Saline County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Saline County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 735 S Neeley St, Benton, 72015 AR
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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

DWI CHECKPOINTS The good news is that alcohol and drug-related traffic fatalities are at an all-time low. The bad news is that impaired driving fatalities account for 38 percent of all motor vehicle deaths. That's one person killed every 33 minutes and one person injured every two minutes. Law enforcement has come a long way in the battle against impaired driving, but it continues to be serious problem. Our road to success has been a long, steady climb. By working together with other law enforcement agencies in Saline County, the number of impaired driving incidents has declined. Among the many methods of enforcement, two of the most effective tools for law enforcement agencies are sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols. THE SALINE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE WILL BE WORKING CLOSELY WITH NEIGHBORING LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AND CONDUCTING SOBRIETY CHECKPOINTS THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF MARCH. Drink and drive in Saline County and our deputies will show you some new bars.

SCHOOL THREAT FOUND TO BE NOT CREDIBLE In response to a recent threat toward Sheridan High School that has been circulating: Both the Sheridan Police Department (SPD) and Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) take all threats against our community seriously. Yesterday evening concerned parents began contacting the SPD and SCSO about social media posts indicating a threat at “SHS”. Immediately, officers from the SPD contacted the SCSO sergeant on duty and began providing details of the parents’ concerns. Because many school-aged students who live in the eastern part of Saline County attend schools in the Sheridan District, it was important to work this investigation in a collaborative manner. Detectives from the SCSO Criminal Investigation Division, as well as employees from Juvenile Services, were notified and responded to the Sheriff’s Office where everyone was briefed. At the same time, officers from the SPD were keeping school and public officials advised of updates. Detectives, Deputies, Officers and Juvenile Service employees followed up leads throughout the evening and well into the early morning hours. There is evidence that the original social media post that started this incident was hoaxed, but the Sheridan Police Department, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office and Sheridan School District officials have taken appropriate security measures and there is a police presence at area schools. It does not appear that this hoax originated from anyone in Saline County, Grant County or even Arkansas. It is believed that this post was shared, and then shared several more times, but originated from a state several hundred miles away from Arkansas. Investigators have made contact with the law enforcement agency from that state and that jurisdiction and leads are being followed up. Sheridan Police Chief Adams and Saline County Sheriff Wright would like to thank all of the parents who contacted law enforcement yesterday. It is exceedingly important to adhere to: SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING! Both law enforcement agencies immediately responded and dedicated a large amount of manpower to follow-up all leads to this potential threat. Although there is a police presence at the Sheridan School District today, parents, teachers, students and the community should know that this threat was quickly addressed, investigated and it has been determined that there was no criminal intent by anyone in our area to cause harm at the school.

PUBLIC SUPPORT PAYS OFF! Individuals (identities withheld at their request) contacted the Saline County 911 Center yesterday to provide the location of missing person James Herndon. CID Detective Michael Bowden was immediately notified and the Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) is pleased to report that Mr. Herndon has been located and is in a safe environment. Sheriff Rodney Wright would like to thank all of the citizens who contacted the SCSO’s Criminal Investigation Division with information, but would like to especially thank the two individuals who contacted the 911 Center to report Mr. Herndon’s current whereabouts.

PUBLIC'S HELP REQUESTED The Saline County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) is currently investigating a missing person from the Alexander area. Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Divsision (CID) have asked for help in locating Mr. James Herndon. Mr. Herndon is a white/male, 40 years of age, 5'10", 145 lbs with brown hair, with a beard and a mustache. He was reported missing last Thursday evening near Alexander.. If anyone can assist, it would be greatly appreciated if they contacted the SCSO, Detective Bowden, at 501-303-5606 (M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm) or 501-303-5647 (non-emergency 24 hour). Citizens can also call 911 if they feel the information they have is in need of immediate attention.

