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Saline County Clerk arrested for disorderly conduct, illegally discharging firearm

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The Saline County Clerk was arrested for multiple misdemeanor charges including disorderly conduct and illegally discharging a firearm earlier this month.

Benton police arrested James Douglas Curtis on Oct. 5 around 11 a.m. for discharging firearms in city limits, resisting arrest, fleeing, and disorderly conduct, according to police records. The initial call made to police was for shots fired, Curtis was arrested in the area of Kidd Lane.

Curtis said on Friday that family hardships put him under a tremendous amount of stress and he "reacted in a manner that was totally inappropriate and very much out of my character." In an email, he asked for prayers for him and his family.

"As a result, I voluntarily sought the help of mental health experts and I am continuing with that therapy today," Curtis said. "The staff at the Saline County Clerk’s office is well trained, talented, and very capable. The current election is under the control of the Election Coordinator who is taking her direction from the Saline County Election Commission."

According to the Saline County website, Curtis serves as the official bookkeeper for county government, county court, quorum court, and probate court.

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Curtis is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 2. No more information has been released.

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