July 26th, 2012
Beware, thiefs in Benton. After the recent arrests of four people for property crimes, the Benton Police Department has decided to lay down a plan of action to significantly lower all crimes.
"Since June 1 there have been 134 cases of theft, burglary and breaking-and-entering crimes in the city of Benton. These incidents have not gone unnoticed and the Benton Police Department is pushing back against this trend using various resources," Lt. Kevin Russell said.
Residents might have noticed more officers in more places, and that is all part of the design.
BAUXITE â€“ In the world of sports, achieving personal and professional goals is everything to an individual athlete. Whether it be a basketball, football or baseball player or even a professional ping pong champion, goals are what keep an athlete motivated to be better and to become what he or she has set out to accomplish.
But when one loses a foot right above the ankle and is forever changed, how can that athlete stay motivated to battle past reality and still achieve those goals?
Charles Andrew â€śAndyâ€ť Curtis, 95 of Bryant, passed away July 22 at the home of his son, the late Charles Jeffrey â€śJeffâ€ť Curtis and daughter-in-law, Sondra Haile Curtis.
Born Sept. 3, 1916, to John Anderson and Jeffie Howard Curtis in Paron, Andy was one of nine children, all of whom are deceased. The siblings included Eunice Jackson; Allen, Don, Ed and Kelso Curtis; Rosa Lee Rickard; and Ellene Lancaster. He married Jimmye Raye Ramsey Curtis in 1944 and they had one son, Charles Jeffrey.
James Arlin Craig Jr., 65, of Little Rock, passed away on July 23, 2012, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born Feb. 10, 1947, to Arlin and Evelyn Craig, who preceded him in death. Jim managed his family business, Red Gate Liquor, which was established in 1951, then succeeded his father as owner. Through his tireless work and dedication, it expanded to a new facility in 1991 and grew into the flourishing business it is today. The success of the business was due to Jimâ€™s dedication to his loyal customers.
Jerry Lynn Thomason, 65, of Traskwood passed away on July 22, with his family by his side.Â
Jerry was born on May 18, 1947 to Cleo and Mary Thomason in Benton.Â He was very outgoing and loved putting his cars in antique car shows, fishing, playing music and shooting guns.Â Jerry retired from Benton Service Center after 17 years as a fireman.Â His favorite times were spent with his family and friends. He was of Baptist faith.
Jerry is preceded in death by his father, Cleo Thomason; grandson, Patrick Hilborn and grandmother, Willie B. Smith.
Emma D. Sheridan, 80, of Beebe died Sunday, July 22, at her home. She was born April 25, 1932 in Sheridan. Emma was a retired supervisor for a hand bag company and a member of Mars Hill Baptist Church and Shiloh Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Grace Adams Hunter, brother, Elmer Hunter and sisters, Georgia and Wanda Lou.Â
BRYANT â€“ It was a hard-fought weekend for the Bryant Everett Black Sox in the Arkansas American Legion AA State Tournament, but the Black Sox fell just short of a championship on Sunday night when they came out of the loserâ€™s bracket to face Pine Bluff National Bank in the final and lost 13-4 to be the state runner-up.
An Alexander man accused of downloading hundreds of images of child pornography to a home computer pleaded not guilty in Benton District Court on Tuesday.
Facing 236 counts of possessing child pornography and one count of attempting to influence a public official, 69-year-old John Darrell Green is set to appear before Saline County Circuit Judge Gary Arnold on Aug. 13, at which time atrial date could be. Green was arrested at his home on May 30 and as of press time, remains in the Saline County jail under a $150,000 sheriffâ€™s bond.
The Alexander Police Department is updating its procedure for cataloging police reports. Soon, all accident and incident reports will be placed on computer systems, Alexander Police Chief Horace Walter said.
Walter said he was happy to â€śfinallyâ€ť implement the new system. Well before Walterâ€™s administration began in 2010, officer reports were hand-placed into filing cabinets, but now they can go straight into the database. All the reports put in the database will also be put on a backup system.
Benton City Council members on Monday night heard the second reading of an ordinance that would prohibit the discharge of residential and industrial waste from commercial haulers into the wastewater treatment plant.
Efforts to present the ordinance on both its second and third readings were not successful Monday night.
The ordinance is scheduled for the final reading at the next council meeting. At that time, the council members will take an actual vote on the document.