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November 6th, 2014

Saline County woman scheduled to receive pardon from Gov. Beebe

November 6, 2014

Gov. Mike Beebe announced Wednesday that he intends to grant 25 pardons, including one for a Saline County woman.

According to a release issued by the governor’s office, Julie McCown Gladden Shelby of Benton will be among the individuals pardoned by Beebe.

Shelby was charged in 2007 for attempting to obtain drugs by fraud.

“All terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations," the release states. "There are no law-enforcement objections to the application."

No other details were available about the incident.

33,978 voters cast ballots; no problems on Election Day says Saline County clerk

November 6, 2014

Saline County Clerk Doug Curtis says Tuesday's general election "went smoothly" in this county.

"We had no real problems," he said.

"The rain slowed us down a little bit, but not much. Basically, it went off smoothly."

Curtis noted that the numbers were good regarding voter turnout.

A total of 33,978 voted, according to the official tallies from his office.

He reported that the county with a population of around 107,000 has 46,866 registered voters.

More on this story can be found in today's issue of The Saline Courier.

Benton man charged with sexual assault of juvenile

November 6, 2014

A 22-year-old Benton man was arrested Monday for allegedly sexually assaulting a juvenile.

Nickalous Turner reportedly “inappropriately touched” a 9-year-old girl, said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.

Turner has been charged with second-degree sexual assault in connection with the incident.
The investigation is continuing, Russell said.

“Additional charges could be forthcoming,” he added.

Turner was released Wednesday afternoon from the Saline County Detention Center after posting a $25,000 signature bond.

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