The Daily Press http://bentoncourier.com http://bentoncourier.com/apfeed.xml--1 The Saline Courier | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-10-29T16:27:18-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11286Early voting continuing at 4 Saline County sites2014-10-29T16:27:18-04:002014-10-29T16:27:18-04:00The Saline CourierBroken 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:•'"Vote here" election center at 221 N. Main St. in Benton, across from the Saline County Courthouse.The center is open today-Friday, Oct. 30-31, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Monday, Nov. 3, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.•Grace Church, 4200 Highway 5 North, Bryant.The church is open for early voting today-Friday, Oct.30-31, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.The church will not be open for any voting on Monday, Nov. 3.•Bank of the Ozarks (formerly Summit Bank), 24705 Highway 5 in Hot Springs Village, is open for early voting today-Friday, Oct. 30-31, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No early voting will be conducted at the site Monday, Nov. 3.•East End Fire Department, 21900 Baxley Lane in the East End community, will be open for early voting today-Friday, Oct. 30-31, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fire station will not be open for early voting on Monday, Nov. 3. The "vote here" building in Benton will be the county's only early voting site on Monday, Nov. 3, and will be open between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.Benton, ARLynda HollenbeckEarly voting continuing at 4 Saline County sitesNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:11286Change0Usable2014-10-29T16:27:18-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11285Last public meeting on recycling issue set for tonight2014-10-29T16:23:46-04:002014-10-29T16:23:46-04:00The Saline CourierDuring 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.Shane Knight, an enforcement officer for the district, will present an audit of the black box recycle bins and report the findings of increased levels of household waste that are contaminating the recyclable materials in the bins. Grappe' and Knight will answer questions from residents in attendance. The public is encouraged to attend and voice opinions about the future of the recycling program.Benton, ARBrent DavisLast public meeting on recycling issue set for tonightNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:11285Change0Usable2014-10-29T16:23:46-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:112847 locals arrested in drug sting2014-10-29T13:40:47-04:002014-10-29T13:40:47-04:00The Saline CourierThe 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.Benton, ARSarah Perry7 locals arrested in drug stingNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:11284Change0Usable2014-10-29T13:40:47-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11283Daily Dispatch Oct. 28, 20142014-10-29T11:59:34-04:002014-10-29T11:59:34-04:00The Saline Courier•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. •A man on Mount Olive Road reported a theft. •A man on Robinwood Lane reported a theft. •A woman on Fairplay Road reported a disturbance. •A woman on Russell Street reported a person threatened her. Benton Fire DepartmentBenton firefighters responded to two medical calls, a motor vehicle accident, an overheated motor and a person in distress.Bryant Fire Department Benton, ARSarah PerryDaily Dispatch Oct. 28, 2014No source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:11283Change0Usable2014-10-29T11:59:34-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11281Halloween Forecast: Snow, Cold to Blast Northeast; Warmth in West2014-10-28T15:21:04-04:002014-10-28T15:21:04-04:00The Saline CourierMeanwhile, another storm will hit the Northwest with drenching rain as generally dry weather prevails elsewhere on Halloween.Winterlike Cold, Snow for the Northeast, Great LakesParts of the Northeast and Midwest will experience four seasons of weather in about four days leading up to the Halloween weekend. Late-summerlike warmth will be followed by springlike showers and thunderstorms, then cool autumn air and finally wintry winds and even snow in some locations.Snowflakes that appear around Detroit on Friday will be a sign of what lies ahead for parts of the Appalachians on Friday night and areas closer to the Atlantic coast beginning on Saturday.A storm dropping in from the Great Lakes will strengthen upon nearing the coast and could take a left turn this weekend.The track and strength of that storm will determine the extent of rain changing to snow along the I-95 corridor and whether or not a major snowfall occurs over parts of New England.A weak storm tracking out to sea would leave northern New England with little or no