The Daily Press http://bentoncourier.com http://bentoncourier.com/apfeed.xml--1 The Saline Courier | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-08-22T18:48:37-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10720The Saline County Momathoners take on the #IceBucketChallenge2014-08-22T18:48:37-04:002014-08-22T18:48:37-04:00The Saline CourierBenton, ARNo author availableThe Saline County Momathoners take on the #IceBucketChallengeNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10720Change0Usable2014-08-22T18:48:37-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10719Daily Dispatch, Aug. 21, 20142014-08-22T12:17:34-04:002014-08-22T12:17:34-04:00The Saline Courier•Officers responded to a verbal disturbance on Hiland Place.•An employee at Best Buy reported two individuals used forged checks to purchase items that were later returned. •Officers responded to a welfare concern at the Fountain Lake Apartments.•Mario Wright of Little Rock was arrested on Pleasant Willow for an outstanding warrant out of North Little Rock, public intoxication and possession of a controlled substance. •Jill Hutchins of Benton was arrested on Commerce Street for driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to testing, driving left of center and no turn signal given. •Kristopher Hughes of Benton was arrested at Neeley/Hoover streets for possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and a warrant out of Saline County.•Candace Korejko of Benton was arrested for obstruction of governmental operations, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana. Saline County Sheriff's Office•Entergy employees on Gingerbread Lane reported they found an abandoned vehicle. Benton Fire DepartmentBenton firefighters responded to two rescue calls, four medical calls, a flammable liquid spill and a call to assist a person. Bryant Fire DepartmentBenton, ARBobbye PykeDaily Dispatch, Aug. 21, 2014No source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10719Change0Usable2014-08-22T12:17:34-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10718Bryant City Council makes no decision on bond issue2014-08-22T12:16:26-04:002014-08-22T12:16:26-04:00The Saline CourierThis issue — which was rejected by voters in May — has been revised to include only park improvements as suggested by Bryant People for Parks. This organization is made up of many of the various athletic associations in Bryant. During the meeting, council members heard two different views about the issue during the public comment section before Alderman Rob Roedel presented a motion to adjourn without a decision. "The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the issue, which was done," Roedel said after adjournment. Steve Glenn, president of Bryant People for Parks, said the organization feels "Boone Road would be a good addition," but that having the improvements together is confusing for voters."The needs still exist," he said. "Why don't we do something different?" He also noted that if the issue is not on the ballot in November, the opportunity to address it will not be available again until May 2016.Others in the meeting contended the road is an important part of the project, but say putting the issue on the ballot now is too rushed. "You want to put together a plan. Put together a plan that's excellent," said Carlton Billingsley, who recently announced he is seeking a council set in the November general election.Joe Heard, a member of the Bryant Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, said this issue was not brought before the committee but instead was mentioned after the meeting. The committee "wants the needs (of the parks department) met but not at the expense of safety or greater good," he said. Jim Erwin, chairman of the Planning Commission, also said the issue did not go before this group. He said he learned about it on a social media website. "This just doesn't smell good, guys," he said. In order to meet deadlines to file the correct paperwork to have the issue on the ballot, the council will have to call another special meeting Monday and pass an ordinance, said Bryant staff attorney Chris Madison. Paul Phillips of Crews Benton, ARSarah PerryBryant City Council makes no decision on bond issueNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10718Change0Usable2014-08-22T12:16:26-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10717Crossfit Legit gym debuts new program2014-08-22T12:15:10-04:002014-08-22T12:15:10-04:00The Saline CourierThe open house will take place from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at 3309 Winchester Drive in Benton. Jason Miller, who has always enjoyed fitness, originally opened his gym in Bryant but has since moved to Benton to allow for more growth. The new location is also more convenient for many people, he said. During the event, different groups will be performing workout demonstrations. A food truck, Beast Truck, and snow cones by Icemeister will also be available. Children will be taking part in a demonstration to teach attendees about a new Crossfit Kids program the gym will be starting Sept. 1, said Beth Ann Patterson, who will be a coach for the program. This program will emphasize body awareness and teach youngsters how to move correctly, Patterson said. "For some kids it's just about getting them active," Patterson