol Supervisor

Officers were dispatched along with EMS to a residence in the 1300 block of Clay to a report of an unresponsive female. It was determined that the female had passed away due to apparent natural causes. The Livingston County Coroner's Office was contacted.

Officers conducted a traffic enforcement stop in the 700 block of Washington Street. Officers arrested Trent C. Owens for excessive speed and driving while suspended. Owens was transported to the Police Department where he was processed and released on Municipal Citations.

Officers arrested Kevin L. Kimler in the 600 block of Walnut Street on five Macon Missouri Municipal Warrants and a Parole Warrant from California Department of Corrections. Kimler was processed and transferred to the custody of a Macon Police Officer who responded to Chillicothe for the extradition. Kimler will be extradited back to California once the Macon charges are disposed of.

For Release: 01/27/2015
Contact: Sergeant John C Valbracht, Patrol Supervisor

On 01/27/15, officers were dispatched to a report of an unknown and uninvited person in a residence in the 400 block of Mack Street. Officers identified the male as Charles Combs Jr. Officers attempted to arrest Combs who fled the scene on foot. Officers apprehended the male after a foot pursuit that ended at the intersection of Linn and E. Herriman. Officers arrested Combs for burglary and resisting arrest. Combs was transported to the Police Department where he was processed and transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail.

On 01/27/15, officers arrested Daniel L. Haller in the 600 block of Walnut Street for stealing and simple assault. The arrest came following an investigation from an incident that occurred recently in the 1000 block of Graves Street. Haller was processed and transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail.

On 01/27/15, officers were dispatched to a report of a School Zone speed sign that had been damaged in the 500 block of Third Street. Officers advised that the post had been struck by an unknown vehicle that left the scene.

On 01/27/15, officers were dispatched to a report of a vehicle that was struck by an unknown vehicle while it was parked at one of several locations in Chillicothe within the past week.

On 01/27/15, officers conducted a traffic enforcement stop in the 3000 block of North Washington Street. Officers arrested Geoffrey D. Hesser for driving without a valid license and failure to use a turn signal. Officers also arrested a passenger, Heather M. Vandevender, for unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Both were transported to the Police Department where they were processed and transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail as they were unable to post bond.

On 01/27/15, officers arrested Cody R. McClintick in the 300 block of JFK Avenue on a Livingston County Warrant charging him with distribution or possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and unlawful use of a weapon. McClintick was transported to the Police Department where he was processed and transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail. McClintick is being held on a $50,000.00 cash only bond.

For Release: 01/27/2015
Contact: Sergeant Jeremy Stephens, Shift Supervisor

On 01/26/2015, officers responded to a domestic disturbance in the 900 block of Frederick Street in the early morning hours. This incident was verbal and no arrests were made at this time. Officers responded to the same location later in the day to another report of a domestic disturbance. Subsequently, officers arrested Michelle Maglio and Anthony Walker for Peace Disturbance. Both were transported to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges.

On 01/24/2015, officers received a report of an assault that was alleged to have occurred in the 300 block of Elm Street. This investigation is continuing.

On 01/21/2015, officers arrested Tiffany R. Limback in the 1000 block of Graves Street for stealing. Limback was processed, issued a citation, and released pending a court appearance.

On 01/25/2015, officers responded to a report of stealing in the 1000 block of Graves Street. Officers arrested white/male Lynn Ball for hindering prosecution. A second suspect, who fled the scene prior to officer's arrival, has been identified and charges are pending.

On 01/23/2015, officers received a report of theft in the 600 block of Chicago Avenue.

On 01/24/2015, officers arrested Brent England in the 1300 block of North Washington Street for Driving While Intoxicated and failing to drive within a single lane. He was processed and released pending a court appearance.

On 01/25/2015, officers arrested Katrina Bledsaw in the 400 block of Webster Street for possession of synthetic marijuana, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. She was transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail. A Livingston County Warrant was subsequently issued for Bledsaw on the charge of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute and carried a $50,000.00 cash only bond.

The Chillicothe Police Department received 49 calls for service on January 26, 2015.

For Release: 01/22/2015
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Monday, January 19, 2015, officers took a report of a sexual assault in the 400 block of N. Washington Street. The incident was determined to be unfounded.

Officers responded to 59 calls for service on Wednesday, January 21, 2015.

For Release: 01/21/2015
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Sunday, January 18, 2015, officers took a report of stolen property. The investigation is on-going.

On Monday, January 19, 2015, officers responded to an assault in the 700 block of Williams St. The investigation is on-going.

On Monday, January 19, 2015, officers took a report of a two-vehicle non-injury traffic crash which occurred on Friday, January 16, 2015, in the 600 block of Jackson Street. A vehicle driven by Raymond L. Hoyt backed into a vehicle driven by Kyle H. Hibner. Minor damage was reported to both vehicles.

On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, officers responded to a two-vehicle non-injury traffic crash at the intersection of Lambert Drive and Country Club Dr. A vehicle driven by Rebecca S. Wallace failed to yield the right of way while turning onto Country Club Drive and collided with a vehicle driven by Dorothy C. Chapman. Minor damage was reported to Wallace's vehicle and moderate damage was reported to Chapman's vehicle. Wallace was issued a citation for Failure to Yield involving an accident.

On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, offices responded to a two-vehicle non-injury traffic crash at the intersection of S. Washington Street and Ryan Lane. A vehicle driven by Mary E. Saale collided with a vehicle driven by Janet K. Hurtgen. Both vehicles were disabled and towed from the scene.

On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, officers took a report of fraudulent use of a credit device. The investigation is on-going.

On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, officers responded to a report of property damage in the 100 block of Herriford St. The investigation is on-going.

Officers responded to 53 calls for service and issued one citation for a traffic offense on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.

For Release: 01/20/2015
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Monday, January 19, 2015, officers responded to a two-vehicle non-injury traffic crash which occurred on private property in the 1000 block of Graves St. A vehicle drive by Dorothy A. James backed into a vehicle driven by Clydene Ware. Minor damage was reported.

