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Daily Dispatch, Aug. 21, 2014

August 22, 2014

Benton Police Department
•Officers responded to a verbal disturbance on Hiland Place.
•An employee at Best Buy reported two individuals used forged checks to purchase items that were later returned.
•Officers responded to a welfare concern at the Fountain Lake Apartments.
•Mario Wright of Little Rock was arrested on Pleasant Willow for an outstanding warrant out of North Little Rock, public intoxication and possession of a controlled substance.

Bryant City Council makes no decision on bond issue

August 22, 2014

The Bryant City Council members met in special session Thursday evening to address a proposed bond issue, but made no decision.

This issue — which was rejected by voters in May — has been revised to include only park improvements as suggested by Bryant People for Parks. This organization is made up of many of the various athletic associations in Bryant.

During the meeting, council members heard two different views about the issue during the public comment section before Alderman Rob Roedel presented a motion to adjourn without a decision.

Crossfit Legit gym debuts new program

August 22, 2014

The Crossfit Legit gym in Benton will be hosting an open house today to debut a new program for children.

The open house will take place from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at 3309 Winchester Drive in Benton.

Jason Miller, who has always enjoyed fitness, originally opened his gym in Bryant but has since moved to Benton to allow for more growth. The new location is also more convenient for many people, he said.

During the event, different groups will be performing workout demonstrations. A food truck, Beast Truck, and snow cones by Icemeister will also be available.

UPDATE: Hit-and-run suspect caught; charged with murder

August 22, 2014

UPDATE:
At approximately, 10:30 a.m. the victim of the accident died. Dorsey will now be charged with first degree murder.

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Marcus Dorsey, 39, of Little Rock has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run accident that occurred Thursday afternoon at Alcoa Exchange shopping center.

Bauxite city attorney resigns over FOI dispute

August 22, 2014

Bauxite City Attorney Pam Perry resigned from her position on Thursday.

Mayor Johnny McMahan notified Bauxite City Council members of the resignation via email.

In that communication, he stated: "I met with Bauxite City Attorney Pam Perry today for lunch in downtown Little Rock. Pam and I discussed a number of issues and then she gave me the attached letter."

Lamont Cornwell accepts position with SCEDC

August 22, 2014

Mayor David Mattingly today announced a change to the city’s organization. Lamont Cornwell, the Director of Economic and Community Development is retiring effective September 5, 2014. He will be taking on a new challenge. He will become the Executive Director of the Saline County Economic Development Corporation.

“Lamont has been an important part of Benton’s success over the past 4 years,” said Mattingly, “and I am going to miss his daily presence, but I know he is not leaving our city, he is going to be working for all the citizens of Saline County.”

Aid group: U.S. doctor who had Ebola has recovered

August 21, 2014

ATLANTA — At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa has recovered and was to be discharged Thursday from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said.

Alison Geist, a spokeswoman for Samaritan's Purse, told The Associated Press she did not know the exact time Dr. Kent Brantly would be released but confirmed it would happen Thursday. Emory University Hospital planned to hold a news conference Thursday morning to discuss both patients' discharge.

Jonesboro paper says police chief bullied reporter

August 21, 2014

JONESBORO — The publisher of the Jonesboro Sun newspaper wants the city police chief to quit, saying the chief bullied a reporter into quitting by making a series of derogatory statements about her on Facebook.

In a story published Wednesday, Sun Publisher David Mosesso said Chief Michael Yates had maligned Sunshine Crump's character and was interfering with The Sun's ability to conduct its business.

"Any other entity would have already fired or suspended an employee who made these types of vindictive comments," Mosesso said.

Romney, McCarthy praise Arkansas GOP hopefuls

August 21, 2014

JONESBORO — Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy praised their party's nominees for governor and Congress in Arkansas, as the state GOP enlisted the help of national figures to boost their campaigns.

A-State student injured at fraternity house

August 21, 2014

JONESBORO — Police at Arkansas State University say an 18-year-old student was badly hurt by a flying piece of a broken golf club at a fraternity house.

Authorities say a female student was taken to a Memphis hospital after she was impaled by broken golf club on Tuesday night.

Jonesboro television station KAIT reports the student's condition has not been released.

University police say a 19-year-old man threw a football to another man, who was using a golf club as a bat. The golf club's shaft broke after it struck the football.

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