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3 charged with attempted capital murder

October 2, 2012

Three Saline County men were arrested after they allegedly broke into a home and shot a man.
Lt. Kevin Russell, public information officer for the Benton Police Department, said this was not a random act of violence.
"There was a history of ongoing personal conflicts between all of the suspects and the victim, but nothing violent until this incident," he explained.

Longhills closes; owners hopeful facility can reopen through new management

October 2, 2012

A Benton institution closed at the end of the day Sunday.
Longhills Golf Course owners Bud and Mary Jean Busken and Jeff and Sam Hamm are ending their oversight of the operation that has served the community for more than a half-century.
The owners have been trying to sell the property for some time to Lindsey Management Co., which has wanted to build an upscale apartment complex at the site while continuing to operate the golf course with its swimming pool, tennis courts and other amenities.

Recently resigned high school teacher to be charged with sexual assault

October 2, 2012

A former Bryant teacher is suspected of sexual assault of a minor.
Courtney Speer, 31, allegedly engaged in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old Bryant High School student, according to Benton police. Speer resigned Monday from her position as 9th grade English teacher at Bryant High School.
The case is a joint investigation with the Benton and Bryant Police Departments, because incidents occurred in both jurisdictions, on school property and at Speer's Benton home.
At the time of the alleged incidents, Speer was employed as a teacher at Bryant High School.

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