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August 7th, 2014

2 property owners could face lawsuit from Benton

August 7, 2014

Benton City Council's Community Services/Animal Control Committee members are recommending that the city sue the property owners at 1116 Alcoa Road for ongoing code violations.

During the session, City Attorney Brent Houston noted that Jim Towe, the city's community development department supervisor, has been working with the property owners for some time.

Towe requested that the city take legal action in the matter, Houston said.

He said a letter was sent to the owners requesting their presence at Wednesday's meeting, but they did not attend.

Daily Dispatch, Aug. 6, 2014

August 7, 2014

Benton Police Department

•A man on Beverly Street reported the theft of a lawnmower.
•Joey Lutz was arrested for an outstanding Bryant warrant and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Saline County Sheriff's Office

•A man in Bauxite reported the theft of a debit card.
•A woman in Benton reported her former husband threw nails in her driveway while she was away from home.
•A woman reported a break-in at her home in the Mabelvale area.
•A woman in Bauxite reported a physical altercation involving herself and her daughter.

Bryant Fire Department

Suspect allegedly raped, drugged juvenile; charge is man's second since November

August 7, 2014

The Benton Police Department has arrested a man for a second time in connection with allegedly drugging and raping a juvenile.

The male juvenile victim in the case provided information about a suspect, identified as James Gilliam, 32.
Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson, said Gilliam contacted the victim online.

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