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September 2nd, 2014

Daily Dispatch, Aug. 29-Sept. 1

September 2, 2014

Benton Police Department
Friday
•A man on Columbia Avenue reported his vehicle was stolen.
•A woman on Church Street reported an individual attempted to break into her vehicle.
•Shelia Smith, 55, of Benton was arrested at Walmart and charged with shoplifting. She was also named in two active warrants.
•Cara Head, 42, of Traskwood was arrested at Dollar General on Military Road and charged with shoplifting. She was also named in two outstanding warrants.
•Sam Buchanan, 60, of Benton was arrested on Cox Street and charged with domestic battery.

Man shot in Benton

September 2, 2014

James Toland, 62, of Benton was arrested by Benton police officers Monday for allegedly shooting a man on Latimer Drive.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found the victim with a gunshot in his back. The victim was transported via MedFlight to Baptist Health Medical Center. He is currently in stable condition, said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.

Toland has been charged with first degree battery and is being detained at the Saline County Detention Center, Russell said.

More details about this incident will be released at a later time.

Gentry withdraws, Mattingly unopposed for Mayor

September 2, 2014

At the end of the municipal candidate filing on Aug. 15, every mayoral race in Saline County drew at least two candidates. Two weeks later on Aug. 29, one of the candidates dropped out of the race.

Gene Gentry had filed to challenge Benton Mayor David Mattingly in the November general election.

Gentry was contacted this morning and confirmed that he has withdrawn from the race, but added "I'd rather not comment right now." Gentry said he filed paperwork to drop out of the race on Aug. 29.

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