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Hit-and-run crash kills Pine Bluff teen

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - A Pine Bluff teen is dead after a hit-and-run accident Friday night.

14-year-old Charles Jones was crossing Highway 79 around 10:00 with a group of teens at Union Street when a grey late-model Dodge Avenger hit Jones then left the scene, said Pine Bluff Police.

Investigators found the car a short time later and arrested 21-year-old Jontrel Collins, charging him with leaving-the-scene, negligent homicide and DWI.

Collins' blood-alcohol level was not released; a blood sample was drawn Jefferson Regional Medical Center and the results are pending submission to the Arkansas State Crime lab for analysis.

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Improve livestock reproductive management to boost bottom line

Improve livestock reproductive management to boost bottom line

Carol Sanders | UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciencess

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Livestock producers whose herds have poor reproductive success earn less and have higher production costs than those whose herds reproduce successfully, says Dr. David Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program livestock specialist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. In fact,…

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Pine Bluff City Directories Needed

Pine Bluff City Directories Needed

The library is current digitizing materials in our Genealogy and Rare Book Rooms.  Below is a list of Pine Bluff City Directories we need to obtain copies of:

1878 1902 1933 1879 1904 1934 1880 1905 1935 1881 1906 1937 1882 1907 1938 1883 1908 1940 1884 1909 1941 1885 1911 1942 1886 1912 1943 1887 1914 1944 1888 1915 1945 1889 1916 1947 1890 1919 1948 1891 1922 1950 1892 1923 1951 1893 1924 1952 1894 1925 1954 1895 1926 1955 1896 1927 1957 1897 1928 1959 1899 1930 1962 1900 1931 1968 1901 1932 1971

If you are willing to loan or sell a copy(s) to the library, please contact me by calling 870-534-2159 or e-mail me at jmitchell@pineblufflibrary.org. ... Read More

Pine Bluff couple arrested on drug and firearm charges

Pine Bluff couple arrested on drug and firearm charges

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., officers of the Pine Bluff Police Department Vice and Narcotics Unit and the Pine Bluff Police S.W.A.T. Team executed a search warrant at 6809 Calhoun Street in Pine Bluff.

According to Lt. David Price, the warrant was secured after an investigation was conducted from information developed from "tips" from the public and a series of controlled buys from the residence.

Inside the residence was a complex growing operation of what appeared to be marijuana. A room inside the residence had been converted to a "grow house" that included ventilation systems, special lighting and timers. Approximately 60 mature plants were recovered from the operation with an estimated street value of around $80,000. Also, methamphetamine and Xanax was recovered from the residence. A handgun was also present in the residence.

Missing teen: Have you seen him?

Missing teen: Have you seen him?

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office is looking for a runaway teen.

The Sheriff's Office said 16-year-old Vonquarius 'Von' Gaston has been missing since March 25. He was last seen at his home on Southern Belle Drive.

The Sheriff's Office said Von has a history of running away, but has never been gone for more than three or four days. As of April 15 Von has been missing for three weeks.

Von has not made contact with anyone in his family or friends; investigators don't have any leads at this time.

Von was recently released from Bridgeway and his parents believe he has no connection to local schools.

If you have any information to the whereabouts of Von Gaston, contact the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office Investigations Division at 501-340-6940 or our 24 hour Communications Center at 501-340-6963. Anonymous information can also be left on the Central Arkansas CRIMESTOPPERS tip-line at 501-340-TIPS(8477).

Arkansas lotto eyes advertising with universities

Arkansas lotto eyes advertising with universities

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A committee of the Arkansas Lottery Commission is discussing the prospect of advertising with universities in the state.

Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said Wednesday that it would be a natural fit because proceeds from the lottery fund college scholarships.

The agency surveyed other state lotteries and found that it's common for lotteries with ties to education to market through universities.

For instance, Woosley says the lottery could sell instant tickets with an Arkansas Razorbacks theme and have in-game ads that promote how much lottery money goes toward scholarships.

The idea is one of several Woosley is proposing to increase revenue.

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Update: Man in custody for forgery in Pine Bluff

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – A man is now in custody after being wanted in Pine Bluff for forgery.

The Pine Bluff Police Dept. sent a release Tuesday saying 20-year-old Jordan Cotner was wanted for second degree forgery and theft of property for an incident that occurred April 8 at Relyance Bank on S. Olive Street.

Cotner was also wanted for counterfeiting money (first degree forgery), possession of instrument of crime, and possession of a controlled substance.

Later in the day, another release was sent saying that Cotner had been located and was in police custody.