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C-T Photo: Jaime Saucedo
C-T 08 29 17 - At the recent Battle of the Badges' softball event, Cub Scout pack 120 presented the Colors, Councilman Tom Douglas gave the Pledge of Allegiance and a 9-year-old sand the National Anthem. Police Chief Rick 
Knouse and Fire Chief Darrell Wright each gave an opening pitch for the event that raised $1,900 for the Grand 
River Area Family YMCA's Backpack Buddies program.

CURRENT NEWS REPORTS

Police Chief Knouse Announces Retirement - C-T 071217 - Chillicothe Police Chief Richard L. "Rick" Knouse, who has been employed with the Chillicothe Police Department for the last 40 years, announced his retirement, effective September 29, 2017. Knouse served as a reserve officer for four years and has worked full-time with the department for the last 36 years. He was named chief 17 years ago. Knouse stated in a letter addressed to the mayor and City Council that he has enjoyed being a police officer for the city of Chillicothe. "I have come to the time where I need to enjoy my life and be with my family," he stated. He said he is leaving the city with a highly-trained and great police department. Knouse's letter to the city was dated June 28; and the Chillicothe City Council members discussed the letter during an executive session following the regular council meeting Monday evening, July 10, 2017. Minutes from that meeting were released by City Clerk Roze Frampton just before noon Tuesday and stated that the council unanimously accepted the resignation. Knouse also serves as the elected city constable. His letter to the city did not address the constable position, and Knouse could not be reached for comment Tuesday. By state law, Chillicothe is required to have an elected constable because Chillicothe is a special charter city with a population between 3,000 and 10,000 people. By city ordinance, compensation for the constable position is $1 annually. If Knouse does resign his constable position, the city would have authority to appoint someone to that position, according to City Attorney Robert Cowherd.

For Release: 09/18/2017
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Friday, September 15, 2017, at approximately 1:10 a.m., officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 1500 block of Jackson St. As a result of the investigation, officers arrested Jesse Lee Stottlemyre for domestic assault 4th degree. Stottlemyre was processed at the Police Department. He was transferred to the Daviess-DeKalb County Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges.

On Friday, September 15, 2017, at approximately 9:58 a.m., officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle non-injury traffic crash at Second St. and Elm St. A vehicle driven by Lesley A. Patek collided with a vehicle driven by Maelaina R. Vanfossen after Vanfossen pulled in the path of Patek. Moderate damage was reported.

On Friday, September 15, 2017, at approximately 2:53 p.m., officers arrested Mickaela Storm Hartman on an active arrest warrant out of Chillicothe for failure to obey judge's order/contempt in the 600 block of Walnut St. Hartman was processed at the Police Department. She posted the required $141.00 cash only bond and was released.

On Friday, September 15, 2017, at approximately 6:31 p.m., officers took a report of a possible order of protection violation.

On Saturday, September 16, 2017, at approximately 2:58 p.m., officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle non-injury private property traffic crash in the 100 block of W. Bus. 36. A vehicle driven by Robert L. Evans collided with a parked vehicle owned by Avis Rent a Car Systems which had been operated by Rebecca R. Biegel. Minor damage was reported.

On Saturday, September 16, 2017, at approximately 4:24 p.m., officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle injury traffic crash on S. Washington St. and Waples St. A vehicle driven by Brenda Y. Palmer collided with a vehicle driven by Bethany N. Masuch after Masuch failed to yield the right-of-way. Palmer was transported to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment of injuries. Both vehicles were towed from the scene by Peery Towing. Masuch was issued a citation for failure to yield the right-of-way causing a crash. Officers were assisted by Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services.

On Sunday, September 17, 2017, at approximately 5:54 p.m., officers took a report of tampering with mail in the 1100 block of Calhoun St. The investigation is on-going.

On Sunday, September 17, 2017, at approximately 7:32 p.m., officers were dispatched to a possible verbal threat made of bodily harm in the area of Graves St. and Green St. Officers arrested Trevor James Petree for minor visibly intoxicated. Petree was processed at the Police Department. He was released pending a court appearance. Officers also contacted two juveniles. The incident will be forwarded to the Livingston County Juvenile Office.

Officers responded to 98 calls for service on Friday, September 15, 2017.

Officers responded to 81 calls for service on Saturday, September 16, 2017.

Officers responded to 60 calls for service on Sunday, September 17, 2017.

For Release: 09/13/2017
Contact: Sergeant John Valbracht, Patrol Supervisor

On 09/07/17 at 1:06pm, officers were dispatched to a one-vehicle accident on a private lot in the 10 block of E Jackson Street. Officers reported that a boom truck was loading railroad ties when the boom of the truck struck a building causing moderate damage.

On 09/09/17 at 7:41pm, officers were dispatched to a report of a hit and run accident at the intersection of Ryan Lane. Officers were advised that a vehicle driven by Justin Ozborn was southbound on Washington Street stopped at the intersection of Ryan Lane when he was struck in the rear by another vehicle that left the scene. Officers observed minor damage to the vehicle. Ozborn provided a description of the other vehicle along with the license plate number. Officers contacted the other driver who was identified as Jamee Gilgour. Gilgour advised officers that she was not involved in an accident. Officers inspected the Gilgour vehicle and there was no damage reported.

On 09/13/17 at 10:46pm, officers were dispatched to check the well-being of male in the 1100 block of Calhoun Street that was possibly suicidal. Officers transported the male to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment and evaluation.

On 09/14/17 at 1:06am, officers were dispatched to a one-vehicle accident on a private lot in the 1100 block of W Business Rte 36. Officers reported that a tractor-trailer unit was attempting to turn around in the parking lot and backed the trailer into a building causing extensive damage.

On 09/14/17 at 3:34am, officers requested Perry's Towing to remove an abandoned and illegally parked vehicle from Walnut Street in Simpson Park.

On 09/14/17 at 10:07am, officers requested Peery's Towing to remove an illegally parked and abandoned vehicle from the 1400 block of Calhoun Street.

On 09/14/17 at 9:47pm, officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 900 block of Bryan Street. The incident was found to be verbal and no arrests were made.

For Release: 09/14/2017
Contact: Sergeant John Valbracht, Patrol Supervisor

On 09/13/17, officers were dispatched to a report of a theft that occurred on 09/10/17 in the 1000 block of South Washington Street. Officers have completed the investigation and information has been forwarded to the Livingston County Prosecutor for consideration of charges.

For Release: 09/13/2017
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Saturday, August 26, 2017, at approximately 7:10 p.m., officers took a report of a sexual assault in the 200 block of Liberia St. The investigation is on-going.

On Monday, September 11, 2017, at approximately 10:19 a.m., officers arrested Haley Marie Fisher on an active arrest warrant out of Chillicothe for failure to obey judge's order in the 1200 block of Monroe St. Fisher was processed at the Police Department. She posted the required $286.50 cash only and was released.

On Monday, September 11, 2017, at approximately 2:47 p.m., officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle non-injury traffic crash on Jackson St. at Washington St. A vehicle driven by Jerry L. Nibarger backed into a vehicle driven by Jessa D. Hobbs while backing from a parking spot. Minor to moderate damage was reported.

On Monday, September 11, 2017, at approximately 6:05 p.m., officers took a report of endangering the welfare of a child in the 200 block of E. Bridge St. As a result of the investigation, officers conducted a search warrant on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at approximately 1:10 a.m., in the 200 block of E. Bridge St. Officers arrested Gary Lee Mautino for possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and possession of less than 35g of marijuana. Mautino was processed at the Police Department. He was transferred to the Daviess-DeKalb County Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges.

Officers responded to 114 calls for service on Monday, September 11, 2017.

Officers responded to 101 calls for service on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

For Release: 09/10/2017
Contact: Sergeant John Valbracht, Patrol Supervisor

On 09/08/17 at 6:15pm, officers were dispatched to a report of a disturbance in the 300 block of Cherry Street. Officers arrested Zachary J. Merrill for domestic assault. Merrill was transported to the Police Department where he was processed and transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail.

On 09/09/17 at 6:42am, officers were dispatched to a report of a careless driver northbound on Washington Street from US 36 HWY. Officers observed the vehicle and conducted a traffic enforcement stop in the 200 block of South Washington Street. Officers arrested Henry C. Crider for driving while intoxicated. Crider was transported to the Police Department where he was processed and released on a Municipal Citation.

On 09/09/17 at 9:06am, officers recovered a road identification sign in the 1200 block of Locust that was owned by the Missouri Department of Transportation and taken from a blacktop intersection the northeast part of Livingston County.

On 09/09/17 at 11:03am, officers were dispatched to a report of a hit and run accident on a private parking lot in the 500 block of Park Lane. Officers report that a vehicle was parked and unoccupied when it was struck by an unknown vehicle that left the scene.

On 09/09/17 at 8:15pm, officers were dispatched to a report of a combative juvenile in the 300 block of 11th Street. The juvenile was taken into custody and transferred to a juvenile holding facility.

For Release: 09/08/2017
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at approximately 10:33 a.m., officers were dispatched to a report of stealing in the 600 block of S. Washington St. Officers arrested Michael Leroy Robinson for stealing. Robinson was processed at the Police Department. He was released pending a court appearance. A second suspect has been identified and charges are pending.

On Thursday, September 7, 2017, at approximately 12:41 p.m., officers were dispatched to a disturbance in the 10 block of Elm St. Jeffery Godon Hue Davenport was arrested for peace disturbance, possession of less than 35g of marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Davenport was processed at the Police Department. He was released pending a court appearance.

On Thursday, September 7, 2017, at approximately 8:38 p.m., officers took a report of a sexual assault in the 200 block of Cherry St. The investigation is on-going.

On Thursday, September 7, 2017, at approximately 8:46 p.m., officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 500 block of St. Louis Ave. The incident was determined to be verbal in nature. No arrests were made.

Officers responded to 81 calls for service on Thursday, September 7, 2017.

For Release: 09/07/2017
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Friday, August 18, 2017, at approximately 4:35 p.m., officers were dispatched to a disturbance in the 1500 block of Jackson St. A suspect has been identified and charges are pending.

On Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at approximately 11:00 a.m., officers took a report of stealing in the 1500 block of Polk St. The investigation is on-going.

On Sunday, September 3, 2017, at approximately 12:40 a.m., officers were dispatched to a disturbance in the 200 block of Cowgill St. The disturbance involved juveniles. The incident was forwarded to the Livingston County Juvenile Office.

On Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at approximately 3:44 p.m., officers were dispatched to a disturbance in the 500 block of Mohawk Rd. The parties were separated. No arrests were made.

On Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at approximately 6:44 p.m., officers arrested Nicholas Paul Hagler on an active arrest warrant for a probation violation in the 600 block of Walnut St. Hagler was processed at the Police Department. The warrant had no bond. Hagler was transferred to the Daviess-DeKalb County Regional Jail.

Officers responded to 113 calls for service on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

For Release: 09/05/2017
Contact: Sergeant John Valbracht, Patrol Supervisor

On 09/04/17 at 8:45pm, officers were dispatched to the 1200 block of Broadway Street in reference to a report of a vehicle striking a dog while it was being walked by a juvenile male as they were crossing the street. The vehicle was described as a black 4 door pickup with a lift kit and oversized tires driven by a white male. The vehicle left the scene northbound on Broadway. The juvenile was not injured, but the dog died as a result of injuries received. The incident remains under investigation.

On 09/05/17 at 1:05pm, officers were dispatched to a report of a violation of a court order that occurred earlier in the day in the 700 block of Missouri Ave. Information has been forwarded to the Livingston County Prosecutor for consideration of charges.

On 09/05/17 at 2:05pm, officers arrested Sandra L. Bogle in the 1100 block of Walnut Street on a Missouri Probation/Parole violation warrant. Bogle was transported to the Police Department where she was processed and transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail.

