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Livingston County Budget Awaits Approval  01-20  12pm
     The Livingston County Budget includes lower revenues and slightly higher expenditures for 2017. The General Revenue fund includes total revenues of $2.18 million dollars plus a carry-over of $302,000 from 2016. The expenditures are expected to be $2.47 million. The first of two budget hearings was held today (Friday). Presiding Commissioner Ed Douglas says the budget process is long, and they have to make the numbers work.
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     Douglas says they did find a way to include a cost of living increase for the county employees.
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     The budget will be available for public inspection in the County Clerk's office for 10 days. The second budget hearing is Tuesday the 31st at 9:00 am. The Commissioners will then approve the budget and submit it to the state.

County Commission Meetings To Include Bridge Inspections  01-20  12pm
    The Livingston County Commissioners will be looking at bridges and discussion fiber optics when they meet next week. The commissioners meet Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 am in the commission room.
     Tuesday at 11:00 am, a representative of GRM Network will be on hand to talk about Fiber Optic installation in the northeast part of the county.  Tuesday evening, the commissioners will be attending a meeting of the CEO roundtable at 4:00 pm at the Country Club.
     Thursday at 1:00 pm, the commission will be going out to do bridge inspections with the Road and Bridge Crew and a representative from MoDOT.

Camp Rainbow Chili Lunch Saturday   01-20  12pm
    The second annual Camp Rainbow Chili lunch is this Saturday at the North Missouri Center for Youth and Families. Center Director Daniel Savage is also the Camp Director for Camp Rainbow and says the fundraiser will start Saturday at 11:00 am.
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     Savage says the menu is more than just chili.
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     The will also be information about Camp Rainbow and staff members that will be able to answer questions. To find out more, call 646-1352.

CMS Book Fair Starts Monday  01-20  12pm
     The annual Chillicothe Middle School Book Fair will take place next week. During the week, each student will have at least two opportunities to visit the book fair with their language arts or reading classes. In addition to regular school hours, the book fair will be open every day before school at 7:30 am and after school until 3:30 pm.
     Tuesday, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, the book fair will be open for a Literacy and Tech Night. This event will allow participants an opportunity to shop the book fair. They will also have an opportunity to design and print a bookmark using 3D printing technology, learn how to access a handful of literacy websites and Chrome Apps and Extensions, take part in special photo ops, and enjoy food and drinks provided by the FACS classes. Students are invited to bring a new or gently used book to swap. All students in attendance will be entered into a drawing for door prizes.
     Parents, families, and friends are invited to check out the book fair for everything from books to pens, pencils, bookmarks, and many other items. They also have an APP and online site.

Trenton City Council Meets Monday  01-20  12pm
     The Trenton City Council will meet Monday at 7:00 pm at City Hall. The agenda includes four ordinances and a resolution.
     The first ordinance will deal with horses on Trenton City Streets
     Next is an amendment to the Nuisance Ordinance for debris on property and the associated penalties.
     The Trenton Council will consider a sales tax to fund transportation. The proposed tax is 3/8 of 1 percent and putting that tax on the April 4th ballot.
     The forth ordinance is to allow installments when paying fines from the city municipal court.
     The resolution presented at Monday's meeting is to appoint a Director and Alternate Director for the Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission.
     There is no new business on the agenda, under old business, they will continue their discussions on a sludge truck for the wastewater plant.

Flu Like Symptoms At Local Schools  01-20  6am
     Reports of flu like illness at the Chillicothe schools were growing the first couple weeks since students returned from the holiday break, but have not been at the levels seen in Trenton this week. Sherry Weldon from the Livingston County Health Center says last week, there were 73 students absent due to flu like illnesses, including diarrhea and vomiting. She says the week before there were 16 out with those symptoms. Unofficially, the numbers this week appear to be going down. These have not been confirmed cases of the flu, just the reports of the symptoms to the schools.

