* Organization recognized for demonstrated leadership in ethical business practices *
Watseka,,IL (August 30, 2013) – Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has been selected as one of the 2013 "World's Most Ethical Companies" by the Ethisphere Institute. Thrivent Financial was named to the prestigious list for the second consecutive year as a result of its leadership in promoting ethical business standards as well as for introducing innovative ideas to benefit the public.
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is represented locally by Larry Burton in Watseka and Roger Kimmel and Denise Kosik in Gilman.
"As a membership-owned, faith-based organization we strive to have high ethical practices at the core of everything we do," said Teresa Rasmussen, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for Thrivent Financial. "This award is continued validation of our efforts."
The Ethisphere Institute is a leading international think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability.
A six-month joint investigation into the sales of narcotics in Iroquois County resulted in the arrests of 10 suspects Friday. All have been booked into the Iroquois County Jail in Watseka. Bonds range from $10,000 to $100,000.
Operation "Dragon" had officers execute a search warrant in the 100-block of W. Mulberry Street in Watseka. Police located heroin, cannabis and drug paraphernalia. Also seized was $1576 cash from a residence where two Watseka men were arrested.
25-year-old Reginald Snyder is charged with Delivery and Possession of a Controlled Substance – with Intent to Deliver. 39-year-old James LeClair was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Drug paraphernalia. Both men are also charged with Possession of Syringes.
Others arrested in Operation "Dragon" are:
37-year-old Raymond Cook, 29-year-old Justin Fischer and 41-year-old Tammy Sinks. The three Watseka residents are charged with Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance, being Heroin.
41-year-old Scott Baker and 58-year-old Thomas Wolf Sr., both of Watseka, are charged with Delivery of Heroin.
28-year-old Andrew Tincher of Watseka, 22-year-old Joseph Cantrell and 23-year-old Victoria Faris of Onarga face charges of Unlawful Delivery of Cannabis.
The investigation also led to a warrant arrest of 20-year-old Collin Brais of Watseka, charging him with residential Burglary and Theft.
Police stated more arrests are expected.
Assisting the Watseka Enforcement Team and Iroquois County Sheriff's Police were Gilman Police and the Iroquois County State's Attorney's Office.
Drug traffic for heroin and cannabis in Iroquois County has netted at least a dozen arrests.
A Friday morning sweep had law enforcement bring in suspects from Gilman, Onarga, Milford and Watseka. Law enforcement personnel from Watseka, Milford, Gilman, the County Sheriff's department and the State's Attorney's Office were involved in the investigation.
Paper work is still being processed, The defendants have all been booked into the county jail in Watseka. Names are yet to be released. Bonds range from $25,000 to #100,000, according to Sheriff Investigator Clint Perzee.