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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.

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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.

LRFW accepting designers and volunteers for events

LRFW accepting designers and volunteers for events

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (LRFW) - Little Rock Fashion Week (LRFW) is accepting fashion designer’s applications for the seventh annual LRFW, which is scheduled for July 13 through 18. The application deadline is April 7, 2015.

Founded by entertainment producer Brandon Campbell in 2009, LRFW has showcased over 95 fashion brands by local, national, international and student designers; been attended by fashion and entertainment executives from E! Entertainment, Style Network, MTV, NBC, Dillard's, Belk, Otis College of Art & Design (Los Angeles), Harding University, Savannah College of Art & Design and Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Past designers have gone on to have their clothing lines worn by celebrities and showcased at presentations during New York Fashion Week.

Multi-agency investigation leads to arrest for methamphetamine and weapon charges

Multi-agency investigation leads to arrest for methamphetamine and weapon charges

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Several law enforcement offices found themselves involved in an investigation into possible illegal narcotic activity, after the Arkansas Highway Police conducted a traffic stop on Tuesday.

Ricardo Mendez, 35, of Alexander was pulled over around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, and the information and evidence obtained in this stop launched a narcotics investigation. 

Agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in conjunction with officers from the Arkansas Highway Police, Benton Police Department, Little Rock Police Department, Saline County Sheriff’s Office, and the Saline County Prosecutor’s Office then obtained and executed a search warrant for Mendez’s residence at 1019 Fox Hunt Trail in Alexander.  

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Two suspects arrested in Benton for methamphetamine


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – Two suspects were arrested for methamphetamine related charges over the weekend.

On Sunday morning, a traffic stop was made at the intersection of Hwy 5 and Rivendell Drive.

According to reports, the officers found a small bag containing 1.5 grams of suspected methamphetamine inside the car.

Michael Evett, 33, of Bryant, and Amber Grill, 29, of Benton were taken into custody for the possession of methamphetamine.

During further investigation, officers located approximately 3.9 grams of additional suspected methamphetamine in Grill's possession along with paraphernalia.

BNPD warning residents about utility scams


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – The Benton Police Department is warning others about a new utility scam.

According to the department, people are calling businesses and home claiming to be Benton Utilities or Entergy and saying that the utility bill is so behind that if not paid immediately, power will be turned off.

The department said during some of the calls, energy customers were directed to go to a nearby grocery store and Western Union money to pay the bill.

Just as a reminder, it is uncommon for utility companies to call and demand immediate payment via Western Union or to ask for their credit card information. If you ever have any doubts as to the legitimacy of a call, then hang up and contact your utility company directly or the police department.

Arkansas Tobacco Free Kids Day

Arkansas Tobacco Free Kids Day

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Ark. Youth Leadership Initiative) - Kids from across Arkansas will convene in Little Rock to join in the fight against tobacco and other nicotine use on Wednesday, March 18th with a Silent March and Mock Funeral along Capitol Avenue, followed by a press conference on the steps of the State Capitol.

Sponsored by the Arkansas Youth Leadership Initiative and other public health partners, Arkansas Tobacco Free Kids Day is an annual celebration of youth leadership and activism in the fight against tobacco use. Kids are sending two powerful messages on this day: They want the tobacco companies to stop targeting them with marketing for cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and other tobacco products and they want elected leaders to do more to protect them from tobacco.