Foster Parents Charged With Child Abuse

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John and Colleen Huthmaker

AR foster parents accused of abusing 9-year-old

Benton, Arkansas  –  A Benton couple is behind bars after police say they abused the 9-year-old child they are foster parents to.

John Richard Huthmaker, 49, and his wife, Colleen Huthmaker, 37, were arrested in the case.  John face a charge of second-degree battery, while Colleen faces a charge of permitting child abuse.

The Benton Police Department reports they were notified on August 18 about a possible child abuse case.  Police say they are working with the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division to investigate.

Benton school officials told their resource officers and contacted the state child abuse hotline about the suspected child abuse case.

Authorities interviewed the Huthmaker’s about possible abuse that is said to have happened at their Benton home at 7 a.m. on Aug. 18.

John and Colleen Huthmaker were arrested after being interviewed, and taken to the Saline County Detention Center.

Another Of Our Protectors Taken

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Another of Our Protectors taken from us

Officer Chavez funeral set for Sunday,
hundreds expected

LAS CRUCES, NM  –  Hundreds of people are expected to gather on Sunday to give their final good bye’s to fallen Hatch Officer Jose Chavez.. 

Officer Chavez is expected to take his final patrol through the Village of Hatch tomorrow then proceed with his funeral in Las Cruces which is open to the public.

It’s been over a week since Chavez was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop in Hatch, New Mexico.  Authorities say that Jesse Hanes, a fugitive out of Ohio is responsible for Chavez’s murder.

While authorities continue to investigate the motives behind Hanes’ actions, his loved ones and colleagues are preparing for his final goodbye.

On Sunday, a group of regional law enforcement will gather near Hatch Valley High School for the funeral procession.  They will then lead Chavez’s body on his final patrol through the Village of Hatch, passing by the Hatch Valley Regional Public Safety Building.  From there, the motorcade will head south to Las Cruces.

Authorities are advising motorists to be cautious of temporarily closures that will occur once in Las Cruces.

The final stop for Chavez’s body will be at the pan am center.

Doors are set to open at 1 p.m., the funeral is expected to start at 3 p.m.

Those attending are expected not to bring bags, as there is a strict no bag policy.

Flowers and momentos will be accepted at a silent witness display of Officer Chavez’s police unit.

Now keep in mind if you do plan on traveling to Las Cruces for the funeral, parts of I-10 West will be closed all day.

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