said. Patterson is a coach for the regular Crossfit program and is experienced in gymnastics, she said. Benton, ARSarah PerryCrossfit Legit gym debuts new programNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10717Change0Usable2014-08-22T12:15:10-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10716UPDATE: Hit-and-run suspect caught; charged with murder 2014-08-22T13:26:24-04:002014-08-22T12:09:48-04:00The Saline CourierAt approximately, 10:30 a.m. the victim of the accident died. Dorsey will now be charged with first degree murder. ••••••••••••Marcus Dorsey, 39, of Little Rock has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run accident that occurred Thursday afternoon at Alcoa Exchange shopping center.The incident began on Interstate 30 when Dorsey, who was driving a U-Haul pickup truck, allegedly struck two vehicles. Those two drivers started following Dorsey's vehicle, so he cut through the parking lot of Alcoa Exchange, said Sgt. Todd Crowson, Bryant Police Department spokesperson. While driving near Target, Dorsey allegedly struck a 20-year-old woman who was walking to her car. Dorsey never stopped after hitting the victim, Crowson said. During the accident, the victim was catapulted into the air for 30 feet and then was dragged 30 feet, Crowson said. The victim, who suffered severe injuries, was transported via MedFlight to Baptist Health Medical Center, he said. A Target employee followed Dorsey to the Greens Apartment Complex where he was arrested by Bryant and Arkansas State Police officers. Benton, ARSarah PerryUPDATE: Hit-and-run suspect caught; charged with murder No source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10716Change0Usable2014-08-22T12:09:48-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10714Bauxite city attorney resigns over FOI dispute2014-08-22T12:53:25-04:002014-08-22T11:47:38-04:00The Saline CourierMayor Johnny McMahan notified Bauxite City Council members of the resignation via email.In that communication, he stated: "I met with Bauxite City Attorney Pam Perry today for lunch in downtown Little Rock. Pam and I discussed a number of issues and then she gave me the attached letter." The letter from Pam Perry reads: "As you are aware, I hold two positions with the city of Bauxite for which I was hired separately and am paid for separately. The first position is the city prosecutor. The second position is the city attorney. I am resigning my position as city attorney effective Aug. 21, 2014."It is no longer in the best interests of my private law practice to continue serving the city of Bauxite as city attorney as considerable time and resources were diverted from my law practice in order to complete the recent FOIA request of Alderman Mona Struble," she said."The completion of the request was not part of my job duties and responsibilities for the city of Bauxite. The request was served upon me individually as an attorney and I completed the request accordingly and met my responsibilities in accordance with FOIA. The documents stand ready for payment and pickup."She added that she has "completed all of my obligations and responsibilities to the city of Bauxite as city attorney at this time. I wish you well."McMahan accepted Perry's resignation at 1:40 p.m.Perry said, "I would add, in addition to the letter of resignation, that I was the Bauxite City Prosecutor when the city attorney position came open, so I agreed to take the additional position within certain parameters. In recent months, I have received several demands from Alderman Struble to perform legal work that I advised, upon investigation and due diligence, has either no basis in statutory law or was outside the parameters of my responsibilities or my legal expertise."When she served a voluminous FOIA request upon me, I initially asked her to narrow the scope of her request in order to save costs for both of us and enable me to meet the FOIA time requirement in getting the documents to her, but she refused, and I complied with the request as sent to me in accordance with the FOIA."As a result of this incident, Perry said she submitted her resignation as cit attorney.McMahan commented on the resignation saying, "I lay the resignation of Pam Perry at the foot of council member Mona Struble as she made obnoxious statements to Ms. Perry that were inappropriate and very unprofessional. She demanded that Pam do legal work that was beyond the scope of Ms. Perry's job as city attorney and berated her when she would not comply with her demands. Mona (Alderman Mona Struble) thought Ms. Perry was her personal attorney and chided her when Pam would not do her bidding."McMahan continued saying, "Please note that when I hired Pam she agreed to attend and observe our council meetings and help keep up out of the ditches and also to review our proposed ordinances and resolutions before they were voted and she did. She was only paid $250 per month and I don't know any other attorney that would have agreed to that arrangement for that amount.""I believe the straw that broke the camel's back was when Mona requested 1,696 copies of emails ... under the FOI law and she refused to pick them up and pay the 5 cents per copy charge. Mona was using the FOI law to legally harass Pam and thought it was cute. I think Mona's FOI request was not made in good faith and was