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August 14th, 2014

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August 14, 2014

Benton Police Department
•A woman on Gattin Road reported she was involved in a verbal disturbance with her boyfriend.
•Halima Tahiri, 28, of Benton was arrested on Rosewood Drive and charged with battery on a household or family member.
•An unnamed man was arrested at Rivendell and charged with breaking or entering, criminal trespassing, criminal mischief, obstruction of government operations and fleeing on foot.

Saline County Sheriff's Office
•A man on Russwood West Lane reported rings were stolen.
•A man on Chicot Road reported his girlfriend assaulted him.

'One Last Tow;' Unique send-off planned for Jones

August 14, 2014

If there's a name instantly recognizable by a whole strata of folks in Saline County — particularly those of a certain age — it's the name Gene Jones.

Mr. Jones, who owned and operated a wrecker service in this community for more than 30 years, died Sunday at the age of 83. He retired in 1993 and is to be buried today at Pinecrest Memorial Park.

During the three decades when he was a familiar figure in the community, he connected with a goodly portion of the population by pulling their cars out of ditches and towing their wrecked vehicles to his business.

No injuries reported in plane crash

August 14, 2014

A single-engine plane carrying three people crashed at the Saline County Regional Airport around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

According to a report from the FAA, a Piper PA-28 was practicing takeoffs and landings as a part of an instructional flight with a two-man flight crew and one passenger.

During one of the touch-and-go landings, the aircraft experienced a hard landing, causing the subsequent collapse of the left main landing gear, FAA officials said.

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