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Tour for Diversity in Medicine to visit UAPB

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - A group of medical professionals from all over the U.S. are paying a visit the University of Arkansas in Pine Bluff to provide free interactive workshops to high school and college students in February.

The Tour for Diversity in Medicine, a volunteer initiative developed by two young physicians to educate, inspire and cultivate the next generation of minorities in medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy, will visit the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Thursday, February 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the STEM Academy and Conference Center.

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PBPD looking for culprit in broken car window case


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – Pine Bluff police are asking for help in finding the culprit for several broken car windows in the Dollarway area.

According to Lt. David E. Price, several car windows have been broken out cine June 2015. He said a pellet gun may have been used to cause the damage.

At the moment, police do not have a suspect description, but they do know that a red Toyota Tundra has been seen in the area around the same time that the vandalism occurred.

 


Pine Bluff community to hold candlelight vigil for 85-year-old business owner


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - In honor of the death of 85-year-old Pine Bluff business owner, Lenon Buie, the community is going to hold a candlelight vigil on Sunday. 

Buie was found shot to death behind Buie's Grocery located at 3200 Port Road around 2:50 a.m., January 8. Found near his body, were the clothes police believe were worn by the suspect during the murder. They also said personal items belonging to Buie are missing, and that they believe robbery is a likely motive.

The candlelight vigil will be held Sunday, January 10 at 6 p.m. at Buie's Grocery in Pine Bluff. Organizers are asking for the public to join the family and community in honoring the life and legacy of a man that was well-loved in the Pine Bluff community. 

85-year-old shot and killed in Pine Bluff


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Eight days into the New Year Pine Bluff saw its first murder, and the victim was a well-loved 85-year-old business owner.

“Somebody shot him in the head,” said Carlton Buie nearly busting into tears as he recalled answering the disturbing phone call from his sister early Friday morning. He continued, “She couldn’t hardly get it out. She said, 'I think we done lost our daddy. I swear.'”

It happened in the 3200 block of Port Road near a busy Union Pacific railroad just feet away from Old Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church. Police said Lenon Buie was found shot to death behind his own business, Buie’s Grocery store.

THV11 recently learned that the personal items belonging to the victim are missing, leading investigators to believe robbery is a likely motive.

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Food truck brings new options to Pine Bluff


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) -- The owners of a new food truck in Jefferson County are pushing for healthier eating within their community.

Owners of Kitchens on Wheels, Aaron and Berinda Eugene, are on a mission to give the city of Pine Bluff healthier alternatives to meal selections.

"Our trucks consists of two types of menus: Southern Flare and then a Bistro side that has chicken salads, chicken wraps and chicken sandwiches," Eugene explained.

Pine Bluff ranks as one of the poorest cities in America. Research has proven that there is a link between unequal access to healthy foods and poor food choice behaviors and obesity.

"You know we don't want to be the one known to have a plight that we can't address, we just believe you have to offer the right choices," Eugene added.

Flooding forces Jefferson Co. families to shelter


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Flooding along the Arkansas River began forcing families out of their home Wednesday night.

Arkansas saw this amount of water back in the spring, but with the state finally moving into winter weather, residents are finding it harder to bounce back. THV11 took a boat ride withSwan Lake Fire Lt. Chuck Crain on Wednesday to see the magnitude of the flooding in that area.

"We are six foot deep here right now. Normally, there's no water here," described Lt. Crain.

Crain said that the people in the Jefferson County area learned some valuable lessons on how to respond to this kind of flooding after what happened during the months of May and June of 2015.

Person of interest in Pine Bluff murder held on unrelated charges


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) -- A person of interest was taken into custody Tuesday regarding the shooting death of a Pine Bluff man found inside a car, and police announced that another man is wanted for capital murder in the case.

Officers were called to 10th Avenue and Palm Street around 1 a.m. on Tuesday in response to a call about a possible dead body.

When police arrived, they found a man shot to death inside a car. The man has been identified as 30-year-old Derrick Matthews of Pine Bluff.