The Daily Press The Saline Courier | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-08-26T14:58:15-04:00 Suspect caught breaking into vehicles2014-08-26T14:58:15-04:002014-08-26T14:58:15-04:00The Saline CourierOn 8/24/14, at approximately 3:22 AM, officers with the Benton Police Department responded to 2013 Military Road on report of a suspicious person. Upon officer’s arrival, they located a truck with a window busted out and the steering column torn apart. Officers made contact with witnesses in the area who gave them information on a subject they saw near the vehicle who fled prior to officer’s arrival. Officers conducted a search of the area and were able to locate a suspect matching the description nearby. Contact was made with the suspect, identified as Matthew Kyle (30 YOA), who was subsequently placed under arrest. Kyle is charged with Breaking or Entering, Criminal Mischief, Possession of an Instrument of Crime, and Battery 2nd Degree. The Possession of an Instrument of Crime charge stems from tools located that were used to gain entry into the vehicle, and the Battery charge was for a minor injury the officer sustained when the suspect kicked him. Additionally, Kyle is an active parolee out of the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections. The investigation is on-going, but anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to contact the Benton Police Department at 501-778-1171 or 501-315-TIPS. Individuals also may send an anonymous crime tip about this incident to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD in the body of the text or go to to leave a tip. A crime tip can also be submitted via the official Benton Police Department app found on ITunes and Google Play. Any suspects listed are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. Follow BNPD on Facebook:, ARNo author availableBNPD: Suspect caught breaking into vehiclesNo source County inmate escapes during transport 2014-08-26T12:28:40-04:002014-08-26T12:28:40-04:00The Saline CourierSheriff's Lt. Carl Minden says 30-year-old inmate Anael Castro-Hernandez escaped about 8 a.m. in downtown Little Rock. Minden told reporters that Castro-Hernandez escaped while being escorted with other inmates from a van into the courthouse about 8 a.m. Monday, but details of how he escaped were not released.Minden says a shirt believed to have been worn by the inmate was found a few blocks from the courthouse and that a man matching his description was later seen near railroad tracks, but got away.Benton, ARAssociated PressPulaski County inmate escapes during transport No source found walking down road alone; woman arrested, charged Friday2014-08-26T12:26:59-04:002014-08-26T12:26:59-04:00The Saline CourierOfficer Joseph Traylor of the Saline County Sheriff's Office was sitting at the intersection of Chicot Road and Sarnes Drive at approximately noon when he was approached by three men carrying a baby.The men, who identified themselves as Patrick B. Conroy, Daniel A. Crumley and Darrick A. Conroy, stated that they were driving southbound on Chicot Road when they noticed a small child walking in the roadway.The men said that the child was not attended by anyone and that they turned around to pick up the child when they noticed Traylor sitting at the intersection and brought the child to him. The child was described as a white male, 1 year of age, wearing only "a heavily soiled diaper" and no clothing or shoes.A witness identified the child as belonging to Jamie Guardado. Traylor attempted to contact Guardado at her residence but received no response after knocking on the door. The Department of Human Services Office in Benton was contacted and a caseworker responded to the scene to evaluate the child. A witness was able to provide a phone number for Guardado who was summoned to the scene and stated her child was missing.Guardado provided a description for a child that matched the one in Traylor's custody.Traylor stated that Guardado said she was working in the yard with her child, turned her back and then discovered that the child was missing. Traylor said that Guardado was unable to account for the approximately 40 minutes between the time she last saw the child and the time she reported the child as missing. After Traylor placed Guardado in the rear seat of his patrol car, he said Guardado said she "must have fell asleep."The child was taken into DHS custody and Guardado was transported the the Saline County Detention Center without incident. Benton, ARBobbye PykeToddler found walking down road alone; woman arrested, charged FridayNo source woman arrested for DWI, endangering welfare of minor2014-08-26T12:25:16-04:002014-08-26T12:25:16-04:00The Saline CourierDeputy Danny Rucker of the Saline County Sheriff's Office made the arrest after responding to a call that a woman and a baby were sitting inside a grey Dodge van parked on a vacant parking lot off Chicot Road.Rucker said both appeared to be asleep at the time of his arrival.Rucker said he knocked on the window and the woman awakened. He asked her to roll down the window and she did.Rucker said he could detect a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on her person. She reportedly identified herself as Rosalind Coleman-Neal and said she had pulled over to get her family to come pick her