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'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.



BEAUTY OF THE SALINE RIVER MUST BE PRESERVED Cherry Gingles Demuth Park was established nearly a decade ago after family members donated several acres of land to the City of Benton in honor of Mrs. Gingles. Mrs. Gingles enjoyed the Saline River as a child, teenager and adult and when she passed away, her family members felt it would be fitting to donate land along the Saline River where families could enjoy the outdoors. The park is inside the City of Benton, at the end of Henry Street past Sunset Lake Mobile Home Park. The family member(s) who donated the land have recently raised concerns about the overall condition of the park. Since being notified of these concerns, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) has taken a proactive approach and have been working closely with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) and the Arkansas Department of Corrections. The following has already been accomplished: • Graffiti has been removed • All of the trash has been picked up and removed • The roads have been graded and are now level • The SCSO has met with KARK reporters and a “before” story has been aired • The SCSO will be meeting with the same KARK reporter and an “after” story will be aired Sheriff Rodney Wright remains determined to follow through with his commitment that in addition to taking steps to clean-up the park, there will also be an increased presence of law enforcement units, beginning Memorial Day weekend. Starting Friday, members of the Select Enforcement Unit (SEU), the Patrol Division shifts on duty as well as officers from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will be stepping up patrol in that area. Deputies from the SCSO and officers from the AGFC have the authority to enforce Arkansas Criminal Laws, as well as AGFC Regulations, in/around the Cherry Gingles Park. SCSO deputies are permitted to write citations under AGFC Regulations for: AGFC 19.01 Activities Prohibited Where Signs are Posted • This includes drinking of alcohol • It is a Class I violation with a fine of $100 - $1,000 • A citation can be written and a court date for Saline County District Court will be provided AGFC 19.03 Motorized Vehicle Restrictions • This includes the riding of ATVs on AGFC land • Yellow signs have been clearly posted throughout the park by AGFC • It is a Class I violation with a fine of $100 - $1,000 • A citation can be written and a court date for Saline County District Court will be provided • NO points will be administered as this is NOT a moving violations • The ATV can be towed at the owner’s expense The SCSO and AGFC want to keep this park clean so it can be enjoyed by families for years to come. Attached are before and after photos as well as several ariel photpgraphs.

Arrest of Sunday Morning’s Shooter Collaborating with local, as well as Federal agencies, Ricky ASHLEY was arrested last evening after a short foot pursuit in Little Rock. Members of the United States Marshal Service (USMS), Eastern Arkansas Fugitve Task Force, working closely with Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) and Little Rock Police Department ,received information from concerned citizens that ASHLEY was in a specific area of Little Rock last night at approximately 10:00 pm. Officers from the Little Rock PD and Task Force Officers from the USMS spotted ASHLEY and quickly made the arrest. ASHLEY was transported to the SCSO Detention Center where he is being held on a warrant for Aggrevated Assault. The victim in that case remains in serious condition at an area hospital. SCSO Sheriff Rodney Wright would like to thank all of the agencies who particpated in this search and apprehension. Equally, he would like to thank the media for posting ASHLEY’s photograph and the public for their support and assistance in notifying law enforcement of ASHLEY’s whereabouts.

ARREST OF SHANNON HILLS MAYOR MIKE KEMP This morning deputies from the Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) arrested Tommy Mike KEMP, without incident, on Allen Road in Shannon Hills. KEMP was arrested on a warrant, charging him with Burglary, Theft and Criminal Trespassing. Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division are actively working this case. Due to the fact that this is an active investigation, the SCSO will not comment further.

Shooting on Chicot Road Shortly after 8:00 am on Sunday, May 13, 2018, Patrol Division deputies from the Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) were dispatched to the 13000 block of Chicot Road for a shooting. Upon arrival and after securing the scene, Emergency Medical Services personnel treated one victim and transported him to an area hopsital. Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Divison (CID) responded to both the scene as well as the hospital and the investigation is on-going. An arrest warrant has been issued for Ricky ASHLEY, B/M, 48 years of age from Mabelvale for Aggrevated Assault. ASHLEY should be considered armed and dangerous and if anyone has information as to his whereabouts, they are urged to call 911. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO MAKE CONTACT!

