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UPDATE: Pursuit ends with officer-involved shooting

July 30, 2013

A pursuit with Benton police this afternoon ended in an officer-involved shooting, where the suspect died at the scene.
About 3 p.m., detectives observed the suspect, identified as 29-year-old Clifford Jones, in the area of Gattin Road and Madison Village and attempted to perform a traffic stop.
Jones reportedly refused to pull over for officers, driving quickly on Gattin Road toward Alcoa Road and then onto Interstate 30.

BREAKING: Police chase results in I-30 eastbound being shut down

July 30, 2013

A chase between Benton police and a fleeing suspect has traffic backed up on Interstate 30 eastbound.
The chase originated on Benton Parkway.
More details will be released soon, according to Lt. Kevin Russell.

Rev. Harold Herman Spence

July 30, 2013

The Rev. Harold Herman Spence, 94, of Searcy passed away Monday, July 29, 2013.  He was born Sept. 20, 1918, in Cushman, to the late Albert Herman Spence and Lottie Masters Spence.
The Rev. Spence served full time as an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church in Arkansas for more than 40 years. In retirement, he served for an additional 10 years in the Searcy area and as pastor emeritus o First United Methodist Church in Searcy.

Daisy Esta Mae Spears Smith

July 30, 2013

Daisy Esta Mae Spears Smith, born June, 1953, died July 26, 2013. She was 60.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie O. Spears and Daisy Mae Graves Spears; her sisters, Louise Golden, Texanna Herron and Billy Ruth Dodd; and a brother, Tillman Spears.

Peggy Jean Pelton

July 30, 2013

Peggy Jean Pelton, 84, of Benton passed away Sunday, July 28, 2013.  She was born Dec. 25, 1928, in Tulip.
Mrs. Pelton sold Avon for 42 years and to her credit she knitted 77 prayer shawls. She loved animals and cooking. Mrs. Pelton was known for her peanut brittle, coffee cakes and pecan pies.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Viola Lea; and her brother, William Lea Jr.
She is survived by three sons, Gary Pelton and wife Robin, David Randall Pelton and wife Cindy and Russell L. Pelton and wife Linda; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Ray A. Roth

July 30, 2013

Ray A. Roth, 95, of Benton passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013. He was born Aug. 20, 1917, in DeQueen. Ray was a retired member of Iron Worker Local 321 and a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Christian Henry Roth and Anna Roseta Roth; his wife of 61 years, Flora Roth; four brother and four sisters.
He is survived by his son, Michael R. Roth and Lisa of Bryant.
Graveside service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Pinecrest Memorial Park by Ashby Funeral Home. The Rev. Kim Hammer will officiate.

Gunnar Garza

July 30, 2013

Gunnar Garza, 13 months, of Benton was granted his angel wings on July 29, 2013.  He was born on June 18, 2012 to Skip Garza and Jennifer Bridges in Little Rock.
Gunnar is survived by his loving parents; a sister, Tabitha Garza; his grandparents and many family members and friends who all loved him and will miss him dearly.
A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home, 4212 Highway 5 North, Bryant (501) 847-9099. 
Online guest book: www.dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com.

Larry Eugene Pruitt

July 30, 2013

Larry Eugene Pruitt passed away Sunday morning, July 28, 2013.  He was 74.
Larry was born July 17, 1939, in Schnook, Kan.  A retired engineer from Hot Springs, he also worked as a school bus driver and maintenance man in McFarland, Calif. His passion was playing lead guitar in his band and fishing.  
He lived a very courageous life with a heritage of President Zachery Taylor on his father Earnest Eugene Pruitt's, side of family and Sitting Bull on his mother Vivian Irene Pruitt's side of family. Also preceding him death was his son, Kenneth Ray Pruitt.

James Martin Mahan

July 30, 2013

James Martin Mahan, 74, of Hot Springs went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, July 27, 2013.  He was a retired employee of Reynolds Metals in Benton and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Amy Gunter and Roscoe Mahan; a sister, Shirley Ann Mahan; and three brothers Calvin, Johnny and C.J. Mahan.

Laveta Jestice

July 30, 2013

Laveta Jestice, age 78, of Little Rock passed away Sunday, July 28, 2013. She was born Nov. 20, 1934 in Paragould. Laveta was retired from AT&T after 231/2 years and was a member of Springhill Missionary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Riley and Dove Emma McNeil Scrivner; a sister, Mary Lee Bacon; and a brother, Sank Scrivner.

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