State Briefs 11/4/08

Renegade rooster returned to owners

BENTON - Rob the renegade rooster was returned to his rightful owners Monday evening.

According to a police report, a woman said she was pulling children in a wagon Monday when the rooster approached and would not let them pass. Rob spent the afternoon in a dog cage after being taken into custody late Monday morning.

Benton Police Chief Mike O’Neill released Rob to Jason, Travis and Alyssa Seddon of Benton around 5:30 p.m., just outside the police station.

“No bond was set,” O’Neill said, “but Rob was given a notice to appear.”

The Seddons said Rob and Nugget, a hen, are their pets.

“We’ve had them since last spring. Rob is really friendly,” Alyssa Seddon said.

O’Neill pointed out, however, that poultry are not allowed to be kept inside city limits — which means Rob and Nugget will be taken out to the country to stay with the Seddons’ grandparents.

“I’m going to miss his crowing,” Alyssa Seddon said. “I love it!”

Benton Evening News

Death in traffic accident ruled accidental after DUI case dismissed

ATLANTA, Ill. – The death of an Altanta man has been declared accidental by a coroner’s inquest.

Jon James Liesman, 34, was involved in a vehicle accident at 11:14 p.m. Aug. 6 in rural Atlanta.

Liesman was a passenger in a Jeep driven by Caleb Garey, 20, of Atlanta. The Jeep stopped and started proceeding in reverse when it entered the roadway ditch and rolled once, according to testimony at the inquest.

An autopsy revealed Liesman’s cause of death was blunt force injury to the body.

Garey was initially arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal transportation of alcohol, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, improper backing and failure to wear a seat belt.

The DUI case was dismissed last week prior to the inquest.

Liesman was taken to Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital by Logan County Paramedics and was pronounced deceased by the Emergency Room staff at 11:59 p.m.

Lincoln Courier

Missing stop sign blamed for crash

HARRISBURG – A missing stop sign contributed to a crash Monday morning, according to a Saline County Sheriff's Department accident report.

Diane Marie McDermott of Wasson was driving on Muddy Road, stopped at the intersection with Lindale Road and proceeded through the intersection.

Melanie Jo Kiesecoms of Equality topped a hill driving south on Lindale Road, drove through the intersection without stopping because the stop sign was missing and struck McDermott's vehicle in the passenger side, the report indicates.

All refused ambulance treatment and said they would seek medical care driving private vehicles.

Deputies notified the Township Road Commissioner and the Saline County Highway Department installed a temporary stop sign until a permanent sign can be installed.

Harrisburg Daily Register

4 a.m. liquor district expansion recommended in Peoria

PEORIA — An expansion of the 4 a.m. liquor district to include an area commonly referred to as the Warehouse District was unanimously recommended Monday by the city's liquor commission.

The commission recommended the City Council approve a liquor license expansion when the matter comes to it Nov. 25.

The approval supports an extension of the 4 a.m. district from Downtown Peoria to Jefferson Avenue east to the Illinois River and from William Kumpf Boulevard to South Street. The extension does not include Water Street or existing businesses on the riverfront.

The commission's recommendation mirrors that of Chief Steve Settingsgaard, who has said he could support a permanent extension to include Club Apollo and Excalibur.

Settingsgaard said his only concern is that there be a limit on the number of 4 a.m. licenses allowed within the expanded district. He also said he is concerned with any future expansion of 4 a.m. licenses near residential development.

Peoria Journal Star