a simple harassment action that took a lot of Pam's valuable time for no good reason and was useless busy work."On Aug. 18, Perry sent an email to Struble notifying her that her FOI request was completed in full and was ready for pickup. Payment for the 5 cents per copy charge associated with the 1,696 copies would be due in full at the time of pickup.The original FOI request was submitted to Perry via email on July 29. Struble said that she submitted the FOI request not in an attempt to harass Perry but rather to establish a pattern regarding how McMahan treats his employees.Struble said, "In my opinion, Johnny appointed Pam. She wasn't qualified." Struble said she asked two things of Perry: the first was to dissolve a "court issue that Johnny had caused," specifically the lawsuit filed by Bauxite resident Deborah Purifoy against the city of Bauxite and McMahan, and the second was to prepare documents to charge McMahan with malfeasance. Struble said that Perry would not prepare the documents to charge McMahan with malfeasance because she was not comfortable adding, "Doing the right thing is not always comfortable." "I think she (Perry) sees Johnny as a liability," Struble said. "The way I see it, he (McMahan) needs to hand in his keys now." In response to the FOI, Struble said, "She (Perry) is late. Period."She added, "The attorney got ugly with me so I held my own, pointed out the facts that apparently she didn't like. If she doesn't want to do her job that we have paid her to do for the last year and eight months, she only has a few months to go. That tells me she knows what he (McMahan) is doing is wrong."We are supposed to stand for people, not run over them, falsely accuse them. Pick them up and help, not verbally rip them apart. The way I see it, Johnny owes Bauxite a public apology. A sincere one for the way he has behaved."Benton, ARBobbye PykeBauxite city attorney resigns over FOI disputeNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10714Change0Usable2014-08-22T11:47:38-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10712Lamont Cornwell accepts position with SCEDC2014-08-22T10:53:58-04:002014-08-22T10:42:44-04:00The Saline Courier “Lamont has been an important part of Benton’s success over the past 4 years,” said Mattingly, “and I am going to miss his daily presence, but I know he is not leaving our city, he is going to be working for all the citizens of Saline County.”During Mayor Mattingly’s tenure in office, Cornwell has worked to help make the dreams of an event center, a widened and more traffic-friendly Military Road corridor, and a retail shopping center become realities. His consensus building has led to out-of-state developers, local companies and inter-departmental groups all work together to make things happen.Benton, ARNo author availableLamont Cornwell accepts position with SCEDCNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10712Change0Usable2014-08-22T10:42:44-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10708Aid group: U.S. doctor who had Ebola has recovered2014-08-21T13:31:39-04:002014-08-21T13:31:39-04:00The Saline CourierAlison Geist, a spokeswoman for Samaritan's Purse, told The Associated Press she did not know the exact time Dr. Kent Brantly would be released but confirmed it would happen Thursday. Emory University Hospital planned to hold a news conference Thursday morning to discuss both patients' discharge.Franklin Graham, president of North Carolina-based Samaritan's Purse, said in a statement that the group was celebrating Brantly's recovery. He has been in the hospital's isolation unit for nearly three weeks."Today I join all of our Samaritan's Purse team around the world in giving thanks to God as we celebrate Dr. Kent Brantly's recovery from Ebola and release from the hospital," Graham's statement said.Brantly was flown out of the west African nation of Liberia on Aug. 2, and Nancy Writebol followed Aug. 5. The two were infected while working at a missionary clinic outside Liberia's capital. Writebol was working for North Carolina-based aid group SIM. Representatives for the group did not respond to messages Thursday morning.The Ebola outbreak has killed 1,350 people and counting across West Africa.On Thursday in the Liberian capital of Monrovia, calm set in one day after residents in a slum that was sealed off in an effort to contain the outbreak clashed with riot police and soldiers. World Health Organization officials were visiting two hospitals that are treating Ebola patients and struggling to keep up with the influx of patients.The death toll is rising most quickly in Liberia, which now accounts for at least 576 of the fatalities, the WHO said. At least 2,473 people have been sickened across West Africa — more than the caseloads of all the previous two-dozen Ebola outbreaks combined.Benton, ARAssociated PressAid group: U.S. doctor who had Ebola has recoveredNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10708Change0Usable2014-08-21T13:31:39-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10707Jonesboro paper says police chief bullied reporter 2014-08-21T13:30:17-04:002014-08-21T13:30:17-04:00The Saline CourierIn a story published Wednesday, Sun Publisher David Mosesso said Chief Michael Yates had maligned Sunshine Crump's character and was interfering with The Sun's ability to conduct