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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.

Benton Police handing out gun safety locks

BENTON, Ark. (BNPD) - The Benton Police Department will distribute free gun safety locks to residents through the Project ChildSafe Program and the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The program promotes the safe storage of firearms and raises awareness about firearm safety by distributing gun locks and educational material to gun owners.

“We encourage citizens to come to the police department or ask a patrol sergeant for a free cable-style gun lock,” Chief Kirk Lane said. “We want to prevent an injury or death of any person, especially a child, by eliminating their access to a gun that doesn’t have a gun safety lock. It doesn’t take long to put the lock on the gun, and it may also prevent the theft of the gun.”

BNPD Sergeant retires after 22 years of service

BNPD Sergeant retires after 22 years of service

BENTON, Ark. - After serving the community for 22 years, Sgt. Justin Tittle retired from the Benton Police Department. Chief Kirk Lane and officers presented Tittle with his service weapon, badge and a shadow box of award and ranking badges.

The son of Larry and Myra Tittle of Benton, Justin Tittle began working for the BNPD on July 1, 1994 as a patrol officer. On April 22, 1996, he transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division and worked as a detective until March 29, 1999, when he transferred back to the Patrol Division. On Aug. 16, 1999, Tittle transferred to the Bike Patrol Division. He was promoted to Corporal on July 24, 2000. He transferred back to the Patrol Division on June 11, 2001. In June 2009, Tittle was promoted to Sergeant and was transferred to the Training Division where he stayed until his retirement.

BNPD arrest man for allegedly waving gun at tenants

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - A Benton man faces multiple charges after allegedly waving a gun at residents located in the 1500 block of Bradbury Street on Tuesday.

At 12:09 p.m., Dec. 29, Benton police responded to a residence located off Bradbury Street regarding a disturbance involving a weapon. When officers arrived, four witnesses claimed that 62-year-old Carl D. King, Jr. had come into the home waving around a weapon, asking them to leave. The witnesses left the home and immediately called police.

According to King, he did enter the home and ask them to leave, but he did not have a weapon on him. While he was being taken into custody, police stated that he had what was believed to be marijuana and a pipe in his possession.

BNPD receives reports of roofing scams

BENTON, Ark. (December 29, 2015) -- The Benton Police Department is reminding citizens and business owners to beware of scams, and report any suspicious activities.

Beware of giving any banking information, including credit card numbers and check numbers, over the phone or over internet without checking the security level of the business.

Some scams may involve people arriving at your home. Several residents have reported a man driving a white truck stopping at their home concerning roof repairs. On Friday, Dec. 18 a homeowner on Edgehill reported that a man in a white single cab truck stopped and approached in the yard informing her that he previously worked on the roof. The man then asked to use the restroom in the home while another person in the vehicle was believed to have gone on top of the roof. The man inside the home later told the homeowner that she owed him $900 for roof repairs.

Benton police issue arrest warrant for 2nd suspect in alleged vehicle break-in

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Benton Police Department responded to an alleged vehicle break-in early Saturday morning.

At 4 a.m., Dec. 26, police received a call about suspects fleeing the area of Hurricane Lake Estates after allegedly trying to break into a vehicle in the neighborhood. During the course of their investigation, officers and detectives obtained information that appeared to link Kenneth Allison, 25, to a vehicle breaking or entering.

An officer with the Bryant Police Department located Allison and pulled him over. He was found to be in possession of a prohibited weapon (brass knuckles), suspected Marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Allison was transported to the Saline County Detention Facility for processing without incident. He is charged with Breaking or Entering, Criminal Use of a Prohibited Weapon, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Saline Memorial gives blankets to patients

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Christmas cheer was flowing into Saline Memorial Hospital Friday.

The Saline Memorial Health Foundation passed out blankets to those spending Christmas in the hospital. This was the second year for the program, and patients said it meant a lot to see people taking the time to think of them.

"I know everybody out there is busy with their own Christmas plans, their families you know. My family is busy. So, it makes me feel really good that someone has taken time out of their day, out of their schedule, being away a few minutes from their families to come here and make sure that me and the other patients and my family, you know that we're having a good day," said Ann Basco.

The foundation bought the blankets with the funds raised through Giving Tuesday.