On 09/05/17 at 3:55pm, officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle non-injury accident on East Jackson Street near St. Louis Ave. Officers reported that a vehicle driven by John Fox was backing from a private drive and struck a vehicle that was parked on East Jackson Street causing minor damage.

STREET CLOSURES (RICHARD L. KNOUSE)
09/05/2017

On 09-15-17, starting at 2:20 P.M., we will have the Homecoming Parade. This will start at the Middle School on Polk Street and go down Washington Street to Ann Street. It will then go North on locust Street to Calhoun Street where it will end.

On 09-16-17, starting at 7:45 A.M., we will have the 2nd annual Quinn Memorial Fun Run and 5k Run/ Walk event. Streets that will be closed are Trenton Street between JFK Ave and Tenth Street, Tenth Street between Trenton and Easton Street, Easton Street between Tenth and JFK Ave., JFK Ave between Easton and Trenton Street.

On 09-17-17 starting at 11:00 A.M., we will have the St. Columban Fall Festival. There will be a street closure on Trenton Street from JFK Ave. to Tenth Street.

For Release: 09/04/2017
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at approximately 1:39 p.m., officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle private property injury traffic crash in the 300 block Park Ln. A vehicle driven by Amy I. Otten collided with a parked vehicle owned by Joanne E. Buss. A passenger in Buss' vehicle complained of minor injury and was transported to the hospital by EMS. Minor damage was reported. Officers were assisted by Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services.

On Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at approximately 5:30 p.m., officers took a report of a juvenile assaulting another juvenile at Tenth St. and Broadway St. The incident was forwarded to the Livingston County Juvenile Office.

On Friday, September 1, 2017, at approximately 6:00 p.m., officers arrested Charles Theodore Moore on an active arrest warrant out of Livingston County for child molestation 1st degree in the 600 block of Walnut St. Moore was processed at the Police Department. He was unable to post the required $25,000.00 cash only bond. He was transferred to the Daviess-DeKalb County Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges.

On Saturday, September 2, 2017, at approximately 3:26 a.m., officers were advised of two small juvenile children who had been brought inside the Police Department. Officers were advised the mother had called 911 about her children missing from the 400 block of Vine St. The mother was advised the children were safe at the Police Department. The children were being watched by their older juvenile sibling who had left the residence before being located. The incident will be forwarded to the Livingston County Juvenile Office and Children's Division.

On Saturday, September 2, 2017, at approximately 7:11 p.m., officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 400 block of Calhoun St. The incident was determined to be verbal in nature. No arrests were made.

On Sunday, September 3, 2017, at approximately 12:47 p.m., officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle non-injury traffic crash at Washington St. and Jackson St. A vehicle driven by Joshua D. Carter collided with a vehicle driven by Nicola J. Wrenn after failing to yield the right of way. Minor damage was reported. Carter was issued a citation for failure to provide proof of financial responsibility and failure to stop for steady red light resulting in a traffic crash.

On Sunday, September 3, 2017, at approximately 12:58 p.m., officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle non-injury private property traffic crash in the 1000 block of S. Washington St. A vehicle driven by Anthony J. Peniston pulled into a parking spot and struck an open door of a vehicle owned by Deena S. Smith. Minor damage reported. Peniston was issued a citation for failure to provide proof of financial responsibility.

Officers responded to 78 calls for serviced on Friday, September 1, 2017.

Officers responded to 67 calls for service on Saturday, September 2, 2017.

Officers responded to 64 calls for service on Sunday, September 3, 2017.

For Release: 08/28/2017
Contact: Sergeant John Valbracht, Patrol Supervisor

ON 08/30/17 at 9:10am, officers were dispatched to a report of property damage that occurred in the 500 block of South Washington Street. The incident remains under investigation.

On 08/30/17 at 5:57pm, officers were dispatched to a report of a suicidal female in the 500 block of Elm Street. The female was voluntarily transported to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment and evaluation.

On 08/30/17 at 9:40pm, officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 1300 block of Burnam Road. The incident was determined to be verbal and no arrests were made.

On 08/30/17 at 11:05pm, officers were dispatched to a report of a suicidal male in the 600 block of Walnut Street. Officers transported the male to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment and evaluation. The male was extremely intoxicated and combative and had to be physically restrained. The male was taken into custody for self-protection and was transferred to another facility for treatment.

On 08/31/17 at 10:54am, officers were dispatched to a report of an assault that occurred in the 200 block of South Washington Street. Officers arrested Billy Johnston for assault. Johnston was processed at the Police Department and released on a Municipal Citation.

On 08/31/17 at 4:30pm, officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 1100 block of Walnut. The incident was verbal and no arrests were made.

For Release: 08/30/2017
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at approximately 3:45 a.m., officers took a person into protective custody at N. Washington St. and Jackson St. The person was transferred to a medical facility for evaluation.

On Monday, August 28, 2017, at approximately 3:30 p.m., officers arrested Amber Faye Burton on an active arrest warrant out of Chillicothe for a nuisance violation in the 600 block of Walnut St. Burton was processed at the Police Department. She posted the $100.00 cash only bond and was released.

On Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at approximately 10:53 a.m., officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 1400 block of Polk St. The parties separated and no arrests were made.

On Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at approximately 6:06 p.m., officers were dispatched to children being left unattended in a motor vehicle in the 1000 block of Graves St. Officers arrested Tiffany Lynn Reed for leaving children ten years of age or less unattended in a motor vehicle. She was processed at the Police Department. She was released pending a court appearance.

On Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at approximately 2:20 a.m., officers took a report of harassment in the 600 block of Walnut St.

Officers responded to 98 calls for service on Tuesday, August 29, 2017.

For Release: 08/29/2017
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at approximately 11:30 a.m., officers took a report of attempted sexual assault of minor in the 1500 block of Jackson St. The incident was referred to the Livingston County Juvenile Office.

On Monday, August 28, 20l7, at approximately 7:02 p.m., officers took a report of burglary and property damage in the 1400 block of Burnam Rd. The investigation is on-going.

On Monday, August 28, 2017, at approximately 7:18 p.m., officers took a missing person report in the 1100 block of Waples St. The missing person was located and was safe.

On Monday, August 28, 2017, at approximately 10:21 p.m., officers arrested Alex Christopher Anderson on Ryan Ln. for tampering with a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle while driver's license revoked and minor in possession of alcohol. Anderson was processed at the Police Department. He was transferred to the Daviess-DeKalb County Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges.

Officers responded to 86 calls for serviced on Monday, August 28, 2017.

For Release: 08/28/2017
Contact: Sergeant John Valbracht, Patrol Supervisor

On 08/22/17 at 8:05am, officers were dispatched to a report of a vehicle that was parked in a private lot in the 2600 block of N. Fair Street being struck by an unknown vehicle that left the scene. Officers observed minor damage to the vehicle.

ON 08/22/17 at 1130am, officers arrested Sheniqua Helm in the 900 block of Vine Street for possession of less than 35 gm of Marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Helm was transported to the Police Department where she was processed and released on Municipal Citations.

On 08/25/17 at 1:40pm, officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle non-injury accident on Washington Street near Park Lane. Officers reported that a vehicle driven by Avery Moore was southbound on Washington Street in the outside lane when a silver sport utility vehicle struck the left rear of her vehicle and the silver suv then left the scene. Officers reported minor damage to the Moore vehicle.

On 08/25/17 at 4:30pm, officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle non-injury accident at the intersection of Washington Street and Business 36. Officers reported that a vehicle driven by Stephanie Shockey was westbound on Business 36 and stopped for traffic when she was struck in the rear by a vehicle driven by William Perry causing minor damage. Perry was issued a Municipal Citation for failure to yield the right of way.

On 08/25/17 at 5:00pm, officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle non-injury accident at the intersection of MO 190 and Hornet Drive. Officers reported that a vehicle driven by Austin Fox was eastbound on MO 190 and turned left in front of a westbound vehicle driven by Gregory Miller causing extensive damage. The Miller vehicle was towed from the scene by Peery's Towing, and the Fox vehicle was towed by the owner. Fox was issued a Municipal Citation for failure to yield the right of way.

On 08/25/17 at 9:57pm, Officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle non-injury accident at the intersection of Washington and Third Street. Officers reported that a vehicle driven by Riley Brobst was eastbound on Third Street and turned to go north on Washington Street. The Brobst vehicle turned into the path of a westbound motorcycle driven by Danny Boylan. The motorcycle was towed from the scene by Peery Towing. Ms. Brobst was issued a Municipal Citation for failure to yield the right of way.

On 08/26/17 at 11:53pm, officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 1100 block of Calhoun Street. The incident was verbal and no arrests were made.

On 08/26/17 at 5:45pm, officers were dispatched to a disturbance in the 1300 block of Monroe Street. The incident was verbal and no arrests were made.

For Release: 08/25/2017
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Thursday, August 24, 2017, at approximately 9:26 a.m., officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle non-injury traffic crash in the 2600 block of N. Washington St. A vehicle driven Kennasyn A. Johnson collided with a vehicle driven by Nicole L. Edwards after Johnson failed to yield the right-of-way while attempting to turn from a private drive. Minor damage was reported.

On Thursday, August 24, 2017, at approximately 10:44 a.m., officers recovered a bicycle in the 900 block of Webster St. The bicycle, a purple and silver Tiaro, can be claimed by contacting the Police Department.

On Thursday, August 24, 2017, at approximately 11:19 a.m., officers took a report of violation of an order of protection in the 700 block of Missouri Ave. A suspect has been identified and charges are pending.

On Thursday, August 24, 2017, at approximately 3:44 p.m., officers arrested Zachary Ty Standley on an active arrest warrant out of Carroll County on a probation violation in the 500 block of Mohawk Rd. He was processed at the Police Department. He was unable to post the required $3,000.00 cash only bond. He was transferred to Carroll County.

On Thursday, August 24, 2017, at approximately 4:34 p.m., officers took a report of stealing in the 1200 block of Bryan St. The investigation is on-going.

On Thursday, August 24, 2017, at approximately 6:24 p.m., officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle non-injury private property traffic crash in the 1200 block of N. Washington St. A vehicle driven by Aline T. Moffatt collided with a parked vehicle owned by Jennifer R. Darnell. Minor damage was reported.

Officers responded to 72 calls for service on Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

Officers responded to 88 calls for serviced on Thursday, August 24, 2017.

For Release: 08/23/2017
Contact: Sergeant John Valbracht, Patrol Supervisor

On 08/21/17 at 3:50pm, officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle non-injury accident at the intersection of Polk and Walnut Street. Officers reported that a vehicle driven by Destany Bay was southbound on Walnut Street and attempted to stop at the intersection of Polk Street. The Bay vehicle slid on wet pavement and struck a vehicle driven by Grace Clements that was eastbound on Polk Street causing minor damage.

On 08/22/17, officers completed an investigation of a vehicle that was reported stolen on 08/08/17. Officers have submitted information to the Livingston County Prosecutor requesting charges of forgery, filing a false statement, and knowingly filing false information about the transfer of a motor vehicle.

On 08/22/17 at 7:37am, officers were dispatched to a report of a theft in the 200 block of Business 36. Officers reported that a license plate was reportedly removed from a vehicle while it was parked in a private lot.

On 08/22/17 at 7:38am, officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle non-injury accident in the Chillicothe High School parking lot drive. Officers reported that a vehicle driven by Rebecca Sharp had stopped behind a parked car and was waiting for traffic to clear when her foot slipped off the brake pedal. Sharp's vehicle then struck the parked vehicle causing minor damage.

On 08/22/17 at 12:18pm, officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 900 block of Dickinson Street. The incident was determined to be verbal and no arrests were made.

