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2 accused in Benton home burglaries

Benton police received a call about a possible burglary in progress at a home on Faye Circle Thursday at about 3:40 p.m.

Police arrested Daniel Moore, 33, and Susie Medlin, 32, in the area and say they had several stolen items. They're both charged with residential burglary and theft of property.

Anyone with any information relating to this incident is encouraged to contact the Benton Police Department at 778-1171 or 315-TIPS.

Benton police arrest 2 men for allegedly stealing ATV

Benton police were called to the 900 Block of Schley Street after a report of suspicious activity in the area at about 5:30 a.m. Thursday.

They say Jason Neal, 34, sped off on the ATV without any lights on. They found him later with Steven Beck, 36, behind a home on Schley Street. Police say the ATV was stolen and both were arrested. Police say Beck also had meth.

Anyone with any information relating to this incident is encouraged to contact the Benton Police Department at 778-1171 or 315-TIPS.

Source: Benton police press release

Bryant police chief retires from department

Bryant Police Chief Tony Coffman turned in his resignation letter to city hall Thursday. He says it was a tough call, but one he ultimately had to make given a lack of communication with the newly elected mayor.

Coffman makes some final calls in his office Thursday before saying goodbye to 18 years with Bryant Police.

"I wouldn't trade it for the world. Bryant is my hometown. I love the people," Coffman said.

It's a close tie officially cut Thursday when the chief turned in this resignation letter to City Hall. He doesn't explain why in the letter but did in our interview.

"I have tried several times to contact Mayor Elect Dabbs to no avail," Coffman said.

The chief says he's tried calling and emailing Jill Dabbs since she won last month to speak with her about the police force and her agenda.

Benton offers prescription discount card

Benton offers prescription discount card

City of Benton - Save on prescription drugs with our new prescription discount card

The City of Benton has a new program to offer savings on prescription drugs to residents who are without health insurance, a traditional benefits plan, or have prescriptions that are not covered by insurance.

The Prescription Discount Card is made available to residents by the City of Benton in collaboration with the National League of Cities (NLC) and is made possible through the City of Benton’s membership in NLC.

The card is FREE to all Benton residents, regardless of age, income or existing health insurance. By using this card you may save an average of 20% off the regular retail price of prescription drugs at participating pharmacies.

Gov. Beebe announces intent to grant pardons

The 15 applicants intended for pardons have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences. There is a 30-day waiting period to receive public feedback on the pardons before final action is taken.

Governor Beebe intends to grant pardons to the following people:

Johny Adams (Conway): Theft of Property
This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1999 - Pulaski County), the fact that all terms of the applicant's sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law-enforcement objections to the application.

Ark. Appeals Court upholds search as justified

 

A ruling from the Court of appeals Wednesday upheld searches that found a loaded gun in Talvis Martel Gilbert's waistband, a large sum of money and, later at the Saline County Jail, two plastic baggies of cocaine.

Gilbert's appeal claimed a judge should have ruled the gun and cocaine couldn't have been used as evidence at a trial. Gilbert entered conditional guilty pleas to charges of possessing cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm, pleas that would have been withdrawn if the gun and cocaine had been ruled inadmissible as evidence.

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Federal stimulus gives Arkansas teachers bonuses

Every year, e-Stem Charter School gives its teachers bonuses and federal stimulus money will allow that trend to continue. English teacher Jenny Choate says teachers deserve a pat on the back.

"It's icing on the cake. It's a nice bonus, but I love to teach anyways," says Choate.

The federal jobs bill gives Arkansas schools $193 per student, but at e-Stem, CEO John Bacon says a private foundation has been funding the average $7500 bonuses, which are based on performance.

"As that phased out, we would take on a portion through our budget, so that after 3 or 4 years, we would be fully funding it through our school budget," says Bacon.

Executive Director Rob McGill of Academics Plus Charter School also hopes to use the extra cash for bonuses.

"We want to be competitive with other districts that are in Pulaski County," says Rob McGill.