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Pryor invokes Ebola outbreak in new TV attack ad

August 27, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor invoked the Ebola outbreak in a new television ad unveiled this week criticizing his Republican rival over a vote against medical disaster funding, injecting fears about the deadly disease into an already intense race.

The Arkansas senator's campaign has been running a new television spot that opens with TV news clips about the outbreak, which has killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa. Health officials say an outbreak in the U.S. is unlikely.

Boxer Jermain Taylor accused of shooting cousin

August 27, 2014

MAUMELLE — Former middleweight boxing champion Jermain Taylor has been arrested on suspicion of domestic battery and assault in a shooting that wounded Taylor's cousin at the boxer's suburban Little Rock home, authorities said.

"Mr. Taylor was arrested for domestic battery, first-degree, and aggravated assault," Pulaski County Sheriff's Office Lt. Carl Minden said Tuesday. "It was his cousin and another individual that came over to his house, an altercation ensued, he (Taylor) grabbed a weapon and opened fire."

Former resident caught in Napa quake

August 27, 2014

San Francisco Bay Area's strongest earthquake in 25 years struck the heart of California's wine country early Sunday, Aug. 24, igniting gas-fed fires, damaging some of the region's famed wineries and historic buildings, and sending dozens of people to hospitals.

The magnitude-6.0 quake, centered near the city of Napa, an oasis of Victorian-era buildings nestled in the vineyard-studded hills of northern California, ruptured water mains and gas lines, hampering firefighters' efforts to extinguish the blazes that broke out after the temblor struck at 3:20 a.m.

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.

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