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February 10th, 2015

Spann walks: Jury delivers verdict just after midnight

February 10, 2015

At approximately 12:15 a.m. after six and a half hours, a jury of seven women and four men found a Saline County man on trial in the Saline County Circuit Court not guilty of charges in connection with the death of two brothers in the Sardis community.

Clinton Dewitt Spann, 67, exclaimed “Thank you Lord,” while crying as the jury delivered their verdict.

The trial stems from an Oct. 6, 2013, incident when Spann shot Michael Williams and Donald Williams.

February 9th

BFD at Burton Street house fire

February 9, 2015

Firefighters with the Benton Police Department responded to a house fire call at 717 Burton Street about 2 p.m. Monday afternoon.

Conditions at the time of the fire were dry and windy.

Fire Chief Bruce Armstrong said a female occupant in her mid- to late-70s was airlifted from the scene and transported to an unknown hospital. The woman's grandson was also in the home at the time of the fire, but sustained no injuries that required medical attention, he said.

Police car intensifies youngster’s aspiration

February 9, 2015

Most youngsters have no idea what they want to become when they grow up, but Harrison Smith is an exception.
At the tender age of 3 1/2, he already has his heart set on becoming a police officer. And furthermore, he’s already “in training.”
The son of B.J. and Heather Smith of Benton, Harrison first voiced his dream last fall.
“It started with Halloween,” his mother said. “We asked him what he wanted to be and it didn’t take him long to decide on a police officer.”
The appropriate uniform was obtained, which intensified his interest in police officers, Heather Smith said.

February 6th

Another medical examiner testifies

February 6, 2015

Another medical examiner testified during the forth day of a Saline County Circuit Court trial of a man charged in connection with the death of two brothers in the Sardis community.

The case stems from an Oct. 6, 2013, incident in which Clinton Dewitt Spann Jr., 67, shot Michael and Donald Williams.

Dr. Robert Bux who is a coroner and medical examiner in Colorado testified about the injuries the victims suffered.
Bux acknowledged that he agreed with almost everything Dr. Charles Kokes, medical examiner with the Arkansas State Crime Lab, said during his testimony Thursday.

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