BAXTER SPRINGS - On Wednesday morning, May 10, deputies with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office discovered a Kia parked at a residence east of Baxter Springs. Law enforcement had been watching the residence in recent days due to suspected illegal activity. The license plate displayed on the Kia did not come back to that vehicle and had been reported stolen out of Joplin, Missouri.

As the deputy further investigated, it was determined the Kia too had been stolen from Joplin.

As the result of the deputies investigation, James “Joe” Livingston, who was inside the residence was arrested. While processing the vehicle, deputies discovered a handgun, in addition to suspected methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Livingston was transported to the Cherokee County Jail on allegations of Felony Possession of Stolen Property, Misdemeanor Possession of Stolen Property, Criminal Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Livingston remains in the Cherokee County Jail in lieu of $17,500 bond.