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Benton police arrest suspect for numerous crimes


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - A Benton man has been arrested for numerous crimes in Saline County.

On Saturday morning, officers with the Benton Police Department received a report of a stolen Jeep Wrangler from the Chapel Ridge Apartments at 6106 Alcoa Rd.

The victim told officers the car had been stolen sometime overnight and that she last saw it at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.

Police reports state that the stolen Jeep was reportedly used in a burglary that the Saline County Sheriff's Office was working on. Additional information provided by the Bryant police indicated the suspect in the case had falsely identified himself as a law enforcement officer in a case they were working.

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Staying safe on rivers this 4th of July


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - A popular past time in Arkansas can also be a major safety hazard for those trying to enjoy the 4th of July, and one business is taking extra precautions.

Officials are urging people to be safe as they hit the water this weekend, especially those spending time on Arkansas rivers. With the dangerous water levels these past couple of months, state agencies are hoping rules put in place will keep everyone safe for the holiday.

Michael Sacomani and his family began their own river business in Benton, and have begun preparing for heavy traffic as soon as officials gave the word that water levels would be safe.

"Probably have several hundred people will go through our office Saturday and Sunday," said Sacomani.

Now, his main priority is making sure his visitors remain safe and know the rules that Arkansas Game and Fish have in place.

The Charlie Daniels Band to celebrate July 4 at Magic Springs

The Charlie Daniels Band to celebrate July 4 at Magic Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Southern country legend Charlie Daniels will be celebrating the Fourth of July with his band at Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater in Hot Springs. 

Performances will begin at 3 p.m. with country singer Blane Howard followed by Hot Springs native Aaron Owens at 7 p.m., leaving the Charlie Daniels Band at 8 p.m.

Charles Edward "Charlie" Daniels is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for his contributions to country and southern rock music. He is best known for his No. 1 country hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" and “The South’s Gonna Do It Again.” He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008 and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009. Daniels won the Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance for "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," which reached No. 3 on the Hot 100.

City of Bryant nominated to win new dog park


BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) – The city of Bryant has been nominated for a chance to win $100,000 to help build a new dog park.

Petsafe brand is giving five U.S. communities the opportunity to win money to help build a dog park in its fifth annual "Bark for your park Contest."

The winner will get a $100,000 grand prize and four finalists will get $25,000 each to build an off-leash dog park in their community.

You can vote until July 22 by visiting www.petsafe.net/barkforyourpark or Facebook.com/petsafebrand.


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Where you can & can't set off fireworks in central Ark.

Where you can & can't set off fireworks in central Ark.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - With the fourth of July fast approaching, it would be good to know where in central Arkansas you can light your fireworks.

Here are some of the cities where you can and can't shoot off your pyrotechnics:

 

22-year-old Benton man in car accident dies from injuries


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - A 22-year-old died from his injuries on Wednesday after being involved in a single vehicle traffic accident.

The Saline County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to 1423 Steel Bridge Road on Wednesday around 11:25 a.m. Upon arrival, deputies found Tyler Hice, 22, unresponsive in a crushed vehicle.

Rescue personnel from the Salem Fire Department and Med Tran attempted to pull him from the wreckage and keep him alive while waiting for the medivac helicopter to arrive. However, after much effort, Hice succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene by the Saline County Coroner Kevin Cleghorn.

Affidavit shows Ark. boy, 4, died of Ambien & cough meds overdose


BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) -- Bryant police said in a press release that a mother turned herself in on Thursday morning on an arrest warrant for manslaughter in the 2014 death of her 4-year-old son.

According to police, Tabatha Bohac called 911 in December of 2014 after her 4-year-old son was found unresponsive in their home.

Officials with the Arkansas State Crime Lab Medical Examiner's Office said toxicology results show the boy died as a result of an overdose of Ambien and over-the-counter cough medicine.

An arrest affidavit details that the boy had been taken to the emergency room on two prior overdose instances; one in which he is said to have taken Tylenol PM, and another time when he reportedly drank liquid nicotine. The records are said to detail that the 4-year-old made the statement to Bohac, "Mommy you gave it to me to drink."