May 17th, 2014
Jimmie Lillian Wilson Vance, 81, of Lonsdale, was born November 9, 1932, to James Daniel and Lillian Gertrude Peeler Wilson in Peeler Bend of Saline County. She was the ninth of ten children born to the couple. She was only four years old when her poppa died leaving her mother with ten children. Jimmie died May 15, 2014, in Hot Springs after a long battle with Alzheimerâ€™s. She began working as a young teenager in one of Bentonâ€™s cafes where she met Willie Doyle Vance, and they married November 5, 1949. In about 1966, she began working as a clerk at Harrisâ€™ Shoe Store in Benton.
Former Saline County sheriff Bruce Pennington was taken into custody at Walmart in Benton today. He is facing charges of abuse of public trust and theft of property which are both felonies. He is facing an additional misdemeanor charge for theft of property.
Two other former Saline County Sheriff's Office employees are also facing charges. Former Lt. Mike Frost is facing charges for illegal use of a communication device and delivery of a controlled substance. Jo Nell Mallory is facing charges for abuse of public trust and theft of property.