Chillicothe Police Report  01-20  6am
     Two accidents and one arrest are in the Chillicothe Police Department report.
     Wednesday, officers arrested Travis Vasey on a Trenton Municipal warrant for alleged failure to appear on traffic violations. He was not able to post bond and a Trenton officer picked him up in Chillicothe.
     Thursday at 7:10 am, fog played a part in an accident at Ryan Lane and Mitchell Road. Bennie Cagle was eastbound and stopped at Mitchell. He could not see due to the fog and pulled into the path of another vehicle, resulting in moderate damage. No injuries were reported.
     A car/deer accident happened at about 7:30 am Thursday, just south of Hedrick Medical Center. The report states Graceland Greener was northbound on Washington Street, near Thompson Drive, when she hit the deer resulting in moderate damage. She was not injured.

Potentially Dangerous Offender Released  01-20  6am
     A Potentially Dangerous Offender has been released from prison and has ties to the local area. Twenty-nine year old Michael Ryan Gale was sentenced in 2008 after pleading guilty in Livingston County Court to attempted forcible sodomy and four counts of property damage. Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox says a letter from the Department of Corrections states there is a concern Gale may reoffend.
     Cox says Gale has contacts/family/friends in the Livingston County and Cameron areas.
     Because he has completed his sentence, he was not mandated to report where he intended to locate, but he is required by state and federal law to register as a sex offender.
     Cox says since Gale's release this week, he has not registered. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Michael Gale, you are asked to call the Livingston County Sheriff's Department at 646-0515.

Webelos Collecting Glass Saturday  01-20  6am
     The Webelos are collecting glass for recycling Saturday in Chillicothe. Webelos Pack 120 will be collecting glass from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the parking lot in the 1200 block of North Washington Street.
     They will accept glass food and beverage containers. Labels and cap do not need to be removed. The glass does not have to be sorted. Window glass will be accepted if pre-approved, but must be glass only.

Annual Chillicothe Fire Department Report  01-19  12pm
     The Chillicothe Fire Department compiled their annual report for 2016. That report shows the Chillicothe Fire Crews responded to 2605 calls for service last year, that's up 216 from 2015. The majority of the calls, 2166 were EMS calls for ambulance service, that number was up 177 from last year. The number of fire calls in 2016 was 60 including Structure Fires, Grass and Brush Fires, Automobile fires and fires outside of a structure. That number is up from 34, but Chief Darrell Wright says part of that is because smoke in a house or building is also now counted as fire.
     Chief Wright the numbers are what they were expecting.
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     Wright talked about some of the accomplishments for the department in 2016.
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     He says they also participated in a joint emergency operations exercise with Grundy County and took delivery of a new ambulance paid for by Livingston County Ambulance District.
     For 2017, they will update their medical protocols, upgrade reporting software, provide more community classes on preparedness for disasters and later this month, they will have official information presented on their Honor Guard Team

Chamber Banquet Is Next Thursday  01-19  12pm
     Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce annual awards banquet is next Thursday, January 26th, at the Chillicothe Elks Lodge. Chamber Director Crystal Narr says it is an opportunity to recognize members of our local community.
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     Narr says the entertainment this year will be something new.
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     Reservations for the banquet are due by noon Friday. Call the Chamber office at 646-4050. Tickets are $30 per person.

New Livingston Co Most Wanted  01-19  12pm
     The Livingston County Sheriff's Department announced a new Most Wanted. Forty-two year old Patrick Kris Lyons of Wheeling is wanted on a Livingston County warrant for alleged Domestic Assault, issued following a recent investigation in Wheeling. Lyons is described as a white male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 185 pounds, with a bald head and blue eyes.
     If you have any information call the Livingston County Sheriff's Department at 646-0515.

Operation HELP Soup and Chili Supper  01-19  12pm
     Operation Help will have their annual Chili and Soup Supper, Friday at the First Christian Church. The Supper is a fundraiser for Operation Help. A free will donation will be accepted to support the program.
     In addition to Chili, Potato Soup will be available and of course a selection of deserts. The Operation Help Chili and Soup Supper is Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the First Christian Church.

