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Multi-agency investigation leads to arrest for methamphetamine and weapon charges

Multi-agency investigation leads to arrest for methamphetamine and weapon charges

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Several law enforcement offices found themselves involved in an investigation into possible illegal narcotic activity, after the Arkansas Highway Police conducted a traffic stop on Tuesday.

Ricardo Mendez, 35, of Alexander was pulled over around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, and the information and evidence obtained in this stop launched a narcotics investigation. 

Agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in conjunction with officers from the Arkansas Highway Police, Benton Police Department, Little Rock Police Department, Saline County Sheriff’s Office, and the Saline County Prosecutor’s Office then obtained and executed a search warrant for Mendez’s residence at 1019 Fox Hunt Trail in Alexander.  

Men pull out weapons over argument about children in street

Men pull out weapons over argument about children in street

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – Two men have been arrested on aggravated assault charges following a disturbance with weapons, according to the Benton Police Department.

Lt. Kevin Russell said 33-year-old Joseph Williams and 35-year-old Brandon Dobbs got into an argument over children playing in the street after Dobbs apparently yelled at them to move.

Both men were arrested and taken to the Saline County Detention Facility. Both were charged with aggravated assault and disorderly conduct.

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Missing person out of Benton

Missing person out of Benton

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Police released a missing person report Friday for 39-year-old Pamela Tucker of Benton. 

Bryant Boys and Girls Club receives $25,000 grant

Bryant Boys and Girls Club receives $25,000 grant

BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - The Heart of Arkansas United Way will announce Friday, Feb. 27 that the Bryant Boys and Girls Club will receive a grant of $25,000.

This grant is meant to help the organization with healthy snacks for all of the students who attend their afterschool program for the 2015 calendar year. Currently, over 40 percent of the Bryant Boys and Girls Club's members are eligible for free or reduced lunches and the grant will help provide healthy after school snacks no matter what the financial issues are in the home. 

Shark Tank couple to speak at OBU

Shark Tank couple to speak at OBU

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (KTHV) - One couple who presented and made a deal on television show "Shark Tank" will be speaking at Ouachita Baptist University Friday, Feb. 27.

Brett and Stephanie Parker of Fort Worth will be giving a lecture on their latest invention, the Sleeping Baby brand. Brett is an OBU 2004 graduate and is excited to bring his story back to his alma mater.

In the beginning, the couple invested their savings of $700 to launch their business of Zipadee-Zip sleep garments for baby and kids. After appearing on Shark Tank, their small-time business turned into a $1 million company. Three of the 'sharks' on the show made offers to the couple, but the Parkers made a deal with Daymond John for $200,000 and a 20 percent stake in the company. Their company has seen nothing but success ever since.

The couple will give their 45 minute lecture at the Hickingbotham School of Business on Friday starting at noon. 

Juvenile escapees captured after officials failed to lock doors

Juvenile escapees captured after officials failed to lock doors

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - After a lengthy investigation, officials found that deputies with the Garland County Juvenile Detention Center failed to lock the security doors, which aided in the escaped of two juveniles on Feb. 10.

According to Sheriff Mike McCormick, six employees with the Juvenile Detention Center have been suspended without pay and one shift supervisor was terminated following the incident. 

Camden man with mobile youth program hopes for more

Camden man with mobile youth program hopes for more

CAMDEN, Ark. (KTHV) - One man's goal of keeping children out of after-school trouble is growing and needing help. 

Eric Gunter is the administrator of the Mobile Inter-Action (M.I.A.) program. It is a large vehicle driven around Camden to pick up children after school and provide them with safe activities, counteracting the influence of drugs in the community. The M.I.A. supplies warm meals, homework assistance, social activities and educational fieldtrips.  

The M.I.A. gives the children tutoring and mentoring in hopes to shape them towards a rewarding future.