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Police investigating BHS vandalism; authorities say glass was shot out

August 27, 2014

Benton police are looking for the person responsible for vandalizing Benton High School.

On Monday, school staff reported some of the glass in the rotunda area at the school had been broken.
"The glass was broken by what appeared to be two bullet holes through it," said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.

A surveillance video showed "the suspect in the case driving a small motorcycle and firing two rounds toward the rotunda area before speeding off at approximately 12:23 a.m. on Saturday," Russell said.

Quorum Court meets second time to vote on ordinances

August 27, 2014

It took a second meeting, but the Saline County Quorum Court finally addressed its August meeting agenda.

A previous meeting failed to draw a quorum and the eight justices of the peace in attendance at that session could not legally vote on ordinances. Nine members of the 13-member body are required for such votes.

The JPs had initially believed they could vote on the ordinances by suspending the rules, then taking three separate votes on readings of the ordinances while eliminating an emergency clause. They later found out this does not meet the requirements.

Benton board votes to change drug policy

August 27, 2014

Benton School Board voted unanimously on Monday to amend the district's drug testing policy.

The policy changes were presented by Randy McFarlin, athletic director.

According to McFarlin, the revised policy would allow for random drug testing of all students involved in athletic/spirit groups/band and place a strong emphasis on confidentiality.

Youth councils partner for upcoming bike-a-thon for Imagination Library

August 27, 2014

Mayor's Youth Advisory Councils of three cities in Saline County will be taking part in a benefit bike-a-thon on Saturday, Sept. 6.

The event, sponsored by the youth councils of Benton, Bryant and Haskell, will be raising funds for the Imagination Library of Saline County.

Riders from throughout the area invited to participate in the bike project, which is billed as "a family-friendly event."

The ride will begin and end at Benton's Tyndall Park.

The 2015 event will include a half century 50 mile-bike ride, an intermediate 10-mile ride, and a children's ride around Tyndall Park.

Daily Dispatch, Aug. 26, 2014

August 27, 2014

Benton Police Department
•A man on Hickory Ridge reported his credit cards were stolen from his residence.
•An employee at Dollar General on Benton Parkway reported a woman stole a package of cigarettes.
•A man on Cherry Lane reported another person head-butted him.
•A woman on Hobbs Drive reported her wallet was stolen from her vehicle.
•Bailey Christopher Parker, 18, of Benton received a citation on Chris Drive for criminal mischief.

BNPD: Suspect caught breaking into vehicles

August 26, 2014

From the Benton Police Department:

On 8/24/14, at approximately 3:22 AM, officers with the Benton Police Department responded to 2013 Military Road on report of a suspicious person. Upon officer’s arrival, they located a truck with a window busted out and the steering column torn apart.

Pulaski County inmate escapes during transport

August 26, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — Authorities say a Pulaski County jail inmate escaped while being taken to the county courthouse.

Sheriff's Lt. Carl Minden says 30-year-old inmate Anael Castro-Hernandez escaped about 8 a.m. in downtown Little Rock. Minden told reporters that Castro-Hernandez escaped while being escorted with other inmates from a van into the courthouse about 8 a.m. Monday, but details of how he escaped were not released.

Toddler found walking down road alone; woman arrested, charged Friday

August 26, 2014

Jamie Guardado of Mabelvale was arrested Friday for endangering the welfare of a minor.

Officer Joseph Traylor of the Saline County Sheriff's Office was sitting at the intersection of Chicot Road and Sarnes Drive at approximately noon when he was approached by three men carrying a baby.

The men, who identified themselves as Patrick B. Conroy, Daniel A. Crumley and Darrick A. Conroy, stated that they were driving southbound on Chicot Road when they noticed a small child walking in the roadway.

Napping woman arrested for DWI, endangering welfare of minor

August 26, 2014

Rosalind Coleman of Mabelvale was arrested Saturday for driving while intoxicated and endangering the welfare of a minor.

Deputy Danny Rucker of the Saline County Sheriff's Office made the arrest after responding to a call that a woman and a baby were sitting inside a grey Dodge van parked on a vacant parking lot off Chicot Road.
Rucker said both appeared to be asleep at the time of his arrival.

Rucker said he knocked on the window and the woman awakened. He asked her to roll down the window and she did.

Sadler released Monday without bond

August 26, 2014

The teenager previously charged with manslaughter in connection with a "hill-jumping" accident that caused the death of an 18-year-old Benton man has been back in court on unrelated charges.

Charles K. Sadler, 18, of Bryant appeared in a bond hearing Monday in District Court. In that proceeding, Judge Mike Robinson did not set bond for Sadler, saying it was "because of his age."

Sadler's manslaughter charge stems from the Aug. 4 accident in which Tylor Wright died.

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