Classes In Trenton Resume Friday  01-19  12pm
     Classes in Trenton resume Friday morning after school was dismissed early Wednesday and was not in session Thursday. School District officials report 28 staff members called in sick Wednesday morning and there were 145 students that were absent due to the flu. The building maintenance staff have been working to disinfect the buildings.
     Trenton's varsity basketball game tonight is postponed to February 1st, but tonight's JV games in the Gallatin tournament will still be played as scheduled.
     Classes will resume on Friday in Trenton, but the district has also announced busses in Trenton will run on hard surfaces only until further notice.

Progress On New Chillicothe Elementary School  01-19  6am
     The progress on the new Chillicothe Elementary School is slow and steady. Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says they will soon begin the work to install water and sewer lines.
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     Barnes says for the building itself, they are also making progress in the preparations.
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     As with any work at this time of the year, weather can and will be a factor.

Personnel Actions In R-II Closed Session  01-19  6am
     The Chillicothe R-II School Board Closed Executive session included a retirement and the hiring of two new staff members. Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says the board accepted the resignation and retirement of Chillicothe High School Librarian Cynthia Foster. That will become effective at the end of the school year.
     Barnes says they also hired Josh Vance as a custodian at Central School and Crystal White as a Cafeteria Worker at Dewey School.

Troopers Arrest Two In Area Counties  01-19  6am
     State Troopers reported two arrests in the local counties on Wednesday.
     In Linn County at about 11:00 am, Troopers arrested 35 year old Joseph Dauber of Bucklin on a Linn County Probation and Parole warrant. He was taken to the Linn County Jail with no bond allowed.
     In Livingston County at about 1:25 pm, Troopers arrested 34 year old Michael Donoho of Ludlow for alleged failure to register a vehicle and on a Caldwell County warrant for alleged failure to appear on a speeding ticket. He was taken to the Livingston County Sheriff's Department pending the posting of bond.

Electronic Tax Filing Better Than Paper  01-19  6am
     Most Americans are beginning the process of filing their 2016 income tax returns and will chose from having a tax service do the work and doing them themselves. If you will be preparing your own tax return, IRS Spokesman Michael Devine says filing electronically is always the best option.
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     Devine says an advantage of the software is in the way you fill out the information.
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     The electronic software also does all the math for you and will assist you in the process of paying electronically or if you are receiving a refund, having that deposited in you checking or savings account.

Trenton Assistant Police Chief Completes Program At Northwestern  01-19  6am
     Trenton's Assistant Police Chief, Lieutenant Rex Ross, has added another accomplishment to his career. Ross recently graduated from the School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) at Northwestern University. The School of Police Staff and Command provides upper-level college instruction in a total of twenty-seven core blocks of instruction and additional optional blocks during each session. The major topics of study include: Leadership, Human Resources, Employee Relations, Organizational Behavior, Applied Statistics, Planning and Policy Development, Budgeting and Resource Allocation.
     Chief Tommy Wright says the Trenton Police Department anticipates a variety of benefits from Ross's attendance at this program. He says many of the program graduates go on to achieve a variety of leadership positions within their respective agencies.

Middle School Walkway  01-18  12pm
     One of the first steps in building a new walkway to connect the building at the Chillicothe Middle School was taken Tuesday as a fence was installed. Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes called it a Safety Fence.
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     Barnes says the new walkway will be built just north of the sidewalk the students currently use.
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     The fence is meant to keep the students away from the construction site and materials within the perimeter.

Chillicothe Police Report  01-18  12pm
     The Chillicothe Police Department reports two domestic investigations Monday.
     At 11:30 am, officers were called to the 1100 block of Elm Street for a domestic assault that had occurred earlier in the day. Officers were not able to locate the suspect and information has been sent to the prosecuting attorney.
     At about 5:30 pm, officers responded to the 1500 block of Jackson Street for a domestic disturbance. The incident was considered verbal.

