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Alleged drunk driver hits and kills pedestrian in Hot Springs

Alleged drunk driver hits and kills pedestrian in Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - A drunk driver hit and killed a pedestrian on Central Avenue Wednesday night.

Police responded to a vehicle-pedestrian accident at around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 19. Upon arrival, officers made contact with the driver of a 1996 Acura Integra, James Goff. According to reports, Goff was traveling down Central Avenue, when he hit a pedestrian crossing between the Crosswalk Bar and Oaklawn Race Track. 

Officials stated that the victim's injuries appeared severe, so he was transported to St. Vincent Hospital. He succumbed to his injuries while in the emergency room. 

When asked if he had been drinking, Goff responded with "couple of beers earlier." When tested with a portable breathalyzer, the results showed a .364. Goff was then taken into custody for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. He was tested again at the Garland County Jail, where his test results came back as a .318 blood alcohol level. 

17-year-old facing capital murder charges

17-year-old facing capital murder charges

MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) - The murder of Jason "Snowman" Stovall led investigators to a 17-year-old boy who is now facing Capital Murder and Criminal Attempt Capital Murder charges. 

According to the Malvern Police Department, the teen was arrested May 26 and charged with capital murder and criminal attempt capital murder. He is currently being held in lieu of $100,000 cash or professional bond.

Police said the teen had apparently also been arrested in March and charged with hindering apprehension or prosecution.

Benton PD needs help locating runaway teen

Benton PD needs help locating runaway teen

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Benton Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a 17-year-old who ran away from his home Thursday, April 23.

Christopher Bennett left his home Thursday, and according to reports, has not been seen from his parents since. 

Bennett is described as being a white male standing at approximately 5'6" tall and weighing at around 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He is believed to still be in the central Arkansas area. 

Police stated that any person who knowingly harbors a runaway could face charges. 

Anyone with information about Bennett's whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Benton Police Department at (501) 778-1171 or (501) 315-TIPS.


Traffic stop leads to meth delivery arrest

Traffic stop leads to meth delivery arrest

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - A simple traffic stop lead to a methamphetamine delivery bust in Benton, Ark. Wednesday. 

A Benton police officer made the stop after observing a car make a U-turn in the middle of an intersection at Valley View Drive and Carpenter Street around 12:50 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. The driver, Jeffery Kilpatrick, 45, of Little Rock also failed to use proper signals during the U-turn. 

During questioning of the driver, the officer discovered a plastic baggie containing 14.9 grams of what appeared to be Methamphetamine. After further investigation, police discovered an additional 2.4 grams of the crystal-like substance and a small amount of Marijuana. 

Kilpatrick was booked into the Saline County Detention Facility for Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver and Possession of Marijuana. 

This is an on-going investigation and additional charges could be possible, according to officials. 

Police: Man shoots at brother during argument

Police: Man shoots at brother during argument

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – Benton police said a man shot at his brother during an argument and is now in custody.

According to Lt. Kevin Russell, the shooting happened around 9:47 p.m. April 15 on the 800 block of South Main Street. Thomas Garrett, 35, of Benton, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a household family member, public intoxication, and discharging a firearm inside city limits.

While witnesses did say the victim was injured, he was found with no apparent injuries. He has been charged with public intoxication.

Hit-and-run captured by surveillance camera

This footage was obtained by a nearby surveillance camera showing a truck hitting a parked vehicle which in turn hit the vehicle parked in front of it.

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – The Benton Police Department is looking for more information regarding a hit-and-run accident.

According to the police department, a Dodge Ram truck struck a vehicle, pushed it into another vehicle in front of it, and fled. The incident happened on Saline Circle.

BNPD launches "My Safer City” initiative

BNPD launches "My Safer City” initiative

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - During the month of April, the Benton Police Department is going to try and raise awareness to the alcohol and drug related substance abuse in the community. 

The police's initiative "My Safer City" plans to give more information about substance abuse through classes that will target those most likely to be affected. 

The school resource officers will be teaching classes this month to students about the dangers of drinking and driving along with illicit drug usage. According to officials, some of the classes will be targeting high school students prior to upcoming events such as prom and graduation.  

In addition to the classes, the Benton Police Department is also holding Operation Medicine Cabinet XI on April 25. Officers will staff a drop-off location, Ferguson's Furniture off Military Road, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for people to drop off all of their old or unused medications.