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October 31, 2014

Dorsey trial set for June; actual date undetermined

October 31, 2014

The man charged with first-degree murder in connection with an Aug. 21 hit-and-run accident will be tried in June in Saline County Circuit Court.

Marcus Dorsey, 39, of Little Rock will be tried before Circuit Judge Robert Herzfeld on a June date yet to be set, said Rebecca Bush, chief deputy prosecutor. Bush is representing the state and attorney Bill James is serving as Dorsey’s counsel.

The accident occurred on the Target parking lot at the Alcoa Exchange shopping center.

More info can be found in today's issue of The Saline Courier.

Early voting continuing at 4 Saline County sites

October 29, 2014

A total of 12,238 ballots have been cast in the six days since early voting started Oct. 20 in the November general election.

Broken down by specific sites, the Saline County Clerk's Office reported that 5,653 people have voted to date at the county election center ("vote here" building) in Benton; 3,446 at Grace Church in Bryant; 2,235 at Bank of the Ozarks (formerly Summit Bank) in Hot Springs Village; and 904 at the East End Fire Station.

Early voting will be continuing today. Hours, dates and sites for the continuation of early voting are:

Last public meeting on recycling issue set for tonight

October 29, 2014

The last of three public meetings to discuss the future of recycling bins in Saline County will be held at 7 p.m. at Bryant City Hall.

During the meeting, Michael Grappe, executive director of the Saline County Regional Solid Waste Management District, will speak about the history of the bins, the purpose they have served and the anticipated future of the program.

7 locals arrested in drug sting

October 29, 2014

Seven Saline County residents have been arrested along with 26 others in an oxycodone conspiracy.

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration started the investigation in June of 2013 using multiple undercover operations and numerous other law enforcement action, said U.S. Attorney Christopher R. Thyer of the state's Eastern District.

During the operation, officers found that Charolda Walton, 41, of Little Rock was the primary distributor for the narcotics.

More info can be found in today's issue of The Saline Courier.

Daily Dispatch Oct. 28, 2014

October 29, 2014

Benton Police Department
•A woman at Childcare Network on Alcoa Road reported her purse was stolen.
•A manager at I-30 Travel Park reported a picnic table was stolen.
•Ashley Hinkle, 27, of Benton was arrested on Interstate 30 for being named on an active warrant.
•An employee at the Heartland Health and Rehabilitation Center reported a television was stolen from a resident’s room.
•A man on Jackman Street reported his vehicle, a 1999 Chevrolet 3500 pickup truck was stolen.

Saline County Sheriff’s Office
•A woman on Kent Drive reported a pitbull attacked her dog.

Halloween Forecast: Snow, Cold to Blast Northeast; Warmth in West

October 28, 2014

AccuWeather reports a shocking blast of cold air and the potential for snow will highlight the weather for millions in the Northeastern states this Halloween into the first weekend of November.

Meanwhile, another storm will hit the Northwest with drenching rain as generally dry weather prevails elsewhere on Halloween.

Winterlike Cold, Snow for the Northeast, Great Lakes

Election Day Forecast: Rain May Factor Into Turnout in Central U.S.

October 28, 2014

AccuWeather reports while rain could deter voter turnout on Election Day in part of the Central states and the Northwest, dry weather is in store in the East and the balance of the West.

Gubernatorial elections will be held on Nov. 4, 2014, in 36 states, along with elections for many other state and local government offices.

Unsettled Swath From Texas to Western New York

Rain is forecast to soak areas from Texas to the lower Great Lakes on Election Day.

Recycling bin issue draws small crowd at public meeting

October 28, 2014

The first of three public meetings to gather information regarding the future of recycling bins in Saline County took place Monday night. Thirteen people attended the meeting held at the Office of Emergency Management meeting in Benton. Of the 13, five were residents, two were waste haulers and the remaining six were members of the Saline County Regional Solid Waste Management District Board of Directors or employees of the district.

Man charged with raping 2 juveniles

October 28, 2014

A Benton man has been arrested for allegedly raping two juveniles at his residence Monday morning.

Manuel Portillo, 51, has been charged with three counts of rape.

One incident was reported shortly after midnight Monday.

During the investigation, officers reported finding evidence that the assaults had occurred and that another victim may have been involved, said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.

The two victims and Portillo were acquainted prior to the incident, Russell said.

 

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