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July 1st, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Summit Bank in Benton robbed

July 1, 2014

Benton police are at the scene of a reported bank robbery that occurred around 9:30 a.m. at Summit Bank on Arkansas 5 in Benton.

Police reported that the suspect is a white man 5 feet 10 inches tall wearing an "Affliction" T-shirt.

The suspect displayed a pistol before leaving in a gold-colored Chevrolet Impala, according to Lt. Kevin Russell, police spokesman.

If anyone has any information about this incident, he or she is encouraged to contact the Benton Police Department at 501-778-1171.

For a video showing the man's face see http://youtu.be/KBOgPF2Fg-0.

June 30th

Pulaski County Detention Officer arrested in Benton

June 30, 2014

David Collins, a detention officer at the Pulaski County Detention Center, was arrested by Benton police on June 28 and charged with aggravated assault.

Collins, who has worked at the detention center since June 17 of last year, has been placed on administrative leave, Lt. Carl Minden said.

For the full story, see Tuesday's issue of The Saline Courier.

Lawmakers hope for quick session on 3 issues

June 30, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas legislative leaders hope to quickly tackle the three issues facing them in this week's special session, but the addition of a bill to restrict the lottery's games and objections to changes in teacher insurance could complicate those plans.

The House and Senate will convene Monday afternoon for a special legislative session called to deal with teacher insurance, prison overcrowding and the state's lottery. It'll be the third special session held since Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe took office in 2007.

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