SCSO AND ASP GUEST STAR IN THE “ALF” SHOW Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) Corporal Logan Knight and Arkansas State Police (ASP) Corporal Quinn Best visited the 3rd grade class at Harmony Grove Elementary School this morning. Although both officers are good looking and extremely bright, it was K-9 “Alf” who stole the show. Principal Donaldson had notified the SCSO that 3rd grade students recently completed a chapter in Social Studies focusing on police and the use of police K-9 dogs. Corporal Knight and Corporal Best showed about 75 students how K-9 units can search for missing people, sniff out narcotics and be trained to bite and release. Corporal Knight brought his Golden Retriever, “Alf”. “Alf” is a dual-purpose K-9 trained in tracking and trained in narcotics detection. “Alf” is passive and very friendly. The 3rd grade students got a chance to watch “Alf” work in detecting narcotics. They were told by Corporal Knight and Corporal Best that police K-9 dogs are rewarded by praise and are often rewarded with a play-toy. “Alf” has been trained that when successful drug sniffs are conducted, he gets rewarded by his handler, Corporal Knight, who tosses him a tennis ball. Corporal Knight hid a small bag of marijuana inside of a podium on the stage and demonstrated how “Alf” uses his nose to detect the smell of the drug. Once “Alf” alerted twice, Corporal Knight tossed the tennis to him and praised him. At the end of the presentation, any student who wished to meet and greet “Alf” was permitted to pet him. A few students were apprehensive in getting near “Alf” and those students sat down with Corporal Knight individually and were able to ask as many questions as they wished. All of the students seemed to enjoy the presentation and meeting with “Alf”. To make the event an even bigger success, ASP Corporal Best presented each student with a gift certificate for a free ice cream. KARK 4 television reporter Chanley Painter was present and will air her story at 4:00 pm tonight. Sheriff Rodney Wright would like to thank Principal Donaldson for giving the SCSO and ASP an opportunity to meet the 3rd grade students and help them in the Social Studies class.

SUPER HEROS OF SALINE COUNTY Sheriff Rodney Wright was profiled in SALINE COUNTY LIFESTYLES' magazine this month. Sheriff Wright's interview can be viewed by clicking the below link:

UNWANTED DOOR TO DOOR SOLICITORS Prior to the Christmas holiday through today, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) has received numerous complaints about individuals going door to door selling cleaning supplies. Whether it is phone calls to the SCSO, emails to the SCSO or phone calls to the 911 Center, citizens of Saline County are very concerned about these individuals going door to door. There are no ordinances which prohibit solicitation in Saline County. For that reason, there is nothing that our deputies can do to stop this conduct. The company that is promoting their products is Kleen-n-Kleen. There is no doubt that the product is of good quality and in no way, shape or form is the Saline County Sheriff’s Office discouraging anyone from buying products from Kleen-n-Kleen. However, if citizens would like to voice an opinion to that company as to the door to door solicitations that are occurring on a daily basis, they are free to contact the company at 1-850-586-0560 or visit their website at

WITH OVER TWO DECADES OF SERVICE, SALINE COUNTY EMPLOYEE BIDS FAREWELL Mrs. Joan Babbitt, who has worked for the Saline County Treasurer’s Office for over 17 years, has decided to exit the workforce and retire. Prior to working for the Treasurer’s Office, Joan was employed for nearly five years with the Bauxite School District. Joan has been very helpful to the Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) and Sheriff Rodney Wright, who was unable to attend the celebration, commented earlier that her departure will be a big loss but her retirement was well earned. He further remarked that Joan has left big shoes that need to be filled because she is so dependable. Members of the SCSO presented Joan with flowers and wished her happiness, good health and good luck in her new journey. Joan stated, “The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.” Joan plans on spending more time with her husband Paul, whom she has been married to for 45 years. She plans on relaxing by gardening, camping, fishing and spending time at the lake. BEST WISHES AND THANK YOU MRS. JOAN BABBITT!

NEW MEMBER OF THE SCSO Sixteen men and nine women, represented from twelve different agencies became the newest graduates from the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy (ALETA). Ms. Jami Cook, Director of the Commission on Law Enforcement Standards & Training, welcomed family and friends of the graduates as well as law enforcement professionals and senior officials to the ceremony. The keynote address was presented by Chief Jody Spradlin, of the Conway Police Department. Joining him in distributing diplomas was ALETA Training Supervisor Bernie Mosley. Special awards were given at the ceremony for academics, marksmanship and physical fitness. The Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) would like to welcome Deputy James Kirkendoll to their ranks. Prior to being hired by the SCSO, Deputy Kirkendoll was a dedicated member of the SCSO Reserve Deputy Program. While in that capacity, Deputy Kirkendoll volunteered and logged over 1,500 hours with the Sheriff's Office. Deputy Kirkendoll will not let any moss grow under his feet and will call “10-8” tomorrow at 1600 hours (4:00 pm) under the supervision of Sgt. Wayne Bean. Sheriff Rodney Wright warmly welcomed Deputy Kirkendoll to the SCSO family after the graduation ceremony. Sheriff Wright asked Deputy Kirkendoll to always be reminded of a quote from baseball legend Babe Ruth, “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game”. MANY CONGRATULATIONS TO DEPUTY KIRKENDOLL AND PLEASE STAY SAFE!

