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September 30th, 2014

2 of 3 suspects captured; police nab 2/3 of alleged bank robbery trio

September 30, 2014

Detectives with the Benton Police Department have arrested two suspects in conjunction with a June 16, 2014, robbery at Malvern National Bank in Benton and an additional suspect remains at large.

Rodney Hurdsman, 45, and Stephanie Hurdsman, 39, were taken into custody without incident on Monday in Shreveport, La. The pair currently are incarcerated and are awaiting extradition to Arkansas. They may face charges in other states, authorities said.

More info can be found in today's issue of The Saline Courier.

Hugh 'Dennis' Gant, Jr.

September 30, 2014

Hugh “Dennis” Gant Jr., 71, of Benton passed away Friday, Sept. 26, 2014.
He was born Oct. 2, 1942, in Fort Smith to the late Hugh D. Gant Sr. and Frankie Smith Gant.
Dennis enjoyed water skiing in his early years. Another favorite hobby was working in his yard. Dennis loved driving his red 1976 T-top Corvette until it didn’t run as smoothly as he liked, and traded for a red Mustang convertible.
Dennis was a Razorback fan and held season tickets for 10 years. He is remembered for taking care of family and putting others first.

Ann Louise Wetzel

September 30, 2014

Ann Louise Wetzel, age 70, died peacefully in her home, surrounded by family, on Sept. 25, 2014.
She was born Oct. 21, 1943, in Amarillo, Texas. to Earl Leroy and Dorothy Wetzel.
Ann lived in several states and Puerto Rico, finally settling in Texas after marriage to Anthony Yates, where she lived until recently.
She was predeceased by her father, Earl Wetzel.

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