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Benton Police launch 'On Your Tail'

Benton Police launch 'On Your Tail'

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Benton Police Department is hosting the 'On Your Tail' crime reduction initiative for the month of January. 

The program was created by the police in response to a recent rise in property crimes they've been seeing within the city of Benton.

As part of the initiative, Benton Police plan to utilize not only their uniformed patrol officers, but also the plain clothed officers to stay on the criminals' 'tail.' Officers will also be enhancing their patrols within areas that have had increased reports of crime. 

Police: Pair steals checks from family, cashes out over $5K

Police: Pair steals checks from family, cashes out over $5K

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – Two people have been charged with forgery in a stolen checks case out of Benton.

According to Lt. Kevin Russell, Ashlee Rodgers, 23, and Neil Phelps, 27, both of Benton, were arrested Monday and charged. The warrant was issued after Rodgers and Phelps apparently took checks from a family member and wrote them out to themselves for cash for an amount totaling over $5,000.

Russell said that is an on-going investigation and additional charges could be forthcoming.

Police looking for man linked to 4 sexual assault cases

Police looking for man linked to 4 sexual assault cases


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (October 1, 2014) - The Hot Springs Police Department is looking for a man who by description has been linked to 4 sexual assault cases. The last known case was reported in August. In all four cases the victims have entered into the suspect's car willingly and without force.

Police are looking for a black male, 5'8-5'10, with thin build in his early to mid-20's with medium length hair. He may possibly sometimes wear eye glasses and has a tattoo of lips on the right side of his neck.

He has been known to travel in two vehicles. One vehicle is described as a late model 2000`s Subaru passenger car, possibly silver in color. The second vehicle is described as a mid 90`s dark green or blue Chevrolet Corsica or Lumina style vehicle.

Update: All 3 suspects arrested in recent Malvern National Bank robbery

Update: All 3 suspects arrested in recent Malvern National Bank robbery


BENTON, Ark. (October 1, 2014) - Detectives with the Benton Police Department obtained information that the third suspect in a recent bank robbery, Oneida Saylor, 35, has been arrested in Texas. Saylor was the third and final suspect being sought for a robbery that took place at Malvern National Bank on June 16.

Detectives worked diligently with numerous other agencies on locating the suspects and preserving valuable evidence in the case. Many of the other agencies that were contacted are also working parallel investigations on the suspects in their jurisdictions.

Rodney and Stephanie Hurdsman were arrested previously in relation to this investigation. All three suspects are currently awaiting extradition back to Arkansas.

Realtor's murder sparks debate over issues with Arkansas parole system

Realtor's murder sparks debate over issues with Arkansas parole system

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Beverly Carter's murder has renewed the debate over the state of Arkansas' parole system.

Her accused killer, Arron Lewis, was on parole and is not the first Arkansas parolee to be accused of murder in the last couple years.

The state Department of Community Correction today told THV11 Lewis was a "pretty good parolee", reporteing to his parole officer regularly, passing all his drug tests and paying all his fees. Some say that is even more reason to tighten the state's parole laws.

Realtor's body found in shallow grave; suspect charged with murder

Realtor's body found in shallow grave; suspect charged with murder

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Pulaski County sheriff's deputies are reporting that they have located the body of missing real estate agent Beverly Carter, 49.

As of 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, 33-year-old Arron Lewis is officially charged with capital murder of Carter. He was initially booked on a kidnapping charge and a parole hold for the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

Lewis is also charged with robbery and four charges of possession of firearms by certain persons.

A press conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. with the sheriff's office to share more information. THV11 will be there.

Full Coverage: Search ends for missing realtor; suspect charged

Full Coverage: Search ends for missing realtor; suspect charged

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The man wanted in connection with the disappearance of a central Arkansas realtor will be facing charges of murder.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office said 33-year-old Arron Michael Lewis was taken into custody just after 10 a.m. Monday for the kidnapping of real estate agent Beverly Carter, 49. He was apprehended by the Little Rock Police Department Monday morning at Pleasant Pointe Apartments at 1602 Green Mountain Drive around 10 a.m.

Details of Lewis' arrest: http://on.kthv.com/1vpJsBt

The sheriff's office said Lewis was interrogated for 12 hours and eventually admitted to kidnapping Carter, but wouldn't say where she was.

He was booked just after midnight for kidnapping, and information gathered by investigators led to the location of Carter's body at the Pulaski/Lonoke County line.