On Monday, January 19, 2015, officers responded to a disturbance in the 400 block of Polk St. The incident involved a juvenile, so it will be forwarded to the Livingston County Juvenile Office.

Officers responded to 50 calls for service on Monday, January 19, 2015.

For Release: 01/19/2015
Contact: Sergeant Jeremy Stephens, Shift Supervisor

On 01/16/2015, officers responded to the 500 block of W. Business 36 for a report of theft from a motor vehicle. Investigation continues.

On 01/16/2015, officers responded to a one-vehicle non-injury accident in the 1600 bock of Fair Street.

On 01/16/2015, officers began an investigation of theft that occurred on 01/08/2015 in the 1000 block of Graves Street. Suspects have been identified and charges are pending.

On 01/17/2015, officers received a report of theft in the 1000 block of South Washington Street.

On 01/18/2015, officers responded to a domestic disturbance in the 200 block of Clay Street. Officers reported the incident to be verbal and no arrests were made.

On 01/18/2015, officers served a Chillicothe Municipal Warrant on Rita Minnis for failing to appear on a speeding charge. Minnis posted bond and was released pending a court appearance.

The Chillicothe Police Department received 82 calls for service on January 16, 2015.

The Chillicothe Police Department received 90 calls for service on January 17, 2015.

The Chillicothe Police Department received 51 calls for service on January 18, 2015.

For Release: 01/16/2015
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Tuesday, January 13, 2015, officers took a report of property damage in the 700 block of N. Washington St. The investigation is on-going.

On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, officers arrested Stephen Jon Croley on active arrest warrants out of Daviess County and Johnson County for Failure to Appear in the 1700 block of Hickory Drive. Croley was transported to the Police Department for processing. Croley was unable to post bond and was transferred to the Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail.

On Thursday, January 15, 2015, officers responded to a two-vehicle non-injury traffic crash on First St. at N. Washington St. A vehicle driven by Daniel W. Austin backed into a vehicle driven by Misty D. Sampsel. Minor damage was reported to the vehicles.

Officers responded to 66 calls for service and issued two citations for traffic offenses on Thursday, January 15, 2015.

For Release: 01/15/2015
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle non-injury traffic crash on Dickinson Avenue at Third Street. A vehicle driven by Donald L. Liebhart backed into a vehicle driven by Abbie J. Tally. Minor damage was reported to Liebhart's vehicle and moderate damage to Tally's vehicle.

On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, officers arrested Shannon Lee Littrell on an active arrest warrant out of Audrain County for Failure to Appear in the 10 block of S. Washington Street. Littrell was transported to the Police Department for processing. Littrell was unable to post the $5,000.00 cash only bond. He was transferred to Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail to await extradition to Audrain County.

Officers responded to 75 calls for service and issued one citation for a traffic offense on Wednesday, January 14, 2015.

For Release: 01/14/2015
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Tuesday, January 13, 2015, officers arrested Timothy Allen Stark on an active arrest warrant out of Grundy County for Failure to Appear on the original charge of Passing a Bad Check. Stark was transported to the Police Department for processing. Stark was unable to post bond and was extradited to Grundy County by the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers responded to 58 calls for service on Tuesday, January 13, 2015.

For Release: 01/13/2015
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Sunday, January 11, 2015, officers responded to a domestic disturbance at a group home in the 1300 block of Monroe Street. Officers discovered an assault had occurred, so the administrator was contacted and the parties were separated and monitored by the staff. No arrests were made at that time.

On Sunday, January 11, 2015, officers responded to a shoplifting in the 1000 block of Graves St. A juvenile was taken into custody and the incident was referred to the Livingston County Juvenile Office.

On Sunday, January 11, 2015, officers responded to a burglary in the 10 block of Jennifer Lane. The investigation is on-going.

On Monday, January 12, 2015, officers took a report of stolen property which occurred on Saturday, December 13, 2014. The investigation is on-going.

Officers responded to 76 calls for service on Monday, January 12, 2015.

For Release: 01/12/2015
Contact: Sergeant Jeremy Stephens, Shift Supervisor

On 01/08/2015, officers arrested David Gamble in the 400 block of Clay Street on a Livingston County warrant for probation violation. Gamble was transported to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail as he was unable to post a $10,000.00 cash bond.

On 01/06/2015, officers arrested Cole Konomos in the 600 block of Commercial Street for Theft and Trespassing. He was released on Municipal Citations.

On 01/08/2015, officers received a report of fraud in the 1300 block of North Washington Street. Investigation continues.

On 01/08/2015, officers received a report of theft in the 400 block of Locust Street. Investigation continues.

On 01/07/2015, officers received a report of Burglary and Theft in the 1000 block of Fair Street. As a result of the investigation, officers arrested Shandon Gann for 2nd Degree Burglary and Felony Theft. Gann is currently being held at the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail on a Livingston County warrant relating to these charges. His bond was set at $25,000.00 cash only.

On 01/09/2015, officers arrested a male and female subject at Danner Park for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. They were released on citations.

On 01/10/2015, officers arrested Douglas Newsom in the 1000 block of South Washington Street for Driving While Intoxicated-persistent offender and driving while revoked. Newsom was transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges.

On 01/10/2015, officers arrested Janice Christine Cooper in the 1600 block of Calhoun Street on a City of Chillicothe failure to appear warrant for original charges of improper backing and failure to provide insurance. Cooper posted bond and was release with a future court date.

On 01/09/2015, officers received a report of theft of medication in the 400 block of North Washington Street. Investigation continues.

On 01/07/2015, officers began an investigation regarding the theft of a firearm which occurred in the 2800 block of Hornet Drive in early to mid-2014. The suspect has been identified and this investigation continues.

On 01/06/2015, officers received a report of an assault in the 200 block of East Polk. The incident was unfounded.

