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October 28th, 2014
The first of three public meetings to gather information regarding the future of recycling bins in Saline County took place Monday night. Thirteen people attended the meeting held at the Office of Emergency Management meeting in Benton. Of the 13, five were residents, two were waste haulers and the remaining six were members of the Saline County Regional Solid Waste Management District Board of Directors or employees of the district.
A Benton man has been arrested for allegedly raping two juveniles at his residence Monday morning.
Manuel Portillo, 51, has been charged with three counts of rape.
One incident was reported shortly after midnight Monday.
During the investigation, officers reported finding evidence that the assaults had occurred and that another victim may have been involved, said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.
The two victims and Portillo were acquainted prior to the incident, Russell said.
Benton Police Department
â€¢A man on Griffey Drive reported his all-terrain vehicle, a white 2005 Suzuki LTZ 400, was stolen.
â€¢A caller at Tyndall Park Mini Storage reported a break-in.
Saline County Sheriffâ€™s Office
â€¢A man on Oak Place Drive reported a theft.
â€¢A man on East Polk Road reported a man threatened him.
â€¢A woman on Samples Road reported she witnessed a disturbance.
â€¢A man on Germania Road reported a motorcycle was stolen.
Benton Fire Department
Benton firefighters responded to a brush fire, a rescue call, three medical calls and a motor vehicle accident.
A total of 9,086 ballots have been cast in the six days since early voting started Oct. 20 in the November general election.
Broken down by specific sites, the Saline County Clerk's Office reported that 4,302 people have voted to date at the county election center ("vote here" building) in Benton; 2,500 at Grace Church in Bryant; 1,530 at Bank of the Ozarks (formerly Summit Bank) in Hot Springs Village; and 1,632 at the East End Fire Station.
Early voting will be continuing today. Hours, dates and sites for the continuation of early voting are: