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December 22nd

Saline County resident needs help with liver transplant

December 22, 2012

The Christmas holiday season is often referred to as the season of giving. As 58-year-old Derrell Hill is confined to a bed at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, family and friends pray there are enough giving people to help fund a liver transplant for the Saline County native.
"During this difficult time, he spends as much time as possible with his six children, 10 grandchildren and other family and friends who all means so much to him," a family member said.

Call of suspicious vehicle lands man in jail; police thank residents

December 22, 2012

Thanks to a phone call from concerned residents, a suspected criminal was apprehended Tuesday, authorities said.
"A big part of helping catching criminals lies with people willing to share information with us," said Lt. Kevin Russell, public information officer for the Benton Police Department. "If you observe something suspicious and are not sure whether you should dial 911 to report it, we strongly encourage you to do so. We would rather investigate something that turned out to be nothing than run the risk of missing criminals in the act, as was the case here."

December 19th

Manhunt ends with arrest

December 19, 2012

Update:

A robbery suspect who eluded law enforcement officers for nearly 24 hours was captured early this morning, authorities said.
Lt. Mike Frost of the Saline County Sheriff's Office said 28-year-old Joshua James Young of Alexander was taken into custody about 7 a.m. today and is being held without bond in the Saline County jail. Young is scheduled for a bond hearing Friday in Benton District Court.

December 18th

Benton Cheerleaders win Championship

December 18, 2012

The Benton High School cheerleaders won the class 6A state championship on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Summit Arena in Hot Springs. Benton also came in first place in the Tiger City Classic in Arkadelphia on Dec. 8, took first in the Arkansas Cheer Coaches Association Competition in Mayflower on Dec. 1 in Mayflower, took first in the Benton Invitational on Nov. 17 ant were first-place finishers in the Bauxite Invitational on Nov. 10. Sheridan was first-runner up in 6A at the state championship and Bryant tied Van Buren for first-runner up in the 5A-7A Coed Division.

December 17th

Increased police presence at schools to ease parental concerns of safety

December 17, 2012

Late afternoon Saturday, Benton School District Superintendent Jeff Collum sent a message via telephone to hundreds of local residents to assure them that school district officials take the safety of their children seriously.
Collum was aware that many were focused on news accounts from Friday’s school shootings in Newtown, Conn., which took the lives of 20 children.
The tragic mass murders at Sandy Hook Elementary, which also cost the lives of six adults, once again put the issue of school safety back into the spotlight, and Collum realized the importance of communicating with residents.

Montalvo honored at retirement reception at courthouse

December 17, 2012

Linda Montalvo made local history recently when she became the first woman to become Saline County clerk.
Montalvo's term in office has been a short one, however, as she will be retiring from county employment at the close of the month.
She was honored Friday at a reception held in the upstairs courtroom at the Saline County Courthouse.
Attending the event were several hundred people, including local county and state officials.
Montalvo was appointed to the clerk's office by the Saline County Quorum Court after the former clerk, Freddy Burton, retired for health reasons.

Reward offered in Natzke murder case

December 17, 2012

Nearly a year after the homicide of a Hot Springs Village dispatcher, authorities say the investigation is still active.
A reward of $11,000 has been offered "for any information that would assist in the arrest and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for this murder."

December 13th

License revoked for former Bryant band teacher accused of sexual assault

December 13, 2012

The Arkansas State Board of Education confirmed to The Saline Courier today that a former band teacher at Bryant High School had his teaching license revoked during a Monday meeting.
The 36-year-old James Chad Green resigned from his position with the Bryant School District on Oct. 24 and voluntarily surrendered to authorities on Oct. 31. He was charged with first-degree sexual assault and was released from the Saline County jail under a $25,000 sheriff's bond.

Construction at athletic complex on schedule, contractor says

December 13, 2012

Construction at the new Benton Athletic Complex is on schedule, according to information given to the Benton School Board on Monday night.
David Dominguez of Nabholz Construction said the bleachers are completed "and are all up except for the chairs."
"The building under the bleachers is done," he added.
He further noted that additional work at the site has included installing an elevator, completing masonry columns and decorative fencing.
"We're continuing concrete work," he said.
He also noted that the band structure has been relocated from C.W. Lewis Stadium to the new complex.

December 12th

Bryant man arrested for fatal stabbing

December 12, 2012

An argument at a home in Bryant late Sunday allegedly led to a man fatally stabbing another, authorities said.
Itzamanna Jiminez-Jasso, 34, of Bryant is being held in the Saline County jail facing a charge of second-degree murder and is scheduled for a bond hearing Wednesday in Benton District Court.
According to Bryant police, about 9:40 p.m. Sunday, officers responded to a home in the 100 block of SE 3rd St. after receiving a call concerning a physical altercation involving a knife.

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