WATER SAFETY AND INCREASED ENFORCEMENT AT LOCAL SWIMMING HOLES Swimming in unprotected waters is dangerous. Even an experienced and/or well-trained swimmer can encounter sudden emergencies. Basic Underwater Demolition School lasts 6 months at the Naval Special Warfare Training Center in Coronado, California. From the first day in the pool, these aspiring elite warriors are told that, “Murphy is alive and well and whatever can go wrong will go wrong.” Whether a U.S. Navy SEAL operating in waters thousands of miles away from America or a Bauxite High School teenager cooling off on a warm summer day at a local man-made quarry....dangers are still present! Things can, and will, happen very quickly. Unfortunately the Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) was on scene last year at a tragic event which unfolded at a “Blue Hole” near Bauxite. Knowing that if rescued soon after going unconscious in cool water, there is still a chance for survival. Fire/Rescue personnel went over and above the call of duty that day while searching the waters of the “Blue Hole”. There was a very sad ending to that incident. One that no police officer, fire service personnel, EMT, coroner or chaplain want to experience again. During the hot weather, going for a swim can be a temptation. But any lake, quarry, waterway or “Blue Hole” can hold hidden dangers. “Blue Holes” were never designed for swimming and are unsafe. They are full of hidden rocks, fallen trees and unstable ledges. The depths fluctuate suddenly and the water visibility is poor. If called to swimmers in these “Blue Holes”, the SCSO will have a zero-tolerance policy. The intent of the SCSO in arresting, citing or warning trespassers is based 100% on keeping the violators safe. By notifying the public through our SCSO website, our Facebook page, the media and through the schools, our hope is deter young folks from exposing themselves to the dangers associated with swimming in unprotected waters,

DUI CHECKPOINTS The Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) will be conducting impaired-driving checkpoints throughout the county during the month of May. The checkpoints will run from late evenings thru early morning hours, primarily during the weekends. Sheriff Rodney Wright asks drivers to obey the speed limits, travel at a safe distance from the car in front of you, wear seat-belts and make sure your passengers are properly belted in and always signal when turning or changing lanes and when taking an exit. Keep yourself and others safe by putting the phone down and out of sight while driving. Never consume alcohol or drugs before getting behind the wheel.

The 15th National Prescription Drug Take Back event is scheduled for this upcoming Saturday, April 28, 2018. This year’s Take Back Event is dedicated to the memory of Tristan Thomas who tragically passed away from an overdose on June 18, 2017. You can read more about Tristan and what his family is doing to “reduce the rate of addiction and overdose in Arkansas and around the country.” Deputies will be standing by at the Saline County Sheriff’s Office, 735 S. Neeley Street, Benton, Arkansas from 8:00am through 2:00pm

HELP NEEDED IN IDENTIFYING AUTO THEFT SUSPECT The Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) is investigating the theft of an F-350 utility truck stolen from a construction site in the 4700 block of Sloan Drive. The vehicle was property of a construction company and was equipped with a GPS tracking device. The vehicle was tracked to a Murphy Oil Gas Station in Cabot, Arkansas. The vehicle was recovered by law enforcement personnel in Cabot, but the suspect was not arrested. Attached to this posting is a photograph taken from a security camera at the Murphy Oil Gas Station in Cabot. This subject is believed to have been the driver of the stolen F-350. If anyone can help provide information as to the identity of the person shown in this photograph, they are asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Division of the SCSO, specifically Detective Michael Bowden, at 501-303-5609.

PLEASE DRIVE SAFE! In addition to Arkansas, five other states are joining together for a weekend Drug Impaired Driving Campaign from April 20-22, 2018. The Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) will be participating in this campaign. Sheriff Rodney Wright urges all citizens and visitors of Saline County to drive responsibly.

High Speed Pursuit Ends Safely

DEPUTY TYLER LOVELL SWORN IN AS SALINE COUNTY'S NEWEST DEPUTY Deputy Tyler Lovell graduated from the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy (ALETA) on Friday, April 13th, and is the newest sworn deputy in the Saline County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Lovell called 10-8 (in-service) yesterday, assigned as unit 642, under the supervision of Sergeant Everette Davis. Sheriff Rodney Wright praised Deputy Lovell’s work ethic while attending ALETA. In Deputy Lovell’s ALETA class, he finished in the top three in Physical Fitness and Firearms, while finishing with a 91% average in Academics. The Saline County Sheriff’s Office is honored to have Deputy Lovell wearing their uniform. Sheriff Wright (l), Deputy Tyler Lovell (c) and Chief Deputy Jay Fitzpatrick (r) are pictured below.

Sheriff Wright and Lt. Dodson - Interview with Channel 4 regarding DWI efforts in Saline County.