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Stray bullet from teen's gun play kills Pine Bluff man


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - A 19-year-old was found dead Saturday night, making it Pine Bluff's fourth homicide for 2015.

The Pine Bluff Police Department responded to a call around 7 p.m. to a residence near 13th Avenue and Linden Street in reference to a shooting. When officers arrived on the scene, they found Joshua Campbell, 19, dead inside the residence. The Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelly stated that he died from a single gunshot wound.

While investigating the scene, juveniles began approaching the officers. One of them, a 14-year-old boy whose name cannot be released at this time, admitted to playing with a small caliber pistol and shot Campbell one time.

The juvenile was arrested for 2nd degree murder.


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City-wide clean-up day in Pine Bluff

City-wide clean-up day in Pine Bluff

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Officials are asking the citizens of Pine Bluff to come together and help with the city-wide clean-up. 

On Saturday, June 13, starting at 10 a.m. and lasting until 1 p.m. supporters of the City of Pine Bluff will clean-up areas that need it the most. Lunch for the volunteers will be served at 1 p.m. 

To pledge your desire to help, visit the City of Pine Bluff website or Mayor Debe Hollingsworth Facebook page

For more information about the event, call (870) 730-2021 or coordinate with your local church. 

THV11 Working for You: Looking further into Pine Bluff building collapses


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) -- Over the last 20 years, the city of Pine Bluff has seen its population decline by more than 10,000 people.

It's left parts of the city in disrepair, particularly downtown, where more than half of the buildings along Main Street are either boarded up, or worse, collapsed.

Four have caved in in the last year and a half, and it got THV11 asking what's behind it.

Through the Freedom of Information Act, THV11 obtained hundreds of documents detailing inspections and protocol along Main Street.

"I can tell you that business is slow," said Carter Davis, who manages an auto repair shop on the 600 block of Main Street. "We have good days and we have bad days."

The old Sahara Temple across from his store saw its roof cave in last July, creating a nuisance in front of his shop when the city shut down part of Main Street.

Pine Bluff's Second Annual Pastors and Community Prayer Luncheon

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - The Church Outreach Committee (COC) of Pine Bluff invites all clergy, community leaders and citizens to participate in the Second Annual Pastors and Community Prayer Luncheon. 

The event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 20 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center, located at 1 Convention Center Drive in Pine Bluff. There is no charge for the meal. The committee is asking everyone to come, have lunch, fellowship and pray together for our government (city, county, state and national), the faith community, law enforcement, business and industry, education (children and youth), and the community.

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Pine Bluff court to change pit bull law


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - After a deadly pit bull attack in Pine Bluff, county officials are looking to make some changes.

Friday, the Jefferson County Quorum Court called an emergency meeting to look at tougher restrictions to a pit bull law made in 1995. However, at the meeting the ordinance was tabled, so the court can make changes brought up by concerned veterans.

Ted Harden who is on the Public Safety committee says it's a complicated ordinance, and he wants to assure the public that it will be done right.


Boat, only way into Pine Bluff neighborhood


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Some families left work and school on Thursday evening only to find their homes under water.

This comes as the swollen Arkansas River flooding slowly flows south of Little Rock.

Island Harbor Estates is a neighborhood where you now need a boat to go door-to-door.

Neighbors told THV11 that this has happened before, and that's because the neighborhood is right in between a levy and the Arkansas River. The street gets flooded and they get trapped inside.

It's a well-traveled road for some Pine Bluff homeowners, but this week Mother Nature had other plans.

While describing the flooding in the Island Harbor Estates, some neighbors had very few words.

Downtown Pine Bluff hosting Music on Main Street event


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – Downtown Pine Bluff will soon host Music on Main 2015.

According to the Downtown Special Events Organization, the event will be held May 15 on the 100 block of Main Street. Brown Soul Shoes, Legoria Payton and Friends, and Fire and Brimstone will play that night.

Gates open at 6 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $5.

For more information on Music on Main and the Pine Bluff Downtown Special Events Organization visit the Music on Main Facebook page: www.facebook.com/musiconmainpb