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August 1st, 2014

Beebe: No special election for state Senate seat

August 1, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe won't call a special election to fill the state Senate seat of a lawmaker stepping down to take a lobbying job with the University of Arkansas system, the governor's office announced Thursday.

Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample cited the potential cost and timeline for a special election to replace Republican Sen. Johnny Key, who is stepping down effective Thursday to begin work as the UA system's associate vice president for university relations.

Police searching for suspects who robbed woman at gunpoint

August 1, 2014

A woman on Center Street in Bryant reported being held at gunpoint in her home by three black men.
The incident happened around 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said.

Hazel Gilson, 74, told Bryant police that she responded to a knock at the door. When she opened it, the men forced their way into her home, pointing a gun at her.

One struck her on the head with the pistol, said Sgt. Todd Crowson, Bryant Police Department spokesperson.
When Mrs. Gilson's husband, Thomas, arrived home, the suspects also threatened him with the weapon, Crowson said.

No charges in 'attempted kidnapping' case; language barrier leads to misunderstanding

August 1, 2014

The Benton Police Department will not be filing charges in connection with a reported kidnapping attempt.

"After extensively interviewing the victim, a possible suspect and witnesses, it was determined that no charges were warranted in the case," said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.

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