RELEASED 08 21 17
On 08/21/17 at 6:26pm, officers were dispatched to a disturbance in the 200 block of Park Lane. Upon arrival, officers were advised that a male identified as David A. Bruce had barricaded himself in an apartment and refused to come out. Bruce was found to be an absconder on a Missouri Parole violation warrant. Officers made initial contact from outside the residence, and Bruce was making threats to harm anyone who attempted to enter the residence. Officers requested assistance from the Livingston County Sheriff Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Officers evacuated the residents in the immediate area. After negotiating for approximately 1 and 1/2 hours, Bruce surrendered without incident at 8:11pm. Bruce was transported to the Police Department where he was processed and transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail. The Chillicothe Police Department would like to thank the Livingston County Sheriff Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol for their assistance in bringing the incident to a peaceful resolution.

For Release: 08/21/2017
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Friday, August 18, 2017, at approximately 9:00 a.m., officers arrested Jason Arthur Anderson for possession of less than 35g of marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia in the 400 block of S. Washington St. Anderson was processed at the Police Department. He was released pending a court appearance.

On Friday, August 18, 2017, at approximately 6:22 p.m., officers attempted to serve a warrant in the 1100 block of Broadway St. Shots were fired during the attempted arrest. A standoff ensued, and the person was eventually arrested. The investigation has been turned over to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) Division of Drug and Crime Control. Officers were assisted at the scene by MSHP, Livingston County Sheriff's Office and Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services. From Chief Knouse: I want to thank the Sheriff's Department, Chillicothe Emergency services and Missouri state Highway patrol. I asked if I could have the MSHP's S.E.R.T team enroute, and it was no problem. I also requested the MSHP's investigators work our shooting, and they responded. There was great team work in this incident. Later this week, the investigation will be concluded. We will then be able to give out more information.

SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE 08/21/17
On 08/18/2017, officers of the Chillicothe Police Department, along with assistance from Missouri State Highway Patrol, responded to a residence in the 1100 block of Broadway Street in an attempt to execute a felony arrest warrant from Johnson County, Kansas. Officers were allowed access into the residence and made contact with the wanted subject who was armed with a handgun. Weapons were discharged; and an approximately 4-hour stand-off ensued before Chief Rick Knouse, with assistance from Livingston County Coroner Scott Lindley, was able to initiate actions which resulted in the subject's arrest. Minor injuries were sustained by the subject. and he was transported to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment. In effort to maintain transparency in the details of the incident, Chief Knouse personally and immediately requested that the shooting be investigated by the Division of Drug and Crime Control for the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The police department wishes to thank the Livingston County Sheriff's deputies and Chillicothe Emergency Services who assisted with traffic and crowd control.

On Saturday, August 19, 2017, at approximately 5:01 a.m., officers took a report of stealing from a motor vehicle in the 10 block of Third St. The investigation is on-going.

On Saturday, August 19, 2017, at approximately 9:10 p.m., officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle non-injury traffic crash in the 800 block of Jefferson St. A vehicle driven by Debra S. Huff backed into a parked motor vehicle owned by Ronda S. Reeter. Minor to moderate damage was reported.

On Sunday, August 20, 2017], at approximately 1:23 a.m., officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 100 block of Crescent Dr. The parties separated, and no arrests were made.

On Sunday, August 20, 2017, at approximately 6:47 p.m., officers arrested Veronica Lea Haynes on an active arrest warrant out of Livingston County for failure to obey judge's order in the 600 block of Walnut St. Haynes was processed at the Police Department. She posted the required $291.50 cash only and was released.

On Sunday, August 20, 2017, at approximately 7:15 p.m., officers arrested Nicolas Grant Stephens for stealing in the 600 block of Walnut St. The arrest was as a result of an investigation from August 9, 2017. Stephens was processed at the Police Department. He was released pending a court appearance.

On Sunday, August 20, 2017, at approximately 9:20 p.m., officers took a report of stealing in the 900 block of Webster St. The investigation is on-going.

On Sunday, August 20, 2017, at approximately 9:57 p.m., officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 1300 block of N. Washington St. Officers arrested William Joseph Floyd, Jr. for domestic assault 3rd degree and property damage 2nd degree. Floyd was processed at the Police Department. He was transferred to the Daviess-DeKalb County Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges.

On Sunday, August 20, 2017, at approximately 11:37 p.m., officers took a report of tampering with a motor vehicle in the 500 block of Clay St. The investigation is on-going.

Officers responded to 92 calls for service on Friday, August 18, 2017.

Officers responded to 60 calls for service on Saturday, August 19, 2017.

Officers responded to 58 calls for service on Sunday, August 20, 2017.

For Release: 08/18/2017
Contact: Sergeant John Valbracht, Patrol Supervisor

On 08/16/17 at 12:13pm, officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle non-injury accident at the intersection of Fair and Bryan Street. Officers reported that a vehicle driven by Kristy Shafer was westbound on Fair Street and struck a vehicle that was northbound on Bryan Street as Shafer entered the intersection. Officers reported moderate damage.

On 08/16/17 at 1:20pm, officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle non-injury accident at the intersection of Washington and Business 36. Officers reported that a vehicle driven by Shrey Patel was southbound on Washington Street and was stopped waiting to turn west on Business 36 when she was struck in the rear by a southbound vehicle driven by Virginia Duncan causing minor damage.

On 08/16/17, officers concluded an investigation of possible child abuse that was reported to have occurred in the 600 block of East Street. Officers concluded that there was no act of abuse, and the case was closed.

On 08/17/17 at 11:17am, officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle non-injury accident on Third Street at the intersection of Washington Street. Officers reported that a vehicle driven by Morgan Head was westbound on Third Street and stopped for traffic when she was struck in the rear by a vehicle driven by Joseph Fender causing minor damage.

On 08/17/17 at 3:00pm, officers were dispatched to a report of failure to return rented or leased equipment from the 500 block of Locust Street. Information has been forwarded to the Livingston County Prosecutor for consideration of charges.

For Release: 08/16/2017
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at approximately 12:32 p.m., officers took a report of property damage in the 400 block of Webster St. The investigation is on-going.

On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at approximately 1:33 p.m., officers took a report of property damage in the 300 block of Wilson St. The investigation is on-going.

On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at approximately 6:01 p.m., officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 400 block of W. Herriman St. The parties had separated prior to officers arrival. A suspect has been identified and charges are pending.

On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at approximately 7:52 p.m., officers received a call of a check the well-being in the 800 block of Calhoun St. Officers arrested Bobby Leonard Watkins for possession of less than 35g of marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Watkins was processed at the Police Department. He was released pending a court appearance.

On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at approximately 11:09 p.m., officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 900 block of Trenton St. The incident was determined to be verbal in nature. No arrests were made.

Officers responded to 129 calls for service on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

For Release: 08/15/2017
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Monday, August 14, 2017, at approximately 7:48 p.m., officers took a report of a runaway juvenile in the 300 block of Eleventh St. The investigation is on-going.

On Monday, August 14, 2017, at approximately 9:22 p.m., officers arrested John Christopher Blake for operating a motor vehicle while driver's license suspended, failure to provide proof of financial responsibility, and exceeded posted speed limit following a traffic stop in the 1200 block of N. Washington St. Blake was processed at the Police Department. He was released pending a court appearance.

Officers responded to 127 calls for service on Monday, August 14, 2017.

For Release: 08/14/17
Contact: Sergeant John Valbracht, Patrol Supervisor

On 08/07/17 at 12:30pm, officers received a report of a resident in the 400 block of St. Paul Street falling victim to an internet scam. The incident remains under investigation.

On 0808/12/17 at 12:30am, officers conducted a traffic enforcement stop on Washington Street at Ryan Lane. Officers requested Livingston County Deputy Mueller and his K9 to assist. As a result of the K9 search, officers arrested Joshua Myers for possession of less than 35 gm of marijuana. Myers was transported to the Police Department where he was processed and released on a Municipal Citation.

On 08/08/17 at 11:30am, officers were dispatched to a report of fraud in the 1400 block of Polk Street. The incident remains under investigation.

On 08/09/17 at 11:10pm, officers were dispatched to a report of an attempted sexual assault of a juvenile in the 300 block of Cherry Street. Officers concluded the investigation on 08/13/17 with the arrest of Jonathan P. Patterson for a class c felony of promoting a sexual performance by a child. Patterson was processed and transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail where he is being held on a $25,000.00 cash bond.

On 08/11/17 at 11:00am, officers conducted a traffic enforcement stop at Washington and Ann Street. Officers arrested the driver, James B. Christesson, on a probation violation warrant from the State of Arkansas. Christesson was also issued Municipal Citations for excessive speed, expired driver's license and no insurance. Christesson was transported to the Police Department where he was processed and transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail.

On 08/13/17 at 12:30pm, officers contacted Peery's Towing to remove an abandoned derelict vehicle that was parked in the 600 block of Webster Street.

For Release: 08/11/2017
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Thursday, August 3, 2017, at approximately 1:31 p.m., officers arrested Benjamin Robert Hancock for stealing a credit/debit card and fraudulent use of a credit/debit card in the 2800 block of Grand Dr. Hancock was processed at the Police Department. He was transferred to the Daviess-DeKalb County Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges.

On Monday, August 7, 2017, at approximately 1:57 p.m., officers took a report of burglary and stealing in the 1000 block of Bus. Hwy. 36. The investigation is on-going.

On Monday, August 7, 2017, at approximately 9:45 p.m., officers were dispatched to a check the well being in the 500 block of Mohawk Rd. Officers were assisted by the Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services.

On Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at approximately 10:38 a.m., officers arrested Eric Richard Hollon on active arrest warrants out of Livingston County for failure to obey judges order in the 500 block of Mohawk Rd. Hollon was also charged with possession of less than 35g of marijuana. He was processed at the Police Department. He was later transported to a medical facility for treatment.

On Thursday, August 10, 2017, at approximately 12:58 p.m., officers took a report of stealing in the 200 block of Milwaukee Ave. The investigation is on-going.

On Thursday, August 10, 2017, at approximately 5:29 p.m., officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 1500 block of Jackson St. The parties agreed to separate. No arrests were made.

On Thursday, August 10, 2017, at approximately 9:00 p.m., officers took a report of stealing in the 700 block of Sunset Ave. The investigation is on-going.

On Thursday, August 10, 2017, at approximately 10:54 p.m., officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 1700 block of Deringer Dr. The incident was determined to be verbal in nature. No arrests were made.

Officers responded to 91 calls for service on Thursday, August 10, 2017.

For Release: 08/10/2017
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Thursday, August 3, 2017, at approximately 1:51 p.m., officers took a report of stealing in the 1200 block of N. Washington St. A suspect has been identified and charges are pending.

On Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at approximately 11:00 p.m., officers took a report of possible child abuse in the 600 block of East St. The investigation is on-going.

On Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at approximately 11:36 p.m., officers were dispatched to a disturbance in the 600 block of Webster St.

On Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at approximately 12:50 p.m., officers took a report of stealing in the 700 block of Webster St. The investigation is on-going.

On Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at approximately 7:52 a.m., officers were dispatched to a child unattended in the area of the 500 block of Graves St. Officers located the parent, and the child was returned unharmed.

On Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at approximately 3:22 p.m., officers arrested Aisha Shonta Midgyett on an active arrest warrant out of Livingston County for failure to obey judges order in the 600 block of Walnut St. Midgyett was processed at the Police Department. She posted the required $192.50 cash bond and was released.

On Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at approximately 4:29 p.m., officers took a report of fraudulent use of a credit/debit device in the 600 block of Walnut St. The investigation is on-going.

On Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at approximately 5:41 p.m., officers took a report of property damage in the 900 block of Dickinson Ave. The investigation is on-going.

On Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at approximately 6:11 p.m., officers took a report of stealing in the 1200 block of Third St. Suspects have been identified and charges are pending.

On Thursday, August 10, 2017, at approximately 3:22 a.m., officers recovered a bicycle in the 1200 block of Jackson St. The bike can be claimed by contacting the Police Department.

