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Ex-Saline County deputy pleads guilty to public trust abuse

BENTON, Ark. (AP) - A former Saline County chief deputy has been given probation after pleading guilty to a felony charge of abuse of public trust.

Jo Nell Mallory pleaded guilty Thursday in Saline County Circuit Court and was sentenced to 18 months of probation and ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution to the sheriff's office.

The 62-year-old Mallory was accused of waiving a criminal fine in exchange for having new tile flooring installed in her home. She was also accused of taking money from telephone kiosks at the sheriff's office and the county jail.

Mallory was chief deputy of finance for former Sheriff Bruce Pennington, who pleaded guilty to a federal wire fraud charge in August.

Libraries offering more than just books

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - For millions of people, reading books on Kindles, iPads and nooks has become the norm, and that's got some local libraries branching out to keep up in a digital world.

When Tiffany and Leo Smith go to the Saline County Library, it's not always for a book.

"We use the library for renting books, renting movies. They offer the costume closet."

That's right, costumes. There are hundreds of them available for check-out.

Williams is the marketing coordinator for the Saline County Library. He said that libraries aren't just for books anymore.

"We've got fishing poles. Around Halloween we do costumes. You can come in and get a wattage meter or knitting needles."

At the Saline County Library, Williams said you can even check out cake pans that are superhero themed.

2015 Toy Troopers Toy Drive

BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - The 15th Annual Toy Troopers Toy Drive season kicks off with the Inaugural Toy Trooper’s Banquet on November 12 at Bishop Park, located at 6401 Boone Road in Bryant.

The event starts with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by a fine dining experience at 7 p.m., provided by Bistro’s Catering and Gourmet Take Away. The evening events will also include musical entertainment, with Chris Wyatt, DJ Raquel, and The Arkansas All Star Band, featuring “Sally Howell” and special guest, Arkansas’ own Michael “Roosterboy “ Shipp.

The event will also have a silent auction.

The season will continue with the 15th Annual Toy Troopers Toy Drive December 11, 12, and 13, at the Wal-Mart parking lot in Bryant.  

Bryant citizens can voice opinions on park improvements

BRYANT, Ark., —The Bryant Parks Department is now offering citizens the opportunity to prioritize their city park improvements via an online survey. The information will be gathered through the end of the year in order to establish a priority list for future parks improvements.  Utilizing the suggestions of multiple community organizations and Bryant citizens, the survey is comprised of over 50 multiple choice questions that rank each assessed need using a Likert (ranked average) scale of the comprehensive results. The data resulting from this survey will be compiled from now until December 31 at 11:59 p.m. Each survey must be completed in its entirety to be accepted as a qualifying survey.

State park bioarchaeologist to speak at Pulaski Tech

State park bioarchaeologist to speak at Pulaski Tech

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Dr. Melissa Zabecki Havey, a  bioarchaeologist with Parkin Archaeological State Park, will be the guest speaker for the Pulaski Technical College Anthropology Club's meeting on Nov. 16.

The event will be held at the Celebrity Chef Theatre at the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute located at 13000 Interstae 30 starting at 7 p.m. 

Dr. Harvey will speak about osteoarchaeology and mortuary archaeology with a link to Egyptology and burial mound archaeology in Arkansas. The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information, email mkterrell@pulaskitech.edu


Benton police making special stops for veterans

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - In recognition of veterans in the community, the Benton Police Department is launching the 'Saluting Our Heroes' Initiative during the month of November.

The 'Saluting Our Heroes' Initiative was created as a way to say thank you to veterans and to salute them for their service to our country.

The idea of this initiative is loosely centered around the Veteran's Day holiday that is recognized every November. In addition to paying tribute to the veterans in the community, both living and deceased, this initiative is a way for officers to get out of their patrol cars and meet various individuals throughout the community.

The initiative will also pay respect to some of the Benton officers who are veterans. The officers, along with some information about their military service, will be featured as a way of telling them thank you for their service to the community.

Police departments encourage Halloween safety

BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) -With Halloween fast approaching, so is the threat of rain and unwanted mischief.

Cheryl Leteff said that she's already had enough of a spook for this Halloween

"I looked through the keyhole, and it just frightened me so bad my whole insides were shaking."

Still shaken from the incident, Cheryl didn't want to appear on camera, but she told THV11 that on Tuesday night two suspicious males wearing costume masks rang her doorbell at her Park Hill neighborhood home.

"It just reminded me of something you see on the TV."

While Cheryl warns neighbors to remain vigilante, Sgt. Todd Crowson from the Bryant Police Department wanted to warn parents about staying visible.

"It may be raining, it may be foggy, who knows?"