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Saline Co. traffic stop leads to possession & endangering a minor charges


SALINE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - A simple traffic stop made by Saline County deputies on Jan. 21 led to the arrest of a Benton man.

On Thursday, January 21, a Saline County deputy pulled over Donald BALL of Benton on Interstate 30 near Sevier Street for having expired tags. A search of the vehicle revealed a significant amount of suspected crystal methamphetamine. Also located in the backseat of the vehicle was a 9-year-old child. 

BALL was arrested and charged with felony counts of possession of a controlled substance as well as endangering the welfare of a miner. He was released on a $15,000 Signature Bond and ordered to appear in court on March 1, 2016.

BALL was subsequently arrested for Violation of Probation on January 27, 2016 and released the following morning.


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Benton PD searching for card fraud suspect

Benton PD searching for card fraud suspect

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Benton Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect behind the fraudulent use of a bank card. 

On January 7, a woman informed Benton police that unauthorized transactions totaling to several hundred dollars had been made from her bank account. However, the victim still had possession of the bank card, and she believed the suspect used the bank card numbers.

The victim stated that transactions occurred at a Benton business on Dec. 17, 2015. 

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or information about the incident contact the BNPD by calling (501) 776-5948 or (501) 315-TIPS. 

 

Benton PD welcomes Dino to K-9 unit


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Benton Police Department has a new officer joining the force that has an exceptional nose, a passion for chewing on tennis balls and is ready to take a bite out of crime. 

Dino is an 18-month-old Belgian Malinois, who has been training for eight weeks with the Little Rock K-9 Academy to become a Police Patrol and Narcotic Detector Dog. According to the K-9 Academy Public Information Officer/Instructor Clay Smith, Dino has become a dual purpose dog. 

"Traditionally people think of police dogs as narcotics dogs, but Dino is also trained for the patrol aspect...He’s able to track suspects down and alert their position to the handler," said Smith. 

How to find out about road conditions; it’s not by calling 911

How to find out about road conditions; it’s not by calling 911

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – With more winter weather in the forecast, many will soon want to know about road conditions. Here is a look at different ways you can learn about the current road conditions in your area:

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Check out iDriveArkansas.com.

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Benton PD reporting reduced crime rates in 2015


BENTON, Ark. (BNPD) - There was more than a 4 percent decrease of crimes overall in the City of Benton in 2015 in comparison to 2014 crime statistics, according to the latest annual crime report. Officers from the Benton Police Department responded to 45,432 calls for service in 2015 and spent 10,836 hours in various training programs; supervisors received a total of 758 hours of supervision training.

Though crime statistics increased in violent crime, up 9.09 percent, Benton Police Chief Kirk Lane explained that the rise is rare for the city.

Two women arrested on drug charges at Benton motel


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Two women were arrested on Thursday night at the Capri Inn Motel for numerous drug related charges. 

After receiving numerous complaints of drug trafficking in and around the Capri Inn, the Benton Police Department narcotic division conducted an investigation, which led to the felony arrest of Capri Inn employee, 47-year-old Brenda Peebles. Janice Brown, 59, who was staying in a separate room, was also arrested . 

2 suspects plead guilty in armed Ark. IHOP robbery


SALINE COUNTY, Ark. (BPD) - Saline County Prosecuting Attorney Ken Casady announced that two of the four suspects arrested for an armed robbery at the IHOP in Bryant entered guilty pleas to Aggravated Robbery on Monday, January 12, 2015.  Judge Gary Arnold accepted deputy prosecuting attorney Brian Clary’s recommendation and sentenced Ibrhiem Delgado, of Atlanta, GA, and Christian Harris, of Dallas, TX, to 10 years’ imprisonment at the Department of Correction.