Former Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington and Jo Nell Mallory, the former chief deputy finance director for the sheriff's office, were arraigned today in Saline County Circuit Court, where both entered not guilty pleas.
Pennington and Mallory were charged with felony offenses following a legislative audit of the sheriff's office.
Circuit Judge Gary Arnold ordered Pennington and Mallory to appear in court again for a pretrial hearing at 9 a.m. July 21.
The daughter of a woman found dead Wednesday has been arrested in connection with her mother's death.
Linda Stingley, 65, of Batesville was last seen leaving work Monday night and later was reported missing.
Stingley's body was found in a rural area outside of Malvern, more than 100 miles from her home.
Her daughter, Jerrie Lyn Acklin, 40, was been arrested and is facing a murder charge.
Acklin is currently detained at the Independence County Sheriff's Office and her bond has been set at $500,000, said Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery.
Bauxite Mayor Johnny McMahan has proposed two ordinances that will seek to lower the salaries of council members and the mayor, effective Jan. 1, 2015.
McMahan plans to present these to the City Council at its June 16 meeting.
McMahan said, "This is a cost-cutting measure that I believe we need to do for the financial stability of the town. I will propose a $50 per month salary for council members; and recommend lowering the mayor's salary from $865 a month to $740 per month."