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A suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was taken into custody Wednesday in a breakthrough that came less than 48 hours after the deadly attack, a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation said Wednesday.
The official spoke shortly after several media outlets reported that a suspect had been identified from surveillance video taken at a Lord & Taylor store between the sites of the two bomb blasts, which killed three people and wounded more than 170.
MedFlight was called to Bryant for the second time this week on Wednesday. Sgt. Todd Crowson with the Bryant Police Department said that a male driver crashed into a tree on Boswell Road in Bryant around 11 a.m. The driver was transported by MedFlight to Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. The name and age of the victim have not yet been released and a condition report has not been made available. More information will be reported as it becomes available.
The Bryant Hornet Engineering Robotics Team leaves for Anaheim, Calif. today to compete in the VEX Robotics World Championship. The students will be up against thousands of students from more than 20 countries.
More information is available at the engineering department's website: http://engineering.bryantschools.org.
The team plans to regularly update the site while at the competition with new videos and special features to keep Bryant supporters in the loop, said Devin Sherrill, Bryant schools communications director.
WRECK UPDATE: Sgt. Todd Crowson of the Bryant Police Department said the driver of the 18-wheeler that was traveling westbound and left the road on the northbound side of Interstate 30 was a female driver and was taken to Baptist Regional Medical Center via MedFlight around 11 a.m. this morning.
Arkansas sophomore Hunter Mickelson will not be a part of the Razorbacks basketball squad next year, according to his father. Darien Mickelson, Hunter's dad, said that his son will be transferring away from UA at the conclusion of the 2013 spring semester.
Mickelson set the freshman shot-blocking record two seasons ago with 72 while averaging 5.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in 548 minutes as a freshman.
An 18-wheeler ran off the service road on the northbound side of Interstate 30 earlier today. The vehicle was traveling west, behind Ashley's Furniture in Bryant.
Traffic in the area is congested, as local authorities continue to deal with the incident.
Sgt. Todd Crowson with the Bryant Police Department said when the accident was reported the witness informed police that the driver of the truck was unconscious.
The Arkansas House on Tuesday approved a plan to use federal Medicaid funds to buy private insurance for low-income residents, with many Republicans saying the approach is the best way to maintain some control over provisions of a new federal health care law they still oppose.
The private-option plan was presented to legislators in two parts, with one part including language authorizing the plan and a second part setting up the funding. The funding element finally won its needed three-fourths vote in the House, though it still needs to be approved by the same margin in the Senate.
The Benton Police Department has release the mugshot of Benjamin Spears, 33, of Benton. Spears was arrested for allegedly sending an email to the Benton Police Department demanding "a large sum of money" or he would kill one random person per day until his demands were met. Full details of the investigation and arrest are in the April 16 edition of The Saline Courier.
The Benton Police Department has arrested Benjamin Spears, 33, of Benton on felony charges of terrorism, criminal attempt to commit theft of property and computer fraud. Spears is alleged to have sent an email to the Benton Police Department demanding a large sum of money and if his demand was not met, he would kill one person per day until he received the money. A full report of the story can be found in Tuesday's Saline Courier.
Alexander resident Nate Smith, director of public health programs and state epidemiologist at the Arkansas Department of Health, participated in the Boston Marathon today. The Boston Marathon website shows he finished the race at about 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, just moments before two explosions went off near the finish line, killing two people and injuring 23.