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March 14th, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: Malvern man charged with possession of child porn released on bail

March 14, 2013

Bryant police on Tuesday arrested 25-year-old Justin Brown of Malvern and charged him with two counts of child pornography possession.
Brown was being questioned by investigators at the police station on an unrelated incident, when it was discovered that he had explicit photos of young girls on his cell phone, said Sgt. Todd Crowson of the Bryant Police Department.
Brown was given a $10,000 bond and is out on bail. The police department is continuing to investigate the suspect. It is unknown if more charges will be made, Crowson said.

March 12th

Arkansas Christian Academy to build new facility

March 12, 2013

Arkansas Christian Academy will begin construction on a new facility at 12:15 p.m. Sunday.
The 20,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will more than accommodate the 100 students now enrolled in the academy and there will be room for growth, said school secretary Amy Millea. The academy, a ministry of Family Church, reportedly has maintained a steady growth rate since its opening in 2001.

BREAKING NEWS: Bryant teen suspect in RadioShack robbery

March 12, 2013

Bryant police have arrested a 16-year-old Bryant High School student in connection with the robbery of RadioShack in Bryant last week.
The suspect's name has not been released, but this will change if he is tried as an adult, which is possibility, said Sgt. Todd Crowson of the Bryant Police Department. The teen faces charges of aggravated robbery and theft of property.
It was reported that the store had been robbed at gunpoint. However, the weapon was a pellet gun, not a fire arm, Crowson said.
The suspect reportedly made off with an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register.

March 10th

Midtown: Broken promise or diamond in-the-rough?

March 10, 2013

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Rachel Arrington thought she was getting in on the ground floor of something big when she bought a home in the area of Bryant referred to as Midtown.
Public hearings were held that sold Midtown as a “lifestyle.” The mixed-use zone development would be the type of place where people walked and rode their bikes to the corner store — the kind of place where shop owners lived in apartments above their businesses. The developers promised beautiful homes and landscaping.

Dallas man fighting extradition to Saline County

March 10, 2013

The man accused in the Feb. 21 invasion of a Benton couple's home where he allegedly attacked the occupants and then fled in their vehicle is fighting extradition to Saline County.
Saline County Sheriff's Office officials said the suspect, 41-year-old Derek Dione Wilkerson of Mesquite, Texas, remains in custody in the Dallas area.
The U.S. Marshals Task Force reportedly apprehended Wilkerson about 12 hours after the incident in this county.
Lt. Mike Frost of the sheriff's office said the department is in the process of obtaining a governor's warrant to bring Wilkerson to Saline County.

March 8th

Vigil set Sunday night to honor murder victim

March 8, 2013

Instead of a birthday celebration, members of Gregory Tyrone Pike's family are holding a candlelight vigil to honor his memory.
The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday at the Saline County Courthouse gazebo.
Community residents are invited to attend the event being held on the day that the murder victim would have turned 20.
Pike's mother, Tinka Robins, noted that her son's body was found Jan. 27 off River Road. He had died Jan. 16, authorities reported.
Saline County sheriff's deputies are continuing to investigate the death.

Annual Downtown Easter Egg Hunt set for March 23

March 8, 2013

Downtown Benton will host the 2013 Saline County Easter Egg hunt on Saturday, March 23, at the Saline County Courthouse.
Lisa Baldwin, coordinator of the event, noted that the hunt is a long-standing tradition, having taken place for more than 35 years.
However, she pointed out some changes that are being made "to better serve children and acquire additional volunteer help."
Chief among the changes is the date, Baldwin noted.

March 6th

Police searching for missing teen

March 6, 2013

Benton Police Department is seeking community residents' assistance in locating a runaway juvenile, Chelsea Bauer, who recently ran away from her home in Benton and has not been seen since that time.  
Chelsea, 17, is Hispanic and has brown eyes and hair. She is approximately 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds She was last seen wearing a pink "hoodie"-style jacket, blue jeans and brown slip-on shoes. Chelsea was traveling on foot and is believed to still be in the Central Arkansas area.   

Acclaimed classical guitarist to make return visit to Benton

March 6, 2013

Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher is returning to Herzfeld Library in Benton as part of a national tour that will culminate at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
The artist has scheduled the local concert for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16. The program is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
Fletcher has performed numerous times at the Benton library and always has drawn an enthusiastic audience, library officials said.

Couple camping in Lyle Park arrested for refusing to leave

March 6, 2013

A couple camping at Lyle Park in Benton failed to leave as instructed by Benton police and now face charges of criminal trespass.
At 10:30 a.m. on March 3, Officer Mike Connell responded to a call from residents in the area who had contacted the police about the situation. Upon arrival at Lyle Park, Connell found a tent with a car parked in front of it and instructed the occupants to step outside and speak to him.
According to the police report, a man, later identified as Landon Miller, eventually "opened the tent flap.”

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