up. Rucker said Coleman-Neal said, "Don't take me to jail for drinking."The deputy said he asked the woman if she had been drinking and she responded "not for a while."When asked why she was stopped in the parking lot, Rucker said Coleman-Neal said that she had pulled over to take a nap. She submitted to a field sobriety test and blew a .15 on the breathalyzer and then was taken into custody, the deputy said.Rucker checked on the welfare of the child, who was reported to be 9 months old. Rucker said that Coleman-Neal said she was two months' pregnant. Rucker said he contacted Coleman's mother, Verline Coleman, who took possession of the infant and the vehicle. Benton, ARBobbye PykeNapping woman arrested for DWI, endangering welfare of minorNo source released Monday without bond2014-08-26T12:23:29-04:002014-08-26T12:23:29-04:00The Saline CourierCharles K. Sadler, 18, of Bryant appeared in a bond hearing Monday in District Court. In that proceeding, Judge Mike Robinson did not set bond for Sadler, saying it was "because of his age." Sadler's manslaughter charge stems from the Aug. 4 accident in which Tylor Wright died.The $10,000 sheriff's bond that had been set in connection with the fatality accident was revoked on Aug. 20. He was arrested again on Aug. 21 after receiving two traffic citations on Aug. 14.Sadler's vehicle was stopped by Arkansas Highway Police for allegedly traveling 94 mph in a 70 mph zone on Interstate 30.According to the officer who detained Sadler, he "noticed a vehicle weaving in and out of traffic" and then clocked the vehicle traveling at 94 mph. The officer stated he then turned on his lights and initiated the traffic stop near mile marker 117.Sadler was cited for speeding and reckless driving, according to the officer's report. Sadler was previously released on a $10,000 sheriff's bond after he was charged with manslaughter in the "hill-jumping accident" that occurred on Aug. 4. It was on this date that Sadler was involved in an accident on Midland Road which caused the death of Tylor Wright, 18, of Benton. In the fatal crash on Aug. 4, Sadler lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree, authorities said. Investigators said they believe Sadler was jumping a hill at the time of the incident.Wright died at the scene, authorities said. Sadler is being released from custody under the provisions that he may not operate a motor vehicle, he will be under house arrest and he will have to wear an ankle monitor.Robinson said, "I have got to protect the public. Driving 94 mph in a vehicle is willful. That is a 3,000-pound bullet you're driving." Benton, ARBobbye Pyke and Josh BriggsSadler released Monday without bondNo source Dispatch, Aug. 25, 20142014-08-26T12:20:19-04:002014-08-26T12:20:19-04:00The Saline Courier •Officers were called to an incident on Brookview Drive, related to a child visitation dispute between the parents of the children. •A resident of Terry Street reported an individual had trespassed on his property. •Mailbox damage was reported b a resident of Concord Street. •A resident on Sunset Street reported the theft of four automobile rims and tires from her backyard. A neighbor reported having seen a red truck with a Razorback license plate parked in from of the reported residence in the hours prior to the theft. •A report of a suspicious vehicle at an abandoned house prompted a check of the residence on Parker Street. A blue Ford Explorer was found at the house. The back door of the house was open but no one was found in the home. •A resident on Lyledale Road reported the theft of a trash can left at the curb for weekly garbage pickup. •An officer was dispatched to the Hurricane Creek Mobile Home Park for a reported verbal disturbance between the owner of the mobile home and her son. •A blue Ryobi paint roller was reported stolen from a home on Summit Drive. •The theft of a firearm and ammunition was reported by an individual who had parked his car at the former putt putt course in the Hickory Square Shopping Center. Reported as missing from the vehicle are a black Sprinfield XD-40 40 caliber semi-automatic pistol with a 5-inch barrel. Two silver 12-round hi-cap magazines and one black 15 round hi-cap magazine also were taken from the vehicle. The owner reported that one of the 12-round magazines contained 12 bullets.Bryant Fire Department •Firefighters responded to seven medical calls, one fire alarm and eight inspections.Benton Fire Department •No reports were submitted.Saline County Sheriff's Office •A woman wearing leopard print clothing was found walking southbound on I-530. She appeared to be in distress, authorities said. •A woman reported she had been hit by a vehicle on Sparks Drive. The woman was transported to the emergency room. The suspect vehicle had left the scene. •A man called the sheriff's department reporting that his ex-wife was banging on his door. •Deputies responded to a call of a woman being bitten by a neighbor's dog on White Oak Lane.Benton, ARBrent DavisDaily Dispatch, Aug. 25, 2014No source year to offer 'original extreme sport' at county fair2014-08-26T12:18:41-04:002014-08-26T12:18:41-04:00The Saline CourierThis event is scheduled for 8 p.m. at Thomas Arena at the fairgrounds.Mollie Wright, a spokesperson for the fair board, said the bull-riding event will "showcase both novice and experienced riders from all over looking to ride a bull.""Any bull rider that is interested in participating needs to get in contact with Rose Harris of H "Make sure you tell your favorite local bull rider to give Mrs. Harris a call," she said. "It would be great to have some familiar faces in the mix." She noted that the Saline County Fair Association has partnered with H The company was named 2013 Arkansas Rodeo Association Rodeo Producer of the year, Wright said."This is a new event this year, and we are excited to keep the admission fee low at $5 per person.  