BALD KNOB, AR - On Tuesday, detectives with the White County Sheriff's Department received information that a person was attempting to hire someone to commit arson.
Authorities say 63-year-old Benjamin Taran of Bald Knob was arrested following an undercover sting arrest by the Sheriff's Dept. Deputies say Taran met with an undercover detective posing as a potential arsonist. Taran allegedly solicited the agent to burn several buildings located on property in White County for the fee of $400. The suspect allegedly also told the officer that he could earn the money by "beating up" a targeted victim. Taran was arrested a short time after the meeting.