October 10th, 2014
LITTLE ROCK â€” Little Rock Zoo officials say a young child is recovering after falling into a jaguar exhibit.
Zoo spokeswoman Susan Altrui says staff members used a fire extinguisher to keep the jaguars from approaching the toddler after the incident Friday morning. The child was pulled to safety by a zoo employee who'd lowered a ladder into the exhibit.
Altrui says the child was conscious and responding at the time and was taken to a nearby hospital. Officials have not yet released the child's age or said how the toddler fell into the exhibit.
LITTLE ROCK â€” Most Arkansas public schools will soon be graded in much the same way students are graded.
On Thursday, the Arkansas Board of Education approved a new A through F rating system that will replace the older practice of rating schools on a 1-5 scale. Schools won't be penalized or rewarded based on their results. Grades won't be applied to alternative learning education centers.
The media reports a 2013 law required the letter grades, which are meant to be easier for parents to understand.
Some tickets are still available for a Saturday night benefit concert for Safe Haven, a local domestic abuse shelter for women and children.
Two performing groups will be featured in the 6 p.m. concert at the Christian Life Center of First United Methodist Church. Doors will open at 5 p.m.
The event will feature Top of the Rock women's barbershop singers, based in Little Rock, and Mark209, a gospel quartet from Nashville, Tenn.
More info can be found in today's issue of The Saline Courier.
Benton Police Department
â€¢A man came to the Benton Police Department to report money was stolen in Tahlequah, Okla.
from his bank account.
â€¢A woman on Galloway Drive reported jewelry was stolen from her residence.
â€¢ A man on Beverly Drive reported tools were stolen from his residence.
â€¢A woman on Parker Street reported money was stolen from her residence.
â€¢Gregory Crook, 28, of Benton was arrested on Alcoa Road and charged with public intoxication.
Saline County Sheriff's Office
â€¢A woman on East Sawmill Road reported her tires were slashed.