On 01/09/2015, officers arrested Kimberly Draper in the 700 block of Webster Street on an investigation of distribution of a controlled substance near a school after she was certified as an adult through the Livingston County Circuit Court. A Livingston County Warrant was subsequently issued for the above list charge with a bond of $50,000.00. Draper was unable to post bond and was transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail.

On 01/08/2015, officers received a report of a two-vehicle non-injury accident that occurred on private property in the 3100 block of Litton Road.

On 01/08/2015, officers received a report of a two-vehicle non-injury accident on Webster Street near Washington Street. A driver was cited for improper backing.

On 01/11/2015, officers arrested Joseph Houston Roberts for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, possession of synthetic marijuana with the intent to distribute, driving while revoked, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop on Mitchell Road near Business 36. Also arrested was Stephanie Marie Brumley for possession of methamphetamine and Elizabeth Ann Waters for possession of tobacco by a minor. Waters was released on a citation. Roberts and Brumley was transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges.

The Chillicothe Police Department received 66 calls for service on January 9, 2015.

The Chillicothe Police Department received 44 calls for service on January 10, 2015.

The Chillicothe Police Department received 45 calls for service on January 11, 2015.

For Release: 01/09/2015
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Monday, December 15, 2014, officers took a report of an assault which occurred on Saturday, December 13, 2014, in the 600 block of Webster Street and liquor law violations. The investigation is on-going.

On Thursday, January 1, 2015, officers took a report of a leaving the scene of an accident in the 500 block of Bus. Highway 36. Officers later arrested Virginia Ann Durnil for leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident. She was processed at the Police Department and later released with a court date.

On Tuesday, January 6, 2015, officers took a report of stolen property in the 200 block of Slack St. The investigation is on-going.

On Tuesday, January 6, 2015, officers arrested Tye Joseph Evans on an active arrest warrant out of Livingston County for a Probation Violation in the 400 block of N. Washington St. Evans was transported to the Police Department for processing. The warrant carried no bond so Evans was transferred to Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail.

On Tuesday, January 6, 2015, officers arrested George Michael Blaine Kitchin on an active arrest warrant out of Livingston County for a Probation Violation in the 300 block of J.F.K. Ave. Kitchin was transported to the Police Department for processing. The warrant carried no bond, so Kitchin was transferred to the Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail.

On Thursday, January 8, 2015, officers took a report of shoplifting in the 1000 block of Graves St. Officers arrested David Lee Eastin for shoplifting, and he was transported to the Police Department for processing. He was later released with a court date.

On Thursday, January 8, 2015, officers took a report of an unattended death in the 1700 block of Burnam Rd. Officers were assisted by the Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services and the Livingston County Coroner's Office.

Officers responded to 65 calls for service on Thursday, January 8, 2015.

For Release: 01/06/2015
Contact: Sergeant Jeremy Stephens, Shift Supervisor

On 01/05/2015, officers responded to the 2600 block of Tomahawk Road to a report of a truck tractor unit that had come in contact with overhead power lines causing a service outage. Chillicothe Municipal Utilities restored service. No damage was reported to the truck tractor.

On 01/05/2015, officers arrested Dillion Yardley on a Livingston County warrant for possession of a controlled substance. Yardley posted a $5000.00 corporate bond and was released from custody.

The Chillicothe Police Department received 54 calls for service on January 5, 2015.

For Release: 01/05/2015
Contact: Sergeant Jeremy Stephens, Shift Supervisor

On 01/04/2014, officers responded to a two-vehicle non-injury accident on Third Street near South Woodrow Avenue. Officers reported a vehicle driven by Haley Littleton backed into a vehicle driven by Sheila Clark. Moderate damage was reported to the vehicles. Littleton was cited for no operator's license.

On 01/03/2015, officers responded to a one-vehicle non-injury accident in the 1200 block of North Washington Street. Officers reported a vehicle driven by Dale Jones struck a fuel pump owned by Hy-Vee Gas causing moderate damage.

On 01/01/2015, officers received a report of an assault in the 10 block of Jennifer Lane. 

On 01/03/2015, officers responded to a domestic disturbance in the 1000 block of Third Street. The victim did not wish to cooperate with charges and no arrests were made.

On 01/04/2015, officers assisted the Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services with a medical call in the 1200 block of Walnut Street. The subject was transported to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment.

On 01/04/2015, officers received a report of theft in the 400 block of Vine Street.

On 01/04/2015, officers arrested a George Blaine Kitchin in the 400 block of Washington Street for possession of synthetic marijuana. He was released on a citation.

On 12/31/2014, officers arrested Michael Ivy in the 300 block of Wilson Street for possession of Methamphetamine. Officers also arrested Charissa Hemsworth on a Livingston County Warrant for failing to obey a judge's orders on an original charge of felony property damage. Both Ivy and Hemsworth were transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail.

On 01/02/2015, officers arrested Richard Romero in the 300 block of Wilson Street on a State of Missouri Parole Warrant. Romero was transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail.

On 01/01/2015, officers received a report of a Burglary and Theft in the 10 block of Elm Street. As a result of the investigation, 3 male juveniles were taken into custody and transferred to a juvenile detention facility by the CPD and the Livingston County Juvenile Office.

On 01/03/2015, officers arrested Christopher Burton at Washington and Webster Street for speeding and driving while suspended. Burton was released after posting bond.

On 01/03/2015, officers received a report of theft from a business in the 1200 block of North Washington Street. During the investigation, officers located the suspect vehicle at a business in the 1000 block of Graves Street and subsequently observed the suspect stealing approximately $1000.00 worth of property from that business. Officers arrested Gary Riddle for felony theft, misdemeanor theft, and trespassing. Riddle is currently being held at the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail on a Livingston County Warrant for the related charges. Bond was set at $10,000.00 cash only.

On 01/05/2015, officers arrested Charo Andrus in the 300 block of Walnut Street on a Clinton County Warrant for failing to appear on a charge of driving while revoked. She was unable to post bond and was transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail pending extradition to Clinton County.

The Chillicothe Police Department received 63 calls for service on January 2, 2015.

