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June 11th, 2014

Pursuit ends in arrest, multiple charges filed

June 11, 2014

Saline County deputies arrested a man Tuesday after he was involved in a vehicle pursuit with officers.

Deputies responded to a disturbance on Krestview Drive in Mabelvale.

One of the victims told deputies that Cory Devante Lawson, 22, of Mabelvale pointed a pistol at him and threatened him, said Lt. Scott Courtney, Saline County Sheriff's Office spokesperson.

While deputies were at the scene, Lawson returned but sped off after observing the officers at the scene.
Lawson drove into Pulaski County and then back into Saline County before his engine stopped, Courtney said.

Haynes falls as Wright rallies in runoff

June 11, 2014

In a close race, Rodney Wright became the Republican Party's nominee for Saline County sheriff by defeating Simon Haynes in Tuesday's primary election runoff.

Wright won the nomination by only 197 votes.

Wright drew 4,997 votes, or 51.01 percent of the total, and Haynes drew 4,800 votes, representing 48.99 percent.

"I feel great because I know that at the end of the day, I've worked hard and I have run a clean and positive campaign," Wright said.

He expressed appreciation to his supporters.

Bryant City Council passes eminent domain ordinance

June 11, 2014

During a special Bryant City Council meeting Tuesday night, the aldermen adopted an ordinance that allows staff attorney Chris Madison to continue negotiating with local residents about acquiring property for the Alcoa Road expansion without jeopardizing federal funding.

The expansion of Alcoa Road is a project that Bryant, Benton and Saline County officials are all working on together and each party is responsible for receiving certain tracts of land.

Bryant is responsible for seven parcels of 52 tracts of land, said County Judge Lanny Fite, who was present.

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