snow accumulation.Even with the weak storm and out to sea scenario, rain can become mixed with and even change to a period of wet snow before ending on Saturday in the swath from eastern Virginia and Delmarva Peninsula to New England. Much of the snow that falls would melt on roads in this swath, but slushy conditions could develop north and west of the coastal cities, especially in the higher elevations.Parts of the central Appalachians will receive their first accumulating snow of the season, regardless of the storm's strength or track.There have been other snow events around Halloween over the years, including the recent Halloween Nor'easter of 2011, which deposited a half a foot of snow or more from central Maryland to central Maine.Kids and adults partaking in the Friday evening Masquerade will need to bundle up and should consider bringing along a light or reflective items to increase visibility for passing motorists. Rain showers will stretch from along part of the Interstate-95 corridor westward to Pittsburgh and Buffalo, New York, as temperatures begin to tumble.AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures will plunge into the 20s F around the Great Lakes and into the 30s around the Ohio Valley on Friday evening. RealFeel Temperatures will range from the 30s in the Appalachians to the middle 40s to low 50s along the East Coast and mid-Atlantic and the 30s over the interior Northeast during Friday evening. However, that is likely to be the warmest part of the weekend.Gusty winds on the backside of the storm, snow or not, will send RealFeel Temperatures into the lower 20s in the lower Great Lakes and Appalachians and into the lower 30s along much of I-95 to Washington, D.C., to New York City and Boston Saturday into Sunday.It will feel like Halloween on Friday in much of the South with the cooler air and a breeze erasing the record-challenging warmth from early this week.Temperatures will fall to more seasonable levels over most of the South, while a few rain showers may impact trick-or-treaters over central and South Florida during the day.Skies will clear during Friday night over the central and southern counties of the Florida Peninsula, including Miami, Tampa and Orlando. Spotty showers may linger over part of the southern Appalachians during Friday evening, associated with some of the Great Lakes moisture.Dry Conditions to Prevail in the Plains, SouthwestSome of the best weather in the nation for trick-or-treating activities will stretch from the Plains and Texas to Southern California.Temperatures will trend from slightly below average over the Plains to as much as 15 degrees above average over the Southwest.Yet Another Storm for the NorthwestThe train of storms from last week will continue in the Northwest through this week, including on Halloween.Clouds and rain are in the offing from San Francisco and Sacramento, California, to Portland, Oregon, and Seattle. Showers will push well inland during Friday evening to parts of northern Nevada and Idaho.Similar to the Northeast, motorists should be extra careful Friday evening due to the low visibility and slick conditions caused by the rain since little ghosts and goblins will roam the neighborhoods.Benton, ARSpecial to The Saline CourierHalloween Forecast: Snow, Cold to Blast Northeast; Warmth in WestNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:11281Change0Usable2014-10-28T15:21:04-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11280Election Day Forecast: Rain May Factor Into Turnout in Central U.S.2014-10-28T15:10:25-04:002014-10-28T15:10:25-04:00The Saline CourierGubernatorial 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 YorkRain is forecast to soak areas from Texas to the lower Great Lakes on Election Day.Some of the rain can be heavy enough in this swath to cause travel delays and perhaps bring incidents of urban flooding, especially from portions of Texas to the middle part of the Mississippi Valley.The rain could affect the major cities of Houston and Dallas to Oklahoma City, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Detroit, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Little Rock, Arkansas and Buffalo, New York. Rain may be close to Chicago as well.Along with the rain, locally strong thunderstorms are possible from Texas to Missouri.Rainy Conditions for Parts of the NorthwestWhile a major storm is not in the offing for the Northwest, clouds and some rain and drizzle are forecast in the coastal areas from northern California to Washington state with spotty rainfall in eastern Washington to northern Idaho and northwestern Montana.Cities that can be affected by rainy weather in the Northwest include Portland, Oregon, and Seattle and Spokane, Washington.Dry Weather in Much of East, SouthwestAside from very spotty showers along the Atlantic