The Chillicothe Police Department received 54 calls for service on January 3, 2015.

The Chillicothe Police Department received 46 calls for service on January 4, 2015.

For Release: 01/02/2015
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Tuesday, December 30, 2014, officers arrested Mariah Anna Mae Grant on an active arrest warrant out of Livingston County for a Probation Violation in the 10 block of S. Washington Street. Grant was transported to the Police Department for processing. The warrant carried no bond, so she was turned over to the custody of the Livingston County Sheriff's Office.

On Wednesday, December 31, 2014, officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle non-injury traffic crash in the 1000 block of Graves St. A vehicle driven by Diana L. Dudley failed to yield while exiting from a private drive and collided with a vehicle driven by Frank A. Romeiser. Both vehicles were towed from the scene by Chillicothe Truck Repair and Towing. Dudley was issued a citation for Failed to Yield the Right of Way resulting in an Accident.

On Thursday, January 1, 2015, officers were dispatched to a disturbance in the 500 block of Mohawk Rd. Officers arrested Amanda Faye Mason for Peace Disturbance by acting in a Disorderly Manner, Resisting Arrest and Willfully Opposing a Law Enforcement Officer in the Performance of their Duties. She was transported to the Police Department for processing. She was later transferred to the Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges.

On Thursday, January 1, 2015, officers conducted a traffic stop in the 1200 block of Jackson Street. Officers arrested Ronald John Greener, III, for Operating a Motor Vehicle in an Intoxicated Condition and Exceeded the Posted Speed Limit. Greener, III, was transported to the Police Department for processing. He was later released with a court date.

Officers responded to 59 calls for service and issued 2 citations for traffic offenses on Wednesday, December 31, 2014.

Officers responded to 73 calls for service on Thursday, January 1, 2015.

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Public Assistance Request - Update February 13, 2015 (Detective Jon Maples)

On January 27, 2015, the Chillicothe Police Department requested the public's assistance (see below) in reference to an alleged burglary that occurred in the 100 block of Parkview Circle in Chillicothe, Missouri. We want to advise the citizens of Chillicothe a Livingston County arrest warrant has been issued after further investigation, for 36-year-old Terry Walter Andruszczak of Bonner Springs, KS for Burglary 1st Degree and Stealing with a bond of $100,000.00 cash only. Mr. Andruszczak is currently wanted for questioning for burglary and stealing in multiple jurisdictions in Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Iowa, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. It is believed that Mr. Andruszczak is operating a 2008 charcoal gray BMW with Kansas registration.

Our advice to the citizens of Chillicothe is to be vigilant and watch your surroundings. If you see anything to be out of the norm or suspicious please don't hesitate to contact the Chillicothe Police Department at 660-646-2121, or if you know the whereabouts of Mr. Andruszczak or have observed this vehicle in the area.

01/28/2015: The Chillicothe Police Department and the Livingston County Sheriff's Department are working a joint investigation in regard to a burglary that occurred in the 100 block of Parkview Circle in Chillicothe, Missouri, on January 27, 2015 in the early afternoon hours. Neighbors observed a white male in his late 20s or early 30s with sandy blonde hair wearing a gray shirt and khaki colored slacks at the residence. Neighbors reported that the male was operating a newer charcoal gray in color vehicle believed to be a BMW with tinted windows and black rimmed wheels. If you have any information in regard to this investigation, please contact the Chillicothe Police Department at 660-646-2121or the Livingston County Sheriff's Office at 660-646-0515. Any and all tips are appreciated.


Shop with a Cop - CT 12/26/14
Kiwanis was awarded a $2,500 grant from Wal-Mart to distribute to 26 kids as part of their Shop with a Cop event.
This event was started about 14 years ago to "provide gifts for children and their families that they otherwise wouldn't
have necessarily been able to have," according to Kiwanis member, Alice Swartz.

Traffic Safety Concerns Are Addressed
October 15, 2014

On October 6, 2014 the Chillicothe Police Department posed a question to the citizens on CPD's Facebook page requesting CPD be notified of traffic safety concerns that were had and the response was great! The first list of locations are as follows: Bryan Street West of Washington for speeding and illegal ATVs; 1st and Walnut for stop sign violations; 1st and Hickory for stop sign violations; Jackson and Vine for stop sign violations; Fairway and Country Club Drive for congestion and careless driving The CPD officers will be frequenting these areas to monitor these as well as other violations. If you have a traffic concern, please feel free to contact CPD on the Chillicothe Police Department Facebook page or call directly to the Police Department at 660 646 2121.

Chillicothe Police Awarded Grants
10/01/2014, Lieutenant Scott Chubick

On 09/29/2014, the Chillicothe Police Department was awarded a grant totaling $6775.00 from the Missouri Intergovernmental Risk Management Association (MIRMA). MIRMA representative Jeff Arp presented the award at the city council meeting to Mayor Haney, who then presented Lieutenant Chubick. MIRMA, who is the entity that ensures the City of Chillicothe awarded the grant to the Police Department to purchase updated body cameras for the officers, and for a new in car dash camera. Your Chillicothe Police officers have been wearing body cameras while on duty for approximately four (4) years; however, the current cameras are outdated.

The Police Department was also recently awarded grants totaling $12,000.33 from the Missouri Department of Transportation. Approximately $3,000 of these funds will go to the purchase of a new speed detection radar for a patrol car and remaining funds are for traffic enforcement overtime. These grant funds will allow for additional traffic safety enforcement within the city limits of Chillicothe. These funds became available for use on 10/01/2014.


C-T Photo Brittany Tutt 08/14/14
The CPD's new dispatch console totaled nearly $30,000 in upgrades.
These upgrades included channels for the MOSWIN system programmed
into it and ready to be implemented, a security monitor, and a bullet proof glass window.


