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Downtown Benton hosts Christmas open house

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - For those who don't get to take a lunch break every day, you may feel like you're missing out on some of those popular spots as well as other businesses that aren't open after dark.

On Tuesday night, the residents of Benton with 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. jobs got a unique chance to visit local shops that they might normally miss.

"We are thrilled to death to do it. I love the concept. It's great for downtown," said Robin Bray of Gingles Department Store. Benton business owners told THV11 that they couldn't believe the crowds in their shops Tuesday for the Historic Downtown Benton Christmas Open House. "We were hoping for a great turn out, so far it has exceeded our expectations," added Bray.

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BNPD gets 'Back In Your Business'

BNPD gets 'Back In Your Business'

BENTON, Ark. - The Benton Police Department is getting “Back In Your Business” during the entire month of December to increase officer visibility, sustain good community relationships and deter crimes at businesses in the city.

2014’s “In Your Business” initiative had such a resounding success with business owners and the entire community, that we are utilizing the program again this holiday season.

In this proactive initiative, officers will exit their patrol cars, introduce themselves to the owners and workers, and later will provide contact information and material on joining the Benton Business Watch program (if the business isn’t already a member). In addition to the full-time officers, the police department will also utilize reserve officers to provide extra patrol of businesses.

Heavy rain causes local flooding

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Heavy rain in central Arkanasas is causing flood issues in low lying areas of the state, especially those near lakes and rivers.

THV11 has been receiving reports of street flooding in Benton and Bryant, which have caused roads to close in different areas.

Boone Road has been closed to traffic, and other streets in the area are partially covered in water due to the large amount of rainfall in the past 24 hours.

With more rainfall expected, the National Weather Service is advising motorist to not drive through flooded areas.

Remember to turn around...don't drown.

Suspect charged after vehicle drives on to roof of local business

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - A man was taken into custody Wednesday morning after driving his vehicle on to a rooftop of a business in Benton.

On Wednesday, just before 8 a.m., the Benton Police Department received reports of a reckless vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed in the area of Military Road, near the Interstate 30 overpass. Minutes later, police received information that a vehicle had left the roadway on Highway 5 N. and had landed on top of a Top Shoes in Benton.

When police arrived at the business, it was determined that the vehicle on top of Top Shoes was the same one that had been originally been reported as driving recklessly.

The driver, 47-year-old William Dickerson of Mayflower, was transported to a local hospital for with injuries that did not appear to police to be life threatening.

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2 charged with numerous felonies after Ark. hostage call

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – A possible hostage call to police led to numerous felony charges for two people.

Officers with the Benton Police Department responded to the Days Inn hotel off I-30 in reference to a possible hostage situation around 3:48 a.m. on Monday. It was reported to officers that a suspect was holding another individual against their will with a firearm.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with numerous individuals outside the hotel room, including the one who was allegedly being held against their will.

Contact was then made with two suspects inside the room, identified as 33-year-old Paul Barnes of Little Rock and 22-year-old Haley Yates of Benton.

According to those outside the room, they had arrived at the hotel trying to get the victim to leave whenever Barnes displayed a pistol and said the girl could not leave.

Benton man charged in fatal 3-vehicle accident

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – A Benton man has been charged in connection to a fatal three-vehicle accident.

On Tuesday morning, officers with the Benton Police Department responded to a three-vehicle accident near the intersection of Edison Ave. and Pope St.

Police reports stated that a vehicle driven by 38-year-old Vincent Heredia had crossed left of the center line and struck one vehicle before striking a second one head-on. This lead to the death of the driver of the second vehicle, 24-year-old Cheyenne McManigal of Benton.

During further investigation, detectives located a firearm, prescription medications, and a paraphernalia inside Heredia's vehicle.

A drug recognition expert evaluation was conducted and based on the results, Heredia was placed under arrest.

Ex-Saline County deputy pleads guilty to public trust abuse

BENTON, Ark. (AP) - A former Saline County chief deputy has been given probation after pleading guilty to a felony charge of abuse of public trust.

Jo Nell Mallory pleaded guilty Thursday in Saline County Circuit Court and was sentenced to 18 months of probation and ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution to the sheriff's office.

The 62-year-old Mallory was accused of waiving a criminal fine in exchange for having new tile flooring installed in her home. She was also accused of taking money from telephone kiosks at the sheriff's office and the county jail.

Mallory was chief deputy of finance for former Sheriff Bruce Pennington, who pleaded guilty to a federal wire fraud charge in August.