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINTS INCREASED DURING HOLIDAYS The Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) will be conducting multi-agency DUI/Safety sobriety checkpoints during the months of December 2017 and January 2018. This is a multi-agency effort to reduce impaired driving on our Saline County roads. Members from the SCSO and several local/state police departments will participate in this worthwhile event. DUI/safety checkpoints are an important tool in reminding drivers to “DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER”. Impaired driving is a deadly epidemic that costs over 10,000 lives each year. In conducting these sobriety check points, the SCSO hopes to make a bold statement that it has zero tolerance for those who choose to drive while impaired and will work hard to keep our roads and highways safe for all of our citizens.

SHERIFF WRIGHT RECOGNIZES SCSO EMPLOYEES Yesterday, Sheriff Rodney Wright presented awards to several members of the Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO). At a luncheon, the following individuals were recognized: Lieutenant Dan Dodson Deputy of the Year Detention Deputy Jeremy Holleman Detention Deputy of the Year Reserve Deputy Dwight McInturff Reserve Deputy of the Year Brandi Sumler Civilian Employee of the Year Detective Justin Oliver Valor Award Corporal Joseph Traylor Valor Award Specifically, Sheriff Wright spoke about the remarkable dedication each employee has shown over the past year. From overseeing complex construction projects; to fingerprinting 5,000+ kids; to showing an incredible amount of compassion to the public, as well as inmates, on a daily basis; to performing immediate medical life-saving action to two victims, Sheriff Wright praised each recipient. Sheriff Wright closed the presentation by wishing each SCSO employee a happy, healthy and propserous 2018 and wishes the same for all of the citizens of Saline County.

MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER MAKES PRESENTATION TO THREE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES Yesterday, officers at the rank of sergeant and above from the Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO), Benton Police Department and Bryant Police Department, attended a day-long seminar where leadership was the focus. Mr. Paul Butler was the key note speaker. Mr. Butler brought his unique perspective and broad experience to the event in a variety of ways. He has presented and provided training, both nationally and internationally, and has received high reviews in every arena. Sheriff Wright stated, “He excels in the areas of motivation, leadership, customer service and attitude empowerment. He inspired, motivated, and challenged the audience to be better, do more and simply have more fun.” During his 27 years of law enforcement, Mr. Butler has been a public servant, training officer, sergeant, crisis negotiator, chief of police, and chief deputy. These opportunities have given him a unique perspective on a vast array of situations and circumstances that many people find themselves in every day. Those same experiences have also helped him to develop the answers to questions and cures to problems most people are facing at work and in life on a continual basis. Sheriff Wright would like to thank Mr. Paul Butler for taking time out of his busy schedule to speak to leaders of all three law enforcement agencies. Sheriff Wright also praised the Chiefs of Police from Benton and Bryant for their hard work and commitment in making this event happen.

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE CHIEF OF POLICE MAKES PRESENTATION TO SALINE COUNTY AND GARLAND COUNTY SHERIFFS On Wednesday, December 6, 2017, Hot Springs Village Police Chief Ricky Middleton presented appreciation plaques to Garland County Sheriff Mike McCormick and Saline County Sheriff Rodney Wright. Sheriff Wright provided many thanks to Chief Middleton and all the members of his department. He pointed out the outstanding cooperation and collaboration that exists between all three agencies. Sheriff Wright also applauded all of the Hot Spring Village residents for being so supportive to law enforcement over the years.

Saline County Sheriff’s Office Does Give a Hoot! Early this morning, Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) Environmental Officer Jack Campbell was dispatched to an animal problem on Highway 5, just outside of the Benton city limits. An owl was struck by a vehicle, found to be deceseased and was lying just off the roadway. When Deputy Campbell got closer, there was a second owl that appeared to be protecting his mate. Every time Deputy Campbell got close to the deceased owl, the live owl would open up his wings as if he was protecting his mate. Deputy Campbell was able to safely capture the live owl. Officers from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission responded and it was determined that the live owl did not appear to be suffering from any type of injury. Deputy Jack Campbell transported the owl to Lake Winona. The owl was released into the wild, appeared to healthy and flew without any difficulty.

