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Pine Bluff officer will not face charges in shooting

Pine Bluff officer will not face charges in shooting


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Arkansas State Police have determined a Pine Bluff Police officer was justified in the shooting of her boyfriend at their home.

Reports state that the Lieutenant will not face charges in shooting her boyfriend on August 15.

According to reports, he showed up to her home and attacked her, so she shot him.

The man denies attacking her. Police believed he was going to use deadly force on her, and that she acted in self-defense.

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Police report: Female officer shot boyfriend in chest during argument


ADC reviewing who will receive Buffington reward

ADC reviewing who will receive Buffington reward


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - With the capture of escaped inmate Timothy Buffington on Thursday, the Arkansas Department of Correction is now deciding who will get the reward money.

Buffington escaped from a Pine Bluff jail on June 21 of this year.

On July 24 ADC put out a $4,000 reward for information leading to him.

Shea Wilson with ADC says they're aware of the role each person took in identifying Buffington, but have not made a decision on who will receive the money.

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Update: Escaped murderer Timothy Buffington captured


Pine Bluff attempted murder suspect arrested in Wisc.

Pine Bluff attempted murder suspect arrested in Wisc.


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – Police in Pine Bluff have a second suspect in custody for attempted murder and robbery.

Sgt. David Price said Deundra Harris was taken into custody in Wisconsin and extradited back to Arkansas Wednesday in connection with a robbery and an attempted murder of a Pine Bluff man in June.

The first suspect, Azeez Muhammad, has been in custody since Aug. 20 for this incident. Police are still searching for a third and final, Brandon R. White.

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Supreme Court to argue inmate's freedom of religion

Supreme Court to argue inmate's freedom of religion


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - When the Supreme Court returns from break next month, its focus will be on the freedom of religion for prisoners.

On October 7th, they'll argue if prison officials can prohibit Muslim inmates from growing beards required by their faiths.

The case was originally brought by Arkansas inmate, Gregory Holt. At his 2012 hearing, prison officials said the strict policy was a result of security concerns.

Right now, more than 40 state prisons allow the beard.

The exceptions, according to Holt's brief, include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.


Reward offered for information on escaped convict

Reward offered for information on escaped convict

JEFFERON COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas Department of Corrections is now offering a reward for information leading to the capture of an escaped convict.

On Thursday, July 24, ADC spokesperson Shea Wilson said there is now $4,000 in reward money available for information leading to Timothy Buffington's capture and arrest. Buffington walked away from work detail at the Pine Bluff Unit about a month ago.

He is said to have shot his ex-wife Rhonda Combs in the head with a rifle while she sat in her boyfriend's truck in Booneville in July of 1998. According to Wilson, he was admitted to ADC on March 12, 1999. Combs and Buffington had been in a custody dispute over their two children.

Governor Beebe announces intent to grant pardons

Governor Beebe announces intent to grant pardons

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced his intent to grant 15 pardons. An additional 38 clemency requests were denied and six had no action taken upon them. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates.

The 15 applicants intended for pardons have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences. There is a 30-day waiting period to receive public feedback on the pardons before final action is taken.

Governor Beebe intends to grant pardons to the following people:

Kevia K. Bolden (Memphis, TN): Shoplifting This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2007 - Little Rock District), the fact that all terms of the applicant's sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law-enforcement objections to the application.

Pine Bluff High School vandalized Friday

Pine Bluff High School vandalized Friday

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – Pine Bluff High School was vandalized sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning.

Lt. David Price with the Pine Bluff Police Department said one of the security guard arrived Friday morning and found trash strewn all over campus. When the guard looked around campus, they found more damage including glued locks, graffiti on the side of the gym, decorative plants ripped from pots, overturned picnic tables, and paint on security camera lenses.

Police have not names any suspects, and efforts are already underway to correct the damage. A total on damage cost was not provided.