#7at7:Cradduck Criminal Case Is Set


-A Carroll County man charged with first degree murder and tampering with evidence set to appear in court today. Police say Christopher Butler claimed two people were trespassing, threatening him and one of them pulled a gun on him while he was hunting February 19. Butler says fearing for his life,he shot one of the men,John Keck. However, police say Butler placed a gun near Keck’s body after killing him and there was no evidence of a second man with Keck. Butler remains in the Carroll County jail.

-In Benton County,Sheriff Kelley Cradduck’s criminal case is set to go to a jury trial September 21.This is video of sheriff Cradduck exiting the courtroom, as he appeared in court last Friday before Judge William Wright for a pre-trial hearing. He was arrested by Arkansas state police January 19 for felony and misdemeanor tampering charges. He pleaded not guilty to both. Wright was appointed to the case, after all judges in the Benton County circuit recused themselves from hearing Cradduck’s case. The trial is expected to last three days,and another pre-trial hearing is scheduled for august 19.

-You may recall,12,000 Arkansans lost their foodstamp benefits, last week.The change is due to reinstated work requirements. Food assistance benefits will now be limited to three months for able bodied, childless adults from ages 18 to 49 if they aren’t employed, in school, or participating in a volunteer or job-training program. Those with jobs have to work at least 20 hours a week in order to qualify.
-In Springdale,the police department,implementing a new system to improve its interactions with people with mental health, medical or other special needs. Folks can fill out a new form designed to give police helpful information during an emergency situation, in hopes of being able to de-escalate potentially dangerous situations. The department is working on translating the form into several languages.
-With just over two months of school remaining,registration for summer camps is beginning all across Northwest Arkansas. One in particular is happening in Rogers. The Larson language center is beginning its early registration, starting at $40. During the four summer sessions running from early June to late July, kids will learn Spanish while playing, singing, making crafts, cooking and more. That early registration ends on April 29.
-If you have a teen in ninth through twelfth grade and their creativity is second to none,the University of Arkansas, along with the Fay Jones school, will host a summer design camp.The session on the U of A campus is June 13 through the 17. Early registration is $300 until April 15 and $350 by May 27,and kids can stay overnight for another $300.
-Bentonville love is teaming up with non profit the Deb project to collect hygiene products for Bentonville kids and teens. They are collecting things like body wash, baby wash, hair brushes, deodorant and more. Donations will be collected through April 15, and can be dropped off at Rollie Pollie in downtown Bentonville
Or with the deb project on Walton Boulevard. 

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