its business."Any other entity would have already fired or suspended an employee who made these types of vindictive comments," Mosesso said.City Attorney Phillip Crego said an investigation had started "but we need all the facts before we decide if disciplinary action is warranted." Mayor Harold Perrin declined comment.Yates did not return a call from The Associated Press, but told the newspaper he was exercising his free speech rights."Wonder if ole Sunshine (reporter) could pass a drug test," Yates wrote on one post. "Why yes, she has been arrested before."Another compared her to dog excrement and one mentioned a lapsed law license in Texas. The newspaper said Crump gave up practicing law of her own accord and stopped paying fees; Texas court records aren't as specific, showing her as having an administrative suspension that could be due to a failure to pay fees.The newspaper said the trouble began when Crump wrote a story that said Yates taught at Arkansas State University without having a proper permission form on file with the city.A lawyer for the newspaper, John E. Tull III, wrote to the city attorney saying Yates' remarks were unprofessional at the least."As you can see, even without any knowledge of Ms. Crump, Chief Yates has made several false and defamatory statements of fact concerning Ms. Crump," the letter said.Yates also had posted that he intended to hurt The Sun's business: "I intend to help that ship sink ... torpedoes away!" The city recently began delaying when it releases its daily log of police activity.Benton, ARAssociated PressJonesboro paper says police chief bullied reporter No source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10707Change0Usable2014-08-21T13:30:17-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10706Romney, McCarthy praise Arkansas GOP hopefuls2014-08-21T13:28:50-04:002014-08-21T13:28:50-04:00The Saline CourierRomney, the former Massachusetts governor who won more than 60 percent of the vote in Arkansas in his unsuccessful 2012 White House bid, touted Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson's tax cut and education plans as the two appeared at a fundraiser in northeast Arkansas. Earlier that day, McCarthy campaigned with the party's nominees for two open U.S. House seats in central and southern Arkansas."You have a choice of someone who has a plan to actually help the people of Arkansas and that will have an impact across the nation," Romney told reporters at a news conference before the fundraiser at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.Hutchinson sought to use the visit to try to portray Democratic rival and fellow ex-congressman Mike Ross as too closely allied with President Barack Obama, who remains deeply unpopular in the state, and other national Democratic figures. The two are running to succeed popular Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe, who is barred by term limits from seeking re-election."I think it's a good reminder to the people of Arkansas that there's two different choices as to what team you're involved with," Hutchinson said. "We've made a point that Mike Ross has been involved with the (House Democratic leader) Nancy Pelosi team."Ross accused Hutchinson of focusing on divisive politics."I'm not interested in playing Congressman Hutchinson's divisive, partisan games to try and divide this state into red teams or blue teams," Ross said in a statement released by his campaign. "We are too small a state to bring that type of Washington-style deadlock and dysfunction to Arkansas."McCarthy, meanwhile, campaigned for the Republican Party's nominees for open U.S. House seats in central and southern Arkansas. Speaking at Welspun Tubular in Little Rock, McCarthy touted banking executive French Hill's bid for the 2nd Congressional District and accused his Democratic rival, former North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hays, of not supporting the Keystone XL pipeline.McCarthy and Hill's campaign cited a letter Hays signed in 2011 along with 22 other mayors expressing concerns about the project."We want to move forward to actually have an energy policy that makes us energy-independent, and that starts right here in Arkansas," McCarthy said. "It starts right here at Welspun and it starts right here in November in the election, the difference between a job creator and someone who wants to stop it."Hays' campaign dismissed the criticism, accusing Hill of relying on the leader of a "broken Congress" for his campaign."Mayor Hays initially had some questions on the impact of the pipeline, received an evaluation and now supports it — which French could have found out by going to his website," Hays campaign manager David Furr said.McCarthy also headlined a rally for state Rep. Bruce Westerman, the GOP's nominee for south Arkansas' 4th Congressional District. Westerman is running against Democratic nominee James Lee Witt, who headed the Federal Emergency Management Agency under former President Bill Clinton.Both parties are focusing on the races, which have been mostly overshadowed by the increasingly expensive Senate race between Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton.Benton, ARAssociated PressRomney, McCarthy praise Arkansas GOP hopefulsNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10706Change0Usable2014-08-21T13:28:50-04:00