The Weekly Post public record for 10-5-23

NOTE: Charges are merely an accusation. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Police Reports
• ELMWOOD – A rural-Elmwood woman has been accused of stealing.
Megan M. Miller-Vicary, 39, is scheduled to appear Oct. 11 in Peoria County Circuit Court on a misdemeanor-theft charge filed Sept. 8. The Peoria County State’s Attorney’s Office accused Miller-Vicary of taking a trail camera that belonged to Kevin Windish.

The incident happened on or about June 16.

Windish, of rural Brimfield, was arrested and released from jail Aug. 28 in connection with a no-stalking order that has since been dismissed.
As of last week, the charging division of the state’s attorney’s office was reviewing Windish’s case, according to spokeswoman Anna Perales.

• KICKAPOO – Multiple gunshots were reported and shell casings were found in at least three locations in the Kickapoo area.

The first incident happened about 9 p.m. Sept. 24 in the 6800 block of Grange Hall Road, per a Peoria County Sheriff’s Office report. A deputy summoned to the scene found on the ground and on the road 20 5.56-millimeter casings, five 12-gauge casings, five 9-millimeter casings and nine .40-caliber casings.

Also found were several corn stalks that had bullet holes. While at the scene, the deputy heard gunshots to the east, the report stated. Another deputy checked but couldn’t locate the gunfire.

The following evening, three 9-millimeter casings were found about 8:45 p.m. along the shoulder in the 6000 block of Grange Hall Road. An area resident reported he heard shots fired.

Earlier Sept. 25, four .40-caliber casings and one 9-millimeter casing were found at Heinz Lane and Illinois Route 8. No suspect information regarding any of the incidents was available.

• HANNA CITY – The sun might have been a factor in a two-vehicle collision west of Hanna City.

Holly R. Walker of Farmington was driving a westbound 2017 Dodge sport-utility vehicle about 6:15 p.m. Sept. 19 on Illinois Route 116 when it rear-ended a 2017 Nissan SUV that slowed to turn left at Eden Road. The other driver was Jayma L. Haffner of Peoria, a Peoria County Sheriff’s office report stated.

Walker said the sun was in her eyes and she didn’t see the Nissan’s turn signal. Her vehicle sustained disabling damage and was towed. The Nissan sustained minor scratches. Both drivers declined medical treatment, although Haffner said she experienced slight neck pain.

• OAK RUN – An Oak Run resident reported almost $1,300 in tools and other items were stolen from a shed he rents north of the community.
The 59-year-old victim visited the shed Sept. 10 in the 2300 block of Knox Road 1600 East and found its door pried open, according to a Knox County Sheriff’s Office report. There was a boot print on the door, as if someone attempted to kick it open.

Missing were a Toro gas snowblower valued at $800, a Generac pressure washer valued at $300, an 18-inch Homelite chainsaw valued at $50, a Chicago Electric tile saw valued at $70 and a four-drawer file cabinet valued at $50. Estimated door damage was $300. The sheriff’s office is investigating.

• FARMINGTON – An Elmwood man was accused of stealing multiple items from a Farmington convenience store.

Video-security footage taken about 11 p.m. Aug. 31 at Circle K, 1006 E. Fort St., revealed 39-year-old Jesse J. Eldridge wrapped two USB ports and ambient automobile lighting in a newspaper and left the store, a Farmington police report stated. Total value, including the newspaper, was $37.97.

A Farmington officer contacted Eldridge on Sept. 18 at his residence and cited him for retail theft. Eldridge is to appear Oct. 24 in Fulton County Circuit Court in Lewistown.

• OAK HILL – A Yates City man drove a vehicle into a lake north of Oak Hill, according to authorities.

Loren G. McKim was behind the wheel of a 2011 Mazda6 shortly before 5:30 a.m. Sept. 16 when he made a wrong right turn in the 9100 block of N. Maher Rd.

The vehicle headed down a dirt/grass trail around the lake, a Peoria County Sheriff’s Office report stated.

McKim applied the emergency brake, after which the vehicle slid backward on wet grass down an embankment into the lake. The vehicle was submerged to its front doors. McKim reported no injuries, and his vehicle was towed.

• BRIMFIELD – A Brimfield resident and his male passenger avoided injury in a single-vehicle accident in a residential driveway north of town.

Riley S. Royer was pulling a 1998 Chevrolet Blazer into the driveway about 11:30 p.m. Sept. 15 in the 12900 block of N. Jackson Rd. when the vehicle fishtailed on gravel, a Peoria County Sheriff’s Office report stated. Royer said he took the turn too fast, then overcorrected to avoid driving into a cornfield.

The vehicle struck a passenger-side tree, then stopped when it hit the garage door of the residence. The door was pushed off its railing and one of its windows shattered, according to the report. Royer was able to drive away the vehicle, which was damaged on its right-front and rear-passenger sides.

• ELMWOOD – An Elmwood man declined medical attention after he drove his vehicle into a ditch in the city.

Joshua R. Bateman was attempting to turn a 2011 Chevrolet Blazer about 9:30 p.m. Sept. 10 in the 300 block of S. Rose St. but didn’t see the ditch, a Peoria County Sheriff’s Office report stated. Bateman attempted to correct, but the vehicle turned on its side.

Ambulance crews evaluated and released a female passenger, according to the report.

• BRIMFIELD – A window was broken during a vehicle burglary that took place Sept. 25 in the 300 block of N. Knoxville St. in Brimfield, according to the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office. No other information was available. The sheriff’s office cited an ongoing investigation in refusing to release a report about the incident.

• ELMWOOD – Jonathan R. Mooi, 39, of Elmwood was arrested about 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 and accused of aggravated assault, aggravated assault of a peace officer, obstructing an officer, resisting a peace officer and criminal damage to property of less than $500, according to the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office.

• TRIVOLI – Timothy D. Shawver, 47, of Trivoli was arrested about 5:45 p.m. Sept. 24 and accused of aggravated domestic battery/great bodily harm, according to the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office.

• GALESBURG – These were among calls to which the Knox County Sheriff’s Office responded between Sept. 17-23: suspicious incident, Dahinda; suspicious incident, Williamsfield; theft, Dahinda; abandoned vehicle, Dahinda.