DAY TIME BURGLARIES Law enforcement agencies across the nation usually see an increase in day-time burglaries near the Christmas holidays. Recently, one Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) shift took three day-time burglaries, all in the same area and all on the same day. Later in that shift, a fourth attempted burglary with the same Method of Operation (side door or back door kicked in) was taken about one mile north of three burglaries already reported. The Criminal Investigation Division (CID) has uncovered a video tape taken from a citizen near the 24000 block of Chicot Road. A still photograph of suspect(s) vehicles is attached to this post. After examining the video, detectives could see a suspect attempting the kick in the front door of a home on Chicot Road. The suspect can only be described as a black/male. The suspect did not have luck making entry through the front door and then proceeded to the side of the house. A flat screen television was attempted to have been taken but that TV was bolted into the wall. The suspect did get away with electronic equipment. In the other burglaries, flat screen televisions were taken. A white 4 door Dodge Durango with damage to the driver side as well as rear was driven by the suspect. There appears to be no tag on the Dodge Durango. Upon looking at the video, there appears to be red 4-door Jeep Cherokee that drives up and down Chicot Road in front of the burglarized home. The driver passes the burglarized house no less than 8 times. CID Detective High strongly feels that the occupant(s) in the red Cherokee was/were the look-out(s). The public is urged to be cognizant that criminal activity may increase as the holiday season nears. Below is the information that the SCSO can provide to the public pertaining to these day-time burglaries: White Dodge Durango No tag Damage to driver side and rear Operated by B/M Red Jeep Cherokee No Further Description The Saline County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help in identifying these subjects/vehicles. If any citizen has information about these events, they are asked to contact the Saline County Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip Hotline at 501-303-5744 or call 9-1-1. The Criminal Investigation Division of the SCSO can be reached at 501-303-5609. Information can also be relayed through Sheriff Rodney Wright urges citizens not to take action if they encounter these subjects/vehicles but to immediately call 9-1-1.

Small Acts of Kindness Can Make a Big Difference This afternoon Chief Deputy Fitzpatrick and Lieutenant Silk were approached by a young man during lunch who extended his hand, offered them both a firm handshake, made eye-to-eye contact and thanked them for their service to the community. After a long conversation, it was learned that the young man’s name was Jacob. When not being home schooled by his mom, he enjoys playing video games and putting together models. It was also learned that he loves to eat Wendy’s chicken sandwiches with French fries and a soda. He made sure to tell Chief Deputy Fitzpatrick and Lt. Silk that when he goes to the counter, he will be ordering, “the usual”. Young Jacob made a big impact on Chief Deputy Fitzpatrick and Lt. Silk. Prior to leaving the restaurant, Lt. Silk presented Jacob with a Wendy’s gift card for $10. Below is a photograph of Jacob Alberius, his mom and Lt. Silk.

NEWLY ISSUED EQUIPMENT SAVES LIFE A Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) patrol deputy was credited for saving an overdose victim’s life last month. Corporal Joseph Traylor was dispatched to an “unconscious subject, possible overdose”, in the late evening of October 28th. Upon Cpl. Traylor’s arrival, an unconscious male subject was found lying face down. Being trained in emergency medicine, Cpl. Traylor assessed that the victim had shallow breathing, a faint heartbeat and was unresponsive to pain. Two days earlier the entire Saline County Sheriff’s Office was trained as to how to use NARCAN. NARCAN (naloxone HCl) is a nasal spray and the first and only FDA-approved nasal form used for the emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdoses. After that training, NARCAN was issued to each deputy. After utilizing one dose of NARCAN, the victim’s vital signs began to stabilize and after being treated at a local hospital, the victim was eventually released. Drug overdose deaths and opioid-involved deaths have continued to increase in the United States. Saline County is not immune to that problem. The majority of drug overdose deaths (more than six out of ten) involve an opioid. Since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (including prescription opioids and heroin quadrupled. From 2000 to 2015, more than half a million people died from drug overdoses. 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Deaths from prescription opioids—drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone—have more than quadrupled since 1999. As a result of Cpl. Traylor’s actions, he was awarded a Life-Saving badge by the Honorable Leslie Rutledge, Attorney General for Arkansas. That badge will be worn on his uniform above his name plate. Since being trained in the use of NARCAN in late October 2017, SCSO deputies have administered the nasal spray on two occasions. Yesterday, Detective Justin Oliver was credited for helping save an overdose victim’s life. Sheriff Rodney Wright would like to thank State Drug Director Kirk Lane for providing NARCAN to the SCSO as well as the required training.

