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Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - For years, we've seen public service announcements about texting while driving, but are people really getting the message? One student says, "I mean they're sad. You know, it's emotional. I just feel I've seen so many that you think it just won't happen."

THV11 News sat down with six teenage students at Sylvan High School in Sherwood, Arkansas. They admit, texting and driving is a big temptation for teenagers like themselves. "I don't do it all the time but sometimes I do text and drive and I admit that it is dangerous," Antonius Russell says.

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 71 percent of teens and young people say they have sent text messages while driving and 78 percent of them have read a text message while driving.

Pine Bluff couple arrested on drug and firearm charges

Pine Bluff couple arrested on drug and firearm charges

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., officers of the Pine Bluff Police Department Vice and Narcotics Unit and the Pine Bluff Police S.W.A.T. Team executed a search warrant at 6809 Calhoun Street in Pine Bluff.

According to Lt. David Price, the warrant was secured after an investigation was conducted from information developed from "tips" from the public and a series of controlled buys from the residence.

Inside the residence was a complex growing operation of what appeared to be marijuana. A room inside the residence had been converted to a "grow house" that included ventilation systems, special lighting and timers. Approximately 60 mature plants were recovered from the operation with an estimated street value of around $80,000. Also, methamphetamine and Xanax was recovered from the residence. A handgun was also present in the residence.

Arkansas Supreme Court reverses capital murder conviction

Arkansas Supreme Court reverses capital murder conviction

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Supreme Court has reversed a Lincoln County man's capital murder conviction on grounds that there was not sufficient proof the accused man committed the crime.

In a split decision, the court on Thursday dismissed the conviction and life sentence of 23-year-old Justin Jamaille Thornton for the 2011 shooting death of 22-year-old Kwame Turner.

The majority concluded that there was evidence that Turner was killed in Thornton's home, but no evidence that Thornton was the person who fired the shot. The justices also said there was no evidence of premeditation.

Thornton was convicted in a non-jury trial and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Prosecutors didn't seek the death penalty.

The appeal didn't address a gun charge and other counts on which Thornton was also convicted.

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FBI needs help identifying suspected child sexual predator

FBI needs help identifying suspected child sexual predator

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (FBI) -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public's assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male suspected of sexually exploiting a child. Photographs and informational posters depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 28, are being disseminated to the public and can be found online at the FBI website athttp://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap.

JCSO, AT&T promoting 'Don't Text While Driving' campaign

JCSO, AT&T promoting 'Don't Text While Driving' campaign

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. (JCSO/ATT) – The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is very proud to announce its partnership with AT&T to bring awareness to and promote the “Don’t Text While Driving” Campaign and AT&T’s “It Can Wait” texting and driving campaign.  The purpose of the two campaigns that seem to mirror each other is to focus on educating the public, especially teens on the dangers of texting and driving.     

Police offer reward for murder suspect

Police offer reward for murder suspect

On Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 10:24 pm, Michael R. Mallett Jr., 31, of Pine Bluff was found shot inside a vehicle parked at a home in the 2600 block of Cockrill Street.

The PBPD Detective Division is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of the suspect(s) involved in the homicide. Anyone with information should call the Pine Bluff Police Detective Division at (870)730-2090.

Anonymous tips can be submitted through our website at www.pbpd.org or through our Facebook page. To text your anonymous tip to Detectives, text to CRIMES then put “PBPD” with your message.

Police seek robbery suspect

Police seek robbery suspect

From a Pine Bluff Police Department press release:

On 08/17/2012 at 08:10pm officers were dispatched to the Hazel Street Food Mart, 2201 West 17th Avenue. The clerk said that the suspect entered the store and stole a 30 pack of beer. The clerk chased the suspect and the suspect pointed a firearm at the clerk. The clerk then stopped pursuing the suspect. The suspect was described as a tall black male who had on a baseball hat with an “A” turned backwards, a large white t-shirt, dark shorts, white socks and white shoes. The suspect is wanted for Aggravated Robbery and Theft. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.