On 04/11/2014, the Chillicothe Police Department, along with the Chillicothe Fire Department,
Hedrick Medical Center, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Livingston County Sheriff's Department
assisted with a Mock Accident hosted by Skills USA and the Grand River Technical School.
The event concentrated on the ill effects of drinking and driving. Officers utilized fatal vision goggles
to demonstrate how alcohol affects your body while attempting to operate a motor vehicle.
Detective Maples stated "I used the fatal vision goggles while students drove an obstacle
course with a golf cart. The kids had fun and learned they can't drive drunk."
The Police Department was proud to be a part of this worth while event.


NEW HIRES, PROMOTIONS AT CPD
March 11, 2014

Chillicothe Police Chief Rick Knouse introduced to council members officers who were either new to the department or promoted within the department during the Chillicothe City Council meeting Monday night, March 10, 2014, at City Hall.

New officers are Jordan Webb and Michael Smith, who both began service with the Chillicothe Police Department on March 3. Webb, formerly of Mountain Grove, Missouri, is a December 2013 graduate of a police academy. Smith, formerly of Chillicothe, most recently worked for the Caldwell County Sheriff's Department. He also had worked for the Unionville Police Department.

Knouse introduced Johnny Maples, who had been a patrolman with the department for a couple of years and was promoted to detective, and Jeremy Stephens, who had been a patrolman with the department for six years and was promoted to sergeant.

Employee of the Year Named and Service Awards Issued
December, 2013

The City of Chillicothe awarded Cindy Hanavan as the "Employee of the Year" at its annual Employee Party on December 6, 2013. Hanavan has over 25 years of service with the City Police Department and currently serves as the 911 Dispatch and Officer Manager.

City Administrator Ike Holland stated that her dedication and professionalism is "Second to None". He stated that her performance this year merits this award and without her, the transition of the 911 system from the County to the City would not have happened in a seamless manner. "Cindy sets the example for others to follow and I really appreciate her positive attitude," said City Administrator Holland.

The City Administration also took pride in recognizing those that have dedicated years of quality service to the City. Those CPD employees receiving years of service awards were:

5 Years - Jeff Herman, Robert Heldenbrand, Jeremy Stephens
25 Years - Cindy Hanavan, Police Department

SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE
Capt Tony Kirkendoll
Date 10/29/2013

On 10/28/2013, the Chillicothe Police Department concluded a 3-month undercover drug investigation that resulted in the arrest of multiple subjects that were distributing controlled substances in the City limits of Chillicothe Missouri.

Those people arrested were:

  • April D. Owings of Trenton Missouri was arrested in Trenton Missouri according to the Livingston County warrant for 3 counts of distribution of a controlled substance near a school. These are Class A felony charges and this carried a Cash only Bond of $35,000.

  • Stephanie L Rodriquez of Chillicothe Missouri. She was currently incarcerated in the Grundy County Jail in Trenton on separate charges. In accordance with the Livingston County warrant, she is charged with 1 count of distribution of a controlled substance near a school. This is a Class A felony. Bond was set at $25,000 cash only.

  • Carson A Symmonds of Chillicothe Missouri. He was currently incarcerated in the Grundy County Jail in Trenton on separate charges. He was charged with 1 count of distribution of a controlled substance near a school. This is a class A felony. Bond was set at $25,000 cash.

  • Patricia J Folsom of Chillicothe Missouri. She was arrested in Chillicothe on the Livingston County warrant and charged with 1 count of distribution of a controlled substance near a school. This is a class A felony and bond was set at $25,000 cash.

  • Michael E, Oleson of Chillicothe Missouri. He was arrested in Chillicothe on the Livingston County warrant and charged with Distribution of a controlled substance near a school. This is a class A felony. Bond was set at $25,000 cash.

  • Blaze M Hussey of Chillicothe was arrested in Chillicothe on the Livingston County warrant for Distribution of not more than 5 grams of marijuana. This is a class C felony and bond was set at $15,000 cash.

  • Billie J. Gray of Chillicothe was arrested in Chillicothe for Distribution of a controlled substance near a school. This is a class A felony and bond was set at $25,000 cash.

  • Kevin D Gray of Chillicothe was arrested in Chillicothe for Distribution of a controlled substance near a school. This is a class A felony and bond was set at $25,000 cash. 

  • Desmond D Huff of Chillicothe Desmond Huff was arrested 10/29/2013 at 09:30am for Distribution of a controlled substance near a school. This is a class A felony and bond is set at $25,000 cash.

There is one other person still being sought on warrants as a result of this investigation. Brent A Slaughter formerly of Chillicothe has a warrant for his arrest for Distribution of a controlled substance near a school. This is a Class A felony and bond is set at $25,000 cash. Anyone with information of his location is asked to contact the Chillicothe Police Department. 

There were also two other persons who were arrested earlier in the past months as a result of this undercover drug operation. They were...

Leon Smith of Chillicothe was arrested on 10/22/2013 at 1553 hours by Chillicothe Police following obtaining a search warrant to retrieve stolen property from Smith's residence. At that time, he was also arrested on a warrant for Distribution of a controlled substance. The warrant carried a $25,000 cash only bond.

Abby Cooley was arrested in August for Distribution of a controlled substance.

Drugs purchased during this undercover investigation were Methamphetamine, prescription pills and marijuana.

SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE
10/03/2013


On 09-30-2013, the 2013 Highway Safety traffic grant period ended for the State of Missouri. From the date of 10-01-2012 until 10/03/13, the Chillicothe Police Department was allocated $3,000 to spend on traffic related overtime with an emphasis on DWI enforcement using funds received from this grant.

As a department, we utilized $2,723, or 91% of the funds that were available to us. 100% of those funds were dispersed as payroll in the form of overtime wages, which converted into approximately 187 man hours on the streets that resulted in the issuance of 212 traffic citations and multiple arrests.

In addition to the DWI grant above, our agency participated in 10 different state wide traffic mobilizations. These mobilizations included "Click it or Ticket" and "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" traffic safety campaigns. During said functions, we received $2,800 in grant money ear marked for traffic related overtime. We utilized $2,145.67, or 77% of the funds available to us. These funds attributed to approximately 100.3 man hours dedicated to specifically patrolling the streets for the purpose of traffic enforcement that resulted in 1037 traffic stops and approximately 399 traffic citations and multiple arrests.

