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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 to hand out gun safety locks

Benton PD to hand out gun safety locks

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Amid all of the crimes being committed involving guns in our society today, one police department is trying to make a difference. 

Through the help of the Project ChildSafe Program and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Benton Police Department will be distributing free gun safety locks to residents in the area. 

Fatal firearms accidents in all age groups dropped by 22 percent between 2000 and 2010, according to the National Safety Council. Chief Kirk Lane said the BNPD has been a member of the Project ChildSafe Program for a number of years and attributes the decrease of firearm fatalities to the education of firearm safety to citizens along with the increase of gun safety locks being provided to gun owners.

BNPD doesn't want a Grinch to ruin your holidays

BNPD doesn't want a Grinch to ruin your holidays

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) -   There is at least one Grinch, if not more, in every community looking for opportunities to steal the joy from families this holiday season.

To help families avoid being sought out by a Grinch, the Benton Police Department wanted to pass along a few safety precaution tips to help keep you and your property safe.

Some of the ideas and tips we are trying to convey when you’re out shopping are:

Saline Co. announces new alert notification system

Saline Co. announces new alert notification system

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Saline County officials have created a new mass notification alert system that will help officials more sufficiently contact the public during a major crisis or emergency. 

If a tragic event were to happen, officials will be able to send out emergency alerts, notifications and updates to the following devices:

Holiday Helper program aims at warrant relief

Holiday Helper program aims at warrant relief

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Benton Police Department is joining forces with the Saline County Sheriff’s Office in the Holiday Helper Program, which is an effort to reduce the backlog of current unserved warrants. 

From Dec. 14-23 non-violent warrant holders can let some stress go knowing that this is their opportunity to pay their warrant fee and just receive a new court date. 

If the non-violent warrant is for failure to appear then that person’s driver’s license is also suspended. But if you make contact with us to take care of the warrant, the process of reinstating their driver’s license will begin. Also, the Holiday Helper Program will not be allowed if they are caught by an officer instead of turning themselves in prior to being apprehended.

For those who chose to participate in the program, here are the steps to take:

BNPD gets 'Back In Your Business'

BNPD gets 'Back In Your Business'

BENTON, Ark. - The Benton Police Department is getting “Back In Your Business” during the entire month of December to increase officer visibility, sustain good community relationships and deter crimes at businesses in the city.

2014’s “In Your Business” initiative had such a resounding success with business owners and the entire community, that we are utilizing the program again this holiday season.

In this proactive initiative, officers will exit their patrol cars, introduce themselves to the owners and workers, and later will provide contact information and material on joining the Benton Business Watch program (if the business isn’t already a member). In addition to the full-time officers, the police department will also utilize reserve officers to provide extra patrol of businesses.

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. - (Oct. 29, 2015 – With recent flash news alerts regarding missing children, teens, and others alike throughout the state, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office decided to issue a reminder to all parents regarding the indentification of their children. 

Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. issued the following statement on Thursday:

When a child or someone you know is reported missing, emotions become raw, which can hinder the ability of parents or love ones to make rational decisions. Yet, their actions and the actions of law enforcement in the first 48 hours are critical to the safe recovery of a missing. Knowing what you can do, what others can do, and where to go for help will not only expedite the search and recovery of your child or love one, it also will help to ease the emotional and financial burden of the search.