Concrete picnic tables rest beneath the Saline River behind Riverside Grocery in Benton on Monday after severe thunderstorms and rain showers pounded Saline County on Sunday night.
A rain-filled weekend caused river levels to rise tremendously. With more rain in the forecast this week, water levels could rise even more, heightening the risk for flood-like situations.
William Townsend, an employee of the Benton Street Department, uses a chain saw to slice a large piece of a tree that fell and struck Roberson & Associates Insurance Agency on Sunday night on North Market Street in Benton. It is unclear if straight-line winds or lightning caused the damage. Numerous trees and structures were damaged in the severe thunderstorms that swept across Central Arkansas on Sunday.
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.