Officers responded to 94 calls for service on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017.

For Release: 08/07/2017
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at approximately 11:47 a.m., officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle non-injury private property crash in the 600 block of Bus. Hwy. 36. A vehicle driven by William R. McGowan was towing a trailer which struck a parked motor vehicle owned by Norma L. Wilson. Minor damage was reported.

On Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at approximately 1:18 p.m., officers took a report of property damage in the 1500 block of Springhill St. The investigation is on-going.

On Thursday, August 3, 2017, at approximately 8:40 a.m., officers took a report of possible child molestation in the 1100 block of Bryan St. The investigation is on-going.

On Thursday, August 3, 2017, at approximately 10:00 a.m., officers took a report of stealing in the 100 block of Herriman St. The investigation is on-going.

On Thursday, August 3, 2017, at approximately 11:25 p.m., officers took a report of stealing in the 1000 block of Walnut St. The investigation is on-going.

On Thursday, August 3, 2017, at approximately 5:30 p.m., officers recovered a men's black Mongoose Excursion 21 speed bicycle in the 100 block of Wilson St. The bike can be claimed by contacting the Police Department.

On Friday, August 4, 2017, at approximately 2:00 p.m., officers took a report of burglary and stealing of a motor vehicle in the 800 block of Jefferson St. The vehicle was later recovered. A suspect has been identified and charges are pending.

On Friday, August 4, 2017, at approximately 2:05 p.m., officers were dispatched to two-vehicle non-injury traffic crash in the 1000 block of Graves St. A vehicle driven by Theresa L. Sportsman collided with a vehicle driven by Karen S. Smith after Smith pulled into Sportsman's lane of traffic. Minor damage was reported.

On Saturday, August 5, 2017, at approximately 5:00 a.m., officers recovered a stolen vehicle from Grundy County in the 500 block of E. Bus. Hwy. 36. The suspects were transferred to Grundy County.

On Saturday, August 5, 2017, at approximately 5:00 a.m., officers arrested Preston Nathaniel White on an active arrest warrant out of Clinton County for a probation violation in the 500 block of E. Bus. Hwy. 36. White was processed at the Police Department. He was unable to post the $2,500.00 cash only bond. He was transferred to the Daviess-DeKalb County Regional Jail to await extradition.

On Saturday, August 5, 2017, at approximately 8:21 a.m., officers took a report of stealing in the 500 block of E. Bus. Hwy. 36. The investigation is on-going.

On Saturday, August 5, 2017, at approximately 1:01 p.m., officers took a report of a stolen vehicle in the 600 block of Bus. Hwy. 36. The investigation is on-going.

On Sunday, August 6, 2017, at approximately 2:46 a.m., officers took a report of tampering with a motor vehicle in the 1400 block of Clay St. As a result of the investigation, officers arrested Dakota Lee Hatfield. Hatfield was processed at the Police Department. He was transferred to the Daviess-DeKalb County Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges.

On Sunday, August 6, 2017, at approximately 4:52 p.m., officers arrested Michael Lee Earp on an active arrest warrant out of Livingston County for child molestation 1st degree and statutory sodomy 1st degree in the 600 block of Walnut St. Earp was processed at the Police Department. He was unable to post the required $50,000.00 cash only bond. He was transferred to the Daviess-DeKalb County Regional Jail.

On Sunday, August 6, 2017, at approximately 6:31 p.m., officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 1300 block of Monroe St. The incident was verbal in nature. No arrests were made.

Officers responded to 96 calls for service on Friday, August 4, 2017.

Officers responded to 87 calls for service on Saturday, August 5, 2017.

For Release: 08/03/17
Contact: Sergeant John Valbracht, Patrol Supervisor

On 08/02/17 at 8:35am, officers arrested Linn Olen Hoskins lll in the 800 block of Leeper Street for stealing and a parole violation warrant. Hoskins was transported to the Police Department where he was processed and transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail.

On 08/02/17 at 9:00am, officers were dispatched to a report of property damage in the 500 block of Jackson Street.

On 08/02/17 at 1:33pm, officers arrested R.J. Allen Cox in the 600 block of Walnut Street on a Livingston County Warrant charging him with leaving the scene of an accident and stealing. Cox was processed and released after posting bond.

For Release: 08/02/2017
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at approximately 3:59 p.m., officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle non-injury traffic crash in the 300 block of N. Washington St. A vehicle driven by Cynthia R. Burton collided with a vehicle driven by Cedric R. White after White attempted to turn onto N. Washington St. from a private drive. Moderate damage was reported. White's vehicle was towed from the scene by Peery's Towing. White was issued a citation for failure to yield the right of way involving a crash.

On Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at approximately 5:51 p.m., officers arrested Jeffery Gordon Hue Davenport for domestic assault stemming from an investigation from July 31, 2017, in the 600 block of Walnut St. Davenport was processed at the Police Department. He was released pending a court appearance.

Officers responded to 129 calls for service on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

For Release: 08/01/2017
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Sunday, July 30, 2017, at approximately 10:19 p.m., officers took a report of an assault in the 100 block of Liberia St. Officers arrested Matthew David Silkwood for assault. He was processed at the Police Department. He was released pending a court appearance.

On Monday, July 31, 2017, at approximately 10:50 a.m., officers took a report of stealing in the 1100 block of Locust St. The investigation is on-going.

On Monday, July 31, 2017, at approximately 12:28 p.m., officers took a report of a child custody dispute in the 1300 block of Third St.

On Monday, July 31, 2017, at approximately 1:44 p.m., officers took a report of property damage in the 10 block of Storey Lane. The investigation is on-going.

On Monday, July 31, 2017, at approximately 2:39 p.m., officers took a report of property damage in the 1700 block of Morningside Dr. The investigation is on-going.

On Monday, July 31, 2017, at approximately 5:33 p.m., officers were dispatched to an injury motor vehicle crash in the 10 block of Eleventh St. A motorcycle driven by Ryan Christian Wheeler lost control as he accelerated too fast causing the motorcycle to leave the roadway and crash into the wall of a garage owned by Lawrence Raymond Howe. The garage received major damage. The motorcycle received moderate damage. Wheeler was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. He had an obvious injury to his left shoulder. He refused medical treatment on scene.

On Monday, July 31, 2017, at approximately 6:27 p.m., officers took a report of domestic assault in the 1100 block of Jackson St. Officers arrested Donald Joe Holloway for domestic assault. Holloway was processed at the Police Department. He was released pending a court appearance.

On Monday, July 31, 2017, at approximately 7:02 p.m., officers took a report of a person expressing a desire to commit self-harm, in the 1100 block of Bryan St. The person was transported to a medical facility for evaluation.

On Monday, July 31, 2017, at approximately 10:00 p.m., officers took a report of property damage on E. Polk St. near Missouri Ave. The investigation is on-going.

Officers responded to 96 calls for service on Monday, July 31, 2017.

For Release: 07/30/17
Contact: Sergeant John Valbracht, Patrol Supervisor

On 07/25/17 at 4:30pm, officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle non-injury accident on a private parking lot in the 500 block of S. Washington Street. Officers reported that a vehicle driven by Melinda Brady-Koenig was pulling from a parking stall and struck a parked vehicle causing minor damage.

On 07/28/17 at 9:52am, officers were dispatched to a report of a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Ryan Lane and Washington Street. Officers reported that a vehicle driven by Deryck Koenig was westbound on Ryan Lane and pulled into the path of a southbound tractor-trailer unit driven by Thad Thurlow causing extensive damage to both vehicles. Koenig and his passenger were transported to HMC for treatment of injuries. The Koenig vehicle was towed from the scene by Peery's Towing and the tractor-trailer unit was towed by Chillicothe Truck Repair and Towing.

ON 07/28/17, officers completed an investigation of fraudulent use of a credit device at three different locations in Chillicothe. Officers have identified the suspect and have sent the report to the Livingston County Prosecutor for consideration of charges.

On 07/28/17 at 6:55pm, officers were dispatched to a report of fraudulent use of a credit device in the 900 block of Woodward. It was discovered that there had been a banking error and no crime had occurred.

On 07/28/17 at 10:25pm, officers were dispatched to a report of a lost or stolen wallet in the 1000 block of Graves Street. The incident remains under investigation.

On 07/29/17 at 7:50pm, officers were dispatched to a report of a theft from a business in the 1300 block of Washington Street. Officers have obtained surveillance video and are in process of identifying the suspect.

On 07/30/17 at 6:38am, officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 400 block of Herriman. The incident was verbal and no arrests were made.

On 07/30/17 at 3:05pm, officers were dispatched to a report of a theft from a residence in the 1600 block Of Webster Street. The incident remains under investigation.

On 07/30/17 at 7:20pm, officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 600 block of Missouri. The incident was verbal and no arrests were made.

For Release: 07/28/2017
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Wednesday, July 25, 2017, at approximately 3:25 p.m., officers took a report of fraud in the 600 block of Walnut St. The investigation is on-going.

On July 27, 2017, at approximately 3:25 p.m., officers took a report of domestic assault in the 400 block of J.F.K. Ave. Officers arrested Christopher Allen McCracken for domestic assault 4th degree. McCracken was processed at the Police Department. He was transferred to the Daviess-DeKalb County Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges.

On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at approximately 3:31 p.m., officers recovered a bicycle in the 500 block of Graves St. Officers are attempting to locate the registered owner.

On Thursday, July 27, 2017, at approximately 10:10 a.m., officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle non-injury traffic crash on Webster St. at Elm St. A vehicle driven by Eudora E. Fitzpatrick backed into a parked vehicle owned by Joshua L. Fosdick. Minor damage was reported.

On Thursday, July 27, 2017, at approximately 11:30 a.m., officers took a report of stealing in the 600 block of Locust St. Suspects have been identified and charges are pending.

On Thursday, July 27, 2017, at approximately 8:06 p.m., officers took a report of stealing in the 400 block of Webster St. The investigation is on-going.

On Thursday, July 27, 2017, at approximately 8:07 p.m., officers took a report of stealing in the 900 block of Calhoun St. The investigation is on-going.

On Thursday, July 27, 2017, at approximately 10:20 p.m., officers were dispatched to a check the well-being of a child in the 400 block of Jackson St. Officers were assisted by the Livingston County Children's Division.

On Thursday, July 27, 2017, at approximately 10:59 p.m., officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 800 block of Jefferson St. The incident was determined to be verbal in nature. No arrests were made.

On Friday, July 28, 2017, 28, 2017, at approximately 2:49 a.m., officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 1200 block of Walnut St. Both parties separated for the night. No arrests were made.

Officers responded to 100 calls for service on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

For Release: 07/27/2017
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Saturday, July 15, 2017, at approximately 11:03 p.m., officers took a report of shoplifting in the 1000 block of Graves St. Officers arrested Kimberly Dawn Watkins for shoplifting. She was processed at the Police Department. She was released pending a court appearance.

On Sunday, July 16, 2017, at approximately 9:05 p.m., officers took a report of stealing in the 200 block of W. Bus. Hwy. 36. A suspect has been identified and charges are pending.

On Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at approximately 12:40 a.m., officers were dispatched to a disturbance in the 500 block of E. Bus. Hwy. 36. Officers arrested Jacob Paul Dudley for unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Dudley was processed at the Police Department. He was released pending a court appearance.

On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at approximately 7:00 a.m., officers and Code Enforcement closed and condemned a residence as unlivable in the 1000 block of Cherry St.

On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at approximately 9:00 a.m., officers arrested Howard Eugene Welch for stealing which occurred on April 10, 2017, in the 1200 block of N. Washington St. Welch was processed at the Police Department. He was released pending a court appearance.

On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at approximately 9:45 a.m., officers took a report of a stolen bicycle in the 300 block of Cherry St. The bicycle was later recovered in the 500 block of Graves St.