Three Taken To Prison  01-18  12pm
     Livingston County Sheriff's Deputies transferred three people to the Missouri Department of Corrections by court order. They include:
26 year old Tiffany Midgyett of Chillicothe on a parole violation from an earlier conviction for distribution of a controlled substance.
54 year old Rena Boley of Chillicothe, sentenced to 6 years, following a conviction for possession of a controlled substance.
29 year old James Spath of Braymer on a conviction for 2nd degree Burglary. He is sentence to 7 years, suspended to 70 months of probation and 120 days of CODS.

Trenton R-IX Schools Closing Due To Illness  01-18  10am
     The Trenton R-IX Schools will release students early today and will not be in session on Thursday; this is due to the spread of the flu in the Trenton community. School District officials report 28 staff members called in sick Wednesday morning and there were 145 students that were absent due to the flu.
     For today, the schools released following lunch.
     For Thursday, there will be no classes. The building maintenance staff is working today and Thursday to disinfect the buildings.
     All Trenton basketball games are still on as scheduled.
     Classes will resume on Friday unless there are further updates.

Chillicothe School District A Bit Behind On Revenue  01-18  6am
     The Chillicothe R-II School Districts spending is on target for the budget projections, but revenues are falling a bit behind. Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says overall the district is in good shape. He says the revenue shortfall is mainly from the state funding.
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     Barnes says, if necessary, they will look at a variety of ways to reign in the spending to adjust for the shortfall.
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     The Board will continue to monitor the budget throughout the rest of the school year.

No Third Party Oversite In CHS Roof  01-18  6am
     Because the Chillicothe R-II School Board chose to go with a different roofing product than was recommended by the engineers for the project, they were asked to consider a third party oversight for the project. Dr Roger Barnes explains the purpose of the oversight.
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     Barnes says at Tuesday's meeting the board chose to not pay an additional $9,000 for the oversight.
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     The roof project will start later this year.

No Policy For School Protection Officer  01-18  6am
     Several new and revised School Board policies were approved Tuesday, after a third reading. The board, at the recommendation of the Superintendent, chose not to approve a policy to create a School Protection Officer for each building.
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     Barnes further explains his recommendation.
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     He says, unlike some areas of the state where this could be justified, he sees no need at this time. If that should change, the board could revisit and consider the policy at that time.

Troopers Arrest Two From The Local Area  01-18  6am
     State Troopers reported 2 arrests in the area counties.
     Tuesday at 4:00 pm in Caldwell County, 28 year old Christine Blakely of Hamilton was arrested for alleged driving while suspended and no seatbelt. She was held at the Caldwell County Detention Center.
     At about 8:15 pm Tuesday, Troopers in Harrison County arrested 56 year old Gerald Yarolem of Trenton for alleged no valid drivers license. He was taken to the Harrison County Jail, processed and released.

Ambulance District To Meet Next Week  01-18  6am
     The Livingston County Ambulance District will meet January 24th at the Chillicothe Fire Station. The meeting will start at 8:00 am to discuss a resignation and appointments to fill vacancies. They will also go over the quarterly financial report, software updates, projected equipment requests for 2017 and staffing.
     This is a public meeting

Livingston Co. Senior Fund Board Meeting  01-18  6am
     The Livingston County Senior Citizen Fund Board will meet Monday afternoon. The meeting is at 3:30 pm in the Commission Room of the courthouse. The agenda includes a review of grant applications and Fontella Mosier from the YMCA will be on hand for clarification of a grant.
     The meeting is open to the public.

Community Economic Development Meeting Thursday  01-18  6am
     A Community Economic Development meeting will be held Thursday in Chillicothe. The meeting will be held at the Livingston County Library from Noon to 2:00 pm. The Chillicothe City Council will be in attendance.

Two School Board Elections In Livingston Co.  01-17  12pm
     Elections will be held in at least two if the Livingston County School District. Each district has three open seats for the April election.
     For Chillicothe, there are four candidates: Pat Jones, Jason Bone, Patrick Groom and Lauren Horsman.
     For Chula, there are three candidates: Jeremy Searcy, Jimmy Meservey and Dan Murphy.
     For Southwest, there are four candidates: Charles Jones, Brendan Wolf, Chasity Anderson and Tyler Anderson.
     If there are any additional School Board filings, we will let you know.

