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OOctober 22, 2014   5:45 am
 
Grundy County Drug Bust
 
Eighteen people were arrested as part of a big heroin bust in Grundy County. Grundy County Sheriff Kevin Callahan says that the persons were arrested as part of a 12 month join investigation between Grundy County and the Joliet Metropolitan Area Narcotics Squad. Most of the individuals arrested were from Grundy County, including six from Morris. Callahan says the investigation targeted the nexus between the suppliers in Chicago and the end users in Grundy County. All those arrested were charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
 
 
Streator Robber Pleads Guilty
 
A Streator man has pleaded guilty in connection with a May armed robbery. Officials at the La Salle County Circuit Court say 34-year old Damon Garrabrant was sentenced to 12 years in prison for his involvement in the robbery at the Tobacco Store on North Bloomington Street in Streator back on May 27th. Officials said Garrabrant could also be released as early as five-and-a-half years. Damon's brother, 32-year old Sean Garrabrant, who was also accused as being involved in the robbery, has his hearing on Thursday.
 
U.S. Silica Tops
 
A company with a facility near Ottawa has been ranked number one in America, according to Forbes magazine.  U.S. Silica was ranked the top company with annual sales under 1 billion dollars, according to Forbes’s 36th annual list of America’s Best Small Companies.  The publication ranked the company according to financial measures, such as stock performance and revenue growth. 
 
Streator United Way
 
The Streator United Way is closing in on their 2014 goal. At a meeting Tuesday night, officials stated that the United Way is nearly 92 percent towards their goal of $246,371. Campaign Chairman Kathy Lucas mentioned that several other area companies have hit 100 percent participation. Officials said the building and construction division have gone over their goal, while all other divisions are 85 percent or better towards their goals. The final report will be made at the United Way's appreciation dinner on November 6th.
 
Road Rage
 A Bellevue village trustee faces felony charges following what police say was a road rage incident in which he was stabbed. Aaron Lannert was arrested on charges of aggravated battery and unlawful vehicular invasion after stab wounds to his left shoulder were treated at a Peoria hospital. Police say Lannert instigated a confrontation with a cab driver Saturday night in Bartonville.

Vann Killings
 Police say an Indiana man has definitively confessed to killing seven women whose bodies were found over the weekend in northwestern Indiana. Gary Police Chief Larry McKinley says authorities have enough evidence to charge Darren Vann with murder in at least three more of the cases involving bodies discovered in abandoned buildings around the city over the weekend.

Horse and Buggy Accident
 Douglas County authorities say at least one person has been hospitalized and a horse has been fatally injured after a crash involving a buggy and two other vehicles.  Douglas County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Peter Buckley said Tuesday the accident happened Friday near Arthur. Buckley says a GMC truck swerved and it a Jeep, and one of the vehicles hit the horse-drawn buggy.  The buggy was flipped onto its roof with its wheels smashed. Buckley says the horse was mortally wounded and a veterinarian had to euthanize it.

Illinois High School Association sharing videos
The Illinois High School Association says it will start posting full-length video of past state tournament events on YouTube in the coming months.  The IHSA says it could upload even more of the 1,600 state final events on film and video in its library if the project is successful.   The IHSA has also posted several older videos to its YouTube channel, including highlights of a 1989 boys basketball tournament and footage of the 1952 state championship.