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Bryant to soon have new gateway into city


BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) -- The City of Bryant will soon have a new gateway into the city at  Echo Lake Blvd overpass, formerly known as Raymar overpass.  Optimistically the completion date could be as early as late in 2017.

According to Mayor, Jill Dabbs, the City Council voted last year to enter into a partnership with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department to “fast track” the project that will improve traffic flow and spur economic development for the city.”

Bryant’s growth over the past four years, according to Metroplan, has almost reached 20%.  

“The vision of the city council and Mayor to invest in this project in an expedited manner will greatly benefit Bryant by creating additional traffic flow options and lead to additional job growth in Bryant.” said Planning Commissioner Jonathan Long.  

Engineering  work for the project should be underway by March.

New ordinances coming for Benton food trucks


***UPDATE: The city council passed this ordinance during a meeting Monday night. All previous information can be found below.

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BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) -- As the popularity of food trucks grows, one central Arkansas town is worried they aren't seeing all the benefits they should.

A new ordinance will put all food trucks and restaurants in Benton on an equal playing field.

Local businesses who are properly permitted are going up against vendors with the same product who are not. It’s a fight the city has been dealing with for some time.

Daisy Vasquez, owner of El Buen Gusto, said owning a food truck is her passion.  It’s a business she’s had since 2014. “I enjoy to cook and give the people to know other options.”

Vasquez thinks the city is going in the right direction with the food truck ordinance.

Multi-agency drug investigation leads to two arrests


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Saline County deputies and Benton Police Department SWAT team members served a high-risk search and arrest warrant to a home off Rushing Road as part of an ongoing drug investigation Friday morning. 

Around 7 a.m. on Friday, February 5, law enforcement officers closed a six-month long narcotic investigation by entering a home of individuals that were suspected of distributing illegal drugs.

Couple arrested for car break-in, credit card fraud


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) -- A Hot Springs woman and a Las Vegas man have been arrested for multiple offenses related to a vehicle breaking and entering in Benton through a multiagency collaborative effort. At approximately 7:10 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, an officer working uniformed off-duty security at Tinseltown Movie Theater took a report of vehicle broken into in the parking lot. 

The victims reported that someone had destroyed the lock mechanism on the driver’s door and then broke out the window of the rear passenger’s side door. The victims said a purse was stolen and while in the process of cancelling credit cards contained in it, they discovered the cards had already been used fraudulently at multiple locations in Little Rock including a Holiday Inn. 

 

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.


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.