In doing this, we hope to fill the grandstands with lots of bull riding fans."Wright pointed out that bull riding is "a fierce, rough and grueling sport with roots deeply imbedded in American heritage.""It's America’s original extreme sport and is one of the fastest growing sports in the country," she said.She explained what she called the "simple" rules:  "Put a tough, 150-pound cowboy on the back of a bulky, snorting temperamental 2,000-pound bull and see if he can ride the brute for an unending eight seconds … with one hand strapped to the bull’s enormous backside. "A qualified ride is eight seconds, and the clock starts when the bull’s shoulder or flank breaks the plane of the gate.  It ends when the rider’s hand comes out of the rope, the rider touches the ground, or the rider’s free arm slaps the bull."She said a successful ride will earn the rider a score of 0-100, and an exceptional ride is a score of 90 or above. The total score possible for a bull ride is 100 points, Wright said.She noted that half of the total is based on the performance of the bull and how difficult he is to ride.  "The other half of the ride is determined by the rider’s ability to match the bull’s moves beneath him," she said.Judges look for constant control and good body position throughout the ride, Wright said.  Spurring the bull is not required, she added. "It is expensive for a person to take up the sport of bull riding," Wright pointed out."First, the rider must have the necessary equipment.  A bull rider’s equipment consists of headgear — either a cowboy hat or helmet."She noted that a cowboy hat "may act as the barrier that keeps a rider from needing stitches."For those bull riders seeking added protection, helmets and protective face masks have been devised to shield the vulnerable head area from threatening blows, while the face mask protects both the face and jaw. "Oftentimes nowadays, cowboys wear a protective vest that absorbs shock and dissipates the blow to the body, while protecting the torso from threatening punctures caused by direct contact with the bull's hooves and horns," she said."The glove is a necessity for the riding hand (the hand that grips the bull rope)," she added. "This leather glove protects a cowboy's hand and fingers. It also makes it easier to hold onto the bull rope. Rosin, which helps the cowboy's glove adhere to the bull rope, is a sticky substance that provides the cowboy with a little extra grip."Chaps are part of the armor that adds a layer of protection for the cowboy against a bull's horns and hooves," she said.She noted that the bull rope is "a flat rope braided from nylon or grass that goes around the bull's girth area behind his front legs. The rope has a handle, constructed partially of leather that is braided into it and serves as the cowboy's only anchor for the duration of his ride.""The boots the cowboys wear while riding have a special spur ridge on the heel, which helps their spurs to stay in place. Some cowboys wear the traditional pull-on boot, while others prefer those that lace up to fit the foot snugly. "Spurs help the cowboy stay in position on a bull," Wright said. "The rowels are dull so they don't injure or cut the skin of the bull. The spurring action displays the level of complete control of the cowboy during the ride."According to Wright, having the necessary equipment is "just a start.""There are several ways to get started," she said. "Some people start by riding a mechanical bull, and it works well for them; however, it is truly nothing like riding a real bull."She noted that there are bull riding schools that offer instruction. "The other way to learn is to make friends with someone in the sport and learn from them. "A lot goes into the sport of bull riding," Wright said. "We are so excited to host our first bull riding event this year. We hope that it showcases our local bull riders who are just getting started as well as experienced riders that have been participating a long time. "She encouraged attendance at the event."I know people will enjoy every second of it," she said. Wright noted that Sept. 14 also will mark the first night of the annual mutton’ bustin’ for youngsters 6 and under.Benton, ARLynda HollenbeckFirst year to offer 'original extreme sport' at county fairNo source PUD gets OK from council2014-08-26T12:15:42-04:002014-08-26T12:14:53-04:00The Saline CourierAn ordinance to approve the project passed on all three readings after council members voted for an emergency clause in the ordinance.Lindsey Management submitted a plan to the Benton Planning and Zoning Commission to build 793 housing units contained in 43 complexes in the front nine holes area of the course. A public hearing on the plan, held before a standing-room-only