coast of Florida, dry weather is in store along the East Coast and in the Appalachians with at least partial sunshine on Election Day.After a chilly start, temperatures will recover to near- or above-seasonable levels during the midday and afternoon hours from Atlanta to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City and Boston.However, there could be lingering sporadic power outages in the Northeast, depending on how much wind and snow a storm this weekend delivers.Most locations from the Upper Midwest to Southern California can expect at least partial sunshine.Dry and chilly conditions are in store for Chicago, Minneapolis and Omaha, Nebraska, with spotty flurries possible near the Canada border in Minnesota and North Dakota.Benton, ARSpecial to The Saline CourierElection Day Forecast: Rain May Factor Into Turnout in Central U.S.No source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:11280Change0Usable2014-10-28T15:10:25-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11279Recycling bin issue draws small crowd at public meeting2014-10-28T14:07:59-04:002014-10-28T14:07:59-04:00The Saline CourierThe topic of discussion was the black box recycling bin program currently under the operation of the district. Bins are placed at locations in the county for residents to recycle plastic bottles, metal cans, aluminum, newspaper and cardboard.Benton, ARBrent DavisRecycling bin issue draws small crowd at public meetingNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:11279Change0Usable2014-10-28T14:07:59-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11278Man charged with raping 2 juveniles2014-10-28T13:36:38-04:002014-10-28T13:36:38-04:00The Saline CourierManuel 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. Portillo currently is being detained at the Saline County Detention Cente. No bond has been set. The investigation is continuing, Russell said. Benton, ARSarah PerryMan charged with raping 2 juvenilesNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:11278Change0Usable2014-10-28T13:36:38-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11276Daily Dispatch Oct. 27, 20142014-10-28T12:12:36-04:002014-10-28T12:12:36-04:00The Saline Courier•A man on Griffey Drive reported his all-terrain vehicle, a white 2005 Suzuki LTZ 400, was stolen. •A caller at Tyndall Park Mini Storage reported a break-in.Saline County Sheriff’s Office•A man on Oak Place Drive reported a theft. •A man on East Polk Road reported a man threatened him. •A woman on Samples Road reported she witnessed a disturbance. •A man on Germania Road reported a motorcycle was stolen. Benton Fire DepartmentBenton firefighters responded to a brush fire, a rescue call, three medical calls and a motor vehicle accident. Bryant Fire DepartmentBenton, ARSarah PerryDaily Dispatch Oct. 27, 2014No source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:11276Change0Usable2014-10-28T12:12:36-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11274Early voting continuing at 4 Saline County sites2014-10-27T15:45:07-04:002014-10-27T15:45:07-04:00The Saline CourierBroken down by specific sites, the Saline County Clerk's Office reported that 4,302 people have voted to date at the county election center ("vote here" building) in Benton; 2,500 at Grace Church in Bryant; 1,530 at Bank of the Ozarks (formerly Summit Bank) in Hot Springs Village; and 1,632 at the East End Fire Station.Early voting will be continuing today. Hours, dates and sites for the continuation of early voting are:•'"Vote here" election center at 221 N. Main St. in Benton, across from the Saline County Courthouse.The center is open today-Friday, Oct. 27-31, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Monday, Nov. 3, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.•Grace Church, 4200 Highway 5 North, Bryant.The church is open for early voting today-Friday, Oct. 27-31, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.The church will not be open for any voting on Monday, Nov. 3.•Bank of the Ozarks (formerly Summit Bank), 24705 Highway 5 in Hot Springs Village, is open for early voting today-Friday, Oct. 27-Friday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No early voting will be conducted at the site Monday, Nov. 3.•East End Fire Department, 21900 Baxley Lane in the East End community, will be open for early voting today-Friday, Oct. 27-31, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fire station will not be open for early voting on Monday, Nov. 3. The "vote here" building in Benton will be the county's only early voting site on Monday, Nov. 3, and will be open between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.Benton, ARBrent DavisEarly voting continuing at 4 Saline County sitesNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:11274Change0Usable2014-10-27T15:45:07-04:00