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High School Weightlifting Exhibition scheduled at Pine Bluff Convention Center

High School Weightlifting Exhibition scheduled at Pine Bluff Convention Center

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - Mid-South Fitness & Personal Trainers Association is sponsoring a High School Weightlifting Exhibition on Saturday, July 11 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

This event is geared toward high school male and female athletes, and it will teach how to build muscle, increase strength, lose body fat, maximize performance and minimize overtraining. A panel of five fitness trainers will also discuss health and nutrition. Door prizes will be given away throughout the day.

A Community Sports Award will also be presented to Pine Bluff High School for winning the 6A Arkansas State Championship in both basketball and football. This event is free for student athletes, however, pre-registration is required. Call (870) 592-5440 or (501) 568-5441 to register or for more information.

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Where you can & can't set off fireworks in central Ark.

Where you can & can't set off fireworks in central Ark.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - With the fourth of July fast approaching, it would be good to know where in central Arkansas you can light your fireworks.

Here are some of the cities where you can and can't shoot off your pyrotechnics:


LRFW impacts local community

LRFW impacts local community

By Tabitha Cooke

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. Little Rock Fashion Week (LRFW) is preparing for another great year and people in the community have the event marked in their calendars.

Every year, LRFW exceeds the expectations of an enjoyable and one-of-a-kind experience that merges designers, models and artists together to connect and establish their brands.

“LRFW is a great platform to allow those seeking careers in the modeling and fashion industry a leg to stand on in hopes of creating or expanding their brand,” said fashion designer, Nichole McGehee, who has been participating in LRFW since 2009. “As for me, LRFW has benefited me in helping to put my brand in the “spotlight” of the media. I feel that being a part of LRFW played a great part of my line becoming known on both a local and national level.”

Police investigating Pine Bluff gas station fatal shooting, robbery

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - On Tuesday evening, Pine Bluff police took a suspect into custody in connection with a fatal gas station shooting and robbery.

The aggravated robbery happened on Monday night at the Big Red gas station at 1802 E. Harding in Pine Bluff. According to Lt. David Price with the Pine Bluff Police Department, the suspect who was taken into custody is Lorenzo Kellon, 23.

His 2000s model Cadillac Deville that had been impounded earlier on Tuesday has not been confirmed as the vehicle used in the murder.

An accomplice, 18-year-old Sha'Quile Ali Carter was arrested Wednesday morning.

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Man pleads guilty to second-degree murder, gets 25 years

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - A Pine Bluff man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in the shooting death of 54-year-old Carol Baker.

Prosecutors say 27-year-old Samuel Kimmons pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and one count of committing a terroristic act in Baker's 2013 shooting death.

Prosecutors said that as part of a plea agreement with Kimmons, the initial charge of first-degree murder was reduced to second-degree murder.

But because Kimmons has prior convictions, he won't be eligible for parole and will serve his entire sentence.

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Rain still causing trouble for nature center

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Parts of the Delta Rivers Nature Center continue to go without power.

The center is still recovering from recent flooding, and this week's rain didn't help.

Director Eric Maynard says the water is down, but there is still damage and mud on the trails. Even though some of the trails and exhibits can't be seen, Maynard says there's plenty of clean up left for them to do.

"You can see the animals. You can see the stuff in the laboratory. The aquarium is nice and clean. You can see the fish out there. It's outside, so there's plenty of light," said Maynard.

Maynard says it will be a while before the closed areas are back open to the public.

Charges against caregiver upgraded after 84-year-old's death

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - An elderly Pine Bluff man is dead after being beaten, stabbed and run over by a car. His ex-wife's caregiver sits behind bars after reportedly confessing to the murder.

A Waste Management worker found 84-year-old Esbend Sheridan outside his house on Highway 79 South on Wednesday morning. When investigators arrived on scene, they immediately knew something wasn't right.

"There were significant signs of trauma to the body that gave us alarm," said Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. "When he was discovered, he was lying face up on the ground 30 yards from roadway."

With no witnesses, investigators began looking for clues. That's when they spoke with 53-year-old Carla Davidson, the caregiver of Sheridan's ex-wife, who later confessed to the murder.