Saline County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Saline County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 735 S Neeley St, Benton, 72015 AR
  • Chief:
Phone: 501.303.5642
Fax: 501.303.5747

Saline County Sheriff's Office is located at 735 S Neeley St, Benton, 72015 AR. The Saline County Sheriff's Office phone number is 501.303.5642.

Saline County Sheriff's Office News

PUBLIC HELP NEEDED TO CATCH A THIEF! Saline County Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives need your help in identifying a thief! On 9/24/18 at approximately 7:26 AM the man pictured here stole an iPad out of an unlocked vehicle at the Big Red gas station located at 109 E. Woodson Lateral Rd. in Saline County. Gas station surveillance video shows the suspect is a black male approximately 20 to 25 years of age. The SCSO Criminal Investigation Division is actively investigating this incident. If you have any information about this crime or know who this person is, please contact the SCSO or your local law enforcement agency. The SCSO non-emergency dispatch telephone number is 501-303-5647. You may also make anonymous tips by calling the SCSO Crime Tip Hotline at 501-303-5744.

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.

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 please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 501-303-5647.

EAST END INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL RECEIVES RED RIBBON GRANT Saline County Sheriff Rodney Wright presented a grant award of $530 to representatives of the East End Intermediate School on behalf of the Arkansas Sheriffs Association. Accepting the award for the school were Principal Jayme Steinbeck and Assistant Principal Lynn Cardin. Principal Steinbeck expressed her gratitude to the Arkansas Sheriffs Association and the Saline County Sheriff’s Office. The school intends to use the grant award to fund their efforts to reduce drug abuse among school children. Sheriff Wright encourages all residents of Saline County to learn more about the National Red Ribbon Campaign by visiting

TELEPHONE SCAM ALERT! 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.

DEPUTIES CATCH ROBBERY SUSPECTS IN ACTION On 10/8/18 Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) deputies were called to the Dollar General store located at 20799 Arch Street Pike, Little Rock, Saline County, AR for a report of a pair of females that were shoplifting. While responding to the scene, it was learned that the suspects had run over the store manager’s foot in their escape. This use of force against the manager caused the crime to be a felony, and no longer a simple shoplifting. The manager was able to give the 911 operators a vehicle description and license plate number for the suspect vehicle. Minutes later, SCSO Dep. Tre Davis located the vehicle in the area of US HWY 167 and Arch Street Pike and performed a traffic stop. After the short struggle, Dep. Davis arrested both suspects. A subsequent search of the female suspects and the vehicle revealed the stolen merchandise and a quantity of illegal drugs. Criminal Investigation Division detectives responded to the scene to collect evidence and interview the victims and witnesses. The two female suspects, identified as Ms. Lisa Layman and Ms. Terah Hibbard, both of Sheridan, were booked into the Saline County Jail on charges including Aggravated Robbery, Resisting Arrest, Possession of Controlled Substance and others. Saline County Sheriff Rodney Wright wishes to express his sincere appreciation to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office for their quick response to assist in the arrest of Ms. Layman and Ms. Hibbard.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE WELCOMES NEW DEPUTY The Saline County Sheriff’s Office welcomed a new deputy on Wednesday, October 3rd. Eduardo Grajeda was sworn into office by Saline County Circuit Judge Robert Herzfeld and will be assigned as a patrol deputy. Dep. Grajeda comes to the Sheriff’s Office with two years of experience as a police officer.

SALINE COUNTY DEPUTY HONORED BY ATTORNEY GENERAL Saline County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jack Campbell was honored Tuesday, October 2nd by Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge as the 2018 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. This award was presented at the annual Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Summit in Benton, in front of law enforcement officers from around the state. Each year, hundreds of officers are nominated by their communities and the Attorney General honors the top candidates with this award.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE PERSONNEL PROMOTED Saline County Sheriff Rodney Wright has promoted the following personnel: - Sergeant Joe Traylor has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and has been assigned to command the Training and Support Division. - Corporal Brent Bittle has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant and has been assigned as a patrol shift supervisor. - Deputy Pat Griffin has been promoted to the rank of Corporal and has been assigned as a patrol shift supervisor. Sheriff Wright along with Chief Deputy Jay Fitzpatrick commend the individuals on their hard work and dedication to the Sheriff’s Office and congratulate them on their well-deserved promotions.

PUBLIC'S HELP REQUESTED The Saline County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) is currently investigating a missing person from the Traskwood area. Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) have asked for help in locating Mr. Timothy Boardman, a white/male, 21 years of age, 5'11", 185 lbs with brown hair and blue eyes. Mr. Boardman was last seen wearing a white tee-shirt, blue jeans, boots and his glasses. He has been missing since September 4th from the area of the 300 block of Oilwell Road, Traskwood. Mr. Boardman needs medications which he has not taken since his disappearance. If anyone has information pertaining to Mr. Boardman’s whereabouts, they are asked to contact the SCSO, Criminal Investigation Division at 501-303-5609. Citizens can also contact 911 directly.

