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Shots fired at Benton High School twice in one week

Shots fired at Benton High School twice in one week


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - "We usually end our walk walking Cupcake the dog here," Jeffrey Lipinski explained. Jeffrey and Barbara Lipinski take their daily evening stroll, usually cutting through Benton High School. But in recent weeks they have noticed a few things out of the ordinary. Lipinski continued, "Glass all over the ground and we said someone's vandalized the school window."

Benton school district would not comment on camera nor release surveillance video to THV Wednesday afternoon; only sending a media release describing the two incidents.

Benton High School changing drug testing policy

Benton High School changing drug testing policy


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV)- Parents are talking about policy changes to Benton High School's drug testing policy. "I've seen high school students drug tested for more than a decade now," said Athletic Director Coach Randy McFarlin.

Benton High School students in sports and spirit groups used to get tested once a year before the start of their sport's season. The new policy modifications will now include band members in the drug testing pool. The students will be subjected to eight random drug tests throughout the year.

"We're outsourcing the collection of the specimen and the testing to medical laboratories in Little Rock." It's part of an attempt to improve the accuracy of the testing as well as enforce the confidentiality of the process. "We used to have our school nurses perform the procedure here, but this is better," said Coach McFarlin.

Business alarm leads to vehicle pursuit and arrest of 2 suspects

Business alarm leads to vehicle pursuit and arrest of 2 suspects


BENTON, Ark. (September 8, 2014) - On Sunday at approximately 3:21 a.m., officers with the Benton Police Department responded to Ditch Witch Equipment Rentals (19930 I-30) on report of an alarm going off at the business.

Officers arrived on-scene as suspects, later identified as Lee Smith, 46, of Little Rock and Steven Cooley, 45, of Little Rock, were leaving with a trailer and skid steer stolen from the business. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the suspects refused to stop and continued leading them on a slow speed pursuit onto I-30 towards Little Rock.

Benton police arrest two men for breaking into vehicles

Benton police arrest two men for breaking into vehicles


BENTON, Ark. (September 8, 2014) – The Benton Police Department arrested two men for breaking into vehicles.

On Monday at approximately 1:17 a.m, officers with the Benton Police Department were on patrol when they observed two subjects walking. The officers noticed the subjects started walking quickly as they approached them and observed a women's purse laying behind a bush near them.

The officers then made contact with the subjects, later identified as Charles Knowlton, 20, of Benton and Michael Burrow, 53, of Benton. Their investigation determined the purse was found to have been stolen from a car at a nearby residence. It was also discovered that a cell phone had been left inside the victim's vehicle which belonged to Knowlton.

Benton police investigating Labor Day shooting

Benton police investigating Labor Day shooting


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – Police in Benton is investigating the shooting of a local man Labor Day.

Lt. Kevin Russell said just before 2 p.m. Monday officers responded to a home on the 500 block of Latimer Drive about a shooting.

When officers arrived they found the victim laying on the ground with an apparent gunshot wound to the back. The victim was airlifted by helicopter to Little Rock for treatment.

James Toland, 62, was located at the scene and arrested for first degree battery and is currently in the Saline County Detention Facility.


Review underway on how inmate escaped handcuffs to get away

Review underway on how inmate escaped handcuffs to get away


PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Law enforcement continue to search for an inmate who slipped out of his handcuffs on Monday and took off running. Anael Castro was being held on rape charges. Since his escape, many people still have questions about how it happened.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office is reviewing what happened. They are looking to see if a mistake led to Castro's escape or if they need to change they way they transport inmates. At this time, no changes have been made, but deputies say diligence has skyrocketed.

"There is always going to be that one guy that is constantly thinking about doing it," said Lieutenant Carl Minden with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.

Minden says deputies cuffed Anael Castro hands in the front. They linked his handcuffs to a long chain with other inmates and did not shackle his legs.