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September 30th, 2014

Olympian Michael Phelps arrested on DUI charge

September 30, 2014

BALTIMORE — Authorities say Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been arrested on a DUI charge in Maryland.

Transit police say they stopped the 29-year-old Phelps at the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday.

Maryland Transportation Authority Police say Phelps was going 84 mph in a 45-mph zone. Police say officers stopped Phelps just past a toll plaza.

Phelps has been charged with driving under the influence and excessive speed. He was released after his arrest.

Police seize 37 marijuana plants at Arkansas home

September 30, 2014

POCAHONTAS — Pocahontas police have arrested a man who they say was growing nearly 40 marijuana plants in a home he was renting.

Police Chief Cecil Tackett told KAIT-TV on Monday that it's "by far" the largest growing operation officers have discovered. He said the 37 plants ranged from seedlings to 5 feet tall.

Police were called to the residence for a welfare check after the homeowner said the 37-year-old tenant hadn't paid rent in months. Officers say they could see and smell marijuana plants and obtained a search warrant.

Tackett says the man was arrested a few days later.

Trojan horse rolls way into Benton; goes against Issue 3

September 30, 2014

A giant Trojan horse stood near the lawn of the Saline County Courthouse on Monday morning. Members of the "Vote Against Issue 3" campaign placed a 10-foot-tall symbolic wooden horse on the lawn to protest issue 3 which will appear on the November general election ballot.

Issue 3 is titled the Arkansas Elected Officials Ethics, Transparency and Financial Reform Amendment and if approved, would permit legislators to serve a total of 16 years in the House or Senate and would establish limits on lobbying efforts by former legislators, as well as campaign donations and gifts from lobbyists.

Benton signs 3-year C.W. Lewis lease; parks department able to use stadium

September 30, 2014

C.W. Lewis Stadium is now available to the Benton Parks and Recreation Department for use as a venue for rental.

On Sept. 22, Mayor David Mattingly and Donald Bobbitt, president of the University of Arkansas System, signed a three-year lease that allows the city of Benton to use the university-owned stadium.

Parks and Recreation Department director John Eckart says he expects to begin accepting reservations for use of the facility on Oct. 1.

More info can be found in today's issue of The Saline Courier.

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