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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.

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Missing person report issued for Pine Bluff student


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Pine Bluff police issued a missing person report on Friday for a Pine Bluff High School student who hasn't been seen in over a month.

According to reports, Corinthia Dorn was reported missing on November 7. She was last seen on November 6 at Pine Bluff High School wearing holey blue jeans and a sleeveless shirt. She is described as standing 5'06" tall and weighing 220 pounds.

Pine Bluff police stated that Dorn has run away in the past.

If you have any knowledge on her whereabouts contact the Pine Bluff Police Department at (870) 543-5105.


Pine Bluff PD seek two suspects responsible for early morning shooting


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - The Pine Bluff Police Department is searching for two men who shot an individual twice early Wednesday morning.

Shortly after 2 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 16, a man was allegedly assaulted with a handgun while in a home off the 2600 block of Oak Street. Pine Bluff police reported that shortly after the male victim got away from the first suspect, he was approached by another and shot twice. The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and abdomen.

The victim was taken to a local hospital with wounds that did not appear to be life threatening, according to police.

Officials stated that the suspects are 38-year-old Kedrick, who is about 6 feet tall, and 25-year-old Darius Pugh, who is about 5'7." Kedrick is wanted for 1st degree battery and Darius is wanted for aggravated assault.

Pine Bluff police vehicles, school property vandalized


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - The Pine Bluff Police Department is looking for the people responsible for vandalizing several of their cars, as well as local school property.

According to Lt. David Price with the Pine Bluff Police Department, there were 12 cars spray painted with graffiti at 305 E. 6th Street. Lt. Price said that they were not patrol cars, but they were school resource vehicles and support cars. Pine Bluff High School and Dollarway High School also had some of their property vandalized.

Pine Bluff police believe that all of the cases are connected. Lt. Price said that some of the same numbers and words were painted at both the station and the schools.

The cost of the damage has yet to be determined. If you have any information on this incident, you are asked to contact the Pine Bluff Police Department at (870) 543-5105.


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Arkansas' Dollarway School District taken over by state


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Board of Education has approved a state takeover of the Dollarway School District in Pine Bluff.

The board voted Thursday to take over the district and named Barbara Warren as superintendent. Warren was director of the Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative until being named Dollarway superintendent. She is also a previous Pine Bluff School District superintendent.

Dollarway High School had been in academic distress since July 10, 2014.

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Pine Bluff Dollar General robbed at gunpoint


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) -- A man robbed a Dollar General at gunpoint last month, and now the Pine Bluff Police Department needs the public's help identifying the suspect.

The suspect's picture was captured on the store's security camera. The man went into the Dollar General on South Olive and forced the employee to empty the register.

He was seen wearing a black or brown hooded sweat shirt, dark colored pants, a white mask and white rubber gloves. He was also using a silver handgun.

If you have any information, you are asked to call the Detective Division at 870-730-2090.

 

Reward offered in Pine Bluff murder


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - A reward is now being offered in the shooting death of a University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff student.

The Wilbert family has put together a $10,000 reward for anyone with information that leads to the conviction of suspects in the 21-year-old Keith's death.

"There is someone who knows what happened on Boone Street. And that reward is an incentive," said Reverend Derrick Wilbert, Keith's uncle.

On September 23, Keith Wilbert Junior, a UAPB student, was killed inside his home.

"He was always happy, always had a smile on his face. He loved god, he loved his family and he loved his friends," said Rev. Wilbert.

The suspects: three men with bandanas covering their faces. The men demanded money from 21-year-old Wilbert, then shot him.