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Benton police investigating death of infant

October 21, 2014

Benton police are investigating the death of an 11-week-old child who was reported to be unresponsive.
Officers responded to the incident on Fox Trail around 8 a.m. Monday morning.

When they arrived at the home, they found the child unresponsive, who was pronounced dead after being transported to Saline Memorial Hospital, said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.

"It's a standard death investigation we would do on anyone when the cause is unknown," Russell said. "The body is being sent to the state medical examiner, and we'll await their report."

Daily Dispatch, Oct. 20, 2014

October 21, 2014

Benton Police Department
•An employee at Malvern National Bank reported he received two $20 counterfeit bills.
•Rochell Weaver, 35, of Benton received a citation at Walmart for shoplifting.
•The owner of Warren Mobile Home Service and Sales reported several items were stolen.

Saline County Sheriff's Office
•A woman on East Lawson Road reported she was involved in a disturbance.
•A woman on Henley Lane reported she was being harassed.

Benton Fire Department

Voters to elect new coroner following retirement of Bearden

October 21, 2014

Two candidates are seeking the office of Saline County Coroner. Before the filing season began, Will Bearden, the county's longtime coroner, announced he would be retiring.

The race includes two men familiar to residents of Saline County — Sam Ballard of Smith-Benton Family Funeral Home, who held the office a number of years ago, and Kevin Cleghorn, currently service as deputy coroner for the county.

Why are you running for coroner?

Bryant City Clerk race pits incumbent against newcomer

October 21, 2014

In the Nov. 4 general election, Bryant voters will have a choice between two candidates for city clerk — incumbent Heather McKim and challenger Sue Ashcraft.

Early voting began Monday, Oct. 20.

The Saline Courier, on Oct. 13, submitted questions to both candidates at the email address on file with the candidates' paperwork at the county clerk's offices. McKim submitted her answers on Wednesday morning.

A follow-up reminder telephone call was placed to Ashcraft on Wednesday morning, but as of press time, she has not responded.

Benton PD investigating death of infant

October 20, 2014

According to a report released today by Benton Police Department, an ongoing investigation is being conducted into the death of am 11-month-old. See tomorrow's issue of The Saline Courier for more information.

Local man killed in I-30 wreck

October 20, 2014

A 33-year-old Saline County man died Saturday night in a two-vehicle collision on Interstate 30 near the Alexander overpass.

Caleb Alsup of Benton was killed when the 2014 Ford Focus he was driving was struck by a 2003 Food Mustang, the Arkansas State Police reported. The driver of the Mustang allegedly was "attempting to evade law enforcement officers at a high rate of speed and without headlights," according to a reported prepared by Cpl. Jack Williams of the ASP.

The driver of the Mustang was injured along with Alsup's three passengers during the crash.

Confusion over Benton Ward 4, Position 1 vote

October 20, 2014

On Oct. 7, Brad Moore announced he would be moving to Northwest Arkansas and subsequently would be dropping out of his race for re-election as alderman for Ward 4, Position 1. Following the announcement, it was assumed that his opponent, Jim Gardner, would take Moore's seat on the city council. Due to filing deadlines and election guidelines, Moore will remain on the ballot and his votes will count.

Moore continues to prepare for his move to Northwest Arkansas and has attempted to clear up the ballot issue.

Rep. Griffin sees value in Lt. Gov. office

October 20, 2014

Rep. Tim Griffin is on the campaign for the office of Lt. Governor in Arkansas. Griffin, a Republican, is leaving his seat in the U.S. Congress where he has represented the 2nd district since 2011. On Oct. 13, he stopped by the Saline Courier for an interview with Editor Brent Davis. Griffin is facing former State Highway Commissioner John Burkhalter, a Democrat, and Chris Olsen, a Libertarian. Griffin answered questions related to the office of Lt. Governor, its importance and what his focus would be if elected.

Commission throws out complaints against Cox; more documentation needed

October 17, 2014

The Arkansas Ethics Commission did not accept an ethics complaint made against Bryant Alderman Randy Cox, who is seeking the office of mayor.

Arkansas Ethics Commission Director Graham Sloan said the complaint would not be accepted because it was not filed correctly. He explained that Barbara Champagne of Bryant, who filed the two-issue complaint, had not signed the complaint under oath, according to a letter.

The letter reads, "Until staff receives a completed citizen complaint form, the Ethics Commission will not take any action with regard to this matter."

Court: Voters will consider Arkansas liquor issue

October 16, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas' highest court says voters will be able to consider whether alcohol sales should be legal statewide.

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously denied a bid to toss the item from the Nov. 4 ballot. The proposal's opponents said petition-gatherers didn't file paperwork on time and didn't fully explain what voters would be voting on.

 

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