August 19th, 2014
This year Saline County residents have had to fight an unusually large population of armyworms (caterpillars).
Armyworms eat grass and can especially affect hay farmers.
Billy Grace, who works on a farm near the Saline and Grant countyline, said he has spent about $1,000 lately just on poison to kill armyworms.
His 30-acre farm with 88 rows only had 33 rows after the armyworms started eating, he said.
He has had to spray the farm twice.
"It's just part of (being a farmer)," he said.
Benton Police Department
â€¢An employee at Simmons Bank reported an individual wrote a forged check using a customer's closed account.
â€¢A man on Watts Street reported a break-in at his residence.
â€¢A man on Burton Street reported an individual wrote a forged check on his account.
Saline County Sheriff's Office
â€¢A woman on Lucinda Lane reported the theft of her vehicle.
â€¢A woman on Whitney Lane reported a theft.
â€¢A man on Shaw Washout Road reported a theft.
Benton Fire Department
Benton firefighters responded to two rescue calls and a service call.
Bryant Fire Department
A local man reported that he was robbed Saturday after stopping on Interstate 30 near mile marker 111 to help another person.
Israel Zelada, 47, was driving home when he said he noticed a gray vehicle on the shoulder of the road with its flashers on and he stopped to help. Two men attacked him and eventually he was knocked unconscious, according to the police report.
When he awoke, his company cellphone and money in his wallet were missing, he said.
After the incident, Zelada drove home and was taken later by his wife to Saline Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Supporters of an act that would increase Arkansas' minimum wage submitted an additional 69,070 signatures to the Secretary of State's office Monday.
The petition fell short 15,107 valid signatures after the initial verification process and supporters were given an additional 30 days to collect signatures. The initiative needs 62,507 verified signatures to appear on the November ballot.