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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.

BNPD kicks off school year with nifty, new car

BNPD kicks off school year with nifty, new car

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – As the new school year begins, the Benton Police Department (BNPD) is trying something new to gain a good relationship with students.

The police department recently introduced an additional school resource officer, Bobby Shell. BNPD said Shell has been in law enforcement for 15 years, has 1,500 hours of certified training, and experience in various different departments over the years.

In addition, a new, not so traditional school resource officer vehicle has been introduced.

“The new school resource officer vehicle is a Chevrolet Corvette that was an asset forfeiture provided courtesy of your local drug dealer,” said a spokesperson for the department.  “A sports car was chosen due to the unique nature of it not being a traditional police vehicle, which allows for rapport building between officers and students. “

BNPD June enforcement initiative focuses on criminal activity in city parks

BNPD June enforcement initiative focuses on criminal activity in city parks

BENTON, Ark. (BNPD) Recently, it has come to our attention through some members of the community that they would like to see more of a presence in city parks due to various issues and concerns.  Some of the problems reported to us include vehicular racing, possible drug use, people fighting, and people using vulgar language or slurs around their family.

This initiative will refocus the resources of the department towards utilizing not just patrol officers, but also detectives, the special investigative unit (SIU), and school resource officers to be more effective.  They will focus on community policing by conducting not just vehicle patrols, but foot patrols of the parks and Saline River access points to be a visible deterrent to those intent on conducting criminal activity.