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June 19th, 2014

Benton police warn residents of possible scam

June 19, 2014

Benton Police Department is investigating a scam purportedly related to jury duty.

Lt. Kevin Russell, public information officer, explained how the scam works.

A person identifies himself as a Benton police officer in a phone call, then says the person has missed jury duty and a judge has ordered a warrant for the individual's arrest.

The scammer then attempts to convince the victim to provide credit card information so the person can "take care of it," Russell said.

He said he is aware of only one victim in Benton.

Mother of drowning victim speaks out; family asks for help with funeral costs

June 19, 2014

"Parents aren't supposed to bury their child," says Cara Ownsby.

Ownsby is the mother of Michael Ryan Baker, 18, who drowned Tuesday in the Saline River.

"He was such a fine young man," she said. "Parents don't think of their children as grown up, but he was.

He'd give you the shirt off his back. He made friends with everyone, and within 10 minutes he'd be the guy people would want to hang out with."

Ownsby said she learned of her son's death in a phone call from her former husband, Michael Baker.

 

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