August 7th, 2014
For the third time, the city of Bryant's parks department and Bryant School District have partnered to obtain a special joint use agreement grant through the Arkansas Department of Education.
Pending Bryant School Board approval, the $9,700 grant will be used to purchase youth volleyball equipment to be used jointly by both organizations on school property at Hurricane Creek Elementary School beginning in the fall of 2014.
Benton City Council's Community Services/Animal Control Committee members are recommending that the city sue the property owners at 1116 Alcoa Road for ongoing code violations.
During the session, City Attorney Brent Houston noted that Jim Towe, the city's community development department supervisor, has been working with the property owners for some time.
Towe requested that the city take legal action in the matter, Houston said.
He said a letter was sent to the owners requesting their presence at Wednesday's meeting, but they did not attend.
Benton Police Department
â€¢A man on Beverly Street reported the theft of a lawnmower.
â€¢Joey Lutz was arrested for an outstanding Bryant warrant and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Saline County Sheriff's Office
â€¢A man in Bauxite reported the theft of a debit card.
â€¢A woman in Benton reported her former husband threw nails in her driveway while she was away from home.
â€¢A woman reported a break-in at her home in the Mabelvale area.
â€¢A woman in Bauxite reported a physical altercation involving herself and her daughter.
Bryant Fire Department
The Benton Police Department has arrested a man for a second time in connection with allegedly drugging and raping a juvenile.
The male juvenile victim in the case provided information about a suspect, identified as James Gilliam, 32.
Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson, said Gilliam contacted the victim online.