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According to Saline County authorities, the escapee who left a work detail earlier today is back in custody.
Joseph Smith, 25, was working near the Saline County Detention Center when he left the site, according to Lt. Jeff Silk,spokesman for SCSO.
According to a Benton School District official, the lockdown has been lifted.
The schools were placed on lockdown after an inmate at the Saline County Detention Center walked away from a work detail earlier today.
According to Lt. Jeff Silk, spokesperson for the Saline County Sheriff's Office, authorities are currently searching for an escaped inmate.
Silk confirmed the inmate to be Joseph Smith, 25, of Fordyce.
An area of Edison Avenue near the entrance of The Warehouse at Center Street was closed for a short time today following a rollover accident involving a Ford Mustang.
The accident occurred at about 1 p.m.
Each December, officers with the Bryant Police Department help children in need by shopping with them during the annual Santas with a Badge event.
According to the Benton Police Department, the man shot and killed Friday following an attempted armed robbery of Simmons Bank on Military Road is believed to have robbed the same location in 2012.
Saline County deputies are currently looking for three people who allegedly robbed Pizza Hut on Arch Street with handguns.
Wanda Posey, who is overseeing the annual Christmas parade sponsored by the Downtown Benton Business Owners Association, says the event will go on as planned tonight “unless it’s pouring down rain at 6 o’clock.”
According to the Saline County Sheriff's Office, Pizza Hut in East End was robbed Sunday night.
No details have been released as SCSO continus to gather information.
At about 9:10 p.m. today, the Benton Police Department identified the suspect killed by an off-duty officer after attempting to rob Simmons Bank in Benton.
The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. today.