On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at approximately 4:06 p.m., officers arrested Vanessa Ann Grant for shoplifting in the 700 block of Elm St. Grant was processed at the Police Department. She was released pending a court appearance.

On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at approximately 10:11 p.m., officers took a report of a stolen dirt bike in the 400 block of Wilson St. The investigation is on-going.

Officers responded to 96 calls for service on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

For Release: 07/26/17
Contact: Sergeant John Valbracht, Patrol Supervisor

On 07/24/17 at 5:34pm, officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Cowgil and South Street. Officers reported that a vehicle driven by Skyler Burns was eastbound on South Street when a vehicle driven by Cynthia Kline was northbound on Cowgil Street and pulled into the path of the Burns vehicle causing extensive damage. Kline complained of minor injuries but refused medical treatment at the scene. The Kline vehicle was removed from the scene by Peery's Towing, and Ms. Kline was issued a Municipal Citation for failure to yield at an intersection.

On 07/24/17 at 10:55pm, officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance near the intersection of E. Jackson and Orchard Street. The incident was verbal and no arrests were made.

On 07/24/17, officers completed an investigation on several no account and insufficient fund checks being received by local businesses. Officers have identified the suspect and information has been forwarded to the Livingston County Prosecuting Attorney.

On 07/25/17 at 9:00am, officers were dispatched to a report of property damage in the 1100 block of Hillside Drive. Officers reported that someone had thrown eggs on a vehicle a vehicle that was parked in the 1100 block of Hillside Drive. Officers were also dispatched to a report of someone throwing eggs on a vehicle that was parked in the 100 block of Crescent Drive. Both incidents remain under investigation.

On 07/25/17 at 2:19pm, officers responded to Hy-Vee parking lot, located in the 1200 block of Washington Street, for a report of a non-injury two-vehicle accident. Upon investigation, officers determined a vehicle driven by James C. Helms had backed from his parking spot when a second vehicle driven by Sylvia J. Stark began backing from her spot at which time Stark then impacted the left side of Helms vehicle. No injuries were reported and both vehicles sustained minor damage but were driven from the scene.

On 07/25/17 at 3:53pm, officers served a warrant for a 96-hour evaluation to a female in the 2800 block of Washington Street. The female was transported to a facility for evaluation and treatment.

On 07/25/17 at 6:25pm, officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 1300 block of Burnam Road. The incident was verbal and no arrests were made.

For Release: 07/24/2017
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Friday, July 21, 2017, at approximately 10:46 a.m., officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 1600 block of Maple St. Michael Richard Moffet was arrested for domestic assault 4th degree. He was processed at the Police Department. He was then transferred to the Daviess-DeKalb County Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges.

On Friday, July 21, 2017, at approximately 11:41 a.m., officers arrested Brandi Opal Peniston on an active arrest warrant out of Chillicothe for failure to wear seatbelt in the 600 block of Walnut St. Peniston was processed at the Police Department. She posted the required $25.00 cash only bond and was released.

On Friday, July 21, 2017, at approximately 11:57 a.m., officers took a report of stealing in the 1400 block of Polk St. The investigation is on-going.

On Friday, July 21, 2017, at approximately 5:31 p.m., officers were dispatched to a one-vehicle non-injury traffic crash on MO Hwy. 190 and U.S. Hwy. 65. A vehicle driven by Marijean Meservey collided with a street sign while operating her cellular telephone. Minor damage was reported.

On Friday, July 21, 2017, at approximately 9:26 p.m., officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 1200 block of N. Washington St. The incident was determined to be verbal in nature. No arrests were made.

On Saturday, July 22, 2017, at approximately 11:48 a.m., officers took a report of passing counterfeit money in the 300 block of S. Washington St. The investigation is on-going.

On Saturday, July 22, 2017, at approximately 3:19 p.m., officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 700 block of Clay St. The parties separated and no arrests were made.

On Saturday, July 22, 2017, at approximately 8:47 p.m., officers arrested Shane Lee Parenteau for operating a motor vehicle while driver's license suspended, defective equipment, and failure to provide proof of financial responsibility following a traffic stop in the 300 block of S. Washington St. Parenteau was processed at the Police Department. He was released pending a court appearance.

On Sunday, July 23, 2017, at approximately 12:46 a.m., officers arrested Andrew Jordan Campbell on an active arrest warrants for delivery of 35g or less of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid in the 600 block of Walnut St. Campbell was processed at the Police Department. Campbell was unable to post the required combined $20,000 cash only bond. He was transferred to the Daviess-DeKalb County Regional Jail.

On Sunday, July 23, 2017, at approximately 3:45 p.m., officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 800 block of Walnut St. Officers arrested Malik Rashad Steele for domestic assault 3rd degree. Steele was processed at the Police Department. He was transferred to the Daviess-DeKalb County Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges.

On Sunday, July 23, 2017, officers were advised a stolen firearm had been recovered and returned to the owner.

On Sunday, July 23, 2017, at approximately 8:33 p.m., officers took a report of a dog bite in the 300 block of Clay St. Officers were assisted by Animal Control.

Officers responded to 87 calls for service on Friday, July 21, 2017.

Officers responded to 66 calls for service on Saturday, July 22, 2017.

Officers responded to 54 calls for service on Sunday, July 23, 2017.

For Release: 07/21/17
Contact: Sergeant John Valbracht, Patrol Supervisor


On 07/19/17 at 7:28am, officers arrested Matthew W. Corzette on a Chariton County Warrant for failure to appear on a traffic charge. Corzette was transported to the Police Department where he was processed and released after posting bond.

On 07/19/17 at 9:15pm, officers arrested Raven Pittman in the 1000 block of Graves Street on a Livingston County Warrant charging her with two counts of possession of a controlled substance except 35 gm of less of Marijuana and a Chillicothe Municipal Warrant for failure to obey a Judge's Order on the original charge of Stealing. Pittman was transported to the Police Department where she was processed. Pittman was unable to post bond and was transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail.

On 07/20/17 at 10:17am, officers were dispatched to a report no account and insufficient funds checks being passed at two businesses in Chillicothe. The incident remains under investigation.

On 07/20/17 at 2:01pm, officers conducted a traffic enforcement stop on US 36 Hwy near Rt CC. Officers arrested the driver, Julie A. Falls for excessive speed, possession of less than 35gm marijuana and paraphernalia. Falls was transported to the Police Department where she was processed and released on Municipal Citations.

For Release: 07/19/2017
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Monday, July 17, 2017, at approximately 12:10 p.m., officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle injury traffic crash in the 1200 block of N. Washington St. A vehicle driven by Marilyn K. Sidden collided with a vehicle driven by Mary C. Harper after Harper turned in front of Sidden. Both Sidden and Harper complained of injury but refused transportation by EMS. Sidden's vehicle was towed from the scene by Peery's Towing. Haprer was issued a citation for improper turning involving a motor vehicle crash. Officers were assisted at the scene by Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services.

On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at approximately 7:00 a.m., officers took a report of a stolen motor vehicle in the 100 block of Elm St. The investigation is on-going.

On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at approximately 10:59 a.m., officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 100 block of Asher St. The incident was determined to be verbal in nature. No arrests were made.

On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at approximately 3:35 p.m., officers took a report of stealing in the 1100 block of Calhoun St. The investigation is on-going.

Officers responded to 102 calls for service on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.

For Release: 07/18/2017
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Saturday, July 15, 2017 at approximately 2:50 p.m., officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle non-injury traffic crash on private property in the 2800 block of Hornet Rd. A vehicle driven by Joshua Ryan Kille was backing from a parking spot and impacted a vehicle driven by Connie Sue Jones causing minor damage to both vehicles.

On Saturday, July 15, 2017, at approximately 8:51 p.m., officers took a report of careless driving and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash in the 400 block of S. Washington St. and the 400 block of Cowgill St. The investigation is on-going.

On Sunday, July 16, 2017, at approximately 1:15 a.m., officers took a report of possible property damage in the 1700 block of Deringer Drive.

On Sunday, July 16, 2017, at approximately 8:32 a.m., officers took a report of a stolen vehicle in the 400 block of Williams St. A suspect has been identified and charges are pending.

On Sunday, July 16, 2017, at approximately 4:00 p.m., officers were dispatched to check the well-being in the 400 block of Mack St.

On Monday, July 17, 2017, at approximately 9:45 p.m., officers conducted an investigation of possible drug possession in the 400 block of Clay St. The investigation has been closed.

The Chillicothe Police Department would like to inform the public about a scam where a person calls claiming to work for the IRS or U.S. Treasury and claim there is a problem with your taxes or unpaid taxes. They threaten to call the police and have them arrest you if you don't provide them with the information they want. One possible phone number being used is 301-969-2307. This is a SCAM. Do not give them your information. Just hang up. Look up the IRS online for more information.

Officers responded to 89 calls for service on Monday, July 17, 2017.

For Release: 07/16/17
Contact: Sergeant John Valbracht, Patrol Supervisor

On 07/13/17 at 10:13pm, officers were dispatched to a report of harassment in the 1200 block of Washington Street. The incident remains under investigation.

On 07/14/17 at 1:17am, officers received a complaint of a vehicle being driven in a careless and imprudent manner. Officers located the vehicle and arrested Gregory A. Johnson for driving while revoked and driving while intoxicated. Johnson was transported to the Police Department where he was processed and transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail.

On 07/15/17 at 2:00am, officers conducted a traffic enforcement stop at Washington and Clay Street. Officers discovered property that did not belong to the occupant of the vehicle. Officers contacted Carroll County who contacted the owner of the property and discovered that the property had been stolen. Carroll County Deputy requested our officers to arrest Lyndsay M. Mello for possession of stolen property. Officers contacted the on-duty Livingston County Deputy who transported Ms. Mello to Carroll County and she was turned over to a Carroll County Sheriff Deputy.

For Release: 07/14/2017
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at approximately 3:30 p.m., officers arrested Joshua Alan Clevenger and Brenda Dawn Clevenger for unlawful use of drug paraphernalia in the 600 block of J.F.K. Ave. The Clevenger's were processed at the Police Department. They were released pending a court appearance. A juvenile was also involved with the unlawful possession and the incident will be forwarded to the Livingston County Juvenile Office.

On Thursday, July 13, 2017, at approximately 9:40 a.m., officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle non-injury traffic crash in the 400 block of S. Washington St. A vehicle driven by Danny L. Windsor collided with the rear of a vehicle driven by Ronald W. Reynolds while he was stopped in traffic. Minor damage was reported.

On Thursday, July 13, 2017, at approximately 10:46 a.m., officers arrested Loren Michael Tripp and Amber Dawn Anderson for domestics assault in the 300 block of Dickinson Ave. Tripp and Anderson were processed at the Police Department. They were then transferred to the Daviess-DeKalb County Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges.

On Thursday, July 13, 2017, at approximately 12:39 p.m., officers took a report of stealing in the 10 block of Webster St. The investigation is on-going.

Officers responded to 84 calls for service on Thursday, July 13, 2017.

For Release: 07/13/2017
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Saturday, July 8, 2017, at approximately 1:55 p.m., officers took a report of a subject defecating in public in the 300 block of N. Washington St. A suspect has been identified and charges are pending.

On Tuesday, July 11, 2017, officers took a report of fraudulent use of a credit device which occurred in another jurisdiction. The incident will be forwarded to the appropriate agency.

On Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at approximately 10:39 a.m., officers took a report of stealing and a domestic disturbance in the 700 block of Webster St. The incident was determined to be verbal in nature. The stolen property was returned and the victim did not wish to pursue charges. No arrests were made.

On Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at approximately 11:44 a.m., officers were dispatched to a one-vehicle non-injury traffic crash in the 10 block of Jackson St. A vehicle driven by Rodney R. Verbrugge was crossing the railroad tracks after the stop arm started rising. The arm malfunctioned and came down on the vehicle causing damage.

On Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at approximately 2:09 p.m., officers arrested Terry Allen Greene on an active arrest Probation & Parole violation warrant in the 10 block of S. Washington St. Greene was processed at the Police Department. The warrant carried no bond, so Greene was transferred to the Daviess-DeKalb County Regional Jail.

On Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at approximately 2:43 p.m., officers arrested Anthony Wesley Ong for stealing in the 600 block of Walnut St. Ong was processed at the Police Department. He was released pending a court appearance.

Officers responded to 91 calls for service on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

For Release 07/11/17
Contact: Sergeant John Valbracht, Patrol Supervisor

On 07/10/17 at 7:54am, officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle non-injury accident on Washington Street south of Ryan Lane. Officers reported that a vehicle driven by Kacie King was northbound on Washington Street in the inside lane and had to slow for traffic. Officers reported that a vehicle driven by Jessica DeVaul was northbound behind the King vehicle and was unable to stop in time and struck the King vehicle in the rear causing moderate damage.

On 07/10/17 at 12:10pm, officers took a report of a theft that occurred on 07/08/17 in the 400 block of West Business 36. The incident remains under investigation.

On 07/10/17 at 2:41pm, officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance at the intersection of Polk and Broadway. The incident was verbal and no arrests were made.

On 07/11/2017 at 1236 hours, officers responded to a two-vehicle non-injury accident in the 400 block of Elm Street. Officers reported a vehicle driven by Katherine Barnhart was traveling southbound on Elm Street and struck a parked vehicle owned by Felicia Hughes. Both vehicles sustained significant damage. As a result of the investigation, officers arrested Katherine Barnhart for possession of stolen property (license plates stolen out of Kansas City, MO), C&I accident, no insurance, possession of marijuana drug paraphernalia, and possession of methamphetamine. Barnhart was processed at the police department and transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges.

On 07/11/17, at 6:39 PM, officers took a report of a stolen cell phone from a vehicle in the 500 block of St Louis Street. The incident remains under investigation.

On 07/11/17, officers completed an investigation of a forgery that was reported on 07/06/17 in the 600 block of Business 36 Hwy. Officers have identified the suspect and charges are pending.

For Release: 07/11/17
Contact: Sergeant John Valbracht, Patrol Supervisor

On 07/10/17 at 6:00pm, officers took a report of a vehicle being stolen from the 1200 block of Jackson Street on 07/10/17. Officers are attempting to locate the vehicle, a red 1997 GMC Z71 step side pickup and the suspect reported to have taken the vehicle. Officers were advised of a possible sighting of the vehicle in the Wheeling area on 07/11/17. Officers are urging anyone with information on the vehicle location to contact local law enforcement immediately at 660-646-2121.

On 07/10/17 at 7:55pm, officers observed a registered sex offender in a public park. Officers contacted the offender and advised him to leave immediately. Officers verified the offender's restrictions and information has been forwarded to the Livingston County Prosecutor for consideration of charges.

On 07/10/17 at 10:11pm, officers arrested Kyle J. Standley in the 1400 block of Broadway on a Carroll County warrant for probation violation on the original charge of driving while intoxicated. Standley was unable to post the $5,000.00 bond and was transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail.

On 07/11/17 at 3:40 am, officers arrested Kevin L. Kirkpatrick at the intersection of Washington and Snow Street for driving while suspended, possession of a controlled substance and illegal drug paraphernalia. Kirkpatrick was transported to the Police Department where he was processed and transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail.

For Release: 07/10/2017
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at approximately 10:20 p.m., officers arrested John Edward Vatteroni for operating a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition and operating a motor vehicle while driver's license revoked following a traffic stop on Third St. at Edgerton St. Vatteroni was processed at the Police Department. He was released pending a court appearance.

On Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at approximately 1:01 p.m., officers were dispatched to a one-vehicle non-injury traffic crash on private property in the 400 block of S. Washington St. A vehicle driven by Ashton B. Aronson collided with a concrete base of a light pole causing major damage. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

On Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at approximately 10:22 p.m., officers took a report of stealing in the 200 block of Brunswick St. Officers arrested Mariah Anna Mae Grant and William Edward Grimes for stealing and fraudulent use of a credit/debit device. Grant and Grimes were processed at the Police Department. They were transferred to the Daviess-DeKalb County Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges.

On Thursday, July 6, 2017, at approximately 8:21 p.m., officers took a report of sexual misconduct in the 1000 block of Dickinson Ave. The incident was forwarded to the Livingston County Juvenile Office.

On Thursday, July 6, 2017, at approximately 8:43 p.m., officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 1500 block of Bryan St. Officers discovered a person attempted self harm. Officers transported the person to a medical facility for evaluation. No arrests were made.

On Friday, July 7, 2017, at approximately 07:07 hours, officers took a person into protective custody who was attempting self harm. The person was transported to a medical facility for treatment.

On Friday, July 7, 2017, at approximately 4:45 p.m., officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle non-injury traffic crash at Cherry St. and Bryan St. A vehicle driven by Teresa J. Olney struck a vehicle driven by Katlynn A. Harper after Harper failed to yield the right-of-way. Moderate damage was reported.

On Friday, July 7, 2017, at approximately 7:47 p.m., officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 700 block of Cowgill St. The incident was determined to be verbal in nature. No arrests were made.

On Saturday, July 8, 2017, at approximately 9:09 p.m., officers took a report of a stealing in the 1000 block of Graves St. The investigation is on-going.

On Saturday, July 8, 2017, at approximately 9:42 a.m., officers took a report of recovered property in the 600 block of Walnut St.

On Saturday, July 8, 2017, at approximately 5:33 p.m., officers were dispatched to a disturbance in the 2900 block of Belair Dr. Officers arrested Michael Ryan Blair for disorderly conduct and interference with the duties of a Law Enforcement Officer. Blair was processed at the Police Department. He was released pending a court appearance.

On Sunday, July 9, 2017, at approximately 1:25 a.m., officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 200 block of E. Bridge St. The incident was determined to be verbal in nature. No arrests were made.

On Sunday, July 9, 2017, at approximately 2:13 a.m., Officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 900 block of Vine St. The investigation is on-going.

On Sunday, July 9, 2017, at approximately 9:11 a.m., officers took a report of child custody dispute. The incident was resolved and no arrests were made.

On Sunday, July 9, 2017, at approximately 12:19 p.m., officers took a report of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash in the 1000 block of Graves St. The investigation is on-going.

On Sunday, July 9, 2017, at approximately 1:29 p.m., officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 1200 block of Jackson St. The incident was determined to be verbal in nature. No arrests were made.

Officers responded to 80 calls for service on Friday, July 7, 2017.

Officers responded to 63 calls for service on Saturday, July 8, 2017.

Officers responded to 44 calls for service on Sunday, July 9, 2017.

For Release: 07/07/17
Contact: Sergeant John Valbracht, Patrol Supervisor

On 07/05/17 at 6:48am officers were dispatched to a report of Trespassing in the 1300 block of Elm Street. The incident remains under investigation.

On 07/06/17 at 8:00am, officers were dispatched to a report of an abandoned vehicle in the 200 block of Slack. The vehicle had expired tags, and the owner could not be located, so the Officers had the vehicle towed by Peery's Towing.

On 07/06/17, officers completed an investigation of child abuse/neglect that had been reported on 06/28/17 in the 200 block of East Second Street from a Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline call. Officers have submitted the report to the Livingston County Prosecuting Attorney for consideration of charges.

On 07/06/17 at 8:30pm, officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 1500 block of Bryan Street. Officers took a male into custody for self-protection, and he was transported o HMC for treatment and evaluation.

For Release: 07/05/2017
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Monday, July 3, 2017, at approximately 1:45 p.m., officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 1100 block of Jackson St. No arrests were made.

On Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at approximately 11:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to a leaving the scene of a traffic crash at First St. and Hickory St. A suspect has been identified and charges are pending.

On Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at approximately 12:03 p.m., officers took a report of fraud. The incident occurred in another jurisdiction and will be forwarded to the appropriate agency.

Officers responded to 72 calls for service on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

For Release: 07/04/2017
Contact: Sergeant Curtis Hays, Shift Supervisor

On Thursday, June 22, 2017, at approximately 11:33 a.m., officers were dispatched to a one-vehicle non-injury traffic crash in the 600 block of Woodward St. A truck tractor driven by Wesley R. Castelberry struck a low phone line causing damage to the line. AT&T was contacted about the line, and the roadway was cleared. There was no damage reported to the vehicle.

On Thursday, June 29, 2017, at approximately 4:37 p.m., officers were dispatched to a minor injury traffic crash on Graves St. at Bus. Hwy. 36. A vehicle driven by Dennis E. Hutchinson collided with the rear of a vehicle driven by Donna M. Shaw. A passenger in Shaw's vehicle, Travis V. Shaw, complained of injury and was transported by Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services. Hutchinson's vehicle was towed by Peery Towing. Hutchinson was issued a citation for following too close resulting in a traffic crash.

On Friday, June 30, 2017, at approximately 12:10 p.m., officers arrested Elsa Lorine Morris for operating a motor vehicle while driver's license revoked following a traffic stop on Washington St. at Clay St. Morris was processed at the Police Department. She was released pending a court appearance.

On Sunday, July 2, 2017, at approximately 11:17 p.m., officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 400 block of Elm Street.

Officers responded to 90 calls for service on Monday, July 3, 2017.

For Release: 07/03/17
Contact: Sergeant John Valbracht, Patrol Supervisor

On 06/28/17 at 7:00am, officers were dispatched to a parked vehicle blocking an alley in the 1000 block of Jackson Street. Officers were unable to locate the owner, and the vehicle was towed by Peery's Towing.

On 06/30/17 at 12:40pm, Michael R. Gatson turned himself in at the Chillicothe Police Department on a Livingston County Warrant for two counts of possession of a controlled substance except 35gm or less of marijuana. Gatson was processed and released after posting a $10,000.00 cash bond.

On 06/30/17 at 12:45pm officers were dispatched to the 600 block of Walnut Street in reference to a lost or stolen wallet. The incident remains under investigation.

On 06/30/17 at 4:00pm, officers arrested Karina R. Cain in the 600 block of Walnut Street on a Chillicothe Municipal Warrant for fail to appear on a nuisance violation. Cain was processed and released after posting bond.

On 06/30/17 at 7:20pm, officers were dispatched to the 300 block of Mansur Street in reference to a report of child abuse. Officers learned that the incident occurred in another jurisdiction, and the child was no longer at the residence where the incident was reported to have occurred. Investigating officers forwarded information to the Children's Division, and the authorities of the jurisdiction where the incident was reported to have occurred.

On 07/01/17 at 6:15pm, officers were dispatched to a disturbance near Third and Washington Street. The incident was determined to be verbal and no arrests were made.

On 07/01/17 at 9:05pm, officers arrested Christian S. Stretch in the 1600 block of Walnut St. on a Livingston County Warrant for failure to appear on a class A misdemeanor and a warrant from Caldwell County for failure to appear on a traffic charge. Stretch was transported to the Police Department where he was processed and transferred the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail.

POLICE IN ACTION PROGRAM

Chillicothe Police Department Creates New Police in Action Program
The Chillicothe Police Department believes it is very important to have a working relationship with the public. We believe that interacting with the public will create a trusting relationship and also assist in keeping the community safe. We will be hosting different events where police officers of the Chillicothe Police Department will interact with the public. We will call this new program "Police in Action." The plan for Police in Action is to hold events throughout the year interacting with the community, such as presentations, safety events, sporting events, and youth events. Our first Police in Action event will be teaming with recovering drug addicts. Police in Action will team with recovering drug addicts bringing presentations throughout Chillicothe to assist in cleaning up our community. Our first presentation will be for the Lifepoint Church youth group on February 17, 2016. Our focus of this presentation will be to inform the youth of what the Chillicothe Police Department stands for and what we want to accomplish. We want the youth to hear the testimonies of the recovering drug addicts and the impact that drugs have had on their lives.

