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More details on history of attack dogs in Pine Bluff

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Documents are pointing to more reports of vicious dog attacks that occurred at CJ's Garage in Pine Bluff within the past year.

The most recent was on March 15. Unfortunately for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, that victim was not cooperative in providing much information. Major Lafayette Woods explained, "Refused to identify himself and provide a name. He did indicate however that the dog attack occurred at 300 Thomas Road, CJ's Garage."

The attack before this occurred in July of 2014. Roger Frazier explained, "Five of the dogs, the pit bulls came under his gate and just tore me up." Authorities responded and the business owner was cited. "During that instance, Mr. Smith was cited under our vicious animal ordinance," Woods added. This violation required the owner of the dogs to pay a fine of $165 and pen his dogs up for 10 days.

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Body of missing man found near Gurdon

Body of missing man found near Gurdon

CLARK COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Clark County Search and Rescue crews have found the body of a missing person.

Sheriff Jason Watson said the body of 24-year-old Wesley Livingston was found Tuesday sometime around 7:30 p.m. five miles from the Georgia Pacific plant in Gurdon where he worked.

Livingston was reported missing March 10. Following the issue of the missing person report, Clark County Sheriff's Office along with Ashley County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Game and Fish Department, Arkadelphia Police Department, Gurdon Police Department, the Clark County Office of Emergency Services and other law enforcement agencies throughout southwest Arkansas joined efforts in the search for Livingston. 

According to police, the initial discovery of Livingston's body suggested that his death was self-inflicted.  

Neighbors react to Pine Bluff Pit Bull attack

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - "They're vicious dogs. They really are," Roger Frazier explained. Etched into his memory, it is an experience he will probably never forget. "Five of the dogs, the pit bulls came under his gate and just tore me up," he continued.

Just months ago, Roger Frazier says he was attacked by a pack of pit bull terriers at CJ's Garage in Pine Bluff. He said, "I struggled along the fence to one of those wooden fence posts and got on top of it and got into a tree. That's the only thing that saved me."

He managed to get away.

But 36 year-year-old De'trick Johnson did not. Frazier continued, "I knew this was going to happen. I said those dogs are going to kill somebody." Police say Johnson was attacked and killed by seven of the pit bulls.

Pine Bluff woman sets boyfriend's duplex on fire

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - A Pine Bluff woman was arrested on Friday for arson.

Around 2:45 p.m., officers responded to a duplex at 4904 W. 9th Ave in Pine Bluff. Two women were detained for questioning, and one was later arrested.

23-year-old Jaresha Battles was reportedly angry with a boyfriend, and set the duplex on fire while he was at work.

According to police, Battles was arrested and booked into the Jefferson County jail for arson. She will be in court next week.

The fire was extinguished by Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services without any reported injuries. The monetary damage to the residence has not been determined at this time. The investigation is continuing through the Pine Bluff Police Detective Division.

Stay with THV11 and THV11.com for more details as they become available.

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Raye Jean Montague to speak for UAPB Lyceum event

Raye Jean Montague to speak for UAPB Lyceum event

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (UAPB) – Raye Jean Montague, internationally registered professional engineer, will be the keynote speaker for the Lyceum event at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB).  Sponsored by the UAPB Lyceum Committee in partnership with the STEM Scholars Academy Guest Lecture Series, the free, public event will take place Thursday, April 2 at 11 a.m. in the STEM Building Conference Center.

Montague will give a presentation entitled, “Turning Obstacles into Challenging Situations” at the event to share her amazing life story as a young African-American girl growing up in Arkansas that dared to dream of one day becoming an engineer.

Pine Bluff police investigating homicide at Plaza Hotel

Pine Bluff police investigating homicide at Plaza Hotel

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Officers responded to a homicide around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning at Plaza Hotel located at #2 Convention Center Drive.

When police arrived at the hotel, they found a man lying on the ground with possible gunshot wounds. The victim, identified as 32-year-old Christopher Pridgeon, was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner Eric Belcher. 

According to officials, details are still being developed at this time, and no suspects have been identified.

If you have any information regarding the death of Pridgeon, you are urged to contact the detective division at (870) 730-2090. 

LRFW accepting designers and volunteers for events

LRFW accepting designers and volunteers for events

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (LRFW) - Little Rock Fashion Week (LRFW) is accepting fashion designer’s applications for the seventh annual LRFW, which is scheduled for July 13 through 18. The application deadline is April 7, 2015.

Founded by entertainment producer Brandon Campbell in 2009, LRFW has showcased over 95 fashion brands by local, national, international and student designers; been attended by fashion and entertainment executives from E! Entertainment, Style Network, MTV, NBC, Dillard's, Belk, Otis College of Art & Design (Los Angeles), Harding University, Savannah College of Art & Design and Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Past designers have gone on to have their clothing lines worn by celebrities and showcased at presentations during New York Fashion Week.