Livingston Co. Sales Tax Ballot Language  01-17  12pm
     The official ballot language for the Livingston County Sales Tax question is approved and filed with the County Clerk's office. The questions will be on the April 4th ballot of consideration of the residents of the county. The official language reads:

          "Shall the County Commission of Livingston County, Missouri, be authorized, pursuant to Sec 67.547 RSMo,
            to impose a countywide sales tax of one half of one percent?"

     Monies from this tax would go to the Livingston County General Fund.
     This would be in addition to the current Livingston County Taxes of one half of one percent for the general fund and one quarter of one percent to law enforcement. If approved by the voters, the total sales tax for Livingston County would be 1.25%

Senior Center Fundraising Campaign  01-17  12pm
     The Grand River Multi-Purpose Center is officially kicking off their building fund campaign on Friday, with an open house from Noon to 1:00 pm. Center Director Cindy Ireland says they recently purchased their building.
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     Ireland says the current fundraising goal is $400,000.
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     The center offers area seniors a variety of programs, including meals at the center, home delivered meals, exercise classes, health services, financial literacy assistance and social events and programs.
     The fundraising committee has identified two phases to the campaign. The first is to retire the debt on the current building. The second phase is to build a new center and sell the property.
     Through the Concerned Citizens for the Community, a 501c3 organization, donations are tax deductible.

Survey Looking At Poverty In The Region  01-17  6am
     A Community Needs Survey is being conducted by the Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri, formerly the Green Hills Community Action Agency. The survey is meant to help the agency better understand the state of poverty in the region, which includes residents of Caldwell, Daviess, Grundy Harrison, Linn, Livingston, Mercer, Putnam and Sullivan Counties. All residents of those counties are invited to participate in the survey which is available on line at the agency's website at or at their Facebook page. Printed copies of the survey are available by calling their toll free number 855-290-8544.

Electrical Smell Summons Fire Fighters  01-17  6am
     A report of an electrical smell from a water cooler summoned Chillicothe fire fighters to an accounting firm in the second floor of a bank at 515 Washington Street Monday afternoon. The call came in about 2:25 pm and the fire crew arrived within a couple minutes. The source of the odor was determined to be a water cooler. Further investigation found the water was getting into a relay inside the unit. Power was turned off and the owner was advised to call for repairs. The fire crew was on the scene for less than 15 minutes.

Accident Near Green Castle Injures One  01-17  6am
     A Kirksville man was injured in a single vehicle accident Monday morning near Green Castle. State Troopers reported 28 year old Patrick Vangu of Kirksville was treated at the scene following the accident that happened when he was westbound on Highway 6. He ran off the road and his car overturned, coming to rest on its top. The driver was wearing a safety belt.

Woman Arrested On Livingston Co. Warrant  01-17  6am
     The Livingston County Sheriff's Department reported an arrest on a Probation and Parole warrant issued in Livingston County Court. Twenty-one year old Nickkol Starr of Kansas City, was arrested in Jackson County on the warrant for alleged parole violation on an original conviction for possession of a controlled substance in April of 2016. She was turned over the Livingston County Sheriff's Department and is held without bond, pending a court appearance on the 27th.

Troopers Arrest Oklahoma Woman In Daviess Co.  01-17  6am
     An Oklahoma woman was arrested by State Troopers in Daviess County Monday evening. Thirty-three year old Javia Sims was arrested for alleged speeding, no drivers license and no insurance. She was held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail pending the posting of bond.

Nursing Home Board Meets Thursday  01-17  6am
     The Livingston County Nursing Home Board will meet Thursday. The meeting begins at Noon in the conference room at 1700 Morningside Drive. Board meetings are open to the public.

