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January 13th, 2015

Benton is ready for alcohol sales

January 13, 2015

During a meeting Monday night, the Benton City Council approved a set of rules and regulations on the sale of alcohol in the city. Now the city is prepared for businesses that want to sell alcohol.

Since the week after the election, a group of people within the city has been working to create these regulations, said Mayor David Mattingly.

Using other cities’ policies as a blue print, they tried to reference any type of circumstances that could happen and to establish permits and fees.

“I think it is necessary for this city to be ready,” Mattingly said.

January 12th

One arrested in weekend shooting

January 12, 2015

Benton police say a man has been arrested in connection with a Friday night shooting outside of a residence located at the corner of Tulane and Princeton Streets in Benton.

Roderick Spears, 21, of Cox Street in Benton, was apprehended at 9:35 p.m. after reportedly using a pistol to fire a single round into a moving vehicle outside of the home some time around 9 p.m. Spears then left the scene of the incident, police say.

January 10th

AP: George Zimmerman arrested on aggravated assault charge

January 10, 2015

MIAMI — Florida authorities say George Zimmerman, whose acquittal of murdering an unarmed black teen sparked a national debate on race and self-defense laws, has been arrested for allegedly throwing a wine bottle at his girlfriend.

The Seminole County Sheriff's Office says the 31-year-old Zimmerman was arrested for aggravated assault in Lake Mary about 10 p.m. Friday and is being held at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility.

During a court appearance Saturday morning, Zimmerman's bond was set at $5,000 and he was ordered to avoid contact with the woman who was not identified.

January 9th

Breaking News: Human remains identified

January 9, 2015

The Saline County Sheriff’s Office has identified the human remains that were recovered Wednesday on Woody Green Road in Sardis.

The remains are those of Robert Stifler, 57, of Mabelvale who was reported missing in July of 2014, said Lt. Scott Courtney, Saline County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson.

A medical examiner with the Arkansas State Crime Lab has ruled the death a suicide by hanging.

Officers were first notified by a resident of the remains that were located approximately 200 feet from the road in a secluded area, he said.

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