ARCHIVED NEWS


C-T Photo: Jaime Saucedo

On Thursday, May 25, 2017, members of the Chillicothe Police Department, Livingston County Sheriff's Department, Missouri State Troopers, Chillicothe Fire Department and EMS coordinated to participate in an "Active Shooter Scenario" exercise with the help of some of the Chillicothe High School staff and students who participated as actors for realism. The procedure for the exercise was to eliminate the threat, secure the facility, and evacuate the building. The people credited with working on producing this exercise over the last few months are Jon Maples, Michael Claypole, Darrell Wright, Cindy Hanavan, Jacob Peterson and Mike Lewis. For more details, click here. >>

Excerpt from City Council Meeting June 26, 2017 - Chief Knouse presented to the Council to commission Rob Williams as a Tactical Medic creating a new position on the S.W.A.T.unit, an idea that the Chief has been considering ever since the "Active Shooter Scenario" exercise back on May 25. "When we have a high risk situation, they stand by, but I need someone right there too," said Chief Knouse about the fire department. "Even though it was just a drill, I realized I need someone here, I need someone with me." Read complete article here >>

Seat Belt and Child Restraint Enforcement March 22, 2017
On March 22, 2017, at approximately 7:15 am, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Chillicothe Police Department conducted a seatbelt and child restraint enforcement detail. The operation was set to target parents and young drivers who were not using proper vehicle restraints for themselves and/or their child passengers. This operation was conducted on Maple Street, JFK Avenue, and Tenth Street in Chillicothe, Missouri. This operation was targeted for the drivers delivering children to Field Elementary School and was conducted for approximately a 45-minute period. During this checkpoint, officers and troopers together made 8 total contacts. Of these contacts the following dispositions were attained:

  • 12 total citations
  • 3 citations for a child under the age of 16 w/o a safety belt
  • 5 citations for child under the age of 8 w/o a safety belt or safety seat
  • 2 citations for an adult w/o a safety belt (driver)
  • 1 citation for no insurance
  • 1 citation for stop sign violation
  • 7 total warnings
  • 2 warnings for a child under the age of 16 w/o a safety belt
  • 1 warning for no proof of insurance
  • 2 warnings for stop sign violation
  • 2 miscellaneous warnings

The purpose of this enforcement operation is to ensure safety of the drivers, passengers, and children of the vehicles. The Chillicothe Police Department and the Missouri Highway Patrol are working together to make the roads safer for everyone. We are proud to say the numbers of buckled up drivers and passengers are significantly higher that normal. The purpose of these enforcement areas is to get people to buckle up. Buckle up and arrive alive!

City Council Meeting 05/30/17 - The council approved increasing the starting pay for new police officers to $15.45 per hour at their regular council meeting May 30. The previous wage was $13.37 per hour for the first six months and then increasing to $15.45 per hour. The council unanimously agreed to increase the starting pay. Shortly thereafter, in executive session which followed the regular council meeting, city officials approved the hiring of three new police officers. The three new officers employed on a unanimous vote following a recommendation from the Chief of Police Rick Knouse include Whitney Murdock of Carrollton; Eric Menconi of Chillicothe, and Mathew McCurry of Brookfield. Ms. Murdock has been a sergeant with the Carrollton Police Department. Menconi is a juvenile officer in Chillicothe, and McCurry is a recent graduate of the Police Academy. McCurry began duty on Thursday, and the remaining  two new officers will start their new jobs in two weeks. The police department is now at full force of 17 officers, according to Mayor Chuck Haney.

The Chillicothe Fire Department has partnered with the Chillicothe Police Department and the local Army National Guard Unit to develop an Honor Guard Team. The Honor Guard Team will be available to present the national and local colors at events throughout the community at the request of the event organizers. Hedrick Medical Center is the sole sponsor of the team and contributed funds to purchase the uniforms and flags needed for the development of the Honor Guard Team. There are about five members from each the fire, police and National Guard who will be serving on the Honor Guard Team, with the goal that at least two will be available at all times, when needed. Persons interested in scheduling the Honor Guard Team for an event should contact the Chillicothe Fire Department at 660-646-2139. Photo: Jaime Saucedo
Sgt. Hays and officers Keller and Beemer were surprised when Y-Pals from the Grand River Area YMCA in Chillicothe brought the CPD Christmas gift bags this year. Photo: Jaime Saucedo. See more > Brandon Johnson, formerly of Breckenridge, Missouri, has officially joined the department on 12/12/16. See more >

Honor Guard
Several members of the Chillicothe Police, Chillicothe Fire, and members of the National Guard make up the local Honor Guard. They presented flags at the "Life Flight Eagle welcome to Chillicothe" event held on Wednesday, December 7, 2016.

Honor Guard
C-T Photo

City officials, Chillicothe Police and Chillicothe Fire departments, officials from Life Flight Eagle and Hedrick Medical Center at St. Luke's were all on hand for the official groundbreaking of the new LifeFlight hangar to be built at the Chillicothe Municipal Airport. The Chillicothe Fire Department/Chillicothe Police Department Honor Guard gave a flag presentation that was followed by invocation delivered by Fire Department Chaplin, Bill Gutshall. Mayor Chuck Haney gave an opening statement focused on the benefits of moving to Chillicothe. The Hangar project will cost around $1.1 million dollars and will include a living quarters for staff and a maintenance bay and helipad. The project is expected to be completed and operational by the summer of 2017.

December 1, 2016 - The 2017 Local Law Enforcement Block Grant (LLEBG) has been awarded to the Chillicothe Police Department in the amount of $6,127.45. This money was obtained from a competitive grant through the Missouri Department of Public Safety. Monies received from this grant will be used to purchase equipment related to officer safety. The grant was authored by Sgt. Jeremy Stephens; Chief Richard Knouse is the grant's Project Director, and Mayor Charles Haney is the Authorizing Official.

Girl Scouts Provide Gift Baskets for Chillicothe Police Officers
11/01/16 CT
Photos Cindy Hanavan, CPD Office Manager

The Chillicothe Girl Scout Brownie Troop 2231 invited local Chillicothe Police Officers to their troop meeting to discuss Halloween safety. The girls thought so much of the officers, that in honor of their founder's birthday, Juliette Gordon Low, decided to surprise the officers with a Halloween trick or treat of their own.

The Chillicothe Girl Scout Brownie Troop 2231 delivered gift baskets to Chillicothe Police officers recently. The girls shopped, decorated, and came up with a gift basket full of note pads, pens, free food certificates, coupons, cups, air fresheners, etc.

Each officer received his or her own Halloween gift basket from the girls, as well as a large box full of coloring books, crayons, books, puzzles, and other items, to keep at the station for children in need that the officers are trying to help.

They also carved this pumpkin with the city logo as it appeared in 1837.

The girls received huge support from the Chillicothe area businesses and received more than $500 worth of goodies for the local police officers. The girls shopped, decorated, and came up with a gift basket full of note pads, pens, free food certificates, coupons, cups, air fresheners, etc. Each officer received their own Halloween gift basket from the girls, as well as a large box full of coloring books, crayons, books, puzzles, and other kids items, to keep at the station for children in need that the officers are trying to help. "These girls really look up to their local police department and wanted to give back for a change," said Troop Leader Christina Lybarger. Troop assistants are Jennifer Plummer and Jessica Konopasek.

The troop expressed appreciation to the local Chillicothe businesses that helped support the local Chillicothe police department and help make this project possible: HyVee, Sonic, Prenger's Quick Lube & LaserWash, Chillicothe Barnes & Baker, American Family Insurance-Brent Minnick, Taco Bell, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Pizza Hut, Walmart, Chillicothe Ford/Lincoln, Wabash BBQ, Golden Corral, Dollar Tree (management), Chillicothe Family Pharmacy, Investor's Bank, McCoy Samples & Mattingly Dental Clinic, Citizen's Bank & Trust, McDonald's, and Woody's.

Battle of the Badges Benefits Y-Pals' Backpack Program
10/01/16

The second annual Battle of the Badges benefit softball game between the Chillicothe Police department and the Chillicothe Fire Department that drew a big crowd and was such a success last year was held Saturday, October 1, at the Blue Field at Danner Memorial Park beginning at 7 p.m. Admission was a contribution with all proceeds going to the Y-Pals backpack program according to co-organizers Detective Jon Maples and Police Officer Michael Smith. The Chillicothe Police Department rallied in the top of the seventh inning to take the lead over the Fire Department and then held on in the bottom half of the inning to win a wild and fun-filled contest by a score of 28-26. Nearly $1,200 was raised both at the event and from donations prior to the annual fund raiser. Admission was a freewill donation collected in the bottom of the fifth inning by Councilman Tom Douglas who passed the hat through the audience to pick up some surplus cash.

We love Chillicothe and have some of the greatest heroes around, CFD and CPD! Thank you Chillicothe. A special guest threw the ceremonial first pitch to kick off the evening activities. Miss Missouri 2015 McKensie Garber attended the event and threw out the first pitch and donated all proceeds from photos and autographs. Refreshments were available. Fourth Ward Councilman Paul Howard was the official umpire behind the plate and Scott Mumper worked the bases. The Boy Scouts presented the Colors and carried the American flag to the field. Third Ward Councilman Tom Douglas lead the pledge to the flag, and the national anthem was played. Mayor Chuck Haney served as the public address announcer. In last year's battle and fun before a full house, the fire department pulled off a 26-22 victory. Attendees were encouraged to bring the entire family and enjoy the evening and help support the Grand River Area Family YMCA backpack program.

City Hires 2 Police Officers
09/02/16

Two police officers have been employed by the city council following recommendation from the Chief of Police Rick Knouse and City Administrator Ike Holland at the council's regular meeting Monday evening, August 29, 2016. Chief Knouse said that Jon C. Maples was returning to his former position of Detective after a short stay as chief of police of the Hamilton Police Department. Maples will begin work here on September 12, 2016. The second officer employed is Jeremiah Grider of Cameron, Missouri. Grider has been with the Excelsior Springs police department where he was Narcotics Officer and a member of the Clay County Drug Task Force. He formerly was a Military Police Officer with the U. S. Army and with the Cameron Police Department. He will begin work September 12, 2016. Knouse said the hiring of the two officers will bring the department within one of capacity. The two officers were hired by the city council on unanimous votes.

Blue Ribbons Tied Downtown Show Support for Law Enforcement
July 25, 2016

A local nonprofit organization, "The Tornadoes" tied blue ribbons throughout downtown to show their support for law enforcement. The Tornadoes is a group consisting of 11 members and their goal is to help others in the community by supporting some great causes such as domestic violence awareness, breast cancer awareness and autism awareness. They also help build, strengthen and encourage other nonprofit organizations. according to member, Cindy Cairns. Hanging the blue ribbons was an event the Tornadoes called, "Turning the Town Blue." Cairns said the group got together a few different nights to hang ribbons throughout the town's parks and and then decided to invite the public to the Silver Moon Plaza to help decorate the downtown area. Local law enforcement officers from the highway patrol, city police and sheriff's office were present. "We are sisters not by blood but by heart, we are a force to be reckoned with. We come together like a strong storm to wreak havoc in our community and surrounding areas on issues such as domestic violence, hunger, and cancer," Cairns said of the group.

