The Daily Press The Saline Courier | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-10-23T13:27:36-04:00 to pick Fite's successor as county judge on Nov. 42014-10-23T13:27:36-04:002014-10-23T13:27:36-04:00The Saline CourierCurrent Haskell Mayor Jeff Arey, a Republican, is facing Libertarian candidate Shawn Hipskind in the effort to fill the soon-to-be vacated post.The Saline Courier sent a set of questions to the email addresses listed in each candidate's information filed with the Saline County Clerk's Office. Arey responded to the questions and Hipskind did not.Benton, ARBrent DavisVoters to pick Fite's successor as county judge on Nov. 4No source meetings scheduled on fate of recycle bins2014-10-23T13:24:28-04:002014-10-23T13:24:28-04:00The Saline CourierBoard members of the district have been discussing the program and the increasing cost associated with it during board meetings for several months.Benton, ARBrent DavisPublic meetings scheduled on fate of recycle binsNo source Dispatch, Oct. 22, 20142014-10-23T12:13:48-04:002014-10-23T12:13:48-04:00The Saline Courier•Officers responded to a report of vandalism to storage units at Tyndall Park Mini Storage on 4th Street.*The Benton Water Department reported the theft of an asphalt "pizza cutter," a device that attaches to a backhoe and cuts asphalt with a large circular disc. The piece of equipment was last seen on the ground of a worksite at 913 Columbia Street.*A woman reported the theft of her purse from her vehicle as it was parked at Castle Oak Apartments.*A man reported the theft of a Winchester shotgun from his home on Grayson Drive. Also stolen were a Baja six string electric guitar, a small amplifier, a guitar stand and two red gas cans.*The manager at McDonald's reported that a meal had been paid for with two counterfeit $20 bills.*A woman reported the theft of a vehicle she had loaned to another person in Benton. The woman said the vehicle had been stolen while it was in the possession of the person to whom she had loaned it. The individual who had borrowed the vehicle claims he had picked up a friend, drove to Waffle House and went inside. When he returned the car and his friend were gone. Saline County Sheriff's Office•Deputies responded to a report of two boys who allege they had been shot at while out riding their dirt bikes. The boys stated they were riding their motorcycles in a dirt pit in the woods located near Chambers Road when an unknown male suspect fired a gun from a tree stand to scare them off. According to the case narrative from the Sheriff's office, the boys reported the unknown male as yelling "If I catch y’all down here again I will kill y’all." The boys describe the male as being tall with a medium build, wearing hip waders, a white t-shirt and an orange vest. The boys reported the incident to their father who called the authorities.Benton Fire DepartmentBenton firefighters responded to four medical calls and 12 inspections. Bryant Fire DepartmentBenton, ARBrent DavisDaily Dispatch, Oct. 22, 2014No source to elect new sheriff in Saline County2014-10-23T11:02:05-04:002014-10-23T11:02:05-04:00The Saline CourierOn Nov. 4, county residents will select a new sheriff by choosing between Republican Rodney Wright and Democrat Rodney Goshien.A set of questions was sent to both candidates at the email address listed in the candidacy information filed with the Saline County Clerk's office. Wright responded with answers to the questions. Goshien did not. Additional attempts to contact him through his campaign Facebook page were not returned. Wright's answer follow.Why are you running for County Sheriff? Wright: "I was born and raised in Saline County. My wife Kayce and I are raising two kids, Sawyer and Samantha, here. I care about my family and community, and concern for both motivates me to run for sheriff. As a community and county we face a lot of challenges, difficult problems, and I think I have the skills, the experience, and commitment to be an asset to the citizens of Saline County. Our county is continuing to grow in a positive direction and with my resume so will our sheriff’s departments."What qualifications, skills or experience in your current job or work history are applicable to the position? Wright: "I have 20 years of professional law enforcement, 16 years on the SWAT team and nine as the leader of the team. I have worked as a lieutenant in the Patrol Division and I am currently the Lieutenant over the Criminal Investigation Division. I have over 2,800 documented hours of training and have attended multiple schools of supervision. I have not only attended the training sessions, but I've applied them during my career with the Benton Police Department."What is your education level? Wright: "I am a graduate of Benton High School and have an Associate’s Degree in Electronics from Southern Technical College, and have attended UCA and UALR. I also graduated from the FBI National Academy, Quantico, Va."Have you earned certifications pertinent to the position of sheriff? If so, what are they and how are they beneficial?Wright: "Yes, I have earned many. Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy; Certified Instructor; Firearms Instructor; Field Training Officer; Managing Death Investigation; Managing Forensic Investigation; Undercover Operations; Practical Homicide Investigation; Legal and Liability Management for Emergency Response Operations; Reid Method of Criminal Interviews and Interrogation; Drug Raid Tactics; Management of Evidence and Recovered Property; Supervisory Liability Training; Advanced Supervision; IED Recognition and Post Blast; Homeland Security Liaison; Principles of Supervision; Tactical Response to High Risk Incidents; Terrorism Identification and Deterrence; Managing Patrol Response to Active Shooter; Planning Crisis Plans; Defensive Tactics; Emergency Response Team; Operational Value of Threat, Risk and Vulnerability Assessment; FBI National Academy Executive Leadership; Missing Children: Dynamics and Response Training; Missing Children Seminar for Chief Executives. The above list of classes illustrates the varying fields of study that are necessary for law enforcement professionals." Are the certifications current? When were they earned? Wright: "Yes. My certifications were earned over the course of my 20 year career at Benton Police Department."What accomplishments, in your current job or work history, do you feel are an indication to the residents of Saline County that you are qualified for the job?Wright: "I have achieved the rank of Lieutenant through testing procedures and have commanded both patrol shifts and detectives. In 2013 my division was awarded the Unit Achievement Award for increased solvability and the decreasing of crime." What is your perception of the major role of the sheriff? Wright: "The sheriff is the top law enforcement officer in the county. The sheriff has the responsibility of leading many divisions including patrol, criminal investigations, court services, jail operations and communications." What will be your focus if elected? Wright: "As Sheriff, I will make fighting drugs and crime the top priority. We will also work hard to re-establish a cooperative effort between all law enforcement agencies."Why should voters select you for the job? Wright: "Protecting the public is my career. I believe that leadership begins at the top and the people of Saline County can depend on my experience as a leader in law enforcement to set the standard for others to follow. This isn't a campaign promise; it’s simply the standard by which the sheriff’s office will operate under my leadership. Saline County is my home, and I have a vested interest in its security and the security of the people that I serve. If the people give me a chance, I will earn their trust and make them proud of their sheriff’s office."What additional comments do you have? Wright: "Law enforcement is a profession not a hobby and there is far too much at stake not to take this responsibility seriously. Quite literally, our law enforcement officers hold the power of life and liberty over our nation’s citizens. Liberties are the most important rights that a person can possess and the sanctity of these rights must not be tread upon. Law enforcement in Arkansas has never faced tougher challenges than it does today and will continue to face in the future. The rising rates of criminality and the threats of terrorism within our communities together with diminishing resources and budget cuts will exert pressures never before experienced. As Sheriff, it will be my responsibility to prepare our agency to handle whatever challenges that come and to do so in a professional and ethical manner."Benton, ARBrent DavisVoters to elect new sheriff in Saline CountyNo source Bradlee remembered for invigorating journalism2014-10-22T15:22:46-04:002014-10-22T15:22:46-04:00The Saline CourierThe raspy-voiced, hard-charging editor who invigorated The Washington Post got an early break as a journalist thanks to his friendship with one president, John F. Kennedy, and became famous for his role in toppling another, Richard Nixon, in the Watergate scandal.Bradlee died at home Tuesday of natural causes, the Post reported. He was 93.Ever the newsman and ever one to challenge conventional wisdom, Bradlee imagined his own obituary years earlier and found something within it to quibble over."Bet me that when I die," he wrote in his 1995 memoir, "there will be something in my obit about how The Washington Post 'won' 18 Pulitzer prizes while Bradlee was editor." That, he said, would be bunk. The prizes are overrated and suspect, he wrote, and it's largely reporters, not newspapers or their editors, who deserve the credit.Yet the Post's Pulitzer-winning coverage of the Watergate scandal is an inextricable part of Bradlee's legacy, and one measure of his success in transforming the Post from a sleepy hometown paper into a great national one.As managing editor first and later as executive editor, Bradlee engineered the Post's reinvention, bringing in a cast of talented journalists and setting editorial standards that brought the paper new respect.When Bradlee retired from the Post newsroom in 1991, then-publisher Donald Graham said, "Thank God the person making decisions in the last 26 years showed us how to do it with verve and with guts and with zest for the big story and for the little story."With Watergate, Bradlee himself became a big part of a story that epitomized the glory days of newspapers — back before websites, cable chatter and bloggers drove the talk of the day.Actor Jason Robards turned Bradlee into a box-office hit with his Oscar-winning portrayal of the editor in the 1976 movie "All the President's Men," which recounted the unraveling of Watergate under the reporting of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Bradlee's