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January 20th, 2015

2 arrested after high speed chase

January 20, 2015

A man was arrested Tuesday morning following a domestic disturbance at Bullock’s Superstop.

After responding to the scene, an officer attempted to stop Keith Stafford, 22, of Benton, who was driving a 1995 Ford Ranger truck on Interstate 30. Stafford allegedly did not stop and continued to travel at a high rate of speed.

“Speeds were averaging from 100 mph to 50 mph without incident,” according to the Benton police report.

Stafford eventually took Exit 118, where he and passenger Madison Davis, 19, of Benton, were arrested.

Benton recognized for volunteer efforts

January 20, 2015

The city of Benton was named the Arkansas Volunteer Community of the Year by the Arkansas Municipal League.
Benton has received this award for five of the last six years, said Mayor David Mattingly.

For August of 2013 to August of 2014, 9,501 residents volunteers for a total of 315,198 hours, said Tina Coston, executive assistant.

Throughout the year, Coston logs the number of volunteer hours resident complete.

Benton couple charged with child endangerment after test reveals meth exposure

January 20, 2015

A Benton couple is facing charges after an investigation into allegations of child abuse revealed two children in the home had been exposed to drugs.

James McCauley, 38, and Christie Smith-McCauley, 34, were arrested without incident Monday, and were charged with two counts of introduction of a chemical substance into the body of another and two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.

Detectives with the Benton Police Department were notified of the case in December by investigators with the Arkansas State Police.

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