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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Libraries offering more than just books

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - For millions of people, reading books on Kindles, iPads and nooks has become the norm, and that's got some local libraries branching out to keep up in a digital world.

When Tiffany and Leo Smith go to the Saline County Library, it's not always for a book.

"We use the library for renting books, renting movies. They offer the costume closet."

That's right, costumes. There are hundreds of them available for check-out.

Williams is the marketing coordinator for the Saline County Library. He said that libraries aren't just for books anymore.

"We've got fishing poles. Around Halloween we do costumes. You can come in and get a wattage meter or knitting needles."

At the Saline County Library, Williams said you can even check out cake pans that are superhero themed.

Teen girl missing out of Benton

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) -- Saline County Sheriff's deputies are searching for a missing teenage girl.

15-year-old Hayleigh Hathcock has been reported missing from her Benton home since October 22. Her family is concerned for her well-being due to medical issues that could be life threatening.

Reports state that Hayleigh is known to frequent the Hot Springs area and may be with Kory Lee Hancock, who is wanted by the Berryville Police Department.

She is described as 5'10," 219 pounds, with brown hair and bleached blonde bangs. She is also said to have nose and lip piercings.

If you have any information about Hayleigh's whereabouts, you are asked to contact the Saline County Sheriff's Office at 501-303-5609 or the tip hotline at 501-303-5744.