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June 19th, 2014

PYKE: Reporters don't love tragedy

June 19, 2014

Bobbye Pyke

Tragedy makes up a large portion of the news.

The front page of most newspapers is plastered with stories about death, war, destruction and general mayhem.

These stories sell papers. They catch the eye. They draw you in. These stories keep us in business.

In general, these are stories that capture the attention of readers and provide content that interests them.

But these stories are also hard to write.

Kenneth Dale Gammill

June 19, 2014

Kenneth Dale Gammill, 62, of Traskwood, passed away June 18, 2014.  He was born March 4, 1952 in Traskwood to the late Delmar and Minnie Marie Tedford Gammill.  Kenneth was of the Baptist faith. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Delmaire Kelley, brothers, James Harold (Bo) and John William (Bill) Gammill.

Benton police warn residents of possible scam

June 19, 2014

Benton Police Department is investigating a scam purportedly related to jury duty.

Lt. Kevin Russell, public information officer, explained how the scam works.

A person identifies himself as a Benton police officer in a phone call, then says the person has missed jury duty and a judge has ordered a warrant for the individual's arrest.

The scammer then attempts to convince the victim to provide credit card information so the person can "take care of it," Russell said.

He said he is aware of only one victim in Benton.

 

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