Archive - Jul 2013 - News Article
Due to an issue with the printing press, Saline Courier delivery has been delayed 2-3 hours today.
The paper should be on newsstands by about 3 p.m., and home delivery might be as late as 6 p.m. for some areas.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Benton police have arrested two burglary suspects this week.
Officers on Tuesday afternoon responded to Dogwood Lakes Apartments on report of a residential burglary, where several items had been stolen.
Evidence gathered at the scene implicated suspect Dustin Hines, 23, who was located and arrested a short time later.
Hines is charged with residential burglary, theft of property, possession of a controlled substance and obstructing government operations.
Additionally, he has an active warrant out of Faulkner County for probation revocation.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) â€” Baptist Health says it will lay off 170 workers across its network in Arkansas.
The hospital organization said Tuesday the layoffs will mainly affect workers who aren't nurses.
Arkansas Business reports the job cuts are expected to be completed by the end of the week.
Baptist Health has 73,000 workers and hospitals in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Arkadelphia, Heber Springs and Stuttgart.
Spokesman Mark Lowman says the cuts will not affect quality of care. He also says the layoffs are in line with job reductions made by other hospitals.
Firefighters work to extinguish a fire in the median between the service road and Interstate 30 East near the Saline County Fairgrounds in Benton on Monday evening. Despite recent rain, the risk for fire remains higher than normal and the burn ban for Saline County is still in place.
LITTLE ROCKâ€” The Arkansas State Claims Commission has voted to dismiss a $1 million wrongful death claim against Arkansas State University by the parents of a student who died after being shot at his campus apartment.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Saturday that the claims commission voted unanimously to reject the claim by Jerlene and Elijah Gilmore of Helena-West Helena.
A woman accused of fleeing from police has been charged with multiple crimes.
Heidie Taylor, 48, is charged with fleeing by vehicle, unauthorized use of another person's property to facilitate a crime, fleeing on foot, refusal to submit to arrest, driving on suspended license, littering, criminal mischief, DWI-drugs and reckless driving.
At 1:19 a.m. today, Benton Police Officers were notified about a possible intoxicated driver in the area of the Interstate 30 North Service Road near the 116 Exit.
The Benton Police Department has released to the media reports involving an incident where Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington was arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest.
In the reports, police say Pennington swung at officers.
Details, along with comments from Sheriff Pennington, are found in today's issue.
LITTLE ROCK â€” An independent report blames manufacturing defects for the failure of an ExxonMobil pipeline that sent 150,000 gallons of crude oil into the small town of Mayflower, the company said Wednesday.
The report, provided to Exxon and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, found cracks near a seam that failed on the ruptured Pegasus Pipeline, the company said. Both Exxon and the regulatory agency declined to release the report, which was produced by Hurst Metallurgical Research Laboratory Inc.
Although the county received about a half inch of rain on Wednesday afternoon, rainfall is still well below average right now.
The shower brought the precipitation total for the past 30 days up to 0.71 inches. The average monthly rainfall for this time of year is generally about 4 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
The average is based on rainfall totals gathered during a 30-year period, from 1981-2010.
Due to the lack of rain, Saline County is under a moderate wildfire risk.
Saline County also is still one of 16 Arkansas counties still under a burn ban.
The Saline County Sheriff's Office is asking for assistance in locating a stolen piece of construction equipment.
The 2012 Case skid steer was stolen from a construction site on Narrows Road around July 4.
Anyone with information on the location of the equipment or any other information regarding the theft may contact that Criminal Investigation Division at 501-303-5608.