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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.

Benton School District presents annual report

October 15, 2014

During the regularly scheduled Benton School Board meeting Monday night, Karla Neathery, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, presented the district's annual report for the 2013-14 school year.

Neathery said it has been a "very successful year" and the district is proud of its accomplishments.

Bryant High School to participate in safe driving campaign

October 15, 2014

Beginning today, students at Bryant High School will be participating in the Celebrate My Drive nationwide campaign. During this campaign, anyone 14 and older is encouraged to make a commitment to use safe driving habits.

"It's a community celebration of safe driving habits emphasizing the benefits of safe choices as teens celebrate the freedom that comes with getting a driver's license," said Devin Sherrill, Bryant School District communications director.

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

 

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