Press Releases




On the evening of Tuesday December 11th, Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) deputies and detectives responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision on Chambers Rd. in Bauxite in which a pedestrian was injured.  SCSO Criminal Investigation Division detectives confirm that the pedestrian is a juvenile and that the juvenile is being treated at an area hospital.  Preliminarily, neither excessive speed or alcohol use appear to be a contributing factor to the incident.  The investigation is ongoing and further information will be released as it becomes available.


The Saline County Sheriff’s Office is on scene at a vehicle versus pedestrian collision that occurred in the 12000 block of Chambers Rd. in Bauxite.  The collision occurred at approximately 5:38 PM on Tuesday, December 11th.  This is an active investigation and no further information will be released at this time.

Explosive Device Found in Haskell

The Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) is currently investigating the discovery of an explosive device.  SCSO deputies made contact with an individual walking near a highway in the Haskell area at approximately 7:40 AM Thursday, December 6th.  During the interaction with the individual, it was discovered that the person was in possession of an explosive device.


Deputies immediately took steps to secure the area around the device.  Due to their proximity to the scene, as a precaution, Harmony Grove Schools were notified and locked down.  The Little Rock Fire Department responded and neutralized the device.


There is currently no threat to public safety, and school and local business operations have resumed.  The individual is being interviewed by SCSO Criminal Investigation Division detectives.  The investigation is ongoing in conjunction with federal partner agencies.  Further information will be released as it becomes available.

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The Saline County Sheriff’s Office is on scene and assisting the Arkansas State Police and other agencies with the investigation of a collision involving a chartered bus.  The collision occurred at approximately 2:20 AM on Monday on Interstate 30 at Exit 111.  No further information about this incident will be released by the Sheriff’s Office.  Please direct all enquiries to the Arkansas State Police public information office at 501-618-8230.

Breaking or Entering in Vehicles in Saline County

Recently, numerous incidents of breaking or entering have occurred throughout Saline County.  In many of these incidents; valuables such as wallets, cash, cell phones, computers and tablets have been stolen from vehicles parked at residences.  The common element to all of these crimes is that the vehicles were left unlocked overnight.

It is important for residents to understand that in most of these cases, these are “crimes of opportunity”.  The criminals will only check to see if the vehicle is locked and move on.  If your vehicle is unlocked, they will rummage through it to find whatever they can of value.

Saline County Sheriff Rodney Wright stated “The first line of defense against crimes such as this is making sure your vehicle is locked every time you leave it alone.  Additionally, it is extremely important that you never leave valuables in your car, even in your own driveway.  This includes your car keys.”

SCSO detectives are actively working on these cases and encourage anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of the criminals to contact them at 501-303-5608 or on the anonymous crime tip hotline at 501-303-5744.

Saline County Welcomes New Deputy Sheriff

The Saline County Sheriff’s Office has welcomed a new deputy sheriff to its ranks.  Deputy Richard Patterson graduated from the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy’s basic police training course on Friday, November 30th at Geyer Springs Baptist Church in Little Rock.

Chief Deputy Jay Fitzpatrick was present to congratulate Deputy Patterson.  Deputy Patterson will be assigned to the Transport Division.

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This Thanksgiving, Law Enforcement Reminds Drivers to Click It or Ticket!

Benton, AR —This Thanksgiving, The Saline County Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with State and local law enforcement agencies across the country to participate with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on a high-visibility Click It or Ticket campaign to work toward reducing the number of fatalities that occur when vehicle passengers fail to buckle up.

 Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year. With millions of Americans on the road en route to visit friends and family for the Thanksgiving holiday, it is more essential than ever to ensure all vehicle passengers are buckled up. With more vehicles on the roads, the chances of being involved in a vehicle crash increase greatly. For this reason, law enforcement will be patrolling the streets, looking for unbuckled passengers. If they spot you, they will pull you over and issue a ticket.

The Click It or Ticket campaign is designed to save lives by making sure all Saline County drivers and passengers get the message to wear their seat belts. The campaign combines powerful messages about seat belt safety with increased patrolling for all unbuckled motorists.

“It has been shown time and time again in multiple studies over the years that traffic collision fatalities are effectively reduced by proper seat belt use by drivers and passengers,” said Saline County Sheriff Rodney Wright. “During the Thanksgiving holiday of 2016, roughly half of the drivers killed in vehicle collisions were not wearing seat belts.  Our efforts while participating in the Click It or Ticket Campaign are aimed to reduce that percent and help make Saline County safer.”

In Arkansas, the law requires “each driver and front seat passenger in any motor vehicle operated on a street or highway in this state shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt properly secured to the vehicle.”  Violations are punishable by a fine of $70.00.

For more information about traveling safely this Thanksgiving, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/campaign/click-it-or-ticket.

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Update on Telephone Scam Alert!

The Saline County Sheriff’s Office is aware of a telephone scam that is continuing to be conducted in the area.  Many residents of Saline County have been receiving threatening telephone calls from individuals purporting to be deputies of the Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO).  The callers typically inform the victims that they have warrants for their arrest or owe fines and that they must immediately pay the caller by purchasing a pre-paid debit card, or risk being arrested.

Saline County Sheriff Rodney Wright wishes to emphasize that SCSO deputies will never contact you by telephone to demand payment for any type of fine or to prevent being arrested. 

The SCSO Criminal Investigation Division is actively investigating these calls, but they need your help.  If you receive one of these calls, PLEASE DO NOT GIVE ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION over the telephone.  Immediately contact the SCSO or your local law enforcement agency to report the incident.  The SCSO non-emergency dispatch telephone number is 501-303-5647.

Lake Norrell Area Car Thief Caught in Action

Saline County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an address on Salem Rd. Friday, 10/26/18, for a report of a male that was breaking into cars parked at residences.  When they arrived in the area, they located the suspect, Mr. Shaun Eddings, in a stolen pickup truck behind one of the residences. 

When confronted, Mr. Eddings ran on foot into a nearby wooded area, but was quickly caught and arrested.  Criminal Investigation Division detectives responded to the scene and discovered that the pickup truck Mr. Eddings had been driving had just been stolen from a Lake Norrell area resident.

Mr. Eddings was booked into the Saline County Jail on charges of Breaking or Entering, Theft of Property, Theft by Receiving, Residential Burglary and Fleeing.

Saline County Sheriff Rodney Wright would like to take this opportunity to remind all County residents to ensure that their vehicles are locked and that they remove all valuables, including ignition keys, before leaving vehicles unattended.

Shaun Eddings

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West Saline County Dollar General Store Robbed

A west Saline County Dollar General store was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night, 10/10/18.  Deputies responded to the store, located at 25255 AR HWY 5, near Hot Springs Village, at around 9:30 PM for a report that a person had come into the store after it had closed and robbed the employees while displaying a handgun.

Criminal Investigation Detectives responded to the scene to collect physical evidence and interview witnesses.  Detectives have learned that the suspect is a white male that was wearing blue jeans, a dark hooded sweatshirt and a camouflage face mask.  It was reported by employees that the suspect left the area in a gray van.

This is an ongoing criminal investigation and further information will be released as it becomes available.  Saline County Sheriff Rodney Wright asks that any individuals having information about this robbery to please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 501-303-5647.

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