MULTIPLE AGENCIES ASSESS SALT BOWL INCIDENT RESPONSE Benton, Ark.-Aug. 27, 2018— The Benton and Bryant Police Departments and the Saline County Sheriff’s Office met today with Benton and Bryant school officials to further assess the situation at Saturday’s Salt Bowl game. Officers and administrators shared their experiences with the end goal of making sure a similar incident does not occur at future events as well as pinpointing any additional facts from Saturday’s incident. Officers and administrators want residents to know, above all else, that Saturday’s incident is being taken seriously. “We acknowledge the reality of the situation regardless of the details and want all community members to understand we will use this unfortunate event to heighten our vigilance and preparation for all future athletic events, including future Salt Bowl games,” said Benton Police Chief Scotty Hodges. Bryant Chief Mark Kizer added that they “are grateful for the actions of so many attendees and first responders and that only a few minor injuries resulted.” “Every effort will be taken to create a safe environment for students and attendees, beginning with extra security at every game moving forward,” noted Dr. Karen Walters, superintendent of Bryant Public Schools. Dr. Mike Skelton, superintendent of Benton Public Schools, added: “We cannot emphasize enough that safety is the number one priority- and always has been. We are committed to updating our approach to meet the demand of today’s environment.” Sheriff Rodney Wright noted: “The Saline County Sheriff’s Office is committed to assisting all Saline County school districts and law enforcement agencies to ensure all athletic events and other functions are provided in the safest environment possible.” The investigation is ongoing and progressing, and anyone with information regarding Saturday’s incident can contact the Benton Police Department at 501-778-1171 or by texting ‘BNPD’ plus your message to 274637, the Bryant Police Department at 501-847-0211, or the Saline County Sheriff’s Office at 501-303-5609, and these agencies will forward the information to lead investigators at the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.

Similar to an incident which occurred on August 5, 2018, at Mom’s Grocery Store, on Monday evening shortly after 7:00 pm, a subject entered the Super Stop in the 20000 block of Arch Street, Hensley, reached into the cash register and stole a substantial amount of money. The incident was captured on tape. Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is asked to the call the Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) at 501-303-5609 and ask to speak to a detective from the Criminal Investigation Division. Also, information can either be passed (anonymously) to or on the SCSO Crime Tip Hotline, 501-5744. In the previous robbery at Mom’s Grocery Store, an arrest has been made and that subject in currently incarcerated in the Pulaski County Detention Center.

ROBBERY AT MOM’S GROCERY Shortly after 3:00 pm on Sunday, August 5, 2018, a subject entered Mom’s Grocery, 15201Chicot Road (intersection of Chicot and Kling), Mabelvale, and committed a robbery. The suspect is described as a black male, mid 20’s, 6’2”, 210 lbs, short black hair, wearing a black shirt and black pants. After the robbery, the suspect fled in a red or maroon Toyota Camary north on Chicot Road. If anyone has information as to the suspect’s identity or this crime, they are urged to contact the Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) at 501-303-5609 and ask for the Criminal Investigation Division. Also, information can be provided to the SCSO Crime Tip Hotline at 501-303-5744. SGT. WAYNE BEAN RETIRES This afternoon at 1256 hours, Saline County 911 dispatchers received the following radio traffic: 620: 620 to dispatch, show me 10-7 Dispatch: 620 direct For those not familiar with the police ten-code, 10-7 correlates to “Out of Service”. Sergeant Wayne Bean, a nearly 30 year veteran, called 10-7 for the last time as a Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) Deputy this afternoon. He will retire and will be spending more time at home with wife, his family and his tractor. Sgt. Bean will be missed by many of his co-workers. Because of the great deal of compassion that Sgt. Bean continuously showed towards victims, witnesses and even arrestees, he will be missed by many citizens from our great county. Retired Sgt. Bean will still look at people suspiciously, still see what others don’t see or chose to ignore and always will look at the rest of the law enforcement world with respect for what they do; only grown in a lifetime of knowing. Members of the SCSO share warm wishes as Sgt. Bean eases into retirement. One person at this morning’s ceremony asked that Sgt. Bean never forget that, “Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be called children of God.” Stay safe and stay healthy Sgt. Bean! YOU WILL BE MISSED!!

Public’s Help Requested The Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) recently took a theft report from an address in the 24000 block of N. Sardis Road. Unknown subject(s) had broken into a vehicle and stole several personal items, to include a wallet with credit cards. Hours after this incident occurred, photographs were taken from a Walmart in Hope, Arkansas where three individuals were seen entering the store. Based on the investigation being conducted by detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division (CID), these subjects are considered suspects in the theft of the credit cards. Anyone who may have information pertaining to this incident and/or the subjects displayed in the attached photographs are asked to contact the SCSO at 501-303-5609 and ask for CID. The SCSO Crime Tip Line can also be called at 501-303-5744. Many times in cases such of these, criminals are looking for "targets of opportunity". Citizens are urged to lock their vehicles, even when those vehicles are parked in their driveways, to help prevent them from becoming victimized.

