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Arkansas road crews to close I-530 lane at Pine Bluff

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas highway crews will close a lane on Interstate 530 in Pine Bluff for road work next week.

The state Highway and Transportation Department said Friday that crews will improve the driving surface between the north interchange with the U.S. 65 business route and the U.S. 79 exit for Fordyce, Rison and Camden. The work will reduce I-530 southbound traffic to one lane.

The lane will be closed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day next week, if weather allows.

More information is at www.IDriveArkansas.com or ArkansasHighways.com. The highway department also tweets at AHTD.

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Pine Bluff police searching for shooting suspect

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Police are searching for a suspect in connection with a shooting in Pine Bluff.

Officers received a call of shots fired Saturday, Jan. 17. When they arrived on the scene off Pine Street, they found a man in a ditch suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

The victim was reportedly rushed to Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

During the investigation, police said they identified a possible suspect by the name of Tony Wayne Scott II. Scott is described as 34-years-old, weighs around 155 pounds and stands 6'2" tall.

His last known address was located at the 3200 block of Tennessee Street in Pine Bluff.

Anyone with information regarding Scott's location is asked to contact the Detective Division at 870-730-2090 or the Dispatch Center at 870-541-5300.

New Goodwill store opening in Pine Bluff

PINE BLUFF, ARK (Goodwill) – Goodwill Industries of Arkansas is excited to announce that a new 20,000 square-foot retail, donation and career services center will be opening in Pine Bluff on Thursday, Jan. 29. The new store is located at 2514 W. 28th Ave. in the Oak Park Shopping Center. Goodwill, along with the Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce, will host a ribbon cutting at 8:45 a.m. The mayor and city officials have also been invited.

"Goodwill is expanding our location in Pine Bluff to better serve the community," said Goodwill's President and CEO Brian Itzkowitz. "We are adding more retail space and more importantly, a career services center that offers education, job skills training and career placement for people who live and around Pine Bluff."

Jefferson County inmates escape during booking

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Two inmates escaped from a Jefferson County jail on Wednesday, but were back in police custody within an hour.

Justin Cartwright and Corderro Foster were waiting to be processed after being arrested for aggravated robbery in Pine Bluff earlier this morning.

In the security footage, you can see the two escaping from a side door of the jail. They forcefully push an officer to ground in the process.

Major Lafayette Woods with Jefferson County Sherriff's Office said Cartwright was not handcuffed, and Foster had been allowed to handcuff himself.

"There will be no review or change policy or procedures. They are all set in stone to the point that the jailers and the officers are familiar with them. We just have to make sure those things are being done and check behind ourselves," said Woods.

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UCA television station available through U-verse

UCA television station available through U-verse

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - A station previously only available in Conway will no spread to various parts of Arkansas. 

The University of Central Arkansas' Channel 6 television station is now available on U-verse, Channel 99.

“I'm extremely excited to be able to reach a new audience through Channel 6's original programming,” said Chris Churchill, director of Channel 6 Television. “Now, thanks to AT&T U-verse, UCA students, family and fans can experience our programming from anywhere in central Arkansas.”

Channel 6 will cover from Little-Rock to Pine Bluff, including Benton, Bryant, Cammack Village, Conway, Haskell, Jacksonville, Little Rock, Maumelle, Pulaski County, Shannon Hills, Sherwood and Searcy.

​To access Channel 6's programming through U-verse, browse to U-verse Channel 99, which will display a list of available Public Education Government (PEG) channels. Click on Conway and then UCA Television.

Pine Bluff police make arrests in elderly robbery

Pine Bluff police make arrests in elderly robbery

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - On Wednesday, the Pine Bluff police arrested three men in connection with a robbery that happened last week.

At 8:30 a.m., detectives followed a tip and found all three suspects in a room of the Plaza Hotel on Convention Center Drive in Pine Bluff.

Justin Cartwright, 24, and Corderro Foster, 26, were both charged with aggravated robbery, felon in possession of a firearm, and theft by receiving.

Elderly couple robbed at gunpoint

Elderly couple robbed at gunpoint

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - A man and woman, both in their 80s, were held at gunpoint Monday afternoon while leaving the Brookshire's Food and Pharmacy at 28th Ave. and Hazel Street. 

According to reports, the man and woman were approached by two black males around 2:50 p.m., one of whom was armed with a handgun. They took cash from the male victim and a purse from the female.

Police have obtained photos of the suspects leaving in what appears to be a tan or gray late 90s model Oldsmobile Intrigue. One of the men was wearing a dark colored sweatshirt, the second with a denim jacket and a black t-shirt and the third with a ligth blue jacket.

Pine Bluff police ask that if you have any helpful information regarding to the crime, to contact the police dispatch center at (870) 541-5300 or the Detective Division at (870) 730-2090.