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Aggressive groundhog charges at New Hampshire man

November 20, 2014

HAMPTON, N.H. — A New Hampshire man says he was working in his garage when a groundhog he had seen in his backyard charged at him.

Gary McGrath of Hampton tells WMUR-TV (http://bit.ly/1uPMz6b) the groundhog got close, so he pushed him back with his foot Tuesday. But the animal returned. McGrath said he gave him a harder kick and closed the garage door.

But the groundhog sneaked through another opening — and McGrath ended up running to the front door.

Man arrested for allegedly imprisoning woman

November 20, 2014

A Benton man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly not allowing a woman to leave her home and making threats against another individual.

Gary Kyle, 53, of Benton was charged with terroristic threatening, false imprisonment, aggravated assault and assault on a family member in connection with the incident, according to the Saline County jail inmate roster.

Kyle also is named in an active warrant for failing to appear in court for careless driving.

The victim told police that Kyle is an acquaintance who came to her residence Tuesday night and asked if he could spend the night.

Early voting continuing in mayoral runoff races

November 20, 2014

Early voting is continuing in a runoff election for three mayoral races in Saline County.

Early voting began Tuesday.

In the first two days, a total of 956 voters have cast ballots, according to information obtained from Saline County Clerk Doug Curtis' office.

Broken down by sites, 44 have voted at the "vote here" building in Benton and 912 have voted at Grace Church in Bryant. These are the only two early voting sites available for the runoff election.

Boxer Jermain Taylor charged in Arkansas shooting 


November 20, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas prosecutors have charged champion middleweight boxer Jermain Taylor in a shooting at his home.

The media reports the 36-year-old Little Rock native was charged Wednesday with first-degree battery and first-degree terroristic threatening. If convicted, he faces up to 26 years in prison.

Pulaski County sheriff's deputies say Taylor shot his 41-year-old cousin, Tyrone DaWayne Hinton of Jacksonville, at Taylor's home in Maumelle on August 26. Deputies say Hinton was wounded on his "lower extremities."

Pilot in small plane crash in Chicago dies 


November 18, 2014

CHICAGO — Assistant Chicago Fire Department Commissioner Michael Fox says the pilot in asmall plane crash has died.

The small twin-engine cargo plane crashed into a home Tuesday, plunging into the basement but leaving the bungalow's two residents unhurt.

Fox did not identify the pilot but says emergency crews are trying to recover the body from the wreckage.

The pilot of the Aero Commander 500 had just taken off from nearby Midway International Airport when he reported engine trouble around 2:40 a.m. and asked to return to the airport.

Police investigate Arkansas food pantry theft 


November 18, 2014

LUXORA — Police in northeast Arkansas are investigating the theft of more than $3,000 worth of meat from a food pantry.

Luxora Police Chief Albert Wright tells KAIT-TV someone smashed a hole in a wall of the God's Angel Ministry Food Pantry last week. Thirty pounds of beef, 20 pounds of chicken and a variety of other meats were reported stolen.

Volunteer Donnice Haymon says the food would have helped feed hungry families on Thanksgiving and would have kept the pantry stocked through January. She says cans of green beans, corn and other vegetables weren't taken.

Best in Show; Herdmans take over church pageant in holiday classic

November 18, 2014

The popular seasonal production, "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," will be the Royal Players' holiday offering for the area theater population.

The play was written by Barbara Robinson and adapted from the bestselling children’s novel.

Show dates at the historic Royal Theatre in Downtown Benton are Dec. 4-7 and 11-14.

Director is Hillary Bell, assisted by Angel Choir directors Lynda Hollenbeck and Daphne Shoppach.

Council approves $5,000 raise for Benton Mayor Mattingly

November 18, 2014

The Benton City Council unanimously approved a $5,000 pay increase for Mayor David Mattingly during Tuesday’s meeting at Benton Municipal Complex.

The city's 2014 budget appropriated an additional sum to compensate the mayor for the calendar year, but the salary increase has not been paid to him.

It is the intention of the council to adjust the salary to pay those sums that already have been appropriated and to make the the position more competitive.

Alderman Kerry Murphy said he wants the public to know that he approves of the pay increase.

AP Exclusive: Charles Manson gets marriage license

November 18, 2014

CORCORAN, Calif. — Mass murderer Charles Manson plans to marry a 26-year-old woman who left her Midwestern home and spent the past nine years trying to help exonerate him.

Afton Elaine Burton, the raven-haired bride-to-be, said she loves the man convicted in the notorious murders of seven people, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate.

No date has been set, but a wedding coordinator has been assigned by the prison to handle the nuptials, and the couple has until early February to get married before they would have to reapply.

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