In short, from the timeframe extending from 10-01-2012 to 09-30-2013; the Chillicothe Police Department utilized $4,868.67 in grant funding that required a 0% match by the City of Chillicothe. 100% of those funds were dispersed as payroll for the enforcement of traffic safety allowing us to provide approximately 287.3 man hours of additional coverage with the issuance of approximately 586 citations at virtually no cost to our citizens.

For the 2014 fiscal year, the Chillicothe Police Department will have $5,000 dollars allocated to us for traffic safety with an emphasis on Occupant Protection and Hazardous Driving. We have planned enforcement operations over the future period and will continue to use these funds in a productive manner to promote safety for the citizens of Chillicothe.

Captain Tony Kirkendoll

CPD Receives Grant
09 30 13

The Chillicothe Police Department will be awarded with a Risk Grant from the Missouri Intergovernmental Risk Management Association. The grant will be used to cover cover the cost of items that reduce liability exposures. MIRMA Loss Control Specialist Jeff Arp will present the award. "It's basically a grant for safety issues," City Administrator Ike Holland said. "We use it for everything from protective bulletproof vests, accessories we might need for communications equipment, safety cones, and any type of lights that might be used in emergencies."

SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE 09/24/13
Captain Tony Kirkendoll

On Tuesday 09/24/2013 the Chillicothe Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol conducted a Seatbelt Compliance Enforcement operation at the area around the Central School in Chillicothe. The operation began at approximately 7:15am and ended at approximately 8:00am.

The traffic detail on 09/24/2013 at Central School resulted in 8 vehicle contacts - 3 warnings were issued; 10 citations were written for the following: 4 child restraint, 4 adult seat belt, 1 child under 16 seatbelt, 1 stop sign.

The Chillicothe Police Department greatly appreciates the assistance from the Highway Patrol in this matter. As a result of these safety checkpoints around the school zones, we are already seeing that our compliance ratio has increased and our number of violations have decreased. The purpose of these operations is to increase safety for the drivers and occupants of the vehicles. Arrive alive!! Buckle up!

09/19/2013
Special News Release


The Chillicothe Police Department received grant funding for traffic enforcement to be conducted on the streets and highways of Chillicothe Missouri. The grant money was received through a joint effort with the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Missouri Department of Public safety.

The goal of this money was to be used for officers to conduct extra traffic enforcement in areas of Chillicothe where we primarily have the most traffic accidents. The goal was to promote safer driving and reduce the number of accidents where bad driving habits are a key factor in the crashes. These efforts by the Chillicothe Police Department were intended to make it safer for motorist and pedestrians in Chillicothe. The majority of traffic crashes that occur in Chillicothe are during Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00am and 5:00pm.

On Wednesday, 09/18/2013, and Thursday, 09/19/2013, Chillicothe Police officers concentrated their efforts and conducted a traffic enforcement effort on these days between the hours of 8:00am and 2:00pm.

During these two days, officers conducted 76 vehicle stops and 40 traffic citations were issued for violations including speeding, no proof of insurance, improper window tint, and faulty equipment and seat belt violations. There were also 39 warnings issued.

It is the goal of the Chillicothe Police to promote safe driving and a safer community.

Captain Tony Kirkendoll

RESULTS: On 09/18/2013, the Chillicothe Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol conducted a seat belt and child restraint compliance check point near the Dewey School in Chillicothe, MO before school; and a traffic saturation near the Chillicothe High School after classes were dismissed.

The following violations were detected:

VIOLATION CITATIONS:
Speeding 2
Adult Seat Belt 9
Child Restraint 8
No Insurance 7
No Drivers license 1
Fail to Stop for Red Light 1
Vehicle Registration 2

A total of 22 warnings were issued as well.

Please ensure that you and your loved ones are properly secured in suitable safety restraints at all times while your vehicle is in motion. The CPD and the MSHP will continue to conduct these operations periodically to ensure the safety of Chillicothe's citizens.

Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics
Athletes, officers and supporters joined forces for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics


C- T Photo / Austin Buckner

Athletes, officers and supporters joined forces for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Wednesday morning May 29, 2013. Started in 1981 by Wichita, Kansas, Police Chief Richard LaMunyon, the goal of the LETR is to increase awareness about the games. The 2013 Special Olympics Missouri Summer Games are scheduled for Thursday, May 30, through Sunday, June 2, at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE
Capt. Tony Kirkendol
Grant Funding Received for Chillicothe Police/ Livingston County Sheriffs / Chillicothe Fire
DATE: 06/06/2013

The Chillicothe Police Department recently authored a grant to the State of Missouri, MOSCAP (Missouri Statewide Communication Assistance Program) to ask for financial assistance for gaining access to the Missouri Statewide Interoperability Network. The Grant was written to benefit all of the emergency responder entities for Livingston County.

The grant was written by Capt Tony Kirkendoll with input from the Chillicothe Emergency Services Director Darrell Wright and Chief Deputy Michael Claypole for the Livingston County Sheriffs Department.

Capt Kirkendoll was recently notified that the grant application has received $12,600.00 to allow for 14 radios to be upgraded to operate on the state-wide communications network.

This is an excellent foundation for the future plans for the Livingston County Radio Communications network. These funds will allow the Livingston County Sheriffs Office and a portion of the Chillicothe Emergency Services to be able to begin communicating on the State wide Communication digital radio network when the upgrades are installed. These upgrades will have an immediate and needed impact and greatly increase radio communications between emergency personnel and Chillicothe 911 dispatch.

These funds are a zero match requirement and will cost the citizens of Livingston County nothing.

The capability to communicate across jurisdictional and discipline lines (interoperability of communications) is one of the top priorities of Missouri's homeland security program. Ensuring that neighboring jurisdictions and multiple disciplines can communicate with each other leads to better emergency and disaster response and ultimately makes for safer communities.

