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September 8th, 2014

Moped theft leads to arrest

September 8, 2014

A Benton man driving a stolen Moped has been arrested on gun and theft charges.
On Thursday morning Robert Granderson, 34, was arrested during a traffic stop at the intersection of Smithers Drive and Alcoa Road.
When police stopped Granderson on the Moped, a gun reportedly dropped from Granderson's waistband.
The officer reported that the Moped had been used without a key and the vehicle identification number had been filed off. The scooter had been reported stolen in Conway.

Band of robbers receive 20-year sentences

September 8, 2014

After pleading guilty to robbery charges, five people have been sentenced to 20-year terms with the Arkansas Department of Correction.
Ryan Walker of Mabelvale, Kristen Gay of Alexander, Steven Williams, Marcus Whitaker and Justin Ray, all of Benton, were involved in three robbery incidents, authorities said.
During an incident on Oct. 14, 2013, Walker held a man at gunpoint while Walker and Whitaker stole items from a victim and Gay waited in a vehicle outside a residence.

September 6th

Haskell council to vote on water rates

September 6, 2014

The final reading of an ordinance and a companion resolution to increase water rates in Haskell will be heard during the regular monthly meeting of the City Council on Monday, Sept. 8.

The ordinance had been reviewed in prior monthly meetings of the council.

If it is approved, the customer rates for water and sewer service in the city will increase from 2 percent annually to 4 percent.

Mayor Jeff Arey says the measures being considered are the result of findings from an annual audit in the city.

This has been a normal practice by the City Council since 2004, Arey noted.

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