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Confusion over Benton Ward 4, Position 1 vote

October 20, 2014

On Oct. 7, Brad Moore announced he would be moving to Northwest Arkansas and subsequently would be dropping out of his race for re-election as alderman for Ward 4, Position 1. Following the announcement, it was assumed that his opponent, Jim Gardner, would take Moore's seat on the city council. Due to filing deadlines and election guidelines, Moore will remain on the ballot and his votes will count.

Moore continues to prepare for his move to Northwest Arkansas and has attempted to clear up the ballot issue.

Rep. Griffin sees value in Lt. Gov. office

October 20, 2014

Rep. Tim Griffin is on the campaign for the office of Lt. Governor in Arkansas. Griffin, a Republican, is leaving his seat in the U.S. Congress where he has represented the 2nd district since 2011. On Oct. 13, he stopped by the Saline Courier for an interview with Editor Brent Davis. Griffin is facing former State Highway Commissioner John Burkhalter, a Democrat, and Chris Olsen, a Libertarian. Griffin answered questions related to the office of Lt. Governor, its importance and what his focus would be if elected.

Commission throws out complaints against Cox; more documentation needed

October 17, 2014

The Arkansas Ethics Commission did not accept an ethics complaint made against Bryant Alderman Randy Cox, who is seeking the office of mayor.

Arkansas Ethics Commission Director Graham Sloan said the complaint would not be accepted because it was not filed correctly. He explained that Barbara Champagne of Bryant, who filed the two-issue complaint, had not signed the complaint under oath, according to a letter.

The letter reads, "Until staff receives a completed citizen complaint form, the Ethics Commission will not take any action with regard to this matter."

Court: Voters will consider Arkansas liquor issue

October 16, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas' highest court says voters will be able to consider whether alcohol sales should be legal statewide.

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously denied a bid to toss the item from the Nov. 4 ballot. The proposal's opponents said petition-gatherers didn't file paperwork on time and didn't fully explain what voters would be voting on.

5 critically hurt after trains collide in Arkansas

October 16, 2014

WINSLOW — Authorities say two trains have collided in rural northwest Arkansas, critically injuring about five people.

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management spokesman Rick Fahr (fayr) says a passenger train collided with another train Thursday near the town of Winslow, about 175 miles northwest of Little Rock.

Washington County Emergency Management Director John Luther says 37 people were able to walk away from the wreck. Officials say there were a combined 44 passengers and six crew members on both trains.

Connecticut man accused of 'mopping aggressively'

October 16, 2014

BRISTOL, Conn. — A Connecticut man is facing charges after police said he grabbed a mop out of a hotel employee's hands and was "mopping aggressively" over the worker's shoes.

Police say 30-year-old John Thornton, of Southington, was arrested Monday night and charged with breach of peace and threatening.

Arkansas high court strikes down voter ID law

October 16, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas' highest court on Wednesday struck down a state law that requires voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot, ruling the requirement unconstitutional just days before early voting begins.

In a decision that could have major implications in the Nov. 4 election, the Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that determined the law unconstitutionally added a requirement for voting.

Bryant City Clerk race draws two candidates

October 16, 2014

During early voting for the Nov. 4 general election, Bryant voters will have a choice between two candidates for city clerk — incumbent Heather McKim and challenger Sue Ashcraft.

Early voting will get under way Monday, Oct. 20.

The Saline Courier, on Oct. 13, submitted questions to both candidates at the email address on file with the candidates' paperwork at the county clerk's offices. McKim submitted her answers on Wednesday morning.

A follow-up reminder telephone call was placed to Ashcraft on Wednesday morning, but as of press time, she has not responded.

More details released in hit-and-run case

October 16, 2014

Marcus Dorsey, 39, of Little Rock has been formally charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death a 20-year-old Benton woman.

Dorsey is accused of driving the U-Haul pickup truck that struck Heather Baker as she walked across the Target parking lot. He also faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury and three counts of criminal mischief, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

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

Daily Dispatch, Oct. 15, 2014

October 16, 2014

Benton Police Department
•A representative from First Assembly of God on South Arkansas 5 reported fuel was stolen from one of the church's vehicles.
•A woman at Walmart reported money from her bank account was used without her permission.
•Cody Stuckey, 21, of Bauxite was arrested Alcoa Road and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. During the same incident, Justin Scott, 30, of Benton was arrested and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also named on an active warrant.

 

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