PONTOON BEACH, IL (KTVI) – Two employees of the Nameoki Township Street Department are accused of damaging and stealing political signs on Tuesday April 2nd. Mark McKechan, 38, and Edward OBrian, 26, have admitted under police interrogation to the crimes. Randall Viessman initially reported some of his signs were damaged. Viessman is running against Scott Kohler for Township Supervisor.
The suspects say they were bar-hopping and ended up at the home of Scott and Meagan Kohler. Meagan Kohler is suspect Mark McKechan’s sister. Her husband Scott Kohler is a candidate for Township Supervisor against Mr. Viessman. McKechan gave a written statement saying that he was driven to one of Viessman’s signs to damage it by his sister, Meagan Kohler. The two suspects said that they stayed at the home until 5am the next day.
Police interviewed Megan Kohler about her involvement in the case. She said that she had nothing to do with the damage to the political signs.
OBrian admitted to taking signs and driving Mr. McKechan to a sign so that Mr. McKechan could damage it. Several other political signs for Tammy Hanfelder and Melodie Bettis were also found at his home by police.
The two suspects have been taken into police custody and released after posting bond. Edward OBrian has been charged with two counts of Theft. Mr. McKechan has been charged with one count of Criminal Damage to Property.