Archive - Jul 2013
Louis Aaron Fite, 94, of Benton passed away on Saturday, June 29, 2013.
Cecilia Ann Tittle, 55, passed away June 27, 2013.
Cecilia was born March 5, 1958, in Little Rock to her parents, Cecil A. and Mary Beth Hentschel.
Cecilia was retired from the Department of Human Services, where she had worked for over 28 years.
LITTLE ROCK â€” A group of 11 same-sex couples from Arkansas on Tuesday asked a judge to overturn the state's ban on gay marriage, the latest effort aimed at repealing the amendment after recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings supporting gay couples.
The lawsuit filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court seeks to strike down the constitutional amendment voters approved in 2004 that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. The amendment also bars the state from recognizing same-sex marriages from other states.
Bryant police arrested this afternoon a suspect in connection with a shoplifting incident on June 26, where two casesâ€” about $2,500 worth â€” of ribeye steaks were stolen from Edward's Food Giant.
Marvin Dwayne Oâ€™Neal, 47, of Little Rock was arrested and charged with theft of property, a Class-D felony.
The store manager was able to provide detectives with a description of the suspect's vehicle and license plate number, which led to the arrest.
Officer Troy White investigated.
Several local celebrations have been scheduled to mark Independence Day.
Arkansas Health Center has planned a celebration for today. Center officials are predicting it will be "the best fireworks show this side of the Arkansas River."
Activities are planned from 5 to 10 p.m. at the center's campus, 6701 U.S. 67 in Haskell.
Jennifer Kelly-Santee, the center's special events coordinator, said the celebration will offer "great bands, great carnival food, free fun for kids and awesome entertainment."
LITTLE ROCK â€” Arkansas officials are holding a public hearing on the state's plan to use federal Medicaid money to purchase private insurance for thousands of low-income residents.
The Department of Human Services on Tuesday planned to hold a hearing on the "private option" plan to expand insurance coverage in the state. Lawmakers approved the plan this year, but it still must get final clearance from the federal government.
The plan was touted as an alternative to expanding Medicaid's enrollment under the federal health care law.
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."
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.
OMAHA, Neb. â€” 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.
CABOT â€” 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.