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Governor intends to pardon Pine Bluff woman

Governor intends to pardon Pine Bluff woman

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced his intent to grant six pardons. An additional 25 clemency requests were denied and 30 had no action taken upon them. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates.

The six 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:

John Ford (Newport): Breaking or Entering, Theft of Property
This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1981 - Jackson County), 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.

Michael M.

Jefferson Co. Sheriff’s Office introduces smartphone app

Jefferson Co. Sheriff’s Office introduces smartphone app


JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) -- Jefferson County Sheriff Gerald Robinson proudly announces that his office has launched a smartphone app that allows the office to communicate much more effectively with the community.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office app is a free download for users and is currently available only for Android smart devices. However, the mobile app a release date for iPhone device users is scheduled to be released very soon.

Users of the app will have access to real-time detention center information, plus lists of non-custodial parents and most-wanted criminals. The sheriff’s office will also be able to send news and alerts directly to users’ smartphone – notifying them about anything from bank robberies and missing persons to escapes, weather warnings and more.

“The most beneficial and significant feature of this app is that it lets us get important information right to people’s fingertips,” said Sheriff Robinson.

New employment firm helps offenders, local businesses

New employment firm helps offenders, local businesses

Terry Williams has a love for former prison inmates. She believes in them so much that, in an economy that is less than robust, she just launched an employment firm – Little Rock-based Ramoth, Inc. – to help recently released Arkansas and Louisiana inmates find jobs.

Though it’s a unique concept, Williams said she doesn’t consider it a risk.

That’s because when it comes to ex-inmates, Williams is an expert. The daughter of a police officer and wife of the City of Maumelle, Ark.’s police chief, she has decades of experience working as the director of faith-based halfway houses for federal inmates called City of Faith. Based in Louisiana and Little Rock, Williams’ programs have put thousands of former federal prisoners to work – successfully.  Now she is hoping to help state-level offenders find jobs.

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.