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BLOOMINGTON — A Heyworth woman arrested last year in a dispute over garbage pickup in Heyworth is suing the village.

June Ratts was arrested April 13 for littering after she left her trash at Heyworth Village Hall.

Ratts was involved in a disagreement with village officials over whether the McLean County village should become a “home rule” community, a designation that gives communities broad authority on local issues. In her lawsuit seeking more than $50,000, Ratts claims that a connection exists between her opposition to home rule and an end to her garbage pickup.

Ratts, who was 70 at the time of the incident, argues that she suffered embarrassment and emotional and mental distress when she was arrested at a Heyworth restaurant by Chris Lane, a village police officer.

No formal charges were filed against Ratts. Peoria attorney Phillip O’Donnell filed the lawsuit, which is set for a Sept. 6 hearing.

At the time of the incident, village officials said the trash pickup could not be made because the trash can was too far away from the road. They were not available to comment on the lawsuit.

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