audience, took place Aug. 12 in council chambers at the Benton Municipal Complex.Following a public comment portion of the meeting, the six commissioners present voted to approve the proposal and send it to the city council for a final vote.A similar request by Lindsey Management to convert portions of the course into multifamily housing was rejected by the Benton council in 2012. In the meantime, negotiations with homeowners in the Longhills Village subdivision continued until an agreement satisfactory to all parties was reached in May of this year. During the public hearing about the PUD, Lindsey Management representatives noted that if the council approved the plan, construction would be set to begin in 2016 with the possibility that the project could move up on the schedule if other construction plans currently higher on the list of priorities should encounter delays.During the public comment portion of the meeting, local residents spoke to the council in support of the proposed complex.A Dark Forest subdivision resident told the aldermen that she is not opposed to the project, but asked that consideration be made regarding the entrance located on Longhills Road and the traffic it may create as a possible cut-through route from the Interstate 30 service road to the complex.Bud Busken, one of the majority owners of Longhills, spoke to the council prior to the vote. He asked that the aldermen approve the plan before them, stating Lindsey Management has met every criteria and objection from the subdivision property owners. He encouraged the council to approve the plan and to bring the golf course back to the community.Following the vote to approve the Longhills development, the capacity crowd applauded the action taken by the council.In other business, council members approved Ordinance 49 to "provide safety and security for General Fund employees and guests including the Street Department, Animal Control, Parks Department and administrative services."Ordinance 49 was supported with four separate exhibits.The first exhibit pertained to the allocation of $154,200 to the operations and maintenance account of the general fund for "expense to provide safety and security to council chambers, fire departments, police departments, reception area and other areas inside City Hall."The council approved $2,650 for electronic locks for the fire department, $104,000 for the police department, $9,550 for the reception area, $17,500 for computerized lockdown of city hall and $20,500 for the council chambers. In exhibit 2, a total of $3,750 was approved for the Street Department for furnishings and fixtures to enhance safety and security.In exhibit 3, a total of $2,650 was approved for safety and security measures for the Animal Control Department.In exhibit 4, a total of $2,650 was approved for the purchase of electronic locks and camera security in the Parks and Recreation Department.Council members approved Ordinance 50 of 2014, which allocates $1.52 million for street projects to be undertaken in the Riverside Park Development area of Fairfield, Jackman, Airlane and Citizens Drive. The amount will be appropriated from the quarter-cent sales tax fund to the regular street fund.Funds for a new police vehicle to replace one totaled in a recent accident on South Street were approved by the council. The city has received $26,259 in insurance reimbursement for the vehicle.According to Ordinance 53, the cost of a fully outfitted replacement vehicle will be $34,588 at the state contract price. The remaining amount needed to purchase the replacement vehicle, $8,329, will come from drug seizure funds.Additionally, the police department has six vehicles that are not being used due to age, condition and mileage "which may be traded in to reduce the cost of the replacement vehicle.Mayor David Mattingly announced service anniversaries for Madeline Wilson, 10 years; Michelle Gibson, 15 years; Darren Hass, 25 years; and Robert Garner, 25 years.Benton, ARBrent DavisLonghills PUD gets OK from councilNo source suspects arrested in connection with robbery2014-08-26T12:11:29-04:002014-08-26T12:11:29-04:00The Saline CourierTrent Williams, 23, and Zachary Hattabaugh, 23, both of Malvern, were arrested in Hot Spring County on Friday afternoon, said Lt. Scott Courtney, Saline County Sheriff's Office spokesperson. Williams is accused of entering the store with a pistol and taking an unknown amount of money. Hattabaugh allegedly waited outside the store and drove the "getaway vehicle," Courtney said. Benton, ARSarah Perry2 suspects arrested in connection with robberyNo source looking for suspect in school vandalism2014-08-26T10:04:17-04:002014-08-26T10:04:17-04:00The Saline CourierOn 8/25/14, officers with the Benton Police Department took a report of vandalism at the Benton High School. It was discovered by school staff that some of the glass on the rotunda area near the office had been broken over the previous weekend. The glass was broken by what appeared to be two bullet holes through it. Video surveillance shows the suspect in the case driving a small motorcycle and firing two rounds towards the rotunda area before speeding off. This incident took place at approximately 12:23 AM on 8/23/14. Benton, ARNo author availableBNPD looking for suspect in school vandalismNo source