Filing For April Election Ends Tuesday  01-16  12pm
     The final day to file as a candidate for the April election is Tuesday. In Livingston County, there are races for School Board, City Government, Ambulance Districts and Health Center Trustees.
     Filing for the School Board seats takes place at the school district offices. In Chillicothe, there are three open seats and four candidates. They include: Patrick Groom and Lauren Horsman and Incumbents - Jason Bone and Pat Jones.
     For the City of Chillicothe, filing takes place at City Hall. The candidates that have filed include: Mayor - Chuck Haney, Councilman At Large - Reed Dupy, 1st Ward - Denny Albertson, 2nd Ward - Wayne Cunningham, 3rd Ward - Tom Douglas, 4th Ward - Paul Howard, Clerk - Roze Frampton, Auditor - Theresa Kelly and Constable - Rick Knouse. There are no filings for City Attorney or Treasurer.
     The Health Center Trustee and Ambulance District filing takes place at the Livingston county Clerks Office. For the Health Center Trustee positions, there are 3 seats and four candidates: Darlene Hughes, Doug Doughty, Merilyn Broadmerkle and Jaime Pittman.
     For the ambulance districts the candidates include: District #1 - Bill Hayen, District #2 - Darrell Rinehart, District #4 - Ken Lauhoff and District #6 - Ronald Beetsma.
     Filing for the April 4th election closes Tuesday at 5:00 pm.

Commissioners Contnue Budget Work  01-16  12pm
     The Livingston county Commissioners are working on finalizing their 2017 budget in the meetings this week. The commission meets Tuesday at 9:30 am, in the commission room. The agenda includes the continued budget review, county road and bridge matters and administrative and departmental duties.
     The county commission meetings are open to the public.

Chillicothe School Board Has Light Agenda  01-16  12pm
     Tuesday's meeting of the Chillicothe R-II School Board will include only a few action items. The meeting begins at 6:30 at the district office. They start with recognition of students from Garrison and Dewey Schools. They will also have a presentation on School Board recognition.
     New Business include the finance report, approval of Board Policy Revisions and they will consider a third party oversite of the High School roofing project that will take place later in the year.
     Chillicothe School Board meetings are open to the public.

Bishop Hogan Preparing For "March For Life" Trip  01-16  12pm
     Students from Bishop Hogan School will travel to the nation's capital next week to participate in the "March For Life." Principal Pam Brobst says eight students will travel with chaperones to take part in this annual event.
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     Brobst says in the past they have traveled by bus, and that means nearly 48 hours of time on the bus.
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     Brobst says they are very grateful of the support from families and the community to help make this annual pilgrimage possible.

Chillicothe Police Report Several Arrests  01-16  6am
     Seven arrests are in the Chillicothe Police Department report for the weekend.
     Officers began a theft investigation in the 1000 block of Graves Street.
     Clifton Rathmann was arrested in the 1300 block of Green Street on a Buchanan Co Warrant for alleged non-support.
     Casey Welch was arrested in the 800 block of Elm for alleged possession of a controlled substance possession of drug paraphernalia and animal abuse.
     Jerry Reeds was arrested in the 600 block of Walnut on Chillicothe warrants. He posted bond.
     Shaquille Owens was arrested in the 100 block of Washington for alleged driving while suspended. He was cited and released
     Paul Vitale was arrested for alleged DWI, no headlights and no seatbelt.
     Courtney Archer and Arthur Massey were arrested by the Livingston County Sheriff's Department on Chillicothe warrants and turned over to the police department. They posted bond.

Troopers Report One Area Arrest  01-16  6am
     State Troopers reported only one arrest in the area counties over the weekend. In Caldwell County, Troopers arrested 26 year old Samuel McIntosh of Hamilton for alleged driving without a license, possession of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoids, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and no valid license plates. He was taken to the Caldwell County Jail.

Gas Smell Summons Fire Department  01-16  6am
     Chillicothe Fire Fighters responded to a report of a gas smell Saturday afternoon at Snow and Locust Streets. The call came in about 4:35 pm and the department arrived 4 minutes later and checked the Cooke's Used Parts and Equipment property. They found a gas line leak, due to corrosion of the line on the ground. The meter was shut off and the gas company and owner were called. The owner showed up to allow access to the building, where there was a strong smell of gas in part of the building. Windows were opened to clear the gas. The Fire Department was on the scene for just under an hour.