SCSO WILL STEP UP DWI CHECKPOINTS The holidays are fast approaching – and there will be community celebrations, neighborhood parties and lots of family gatherings to attend. This time of the year is also a time when the police set up DWI checkpoints to ensure that individuals are not inebriated while you are driving. The Saline County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting sobriety checkpoints during the upcoming weekend, November 17th, 18th and 19th. There is perhaps no greater fear encountered by a driver than being stopped by the police at one of these DWI checkpoints, particularly if you have decided to “celebrate” at these summertime gatherings. The fear is well founded; the consequences in Arkansas for a DWI/DUI arrest are staggering. There are significant fines and other financial penalties. How serious is it? Americans take 233 billion trips in cars each year. Of those, about one out of every two thousand trips are taken by those who are driving under the influence of alcohol. Yet, almost one out of every three traffic deaths involve drunk driving. “A proportionally tiny amount of bad behavior is one of the major causes of death and injury on our roadways,” stated Saline County Sheriff Rodney Wright. On average, every 53 minutes, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash. Every two minutes, someone is injured because of this entirely preventable crime. The SCSO Patrol Division lieutenant stated, "We're giving Saline County drivers a clear warning. Enforcement during this theis weekend, and throughout the holiday season, will be strong and if you're caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you will be arrested. Make a commitment now, while you're sober, to avoid getting behind the wheel if you're impaired. It's simply not worth the risk." DO’S (AT THE DUI Checkpoint): • Do have all your documents in your hand before the officer arrives at your car otherwise the officer may claim you fumbled for your documents. • Do open your window immediately when you stop your vehicle after being directed by the police to combat the claim the car had a strong odor of alcohol. • Do be polite and remain calm: A good attitude may result in no ticket if you are a borderline case. • Do tell the police of all your medical problems and any reasons you cannot perform the roadside tests. This will assist your attorney in arguing the tests are not relevant or that they may not be reliable on the issue of probable cause or intoxication. • Do listen to all instructions given by the police and have the officer repeat them. DON’TS (AT THE DWI Checkpoint) • Don’t be nasty or argue with the officer when stopped: a polite attitude may help you in a close case, based upon your performance on roadside tests. • Don’t forget to tell the police of your physical and medical conditions which may make it difficult or impossible for you to take the roadside tests: By telling the police at the scene, you are informing them of your inability to perform the test which reduces the relevance of the result. If at this point you are arrested for failing the breath test or field sobriety tests, please try to remain calm. You need not say anything except to ask to speak with an attorney, and follow these tips when you are at the police station.

SWINDLER IS AFOOT The Saline County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) currently has an active felony warrant for Mr. Manual COOPER Jr. The warrant is for Theft of Property and was obtained after detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) learned that COOPER had deceived an elderly woman out of a large sum of money. The elderly victim entrusted COOPER to conduct work on her driveway. COOPER continued to inform the victim that more work and materials were needed, and asked for additional checks. The total amount provided by the victim was $7,900. If anyone has information as to the whereabouts of Manual COOPER Jr., they are asked to contact the SCSO and ask for Detective Cullison. Information can be passed (anonymously) by email to or can be phoned into the SCSO Tip Line at 501-303-5744. The public’s help would be greatly appreciated in this matter.

PUBLIC’S HELP NEEDED IN HWY 70 BURGLARY The Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) has received numerous calls recently to the Rural Dale School Market Place, located at 18080 Highway 70 in Lonesdale. It appears that subjects have been breaking into that antique store with high frequency. This morning two photographs were taken of subjects moving a large item from the Rural Dale School Market Place. A report was taken and the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) is currently investigating this incident, as well as the other burglaries and attempted burglaries at that location. The public’s help is needed in identifying the subject(s) in the photos taken this morning outside of the Rural Dale School Market Place. If anyone has information as to the identity of these subject(s), please contact the SCSO Criminal Investigation Division, Detective Hall. Tips can be forwarded via our website at and can also be left on our Tip Line at 501-303-5744.

