Archive - 2012 - News Article
Saline Courier crime reporter Matt Burks puts together the top crime stories of the week.
Neighbors guilty of child sex crimes
Colleagues of Dr. Paul Hogue Jr. and others were remembering the Benton man today as "a great doctor who never turned anybody away."
Hogue died Monday at Saline Memorial Hospital Hospice House. He was 88.
Dr. Joe Martindale, who practiced with Hogue for several years, called him "one of the old-school country doctors who always took care of people."
"He was a close friend of mine," Martindale said.
During a press conference Monday, Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs accused Alderman Adrian Henley of illegally accessing the employee files of Police Chief Mark Kizer, past police chief Tony Cauffman and Dabbs' daughter. Henley, however, said he did nothing illegal.
The incident in question occurred in January 2011 between the time Human Resources Director Shayne King was terminated by Dabbs and the hiring of Robin Ussery as King's replacement.
When asked how she learned of the alleged incident, Dabbs responded, "I found him in there. In the (human resources) office."
Officers with the Benton Special Investigation Unit, which is comprised of officers from the Benton and Bryant Police Departments, recently conducted undercover compliance checks of restaurants that serve alcohol in Benton and Bryant. These checks were done to ensure that these establishments are not serving alcohol to minors.
"It is a trend that law enforcement officials, as well as citizens, hope will continue â€” the decrease of DWI arrests during the Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations," Benton Lt. Kevin Russell said.
The future of Longhills Golf Course and Country Club appears to be just as uncertain after a lengthy and occasionally emotional City Council meeting Monday night as it was before the session began.
In that meeting, proponents and opponents shared their views of a proposal to rezone the area to allow construction of an apartment complex that would preserve the existing course and its related amenities.
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A legislative audit of the 2010 finances of the city of Bryant has been referred to the office of Saline County Prosecuting Attorney Ken Casady.
On Monday, Casady confirmed the accuracy of this statement and said, "It is too early for me to say who might be at fault or if criminal charges will follow, but we are looking into what the audit referred to us."
On Jan. 5 the Bryant City Council voted unanimously to overturn the resignation of the city's finance manager, Gary Hollis, which had been requested by Mayor Jill Dabbs.
The following day, Dabbs hit the airwaves of Central Arkansas to make her case during an interview at a Little Rock radio station.
In addition to Hollis' resignation, Dabbs had asked for and received the resignation of City Attorney Nga Mauhfouz.
Both tendered the resignations on Dec. 30, 2010.
Hadley Jade Hess is only four days old, yet she's already a celebrity.
Hadley became the first baby to be born at Saline Memorial Hospital in 2012.
The little girl arrived at 4:58 a.m. Monday, Jan. 2, weighing 8 pounds, 1 ounce, and measuring 20 inches in length.
She is the daughter of Lisa Burnett and Jerry Hess of the East End community. The family also includes Hadley's older brother, Dalton Burnett, 3.
Dr. Estelle Rutledge was the attending physician.