Yesterday evening at 7:50 p.m., a call was dispatched for an unattended death near Lake Norrell. When Saline County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) deputies arrived, a body was discovered near the boat dock of Lake Norrell. A crime scene was established; detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) were notified and responded as well as the Coroner. The scene was secured just before 11:00 p.m. last night. This case is currently under investigation and no further comments will be made at this time. The victim has been identified as Donald Mark Laseter, 62 years of age, from the Lake Norrell community.

GRACIOUS DONATION MADE TO THE SCSO During the spring of 2018, representatives from Rineco Chemical Industries approached the Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) and inquired how they could make a donation. Within a few weeks, representatives from Rineco presented a check to Sheriff Rodney Wright for the purchase and training of a new K-9 dog. In May, K-9 Handler Corporal Logan Knight and his new partner, “RINECO”, graduated from Little Rock K-9 Academy. “RINECO” has been trained and is certified in narcotic detection, tracking, building searches and bite-work apprehension. Since graduation, employees at the Rineco facility in Haskell have been raising money through a raffle. Raffle tickets were sold at one dollar each and the winner was given authority to pour a 5 gallon bucket of ice water on the head of a supervisor of their choosing! The employees raised $1,000 and this morning, Rineco president Ernie Walker and Vice President of Operations Ryan Dossey presented Sheriff Wright with a check in that amount. The money will be specifically used to buy a light-weight level III protective vest which “RINECO” can wear throughout his tour of duty. The remainder of the money will be used to purchase K-9 training aids. Below are a few photographs of the event which took place this morning on the grounds of Rineco Chemical Industries in Haskell.

Breaking & Entering at Northside Power On Monday, June 18, 2018, deputies from the Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) were dispatched to Northside Power in the 6800 block of Congo Road for a Breaking and Entering. Patrol Division deputies were able to conclude that several items were stolen from company vehicles parked on the lot. It was determined that two suspects were responsible. The suspects used a newer modeled Dodge pick-up truck, quad cab, dark colored, pulling a tandem axel trailer with no gate. The wheels on the trailer did not match. Both suspects were white males, medium height and weight. Attached are photographs taken from a suviellance camera. Anyone with information pertaining to this incident are asked to call the SCSO, Criminal Investigation Division, at 501-303-5609. Callers can remain anonymous if they so chose.

THREE NEW SALINE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DEPUTIES TAKE OATH Saline County citizens should be honored to have Deputies Timothy Howard, Tre Davis and Brandon Waleszonia standing in place as newly minted members of the Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO). This was their day to shine. Scores of well-wishers congratulated all 23 graduates from the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy (ALETA) this morning at a ceremony held at Camp Robinson. SCSO Patrol Lieutenant Jeffrey Silk was present and relayed to the newly sworn deputies, “Abide by the Golden Rule, to always treat those you are called to assist as you would wish to be treated; and just as well, treat the subjects of your calls as you would want your family to be treated and offer them the same protections you would tender to your own flesh and blood.” State Representative Dwight Tosh (52nd District) was the Guest Speaker. With nearly four decades of law enforcement experience and a retired Captain with the Arkansas State Police, some of Mr. Tosh’s comments were, “Do not tarnish what you have accomplished by losing sight of who you are when you don your uniform. What you have chosen to do is a mission, a calling, no less, as guardians of the public safety. Do not take the tasks inherent in this noble and distinguished undertaking lightly.” The ceremony ended by the entire 2018A-Central Class taking the solemn oath as sworn officers. May each of these new members of Arkansas’ finest stay safe throughout their careers. To SCSO Deputies Howard, Davis and Waleszonia: Bless you for the extraordinary services you will provide and sacrifices you will make on behalf of our beloved community. NOTE: Deputy Tre Davis finished with the highest academic average (95.6%) and was given special recoginition

PLEASE LOCK YOUR VEHICLES! Thefts from vehicles combine to be one of the most reported crimes in Saline County. These thefts occur in all areas of the county and at all hours of the day. Early in the morning on Thursday, May 31, 2018, there were a number of thefts from vehicles, as well as thefts of vehicles, in the western part of Saline County. Attached to this posting is a video taken on that day. It demonstrates the method of operation of criminals looking for easy targets of opportunities. Several thieves were caught on camera in the Centennial Valley Community. Two of the vehicles seen in this video were stolen from that community earlier in the morning. In last week’s thefts, most of the property stolen from inside of the vehicles involve items left in plain sight. Criminals can very quickly open unlocked doors and steal anything they think would be of value to them. “This clearly demonstrates the reason why the Sheriff’s Office strongly encourages citizens to lock their vehicle’s doors,” said Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) Lieutenant Jeffrey Silk. “Most thieves don’t want to break glass because they don’t want to make noise.” The SCSO urges citizens not to leave valuables in a vehicle, especially in plain view. They also encourage windows to be to be completely closed. The most common items stolen from vehicles include: GPS devices Laptop and electronic devices Purses Tools Handguns If you know anything about the Centennial Valley thefts, please contact the SCSO 501-303-5609. Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division are currently working with neighboring law enforcement agencies on these thefts.