Missouri has built a statewide public safety interoperable communications system, known as the Missouri Statewide Interoperability Network (MOSWIN). MOSWIN is a network of communications towers, base stations and communications software. The project is providing the infrastructure that will provide interoperable communications throughout the state to both state public safety agencies and any local jurisdictions that wish to use the system for their interoperable communications. The system meets a Federal Communications Commission mandate that all public safety agencies in the U.S. operate only in a "narrowband" mode after Jan. 1, 2013.

The Statewide Interoperability Network serves two primary functions:

  • Providing internal communications capabilities for state agencies, including the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Department of Natural Resources and State Emergency Management Agency.

  • Providing a statewide interoperability platform and access for local agencies to achieve interoperable communications with local, state, regional and federal agencies.

Keeping up with today's technology is important and crucial for public safety officers. We feel that by utilizing grant funding when it becomes available, we can update our communications network and keep the out of pocket cost to a minimum for the citizens of Livingston County.

SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE
Captain Tony Kirkendoll
DATE: 06/05/2013

On 05/31/13, at approximately 19:22 hrs, Chillicothe Police officers were dispatched to a hold-up alarm at Advance America Cash Advance located at 518 S Washington Street in Chillicothe Missouri.

Upon officer's arrival at the location, it was reported that a 6'5" 250 lb Hispanic male had entered the business and forced the female employee into the back room and then stole approximately $5000.00 in cash and approximately $1200.00 in gold jewelry. The suspect had reportedly fled out the front of the store on foot.

Chillicothe Police officers conducted the investigation into the reported robbery and have concluded the investigation on 06/04/2013 by arresting store employee, Athena Rose Chandler, for her involvement in the fabrication of the robbery to steal the money from the business.

The investigation revealed the robbery was a planned hoax for the money and jewelry to be stolen from the store while she was working. Then as a cover up, a past boyfriend of Ms. Chandler's came into the store and acted out the robbery so that it could be seen on the video surveillance camera.

A portion of the money and jewelry have been recovered; and the other person involved is being sought at this time.

CPD Investigating Counterfeit Money in Chillicothe
March 27 2012

The Chillicothe Police Department is currently investigating possible monetary counterfeiting at several businesses in the Chillicothe community. Officers with the Chillicothe Police Department were dispatched to a business in the 200 block of North Washington Street in reference to a counterfeit bill on Monday. Further investigation by the C-T into the matter revealed the business to be Seventh Heaven Gas Station and Convenience Store, and the reason for the visit to be a video surveillance tape viewing. According to Chillicothe police, the incident remains under investigation.

Officers have recently taken multiple reports of counterfeit bills being passed at local businesses in the community. The other known business that has been targeted by counterfeiters is the Casey's Gas and Convenience Store on Elm Street. The suspect bills have been of both large and small denominations, the CPD reports.

Cashiers and store owners are advised to be on the lookout for bills that appear or feel fake in nature. Anyone with information on the matter is urged to contact the Chillicothe Police Department at 660-646-2121.

Chillicothe Police Station, Fire Dept. Hold New Siren Training
03 07 12 by Drew Van Dyke, C-T Writer


C-T Photo / Drew Van Dyke

CAPTION: Dave Cates (middle, pointing to computer screen), a service manager with Blue Valley Public Safety, met with persons at the Chillicothe Police Department and (above) the Chillicothe Fire Department on Tuesday discussing the city's new storm siren warning system and answering questions. The city has 11 sirens. The system can warn citizens, as well as play the national anthem. It also shows when sirens may be defective, or offline, and in need of repair.

Two informative personnel meetings regarding Chillicothe's new storm siren system took place at the Chillicothe Police Department and Chillicothe Fire Department buildings before noon on Tuesday. The training sessions brought together multiple officers, firefighters, and EMS workers in the Chillicothe area. Blue Valley Public Safety service manager Dave Cates spoke with both of the departments, guided them through the systems, and answered questions along the way.

The city now has 11 warning sirens at the following locations: 500 West Mohawk (Green Hills Golf Course), Simpson Park (near the Aquatics Center), 1862 Litton Road (Danner Park), Belair Drive (in the Christensen Addition), at the intersection of Grandview and Webster, atop Chillicothe City Hall, near the intersection of Missouri and Bridge, at the intersection of Mack and Linn (Shaffer Park), Graves Street (Walmart), at the intersection of Industrial and McCormick, and at the intersection of Willow Avenue and Birch Drive (Lowes Acres). The sirens they replaced were from the 1950s and 1960s.

At the training sessions, Cates pointed out the features of the new system, including the playing of the national anthem at the three major ballparks in town, the duration of the system's vocal warnings (only set for one round of repetition), and the siren sounds and durations. Sirens with the BVPS system are set on a three-minute loop. After three minutes, the system must be reactivated again, if a siren longer than that timeframe is needed or wanted. The sirens may be engaged via key-box or computer monitor.

Starting the sirens is a three-step process. Persons at the station must first turn a key to the "on" position, then select the corresponding siren button they wish to use (options include: all sirens - tornado, monthly testing, and growl test; electronic park sirens - severe weather, lightning, thunderstorm approaching, thunderstorm warning, National Anthem Simpson Park, National Anthem Danner Park, and National Anthem Shaffer Park; and electronic sirens - tornado watch, tornado warning, HazMat Simpson Park, HazMat Danner Park, HazMat Shaffer Park, HazMat Walmart, and HazMat Industrial Park). He or she must then also press a "send" button, to avoid accidental siren alerts.

Computer monitors within the stations track the condition of the 11 siren entities. Each siren is marked within the computer on a map of the city of Chillicothe, with a green dot on their specific location. When the dot turns red, it means that there is a problem with the siren. When the dot turns pink, the siren is not connected to the system. The computers keep logs of each of these changes and alerts, and must always be connected to the siren system, even if it is minimized on the screen, Cates said.