marriage in 1978 to Post star reporter Sally Quinn (his third) added more glamour to his image.He was one of the few to know the identity early on of the celebrated Watergate source dubbed Deep Throat, revealed publicly in 2005 to be FBI official W. Mark Felt."I think he did a great service to society," Bradlee said after Felt's role finally came out.In enduring partnership with publisher Katharine Graham, Bradlee took a stand for press freedom in 1971 by going forward with publication of the Pentagon Papers, a secret study of the Vietnam War broken by The New York Times, against the advice of lawyers and the entreaties of top government officials. The ensuing legal battle went all the way to the Supreme Court, which upheld the right of newspapers to publish the leaked papers.The Post's decision to publish helped pave the way for all of the smaller, difficult ones that collectively produced the newspaper's groundbreaking coverage of Watergate.Bradlee "set the ground rules — pushing, pushing, pushing, not so subtly asking everyone to take one more step, relentlessly pursuing the story in the face of persistent accusations against us and a concerted campaign of intimidation," Katharine Graham recalled in her memoir.In November 2013, at age 92, Bradlee stood in the White House East Room and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama, who saluted Bradlee for bringing an intensity and dedication to journalism that served as a reminder that "our freedom as a nation rests on our freedom of the press."Quinn disclosed in September 2014 that her husband had suffered from Alzheimer's disease for several years. She described him as happy to be fussed over and content even in decline. "Ben has never been depressed a day in his life," Quinn said in a C-SPAN interview.Impatient, gruff, profane, Bradlee was all that. But also exuberant, innovative, charismatic."Ideas flew out of Ben," wrote Katharine Graham, who died in 2001. "He was always asking important 'why' questions. ... Ben was tough enough and good enough so that for the most part I not only let him do what he thought was right, I largely agreed with him."The low point in Bradlee's career involved a 1981 Pulitzer for the Post that was rescinded after the Post itself revealed that reporter Janet Cooke had invented her story of an 8-year-old heroin user. Bradlee, whose offer to resign over the debacle was rejected, said it was a cross he would bear forever. Critics faulted editors for failing to ask enough questions about the story and said the incident was in part a reflection of the competition and tension within Bradlee's newsroom.Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee was born Aug. 26, 1921, a Boston Brahmin reared in comfort but for family financial setbacks in the Depression and a six-month bout with polio at age 14.He hurried through Harvard in three years to take his place on a Pacific destroyer during World War II. On his return in 1945, he helped start a daily newspaper in New Hampshire, but it folded 2½ years later for lack of advertising.From there, Bradlee experienced a series of lucky breaks.He landed his first job at the Post in 1948 when a rainstorm in Baltimore prompted him to skip a job interview there and stay on the train to Washington.He happened to be riding a trolley car past Blair House in 1950 when Puerto Rican extremists opened fire on the presidential guest house while President Truman was staying there. Bradlee turned it into a page-one eyewitness story.Restless at the Post, he left the paper in 1951 to become press attache at the U.S. Embassy in Paris. Two years later, he joined Newsweek's Paris bureau and spent four years as a European correspondent before returning to Washington to write politics.He happened to buy a home in Georgetown in 1957, a few months before Sen. John F. Kennedy and his wife moved in across the street, the beginning of an intimate friendship and a proximity to power that burnished his credentials as a journalist and brought him rare insights into government."I was on a roll being in the right place at the right time, a luck that has stayed with me," Bradlee wrote in his best-selling memoir, "A Good Life: Newspapers and Other Adventures."Long after his newspapering days were finished, even in his declining years, Bradlee would head over to the Post once a week to have lunch with "the guys" and "talk about the good old days in journalism," Quinn recounted.Bradlee's access to Kennedy continued through JFK's presidency, bringing Bradlee scoops for Newsweek, and experiences that he ultimately turned into the 1975 book, "Conversations with JFK." The release brought Bradleemuch attention and cost him a valued friend, Jacqueline Kennedy, who thought the book a violation of privacy and stopped speaking to Bradlee.Bradlee had been in Newsweek's Washington bureau four years when he found the nerve in 1961 to telephone Post publisher Philip Graham to propose that The Washington Post Co. buy Newsweek."It was the best telephone call I ever made — the luckiest, most productive, most exciting, most rewarding,"Bradlee wrote. The deal came together and Bradlee ended up with a cache of Post stock and the title of Washington bureau chief for Newsweek.Four years later, it was a conversation with Philip Graham's widow that proved pivotal for Bradlee. Katharine Graham had taken over the Post after her husband's suicide