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Pine Bluff police make arrests in elderly robbery

Pine Bluff police make arrests in elderly robbery

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - On Wednesday, the Pine Bluff police arrested three men in connection with a robbery that happened last week.

At 8:30 a.m., detectives followed a tip and found all three suspects in a room of the Plaza Hotel on Convention Center Drive in Pine Bluff.

Justin Cartwright, 24, and Corderro Foster, 26, were both charged with aggravated robbery, felon in possession of a firearm, and theft by receiving.

Elderly couple robbed at gunpoint

Elderly couple robbed at gunpoint

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - A man and woman, both in their 80s, were held at gunpoint Monday afternoon while leaving the Brookshire's Food and Pharmacy at 28th Ave. and Hazel Street. 

According to reports, the man and woman were approached by two black males around 2:50 p.m., one of whom was armed with a handgun. They took cash from the male victim and a purse from the female.

Police have obtained photos of the suspects leaving in what appears to be a tan or gray late 90s model Oldsmobile Intrigue. One of the men was wearing a dark colored sweatshirt, the second with a denim jacket and a black t-shirt and the third with a ligth blue jacket.

Pine Bluff police ask that if you have any helpful information regarding to the crime, to contact the police dispatch center at (870) 541-5300 or the Detective Division at (870) 730-2090.

 

2 suspects burglarize Pine Bluff business

2 suspects burglarize Pine Bluff business


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – Pine Bluff police are looking for two suspects who burglarized a tire store.

Richard Wegner with PBPD said Oct. 19 shortly after 11 p.m. two men burglarized the American Tire business at 511 W. Spruce.

After breaking in through a window the suspects stole three floor jacks.

Police is asking for the public's assistance in identifying these two men. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Detective Division at 870-730-2090 or Dispatch at 870-541-5300.


Counties call for jail overcrowding solution

Counties call for jail overcrowding solution


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Officials from all 75 Arkansas counties are demanding answers on how state officials plan to reform prison funding.

Because of overcrowding, state inmates have to be housed at county jails, taking up space reserved for inmates within those counties.

County officials say the state requires they hold their own inmates and maintain prison conditions at a state specified level.

However, the problems counties say they face are space for the inmates and full reimbursement from the state.

"We need to get the state to start taking responsibility for their own inmates. They're forcing. They're basically... They're not basically but they're forcing the counties to violate the rights of our inmates by not running a constitutional jail," said David Lucas, Jackson County Sheriff.

Pine Bluff's Huddle House sued for racial harassment

Pine Bluff's Huddle House sued for racial harassment


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – The company who owns Huddle House in Pine Bluff is being sued for alleged racial harassment.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleges the business violated federal law by "subjecting a black employee to a hostile work environment because of her race."

According to the EEOC's suit, Huddle House subjected Angela Whitfield, who worked as a shift leader at its Pine Bluff restaurant, to racially offensive language. Among other things, members of Huddle House's management team regularly referred to Whitfield and other black employees as "ghetto," "hood," "hood rat," "Huddle ho's" and used the "N-word" when they visited the restaurant.

EEOC says this conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The lawsuit was filed after they attempted to reach a settlement.

Realtor's murder sparks debate over issues with Arkansas parole system

Realtor's murder sparks debate over issues with Arkansas parole system

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Beverly Carter's murder has renewed the debate over the state of Arkansas' parole system.

Her accused killer, Arron Lewis, was on parole and is not the first Arkansas parolee to be accused of murder in the last couple years.

The state Department of Community Correction today told THV11 Lewis was a "pretty good parolee", reporteing to his parole officer regularly, passing all his drug tests and paying all his fees. Some say that is even more reason to tighten the state's parole laws.

Realtor's body found in shallow grave; suspect charged with murder

Realtor's body found in shallow grave; suspect charged with murder

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Pulaski County sheriff's deputies are reporting that they have located the body of missing real estate agent Beverly Carter, 49.

As of 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, 33-year-old Arron Lewis is officially charged with capital murder of Carter. He was initially booked on a kidnapping charge and a parole hold for the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

Lewis is also charged with robbery and four charges of possession of firearms by certain persons.

A press conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. with the sheriff's office to share more information. THV11 will be there.