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June 17th, 2014

2 killed Sunday in unrelated accidents

June 17, 2014

Gary Weems, 59, of Benton was killed in a single-vehicle accident around 3:40 p.m. Sunday in Garland County when he lost control of his 1999 Ford F-250.

According the the Arkansas State Police, Weems was traveling eastbound on U.S. 270 near Crystal Springs when his vehicle left the roadway, overturned and crashed into a tree. The truck's cab was crushed.

Weems was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:35 p.m. by Jayson Neighbors, Garland County coroner.

2nd reading on domain ordinance heard Monday

June 17, 2014

Benton City Council met in a special session Monday night to hear the second of three required readings of an eminent domain ordinance related to an Alcoa Road expansion project.

The third and final reading is scheduled for the council's regular meeting on June 23.

City Attorney Brent Houston previously informed the council that an additional six tracts are needed for rights of way for the proposed reconstruction project, bringing the total to 15 properties.

Burglary suspects leave small child in car during break-in

June 17, 2014

Benton police responded Sunday to Tractor Supply Co. where they found two men who allegedly had committed commercial burglary while leaving a 3-year-old child inside a vehicle.

When officers arrived at the scene, they saw a U-haul truck in the back of the building with merchandise from the business.

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