Archive - 2013 - News Article
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.
Peter Brown, an award-winning children's author and illustrator, will read stories and provide a drawing demonstration for children Thursday, July 18 at both Saline County Library locations.
Childrenâ€™s programs will occur at 10:30 a.m. at Boswell Library and at 2 p.m. at Herzfeld Library.
A program for ages 18 and up will be held at 6 p.m. at Herzfeld Library. Brown will discuss the creative process, the publishing industry, and tips on how to best pursue publication.
The programs are free and open to the public. Call 501-778-4766 or 501-847-2166 for more information.
ASHDOWN â€” A trial is scheduled for next week for an Oklahoma woman accused of stealing cattle in southwest Arkansas.
Wendi Cox appeared in court Tuesday in Ashdown where she waived her right to a trial by jury. Shreveport, La., television station KSLA reports that Cox is scheduled for a bench trial beginning Monday.
Cox is already serving a 60-year prison sentence after she was convicted in March of stealing five rodeo team horses and equipment from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia.
BOSTON â€” Survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing will watch as the young man who could face the death penalty for the attack appears in court for the first time since he was found bleeding and hiding in a boat in a suburb days after the April 15 explosion.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's arraignment was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in federal court in Boston. He has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction in the bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 260.