CPD to Receive Advanced 911 System That Allows Text, Photos, Video
By BRITTANY TUTT
April 1, 2016

The Chillicothe City Council approved the city's 2016-17 budget on Monday night. The new fiscal year begins today, Friday, April 1. Included in the budget's expenses was a new 911 system for the Chillicothe Police Department, projected to cost $45,360. According to the Chillicothe Police Department's Office Manager, Cindy Hanavan, the police department has not made a final decision on which 911 system to purchase yet but the search has been narrowed down to two options. Hanavan said the options are night and day differences, but the department is leaning toward the less costly of the two. According to Hanavan, the equipment the department currently has is about eight to ten years old and was given to them used by the Livingston County Sheriff's Office. Hanavan said the age of the equipment is a concern for the department because computers and systems that are on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year wear out quickly. If the system does quit, calls will roll over to the Trenton Police Department as back up. The system the CPD currently has shows land line phone numbers and pulls the location of the caller up on a map; however, the system only sometimes shows a cell phone number and location. The current system also allows deaf persons to type to the police, but doesn't allow text messages. A new system that will be able to show both number and location for land lines and cell phones, and will allow one to text, send video and photos to 911 would be very useful for the police, according to Hanavan. She said a system allowing one to text and send video and photos would greatly benefit the department and victims. For example, if one had an intruder in his home and he was hiding, he could quietly text the police department instead of risking a call. Videos and photos would allow citizens the ability to take photos or video of a crime being committed and send it to the police department as evidence. "We will do our best to choose the right program to benefit both the department and the citizens of Chillicothe."

Police In Action hosted Basketball with the COPS at the Grand River YMCA March 19th.
Snacks were provided. There were prizes during this event and it was **FREE**.


On January 11, 2016, the CPD granted a birthday wish through through their ride-along program.
Noah Easley rode for part of the day shift conducting a few traffic stops and touring the Police Department.
Noah also received a CPD lanyard and drawstring back pack. After also riding with the night shift, Noah
said it was his best birthday ever. The officers were reminded why they do what they do - for the community.

51 Local Children Receive Christmas Gifts Through Shop With a Cop Event
By BRITTANY TUTT
December 21, 2015


C-T Photo / Brittany Tutt
Thirteen police officers, including detective Jon Maples (pictured above),
assisted the children in their shopping adventure on Saturday, December 19, 2015.

The Chillicothe Kiwanis Club hosted its annual Shop with a Cop event on Saturday at Wal-Mart. Through a fundraiser hosted by the Chillicothe Elks Lodge and grants from Wal-Mart, the Kiwanis Club was able to take 51 underprivileged children Christmas shopping. The number of children involved in the event almost doubled from last year's total of 26. The Shop with a Cop event was created about 15 years ago to help local, underprivileged children and their families have a good Christmas, according to Kiwanis member, Alice Swartz. Shop with a Cop allows children to buy gifts for themselves (and their family) that they would otherwise not be able to afford. Because children are able to purchase these gifts, they can wake up excited Christmas morning. The children involved with Shop with a Cop were from Livingston County, the majority being from Dewey Elementary, Field Elementary and Central Elementary schools. These children are selected by school staff, and are students who would benefit from this event the most. Every year, Kiwanis informs the schools on how many students they can help and school staff picks the students and makes phone calls to parents. At the event there were 13 officers from the Chillicothe Police Department and their families, 15 Kiwanis members and their families and eight Wal-Mart employees who assisted the children in their shopping adventure around Wal-Mart. Officers, Kiwanis members and Wal-Mart employees helped children shop for the items on the their Christmas list that was prepared prior to the event, and made sure children didn't over or under spend, as each child is given a certain amount to spend. After the gifts were purchased, they were wrapped. The gift wrapping supplies were provided by Wal-Mart and Wal-Mart employees wrapped the gifts. Wal-Mart also made sure Santa made an appearance at the event and supplied refreshments. The Shop with a Cop event can be humbling to witness, as these children who don't generally have a lot, shop for not only themselves but their families, too. "The children buy for everyone in their family," Swartz said. "A lot of children will not even buy for themselves, because they want everyone in their family to have something to open Christmas morning. But, we try to get them to buy something for themselves too," Swartz said. Though Kiwanis is the organizer of the event, Swartz said they wouldn't be able to do it without everyone who was involved.


On December 3, 2015, the City of Chillicothe held an awards luncheon for the City of Chillicothe Employees.
Detective Jon Maples was recognized as a City of Chillicothe Employee of the Year Nominee.
Detective Maples received the second place award for Employee of the Year representing the Chillicothe Police Department.
Employees of the Chillicothe Police Department were recognized and awards presented for years of service.
Sergeant Curtis Hays was recognized for 5 years of service, and Officer Lena Turpin and Communications Dispatcher Wanda Urton
were both recognized for 10 years of service. We would like to commend these individuals for their service.

City of Chillicothe Battle of the Badges
August 10, 2015
By BRITTANY TUTT, C-T Reporter

If one were to drive by Danner Park Friday night, August 7, 2015, he or she might have thought a major emergency situation was occurring with all the emergency vehicles filling the park's parking lot. However, Friday night was the first annual Battle of the Badges fundraiser event where the Chillicothe Police Department played against the Chillicothe Fire Department in a slow pitch softball tournament to raise money for the Grand River Area Family YMCA Backpack Buddies program. Backpack Buddies is a program that, in partnership with Second Harvest Community Food Bank and Grand River Vocational Technical School, provides easy-to-serve breakfasts, lunches and snacks to more than 100 needy children each weekend during the school year, including extended breaks. These meals are sent home with children on Friday afternoons after school in backpacks.

The Battle of the Badges fundraiser raised over $1,300 for the program Friday night according to Chillicothe Police Department Detective, Johnny Maples. The $1,300 raised was from free-will donations provided by the supporters that packed the bleachers and the nearly 30 players that battled it out on the field Friday night. "This event was a good way for departments to come together and raise money for a program that needed it, and it was another way to show the community that we care," Det. Maples said. Both Fire Chief Darrell Wright and Police Chief Rick Knouse thought the event went over very well with the public. Chief Knouse said he was overwhelmed by how many people came out to support the departments and the Backpack Buddies on Friday. On the field there was a lot of high-fiving and encouragement from one department to another. "Friendly competition" would be the perfect way to describe the game. Ultimately, the fire department won the game by 9 runs with the final score being 30-21; however, both teams were winners as they were able to provide hundreds of children with food.


C-T Photos / Brittany Tutt

Council Hires New Police Officer; Force Now at 16
August 12, 2015
The City of Chillicothe has added another police officer to its force which now is at 16 members. Following a unanimous vote by City Council members in executive session Monday evening, August 10, 2015, Keaton Codell Foster is the latest to join the department that is now at its maximum level. The 26-year-old Sedalia, Missouri, man is a graduate of the Law Enforcement Academy and formerly a member of the Rock Port, Missouri, police department. His hometown is Sedalia, and he will be moving soon to Chillicothe. Police Chief Rick Knouse said that Foster will be joining the department next week for his initial training. Both Knouse and City Administrator Ike Holland recommended Foster for employment as an officer.

Y-PALS VISIT CPD
08/06/15
Two youngsters were treated to a private tour of the Chillicothe Police Station (by Detective Jon Maples) and the fire station on Thursday, escorted by Chillicothe Mayor Chuck Haney (right). The two children are involved with the Y-PALS program administered through the Grand River Area Family YMCA. During the day, children rode in a police vehicle and a fire truck, ate lunch at a local restaurant, and went shopping. Currently, there are 20 youth involved in the Y-PALS program.

Police Gather Input About Troubled Traffic Areas After Facebook Posting
By Brittany Tutt
June 19, 2015

CAPTION: The Chillicothe Police Department as been making efforts to get feedback from the public on areas in Chillicothe that people feel are dangerous and need to be patrolled more frequently. Pictured above is Chillicothe Police Department Detective Johnny Maples patrolling the intersection of Dickinson and Third Street where many children play outside and ride their bikes.


C-T Photo / Brittany Tutt

The Chillicothe Police Department is using social media to help improve traffic safety by asking the public to identify areas where they'd like to see greater enforcement. The department posted on their Facebook page the morning of June 9 requesting feedback from the public in reference to traffic complaints and violations in high traffic areas. The post read: "If you notice specific locations near you or your neighborhood where you would like traffic enforcement conducted in efforts to make the streets of Chillicothe safer please post here, message us or contact the police department...". The post received more than 30 comments from concerned citizens, and according to Chillicothe Police Detective, Johnny Maples, the police department also received several calls as a result of the post. Maples said the police department decided to post this on its Facebook page in order to give the public the opportunity to voice their opinions and extend to people the opportunity to give their input on the topic. Maples said public input is important because it helps officers better protect the city by enforcing the law in areas in which citizens feel are most dangerous. "Our main job is to keep the streets of Chillicothe safe, and the best way to do that is through public feedback," Maples said. Upon reviewing the comments received, the police department determined that the top five most complained about areas in Chillicothe were: Third Street from Washington to Grandview, Dickinson Avenue from Bryan to Third, Hickory Street from Third to Cowgill, Fair Street from Bryan to Dorney Drive and Chillicothe park areas. Maples said the police department already knew a few of these areas to be dangerous, high traffic areas, and tended to catch motorists speeding in said areas. However, he said comments from the public opened up their eyes to how dangerous other areas were getting. Maples said the police department is not staffed in a way that allows them to put an officer at every school during pick up and drop off time to control traffic. However, he said officers do try to patrol school zone areas and usually catch several people speeding or not obeying traffic signs. He said the police department patrols Polk Street heavily during school hours because Polk runs by the middle school, Dewey and Field Elementary School. Maples said that road's speed limit drops down to 20 mph when school is in session, and officers ticket a lot of people not obeying that rule. Maples also said that since the police department has received comments from the public, stops in the areas complained about have increased significantly. Most of the stops have been due to speeding and stop sign violations. This is the first time the police department has asked for the public's input; however, Maples said it was a success, and the department plans on doing it more often. Maples said the police department is trying to become more, "public friendly," and this was a good step in achieving that.

Miller Hired as Chillicothe's New Police Officer
April 1, 2015

Joshua Miller, 26, will begin his training and official duties as a Chillicothe Police Department Officer on April 14, 2015. Miller was employed following a 4-0 vote (Councilman Tom Douglas had an excused absence) by the city council in an executive session following Monday night's regular meeting. Miller was recommended for employment by Chief of Police Rick Knouse and City Administrator Ike Holland. Miller is currently employed by the City of Trenton Police Department; and, following his two-week notice, will begin work with the Chillicothe department. He has past law enforcement experience as an officer with the Emporia, Kansas, Police Department and was a campus officer at Missouri Southern University when the tornado struck Joplin several years ago, and he did work security and clean-up following the tornado. The new Chillicothe officer was in the U.S. Army and has been with the Trenton department for the past 1 1/2 years where he also served as a DARE Officer. The Chillicothe department is still short one officer and will continue to advertise and interview possible candidates.

Special News Release
On Monday, March 23rd, 2015, officers of the Chillicothe Police Department began an investigation of enticement of a child, which occurred in multiple jurisdictions including Chillicothe. The investigation began when a mother of an 11-year-old female discovered that her daughter was using an electronic device talking to a 41 year old male out of South Dakota via social media. The Chillicothe Police Department is working closely with the Missouri State Technical Assistance Team on this investigation along with authorities in South Dakota. We are in the process of obtaining the necessary information so that we can forward the investigation to authorities in South Dakota. A suspect has been identified and the investigation is continuing.

The Chillicothe Police Department wants to make you aware of this type of incident and give a few tips on controlling incidents similar to this one. Children use a variety of online services, and each of these services can have different safety concerns. However, there are some basic tips which you can employ no matter how your children use the Internet.

  • Keep the computer/electronic in a high-traffic area of your home.
  • Establish limits for which online sites children may visit and for how long.
  • Internet technology can be mobile, so make sure to monitor cell phones, gaming devices and laptops.
  • Surf the Internet with your children and let them show you what they like to do online.
  • Know who is connecting with your children online and set rules for social networking, instant messaging, e-mailing, online gaming, and using webcams.
  • Continually talk with your children about online safety and monitor the electronics regularly.

Certificate of Valor
February 23, 2015

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

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
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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