The Weekly Post public record for 3-7-24

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

Police reports
• KICKAPOO – A driver’s glance to see if a Kickapoo restaurant was open led to a two-vehicle accident, according to authorities.

The crash happened about 5:15 p.m. Feb. 19 on U.S. Route 150 just east of Kickapoo-Edwards Road. Daniel J. Seiler of Lacon was driving an eastbound 2007 Nissan Quest when he looked to his left to see if the restaurant was open, a Peoria County Sheriff’s Office report stated.
As Seiler glanced, his vehicle crossed into the westbound lane. Seiler attempted to correct that, but his vehicle struck a westbound 2023 Mazda CX9. The other driver, Heidi M. Golden of Elmwood, tried to swerve right to avoid the accident, the report stated.

No injuries were reported. Seiler had three passengers and Golden had one. Both vehicles sustained front driver’s-side bumper damage but were drivable.

Seiler was cited for improper lane use and for operating an uninsured motor vehicle. He is to appear March 20 in Peoria County Circuit Court.

• FARMINGTON – A Farmington man questioned in connection with a missing vehicle was wanted for other crimes in Fulton and Peoria counties, according to authorities.

Thomas A. Magner, 51, was transported to the Fulton County Jail in Lewistown about 12:30 p.m. Feb. 23, according to a Farmington Police Department report. The report didn’t state of what crimes Magner was accused.

Magner possessed the keys of a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck that was reported stolen about 1 a.m. Feb. 23 from a parking lot at 95 N. Main St. Later that day, the 19-year-old vehicle owner said Magner returned the keys to him.

Magner said the vehicle owner had given him the keys the previous night. The owner asked Magner to check a problem with the vehicle, the report stated. Magner said he drove the vehicle to Peoria, then returned it. In addition to the outstanding warrants, Magner was accused of trespass to a motor vehicle.

• BELLEVUE – A Hanna City woman turned down a hospital visit following a two-vehicle crash west of Bellevue.

Violet Easley was driving an eastbound 2021 Buick Enclave shortly before 8:30 a.m. Feb. 21 on Illinois Route 116 near Tanager Drive when the vehicle rear-ended a 2017 Chervolet Spark driven by Noah N. Christian of Peoria, a Peoria County Sheriff’s Office report stated.

Easley said she tried to stop, but the vehicle’s brakes didn’t work. The impact caused Christian’s vehicle to strike a guardrail on the north side of the road. Front-bumper damage resulted.

Christian refused medical attention. Emergency-medical personnel evaluated Easley, who declined additional treatment. Both vehicles were towed.

• TRIVOLI – A Glasford man was involved in a one-vehicle accident south of Trivoli.

About 7:45 a.m. Feb. 16, Caleb R. Showalter was driving a 2016 Ford Explorer west in the 20400 block of W. Smithville Rd. when the vehicle slid off the north side of the pavement, struck an embankment and rolled onto its driver’s side, according to a Peoria County Sheriff’s office report.

The report did not state whether Showalter was injured. Damage to the vehicle was reported at more than $1,500.

• FARMINGTON – Rowdy G. Eldridge, 19, of Farmington was taken into police custody about 6:15 p.m. Feb. 26 at Pearl and West streets on a Fulton County warrant for failure to appear in court.

Eldridge had been accused of drunken driving, according to a Farmington Police Department report. He was released and received a notice to appear March 12 in Fulton County Circuit Court in Lewistown.

• EDWARDS – Austin A. Lonergan, 23, of Edwards was arrested at 10:30 p.m. Feb. 29 and accused of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting a peace officer and possession of burglary tools, according to the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office. Lonergan also was arrested shortly before 9 a.m. March 1 and accused of burglary and fraudulent use of a credit or debit card/more than $150.

• ELMWOOD – Johnathon L. Tomlinson, 39, of Elmwood was arrested at 8:15 p.m. Feb. 27 and accused of aggravated domestic battery/great bodily harm, according to the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office.

• EDELSTEIN – Troy L. Bowen, 53, of Edelstein was arrested shortly before 9 a.m. Feb. 26 and accused of burglary, possession of burglary tools, unlawful possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office.

• GALESBURG – These were among calls to which the Knox County Sheriff’s Office responded between Feb. 18-24: suspicious incident, Yates City; dog bite, Yates City; suspicious incident, Williamsfield; grass fire, Williamsfield; grass fire, Dahinda.