Police Operation Nets Traffic 25 Stops
March 19, 2012 CT

The Chillicothe Police Department conducted a series of traffic enforcement saturations on Saturday as a part of a statewide drunk driving crackdown. Officers made 25 traffic stops, issued 15 citations, and issued 27 written warnings for various traffic violations, according to Sgt. Scott Chubick. Officers also conducted license checkpoints at various locations. Fifteen contacts were made during that time, and 2 felony arrests were made. Those arrests led to the seizure of one pound of marijuana.

Law enforcement agencies throughout Missouri participated in this statewide effort to get drunk drivers off the road and make Missouri roads safer. The sobering fact is that impaired driving contributes to nearly 30 percent of all Missouri traffic fatalities. In 2011, 220 people were killed and 916 seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver. Visit the website: www. saveMOlives.com for more information.

JANUARY 10, 2012 - Police, Parents Unite Against Substance Abuse

The Chillicothe Police Department is partnering with TestMyTeen.com, an organization that has donated more than $5,000 worth of free home drug test kit vouchers to be shared anonymously with parents who need them. Unfortunately, "friends" often try harder to make kids who say "no" to drugs, alcohol and tobacco feel like outcasts, according to Police Capt. Tony Kirkendoll. Home testing kits have emerged that protect privacy and provide kids with a socially acceptable excuse: "My parents test me."

"For years, police have been the first to know when local kids used drugs, while their parents were often the last to know. We found a way to work together, and we can turn that around," Kirkendoll said. Employers use testing to rid the workplace of substance abuse. Schools, police, community leaders and parents can now work together to ensure safer schools and homes. Youth can use it to prove their trustworthiness to their parents, and to dissolve unwanted pressure from peers.

Private and confidential vouchers for free test kits are available at the Chillicothe Police Department, 613 Walnut Street. The voucher has instructions and an access code for the parents. The parent will then enter a web site from their home computer and order the free test kit, which will be discretely shipped to their address. Answers to frequently asked questions about home-based substance abuse testing are available at TestMyTeen.com.

Peer pressure to try drugs, alcohol, or tobacco doesn't end when kids say, "no," Kirkendoll said. In fact, pressure can often increase when "friends" try harder to make youths feel like outcasts when they don't go along with the crowd.

Parents can access helpful information and get testing kits for detecting drugs at no charge (limit one per family, only shipping fees apply) using electronic vouchers provided by TestMyTeen.com, and by picking up a voucher at the Chillicothe Police Department.

On-going random testing continues to provide youth with the excuse they need and parents with the peace of mind they deserve.

SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE - YOU DRINK & DRIVE, YOU LOSE.

Contact: Sergeant Scott Chubick, Patrol Supervisor

Chillicothe Police Department - Cracking Down on Impaired Drivers August 19 to September 5, 2011

The sobering fact is that impaired driving contributes to 30 percent of all Missouri traffic fatalities. In 2010, 234 people were killed and 957 seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver. That's why the Chillicothe Police Department will join other Missouri law enforcement agencies to crack down on drunk driving August 19th through September 5th, 2011.

The Chillicothe Police Department will participate in statewide sobriety checkpoints and DWI saturation patrols enforcing Missouri's DWI laws and keeping impaired drivers off the road.

Consequences of drunk driving include jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.

"Driving drunk is simply not worth all the consequences," stated Chief Rick Knouse. "Our message is simple and unwavering: You Drink and Drive. You Lose."

For more information, please visit www.saveMOlives.com.

Zero Tolerance Law

It is illegal for someone under 21 to possess or consume alcohol in Missouri, yet youth make up a significant portion of drunk drivers causing traffic crashes on Missouri roadways. Missouri has a Zero Tolerance Law. If you are under 21, your license will be suspended if you're caught driving with even a trace of alcohol in your system. Consequences of drunk driving include jail time, loss of their driver license, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation. "Driving drunk is simply not worth all the consequences," stated Chief Richard Knouse. "Zero tolerance means zero chances: You Drink and Drive. You lose."

In 2010 in Missouri, 234 people were killed and 957 seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver. For more information, please visit www.saveMOlives.com.

The Chillicothe Police Department is selling 2011 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, short sleeve and long sleeve t-shirts. According to Special Olympics Missouri (2009), "The vision of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) was brought to life by Col. Ralph Biele of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. He and the Missouri Police Chief's Association decided to rally all law enforcement to hold a fundraiser for Special Olympics - and the rest is sort of history. What began in 1968 as a 30-mile run is now a four-day relay covering more than 950 miles with 1,000 runners. It originates in more than 42 locations and culminates in Springfield, the site of the State Summer Games. But, it's more than a run; the Torch Run is a campaign to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics. The mission of the LETR is to raise both dollars and awareness for Special Olympics. Nearly 200 agencies and 2,500 officers work year-round in Missouri to accomplish this goal; they are some of our greatest volunteers. Col. Biele once said, 'A lot of people get involved with Special Olympics because they feel they need to give something back. I have found that I have gained and learned more from these Special Olympics athletes than I could ever give or teach them.' In 1986, the LETR raised $15,000 and in 2009 they raised $1,547,877 ranking them No. 7 in the world for funds raised. All funds raised go toward supporting Special Olympics Missouri's year-round sports training and athletic competition program for more than 15,000 athletes across the state." All proceeds collected by the Chillicothe Police Department will go toward this campaign. Short sleeve shirts cost $10 and long sleeve shirts cost $15. To purchase a 2011 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics shirt, contact Lieutenant Matt Rodriguez at the Chillicothe Police Department at 660-646-2121.

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We're involved in protecting citizens and insuring smooth traffic flow for many of the special events held in Chillicothe, Missouri. Here are some snapshots taken at the Tour of Missouri event held here September 12, 2009, and the annual Holiday Parade held November 21, 2009.

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Chillicothe Missouri Police Department
613 Walnut Street
Chillicothe, MO  64601
660-646-2121
Toll Free: 1-877-646-2185
Chief Rick Knouse
Asst. Chief Rick Sampsel

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