CHILD PORN ARREST MADE Late in the evening on October 24, 2017, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) was dispatched to a location in Alexander to meet with a concerned citizen. While meeting with that citizen, he/she provided a device which he/she believed may contain sexually explicit material. That device was provided to the Patrol Division deputy who in turn, notified detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division (CID). CID detectives worked closely with an outside law enforcement agency and subsequently recovered hundreds of photographs which depicted what appears to be minors involved in various sex acts. An arrest warrant was obtained and on October 29, 2017, Bobby Joe Millirons Jr., of Alexander, was arrested without incident. Millirons was charged with Distributing Possessing or Viewing Matter Depicting Sexually Explicit Conduct Involving a Child. That charge is a Class C felony. This investigation is continuing and no further information will be released by the SCSO due to the investigation being current.

SAFETY TIPS FOR HALLOWEEN Halloween is approaching quickly and we expect large groups of children out and about that evening. Our primary concern on Halloween, and any other time, is the safety of children. With that in mind, we would like to offer the following safety tips. It is a good idea to review these with your children before they begin their “trick-or-treat” adventure. 1. Fake knives, swords, guns, and other costume accessories can potentially cause injury. Make sure they aren’t too long for the costume and review with your child that they are part of the costume and not a weapon. Make sure they are made out of cardboard or other flexible materials. 2. Only purchase costumes and accessories that are marked flame-resistant. 3. Keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls. 4. Try using makeup instead of a mask. Masks can obstruct a child’s vision, which can be dangerous for when kids are crossing streets and going up and down steps. 5. Costumes with light colors and/or reflective tape are best. Someone in the group should carry a flashlight. Consider putting reflective tape on their bags too. 6. Children should always trick-or-treat in groups, rather than alone, preferably with adult supervision and carry a cell phone for quick communication. 7. Parents should select the safest route for children to take. Children should stay on sidewalks (where available) or on the shoulder of the roadway facing traffic. Children should avoid walking in the roadway, in alleys or poorly lit areas, and be cautious not to dart from behind shrubs or parked vehicles. Drivers should slow down and use extreme caution, especially in neighborhoods where children are sure to be located. 8. Children should be instructed to stop only at familiar homes and where the outside lights are on. They should also be advised to NEVER go into a home or car to collect treats. They should not stop at houses that are dark or do not have the porch lights turned on. 9. As an alternative of going door to door, parents should consider taking their children to community sponsored events such as those hosted by community centers, churches, schools, etc. 10. Children should not eat any treats until they get home and the parent or adults can examine them. 11. Children (and adults) should only consume unopened candies and treats in original wrappers. Treats with open packaging or torn wrappers should be discarded. Don’t forget to inspect fruit and homemade treats for anything that looks suspicious. For more Halloween safety tips, please visit Halloween can be a safe and enjoyable evening with a little preparation, communication and diligence. Of course, we will be on patrol and available to you and your children should you need us. Thank you for your cooperation.

Sheriff Rodney Wright Meets with Youngsters at the Boys and Girls Clubs of America Boys & Girls Clubs of America had its beginnings in 1860 with three women in Hartford, Connecticut - Mary Goodwin, Alice Goodwin and Elizabeth Hammersley. Believing that boys who roamed the streets should have a positive alternative, they organized the first Club. With character development as the cornerstone of the experience, the Club focused on capturing boys interests, improving their behavior and increasing their personal expectations and goals. A cause was born. Last week Saline County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Rodney Wright spoke with boys and girls at the Boys and Girls Club of America located in Bryant. Sheriff Wright indicated that meeting the young boys and girls was uplifting and he strongly supports the mission of the Boys and Girls Club of America: "To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens."

DRUG TAKE BACK OCTOBER 28, 2017 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Harvest Foods in East End Harvest Foods in Salem Law enforcement agencies across the state will be collecting old or expired prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, as part of the 14th National Drug Take Back Event. Drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths in the U.S., exceeding vehicle fatalities by 50 percent. More than 143 people in America die each day due to a drug overdose. In Arkansas, 1,067 people have died from a drug overdose in a 3-year span (319 in 2013, 356 in 2014, and 392 in 2015). Arkansas is also in the top 20 percent of states that prescribe the most painkillers per capita. Members of the Saline County Sheriff's Office's Reserve Unit will be volunterring their time to assist in the effort.