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Man arrested for stalking, carrying a weapon in Benton


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Benton police arrested a Little Rock man for stalking on Sunday.

31-year-old Juan Vargas-Onofre was reportedly hanging out around a house on Richards Street with a loaded .38 Special and the smell of alcohol on his breath.

Police say Vargas-Onofre has a past of making threats towards the homeowner, and had repeatedly called her throughout the day before showing up.

He's charged with first degree stalking, carrying a weapon and public intoxication. Additionally, he also had active warrants out of two other agencies at the time of his arrest.


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Toddler recovering from 2nd degree acid burns


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) -- A 17-month-old child is recovering after getting second-degree burns from a bottle of what police believe was acid.

The toddler found a bottle, which her parents say looked and smelled like Kool-Aid, at the park, but it wasn't until they got home that the parents realized something was very wrong when her arms began blistering and peeling.

"I'm mad over the issue that somebody would do such a thing," said the toddler's mother, Andrea Reaves. "By the time she got back water blisters had formed on her arm and we were starting to see flesh."

Reaves and her husband Robert Burns rushed the girl to the Saline Memorial Hospital.

"The pH [of the liquid] was 3 which is very acidic-- it would be like battery acid," said Dr. John Menard.

Menard was the on-duty doctor that treated Ava.

Child reportedly burned by acid at Benton park


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - On Wednesday night, the Benton Police Department responded to Saline Memorial Hospital on report of a child being burned at a local park.

Officers made contact with a parent who reported their 17-month-old child had been burned by an unknown substance while playing at Tyndall Park at approximately 7 p.m.

They indicated the child picked up a bottle near the corner of Border St. and Hoover St. that contained a red liquid, which spilled on the child's arm. They noticed approximately an hour and a half later that it had blistered up so they went to the hospital for treatment.

According to Lt. Kevin Russell, officers went to the park where they located a clear plastic bottle that contained a small amount of red liquid. The bottle was transported to the hospital where it was tested and determined that it was an acid of some type.

Body of missing man found near Gurdon

Body of missing man found near Gurdon

CLARK COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Clark County Search and Rescue crews have found the body of a missing person.

Sheriff Jason Watson said the body of 24-year-old Wesley Livingston was found Tuesday sometime around 7:30 p.m. five miles from the Georgia Pacific plant in Gurdon where he worked.

Livingston was reported missing March 10. Following the issue of the missing person report, Clark County Sheriff's Office along with Ashley County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Game and Fish Department, Arkadelphia Police Department, Gurdon Police Department, the Clark County Office of Emergency Services and other law enforcement agencies throughout southwest Arkansas joined efforts in the search for Livingston. 

According to police, the initial discovery of Livingston's body suggested that his death was self-inflicted.  

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Felony drug arrest following single vehicle accident

Felony drug arrest following single vehicle accident

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - A single vehicle accident led to an illegal narcotics arrest Sunday night. 

Around 7 p.m. March 22, officers received a call stating that there was a single vehicle accident near the intersection of Lillian and Sevier Streets. Witnesses stated that they saw a Jeep swerving on Sevier Street. The driver Kevin Langley, 30,  then hit an embankment causing his vehicle to flip. According to witnesses, Langley then exited his vehicle and ran towards Tyndall Park. 

BNPD warns about IRS phishing scam


BENTON, Ark. (March 20, 2015) - Recently, the Benton Police Department was sent a recording from an individual who received a suspicious voicemail.

The voicemail was allegedly from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and it claimed they were filing a lawsuit against them. It provided the individual with an actual phone number to call where they would provide them with more information. Then they received another voicemail, also allegedly from the IRS, claiming they had an active arrest warrant and to call a number to take care of the issue.

Suspect arrested for multiple felony theft and fraud charges


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Benton police took a man into custody Tuesday, who was wanted on multiple felony charges.

Danny Parker, 30, of Alexander was arrested at a Hiland Circle address without incident. According to reports, Parker was arrested on multiple felony warrant charges including five counts of Theft of Property, four counts of Forgery and one count of Identify Fraud. He was also charged with Financial Identity Fraud and Escape 3rd Degree.

Parker allegedly used another person's personal information to try and purchase a vehicle, this led to his Financial Identity Fraud charge. He also attempted to run from the cops after being arrested, leading to his Escape charge.

"Parker was one of our most wanted suspects, and through the utilization of our website and social media he was located through information provided to us," said Lt. Kevin Russell with the Benton Police Department.