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Former arsenal fire chief pleads guilty to false claims of overtime

Former arsenal fire chief pleads guilty to false claims of overtime

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - According to the U.S. District Attorney's Office, the former chief of the fire department at the Pine Bluff Arsenal pled guilty to presenting a false claim to collect overtime pay for time he did not work.

Thomas James Braumuller, 54, was a firefighter with the Dept. of Defense, but began working in Pine Bluff in May of 2004. He was promoted to chief in 2006.

Officials say that as chief, Braumuller received around $115,000 in base-pay annually, not including unscheduled overtime. From Jan. 2009 to March 2011, Braumuller submitted false records to collect overtime pay for time he hadn't worked.

According to officials, Braumuller collected $133,974.45 of unscheduled overtime. He resigned as chief in March of 2011.

Officials say Braumuller could receive no more than five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. He remains free as sentence is pending, which will be set by the court at a later date.

Laura Davis shot, Ronnie Davis killed in Sheridan shooting

Laura Davis shot, Ronnie Davis killed in Sheridan shooting

SHERIDAN, Ark. (KTHV) - A man allegedly shoots his estranged wife, and after fighting for the gun with another man, is shot and killed.

Police got a call just before 10 p.m. Saturday that there had been a shooting at an apartment on S. Rose Street in Sheridan. Police say they arrived within minutes and a man on the balcony said someone inside had been shot.

When police got inside, they found Laura Davis lying on the floor. She was still breathing and had a pulse. She was taken by Med Flight to a local hospital. No word on her condition at this time.

Ronnie Doyle Davis, 30, was found dead inside. According to another man inside the apartment, whose name has not been released, Davis shot his estranged wife. He says he and Ronnie Davis fought for the gun and he shot Davis in the face. Davis died instantly.

Sheridan police do not have any history with the couple. Laura Davis had lived in Jefferson County and recently moved to Sheridan.

Jefferson County Deputy Jailer Arrested

Jefferson County Deputy Jailer Arrested

JEFFERSON COUNTY DEPUTY JAILER ARRESTED:

Jefferson County, Arkansas – April 2, 2012 – On March 9, 2012 information was received by command staff at the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Jefferson County Adult Detention Center that contraband, particularly food and non-prescription medicine had been brought into the facility by a detention center officer and supplied to detainees.  Pursuant to department policy a criminal investigation was began by the Criminal Investigation Division of the Sheriff’s office.

Review of audio surveillance in place within the facility determined that a detainee called a family member and asked the family member to bring food and medicine to the facility and give it to a particular detention officer during shift change.  Review of video surveillance revealed the actual act of the items being brought into the facility and into the cell blocks by the detention deputy. 

ICVR tries writing a new history

ICVR tries writing a new history

The following is from an email sent to Today's THV:

A national project called PEN OR PENCIL Writing A New History is beginning in Pine Bluff supported and endorsed by U.S. Senator Mark Pryor and former U.S. Attorney Jane W. Duke is aimed at changing this bleak picture.

Camden man pleads guilty to drug trafficking, conspiracy

Camden man pleads guilty to drug trafficking, conspiracy

EL DORADO, Ark. (KTHV) – A Camden man is facing ten years to life in prison after admitting to charges of drug trafficking.

Prosecutors say Cedric Johnson, 35, pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine.

Johnson was also ordered to forfeit more than $720,000 that had been seized by authorities at the time of his arrest.

According to a release from Conner Eldridge, west Arkansas district attorney, Johnson dealt nearly 150 kilograms of cocaine in the Camden area since 2004. He was caught in June 2010 during a traffic stop.

In addition to the jail time, Johnson could face a fine of up to $10 million.

(Source: West Arkansas District Attorney’s Office)

Pine Bluff police take tips by text

Pine Bluff police take tips by text
PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) -- Citizens in Jefferson County can now send anonymous text and web tips to the Pine Bluff Police Department. For the first time, mobile phone users can provide anonymous crime fighting tips to the Pine Bluff PD. The service, called TipSoft, allows citizens to send anonymous tips online or by sending a text message to "CRIMES" (274637) with the keyword PBPD from a mobile phone. "The widespread use of text messaging makes it easy for the public to help law enforcement agencies fight crime," said Chief Brenda Davis-Jones. "And with TipSoft, they can know that it’s safe for them to do the right thing without ever disclosing their identity." TipSoft, which is made by CrimeReports, allows agencies and members of the public to have a two-way dialog that is completely secure and anonymous.

Update: Police cars broken into; $1,000 reward offered

Update: Police cars broken into; $1,000 reward offered

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) -- Law enforcement vehicles from various agencies were broken into during the later part of December 2011.  Weapons, body armor, flashlights, digital cameras, GPS systems and uniform clothing are some of the items that were stolen.

As of now, police say they have no leads in the case, nor do they have any property recovered at this time.  They were able to get some prints off of the vehicles, but are still waiting on the results from the crime lab.

If anyone knows the identity or whereabouts of anyone involved in or possessing these items please call the Pine Bluff Police Department Detective Division at 870-730-2090. All calls are kept confidential and a $1,000 reward will be paid for information leading to the suspect(s) arrest.

Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office