and was looking to inject new life into the paper. In a quotation that has become Post lore, Bradlee told her over lunch that if the managing editor's job ever opened up, "I'd give my left one for it."Bradlee soon had the title of deputy managing editor and an understanding he would move up quickly. As recounted in Howard Bray's book, "The Pillars of the Post," managing editor Al Friendly cautioned Bradlee, "Look, buster, don't be in a hurry." Bradlee smiled and replied, "Sorry, but that's my metabolism." He succeeded Friendly three months later.Benton, ARAssociated PressBen Bradlee remembered for invigorating journalismNo source infant death prompts investigation2014-10-22T14:05:20-04:002014-10-22T14:05:20-04:00The Saline CourierPolice were called to the baby's home on Chelsea Street after he was reported to be unresponsive around 6 p.m. on Monday. The child was transported to Saline Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, said Bryant Police Chief Mark Kizer. "Bryant police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the infant's death," he said. "No further details are available at this time."Benton, ARSarah PerryBryant infant death prompts investigationNo source voting numbers up to 6,888 in just 2 days2014-10-22T13:41:17-04:002014-10-22T13:41:17-04:00The Saline CourierBroken down by specific sites, the Saline County Clerk's Office reported that 3,994 people have voted at the county election center ("vote here" building) in Benton; 1,390 have voted at Grace Church in Bryant; 1104 have voted at Bank of the Ozarks (formerly Summit Bank) in Hot Springs Village; and 400 have voted 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. 22-24, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday-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. 22-24, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday-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.The bank is open for early voting today-Friday, Oct. 22-24, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday-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.The fire station will be open for early voting today-Friday, Oct. 22-24, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday-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. It will be open between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.Benton, ARLynda HollenbeckEarly voting numbers up to 6,888 in just 2 daysNo source renovation includes lobby, gift shop2014-10-22T12:28:26-04:002014-10-22T12:28:26-04:00The Saline CourierMembers of the SMH Board of Directors, SMH staff, donors to the project and other invited community guests were given a “first look” at the lobby that had not been updated since the early 1990s."The main entrance is typically the first place our visitors go when entering the hospital," said Matt Brumley, director of the Saline Memorial Health Foundation.The remodeling was a project of the foundation.Benton, ARLynda HollenbeckSMH renovation includes lobby, gift shopNo source Dispatch Oct. 21, 20142014-10-22T11:55:03-04:002014-10-22T11:55:03-04:00The Saline Courier•A man on Congo Road reported his motorcycle, a black 2008 Suzuki GSXR1000, was stolen. •An employee at Murphy USA reported he received a counterfeit $20 bill. •A couple on Scarlet Oaks Drive report a pumpkin and two ornamental deer were stolen from their front yard. •A man on River Crest Circle reported his trash can was stolen. •A woman on North Fourth Street reported several items were stolen from her storage unit. •A woman at Walmart reported her credit card was used without her permission. •An employee at Walmart reported a MP3 player was stolen. •A realtor with Baxely-Penfield-Moudy Realtors reported she received a suspicious call. •A woman at Funwash Laundry reported her clothes were stolen. Saline County Sheriff's Office•A woman on Pine Ridge Road reported a dog bite.•A man on Hickory Thicket Drive reported a utility trailer was stolen.•A woman on North Sardis Road reported a theft. •A woman on Ginger Lane reported she was a victim of identity theft. Benton Fire DepartmentBenton firefighters responded to a rescue call and four medical calls. Bryant Fire DepartmentBenton, ARSarah PerryDaily Dispatch Oct. 21, 2014No source released in Salem crash2014-10-21T17:10:19-04:002014-10-21T17:07:27-04:00The Saline CourierThe driver, Aaron Shaw, 27, of Benton was killed in the crash.Shaw, the driver of a 2012 Ford Mustang, was eastbound when the passenger side tires of his car veered off the roadway, according to a report from Deputy Samuel Griffin.In trying to get back onto the road, Shaw "over-steered and lost control of the vehicle," Griffin said.The vehicle then spun out of control and struck two trees before breaking in half and the rear section striking a third tree, the deputy reported. When officers arrived at the scene, the two sections of the car were located 168 feet apart, Griffin said. At the scene witnesses told The Saline Courier that Shaw was trying to downshift, which caused the wheels of his vehicle to lock. A woman who was driving toward Shaw at the time of the accident told officers that "she saw a white car coming at her at a high rate of speed," according to the report. Officers have not determined Shaw's vehicle's speed at the time of the accident, said Lt. Scott Courtney, Saline County Sheriff's Office spokesperson. Benton, ARSarah PerryDetails released in Salem crashNo source