July 17th, 2014
HARRISON â€” A trial started this week for the chief of the Bull Shoals Police Department, who is accused of using excessive force against a suspect.
PoliceÂ Chief Daniel Sutterfield is charged with depriving Nicholas Dore of his rights and attempting to cover up the incident by ordering fellow Bull Shoals officer David Chatman to write a false report. Prosecutors said Sutterfield, 35, kicked and beat Dore with a shotgun and threw him into a fireplace during an arrest last July, according to the Baxter Bulletin.
The Benton Police Department has responded to more assault incidents so far this year in comparison with the same period last year.
From January to June of 2014, the department responded to 41 assault incidents, an increase of 32.26 percent as compared to the same period in 2013.
In May, the department responded to eight incidents and in June the department responded to nine incidents.
"We typically see a slight uptick in (assaults) in summer months," said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.
Benton Police Department:
â€¢A man at Pilot Travel Center reported three tarps were stolen from his vehicle.
â€¢A Walmart employee reported a man stole a pair of pants from the store.
â€¢A woman reported her vehicle she left on Fourth Street was stolen while she was detained at the Saline County Detention Center.
â€¢Following a verbal argument on Winterlake Drive, Joe Tarver, 39, of Benton received a citation for assault and Brian Davis, 43, of Benton received a citation for disorderly conduct.
â€¢A man at Pilot Travel Center reported a man struck his vehicle.