September 12th, 2014
The Benton Police Department is accepting applications for the upcoming 12th annual Citizens Police Academy.
The academy will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 23, and will include nine classes during an eight-week period.
The course is "designed to give participants a better understanding of police functions and responsibilities," said Lt. Kevin Russell, public information officer.
Topics will include criminal investigations, patrol functions, narcotics investigations, school resource officers, crime prevention, traffic stops, K-9 programs and shooting instruction.
The Bauxite City Council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, to discuss potentially raising the water and sewer rates as well as amending late charge rates for services.
The potential increase recommendation was prepared by Alderman Paula Matthews.
Currently, residential customers are charged $17 for the first 2,000 gallons of water and $8.50 per 1,000 gallons thereafter. Customers the sewer charges are $12 for the first 2,000 gallons and $5.15 per 1,000 gallons thereafter.
Saline County Prosecuting Attorney Ken Casady has determined that the city of Bryant did not violate any state statutes in regard to undocumented travel expenses.
Casady has been asked to look into this issue in conjunction with the findings from the city's 2012 legislative audit.
"The city and various vendors have provided documentation for purchases referenced in your report," Casady said in a letter to Roger Norman of the Division of Legislative Audit. "Unless further action is requested by the Division of Legislative Audit, my office considers this matter closed."
Benton Police Department
â€¢Gregory Holmes, 44, of Benton was arrested on Summerwood Drive and charged with public intoxication.
â€¢A man on Worth Avenue reported items were stolen from his garage.
â€¢An employee at Jimmy's Super Stop on Edison Avenue reported an individual left without paying the full amount for fuel.
â€¢A man on Country Oaks drive reported several items were stolen from his residence.
Saline County Sheriff's Office
â€¢A caller in Alexander advised that a man had pulled a gun on someone.
â€¢A man in Mabelvale reported someone broke into his home.