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Pennington on public intoxication arrest: 'I made a mistake'

July 1, 2013

A video of the press conference can be found here: http://bentoncourier.com/content/video-sheriffs-press-conference-after-w...

Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington says he takes full responsibility for an error in judgment Saturday night that led to his arrest on two misdemeanor charges and a brief detainment by the Benton Police Department.
Pennington apologized for his actions Monday afternoon during a news conference at his office, blaming no one other than himself while simultaneously commending police department personnel for "doing their job."

Suspect arrested for attempted arson, murder

July 1, 2013

Benton police arrested early Saturday morning a man on charges of attempted arson and attempted murder.
After a disturbance was reported about 10:30 p.m. on Lillian Street, one of the men involved in the argument, James Garland, 54, agreed to leave the scene in order to "calm things down," according to a police report of the incident.
However, about 2 a.m., a neighbor told police Garland returned to the home. The neighbor said he witnessed Garland dousing the exterior of the house with a large amount of gasoline in an apparent attempt to set it on fire.

Survey shows Ark. among states with strong economy

July 1, 2013

OMAHA, Neb. — A new monthly survey suggests the economy remains strong in nine Midwest and Plains states and business will continue to improve in the months ahead.

The overall index for the region declined to 55.6 in June from 56.2 in May, but any score above 50 suggests growth.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says business leaders expect slower growth in the next few months. Modest job growth is also expected as the hiring index dropped to 53.7 in June from May's 59.3.

Lonoke County jail escape recaptured near Cabot

July 1, 2013

CABOT — Lonoke County authorities say an escape from the county jail has been recaptured near Cabot.

Lt. James Kulesa told reporters that authorities using search dogs recaptured 22-year-old Micah Lance Edwards Sunday afternoon in a wooded area along Arkansas Highway 236.

Edwards had disappeared from the Lonoke County jail about 7 p.m. Saturday. He was being held on misdemeanor charges from Ward and Springdale.

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