BENTON, AR – On Thursday, February 7th, Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) deputies partnered with representatives of Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s office to present information on consumer safety and prescription drug safety topics.
The event took place Thursday morning at the Benton Senior Center located on Citizens Dr. Area residents had the opportunity to ask questions and receive information about how to protect themselves from becoming victims of scams, how to file complaints with the Attorney General’s Office and how to safely dispose of prescription medication.
Saline County Sheriff Rodney Wright expressed his thanks to the Attorney General and to the staff of the Benton Senior Center, saying “Protecting our community is more than providing police services. This partnership with our State Attorney General allows us to take our commitment to safety to a higher level.”
HASKELL, AR – Harps Grocery Store in Haskell donated snacks to Saline County Sheriff’s Office deputies on Tuesday, February 5th. Ms. Cindy Huber, representing the store, presented the snacks to Sgt. Wade Gilliam.
Saline County Sheriff Rodney Wright expressed his appreciation to Ms. Huber and the Harps store; “We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the Harps store and its employees. We are thankful to be members of such a supportive community.”
ALEXANDER, AR – On Sunday, February 3rd, Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) deputies responded to the 3600 block of Centark Circle for a report of animal cruelty. There, they met with Bryant Police Department officers to make contact with the suspects; who were depicted in videos on Facebook in which they were injuring a cat and a dog.
After speaking with the suspects, Mr. Marlin Sims (18) and Ms. Katherine Farmer (31), both of Alexander, deputies determined that they were the two that had injured the animals in the video. Both Mr. Sims and Ms. Farmer were charged with Cruelty to Animals, an unclassified misdemeanor.
SCSO deputies seized two cats and a dog from the home and have taken them to a local animal care facility.
BENTON, AR - Saline County Sheriff Rodney Wright and Chief Deputy Jay Fitzpatrick presented annual awards to employees in five categories on Thursday, January 31st.
Monica Kendrick (photograph 1) was awarded Civilian Employee of the Year for her hard work and dedication in the administration division, front office. Ms. Kendrick has taken on new responsibilities throughout the past year and expanded her job functions in order to be more helpful to other employees.
Deputy Elisabeth O’Neal (photograph 2) was awarded Detention Officer of the Year for her display of exemplary leadership potential. Dep. O’Neal has exhibited a willingness to take responsibility for not only her work, but the work of her peers also. She has made great efforts to contribute to the training of others.
Deputy Russell Caldwell (photograph 3) was awarded Reserve Deputy of the Year for his outstanding dedication to the Saline County Sheriff’s Office. Over the course of the past year, Dep. Caldwell has volunteered over 150 hours of time each month to assist in the Civil Process Section. Dep. Caldwell’s assistance with administrative work has enabled the other deputies in this section to focus on more field work.
Sergeant Aaron Washington (photograph 4) was awarded the Medal of Valor for his courage and expertise while responding to a multiple-casualty incident involving a bus crash. Sgt. Washington arrived before any other emergency responders and single-handedly helped a number of children escape the overturned bus in which they were trapped. All of Sgt. Washington’s actions were taken at risk to his own safety.
Detective Mike Lett (not photographed) was awarded Deputy of the Year for his hard work and overall knowledge and experience in leading criminal investigations. Det. Lett has personally overseen numerous high-stress and intricate criminal investigations. His ability to lead a team of investigators has directly contributed to the successful conclusion of many of these investigations.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Sheriff Wright thanked each of the employees for their contributions and their dedication.
EAST END, AR – On Wednesday, January 23rd, Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) deputies and detectives responded to the 2000 block of Lorance Dr. in the East End Community for a report of a shooting involving two victims.
Deputies arrived and found a 23 year-old woman and her one month-old daughter had been shot inside their home. Deputies provided first aid to the woman and infant, and they were then transported by ambulance to area hospitals.
At the time of this release, the mother of the infant has been released from the hospital after receiving treatment for superficial injuries only. The infant remains hospitalized but is said to have non-life-threatening injuries.
Detectives ask that anyone having information regarding this incident please contact them at 501-303-5647 or 501-303-5648. Additionally, anonymous tip information may be left at 501-303-5744.
BAUXITE, AR – On Thursday, January 17th, Bauxite High School swim coach Dave Carter accepted new uniforms and equipment on behalf of his team.
Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) School Resource Officer (SRO) Deputy Jennifer Tarvin has formed quite a strong bond with the coaches and students at the Bauxite High School throughout her tenure. In doing so, she noticed that the swim team didn’t have funding to purchase matching team uniforms or other basic equipment such as coolers and towels. She took it upon herself to partner with SCSO Dep. Chris Webb to raise private money to pay for the items the team needed. Overall, Dep. Tarvin and Dep. Webb raised over $1,000.00 in donations.
The donations were used to buy the team matching uniforms with each swimmer’s name on them, along with towels and equipment bags with the team logo. Coach Carter thanked the deputies for their help in acquiring the equipment. SCSO Chief Deputy Jay Fitzpatrick, who also attended the presentation, commented “The effort put forth in supplying the Bauxite Swim Team with new swimming apparel is “PARTNERSHIP” at its best. This effort is also an excellent example of the positive impact the police and the community can have when we work as one to make a difference.”
BENTON, AR – On Wednesday January 9th, Arkansas residents celebrated Law Enforcement Appreciation Day by taking time to thank their local law enforcement officers. The Everett family, who has a long history of supporting community programs in Saline County, made a very kind donation of meals to the deputies of the Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO). Saline County Sheriff Rodney Wright wishes to express his sincere gratitude to the Everett family for all of the support and assistance they have given to the SCSO over the years.
BENTON, AR - This morning, Saline County Sheriff Rodney Wright took the oath of office in a ceremony presided over by the Honorable Gary Arnold, Circuit Judge for the 22nd Judicial District of Arkansas. This begins Sheriff Wright’s third term in office.
Also at the ceremony, all of the deputies of the Saline County Sheriff’s Office were sworn in, along with officers of the Benton, Bryant, Hot Springs Village, Haskell and Alexander Police Departments.
The oath of office dates back to the 1860s as a solemn oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and continues to hold the same importance today.
BAUXITE, AR – Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) school resource officers (SROs) presented Bauxite High School senior football player Dawson Dabbs with his game-worn helmet today at school. The SROs raised money from private donors within the law enforcement community to purchase Mr. Dabbs’ football helmet from the school so that he could keep it as a memento from an outstanding, and his final, football season.
Saline County Sheriff Rodney Wright commented, “It is always great to recognize the initiative and spirit of public service of our deputies. It is especially great when we have the opportunity to recognize and encourage hard work and dedication in our youth.”
New information is now available in the cases of thefts from vehicles in Saline County. Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) detectives have obtained surveillance video of the two suspects. Several of the stolen credit cards were used by the two black males pictured at Walmart stores in Malvern and Hot Springs early on Wednesday morning. The video shows the males entering the store and purchasing pre-paid credit cards using the stolen credit cards. The two males are thought to be in the company of a black female. The video shows that they are using a black four-door passenger car.
This is an ongoing investigation and we continue to encourage anyone with information about these crimes to contact the SCSO Criminal Investigation Division at 501-303-5608 or on the anonymous crime tip hotline at 501-303-5744.