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Couple posing as DEA agents rob teen

BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - A couple was taken into Bryant police custody Tuesday, after the two pretended to be DEA agents so that they could steal from a group of teens.

Around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, the Bryant Police Department was dispatched to the McDonald's on Highway 184 after receiving a 911 call from a young man stating he had just been robbed by a white female and a black male, both claiming they were "DEA agents and undercover narcotics officers."

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Benton police warning of recent gun thefts, safety issues

BENTON, Ark. (BNPD) - Since there has been a lot of talk lately about the open carrying of firearms, we at the Benton Police Department thought it would be beneficial to pass along some pertinent information related to the subject.

Since January of 2014, officers have taken 29 calls where firearms were stolen out of vehicles. Of those, 14 were stolen from unlocked vehicles and only four were locked for sure with the rest being unknown. Some of the incidents have occurred recently and detectives were able to make an arrest and recover one of them on June 8.

Efforts to save historic Benton Palace from demolition

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV)- After years of trying, Benton's Mayor might not be able to save one of the town's most historical buildings.

The Palace Theatre is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The town needs $200,000 to help renovate the building. If not, it will be torn down in 90 days.

Mayor Mattingly says it's about maintaining the history in the town. "This isn't about tearing down a building, tearing down history," said Mayor Mattingly. He's been trying to come up with a solution for the last two years.

"I've tried to find any and every way possible to find grants, state or federal," said Mattingly.

Mayor Mattingly is encouraging people in the Benton community to provide ideas on how to renovate the building and how to economically support the renovation. If in 90 days there hasn't been a plan proposed, they will have to demolish the building.

Higher speed internet on the way

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The days of dial-up are long gone for most us, replaced by high-speed, broadband Internet.

According to our partners at Arkansas Business, some internet service providers in Arkansas are set to change gears yet again, moving to even faster Internet services.

Lance Turner visited the THV11 studio with more information about a new standard of access rolling out now in Benton.

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Bryant baseball team gives back to community

BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - The Bryant baseball team joined together to help clean up a local cemetery.

Coach Kirk Bock says one of their former player's mother passed away, and there are plans to bury her in the cemetery. However, when they came out to look around, they saw that the area needed some tending to.

College Hill Cemetery is an old cemetery in Bryant. The caretakers are getting older, and aren't able to do what they use to, so the team decided to help.

"You know as far as Bryant, our kids are in the news a lot for what they do, but not who they are. They do baseball, but they are productive citizens in our community, and they just want to give back to the community," said Bock.

Coach Bock says many of these boys have played ball together since they were 6 years old. When you call one, they all come running to help.

Benton police hosts free fishing derby for children

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Benton Police Department along with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Golden 'K' Kiwanis will be hosting a free fishing derby for kids.

On June 18, "Hooked on Fishing" will bring children ages 12 and under together to learn the basics of fishing. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and will last until 11 a.m. at Sunset Lake in Benton.

Registration is completely free and children participating can expect prizes in various categories. Children are encouraged to bring their own fishing pole for the derby.

The Arkansas Game and Fish will be releasing two truckloads of fish prior to the beginning of the event.

For more information, please contact Lt. Mike Connell with Benton police at (501) 776-5948.

Rise in fake money being exchanged in Benton

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV)- A rise of fake bills circulating in Benton is pushing police to work with the Secret Service. In the last five months, the Benton Police department has reported 21 cases. That number is more than what they usually see throughout the whole year.

"Sometimes there are part of you know big time money laundering operations that cross state lines," said Lt. Kevin Russell with the Benton Police Department.

He says that every time they come across a situation with counterfeit money, it is standard procedure to contact the Secret Service. "Most of the cases we've seen are people just inadvertently getting a hold of it."

The Willard family in Benton knows the business of money.

"We seem to really be able to tell when we feel something that doesn't feel right."