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Pups try their paws at art in 'Paws in Prison' program

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (July 31, 2015) – Over the past few months, the Arkansas Department of Correction's Paws in Prison pups have tried their hand – er, paws – at art. The result is a series of paintings that are now up for bid in an online auction.

The money raised will go toward the Paws in Prison program, a non-profit organization that rescues dogs from kill shelters and places them in prison with inmate trainers. Most dogs go through eight to 10 weeks of training before receiving their AKC obedience certification at a graduation ceremony. The dogs also receive vaccinations and are spayed/neutered.

The program started in December 2011. By the end of July, more than 600 Paws in Prison dogs have found forever homes.

Jefferson Co. jail detainees riot resulting in thousands in property damage

Jefferson Co. jail detainees riot resulting in thousands in property damage

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) – According the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, the Special Response Team (SRT) responded after inmates at the Jefferson County Jail rioted causing several thousand dollars in damage on Wednesday night.

According to Major Lafayette Woods, Jr., over 80 detainees rioted after jail security staff tightened security and restricted privileges for the inmates.

Suspect behind 6th Pine Bluff homicide arrested

Suspect behind 6th Pine Bluff homicide arrested

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - The suspect behind the murder of Kevin Lampkin was taken into custody Friday. 

Lampkin was found dead in a Mercury Grand Marquis on Saturday, July 25. The death was recorded as the sixth homicide in Pine Bluff for 2015. 

Pine Bluff man found dead in car identified

Jermaine Markist Bailey, 22, was declared the prime suspect Wednesday morning, and his information was sent out to every law enforcement agency in Arkansas. Shortly after, Bailey was arrested for the murder during a traffic stop in Little Rock. 


JCPenny deals for tax-free weekend

JCPenny deals for tax-free weekend

UNDATED, Ark. (KTHV) - One option to take advantage of for some back-to-school shopping and during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year could be your local JCPenney store . From denim and school uniforms to dorm gear and backpacks, JCPenney is a one-stop shopping destination for all their back-to-school needs. For a limited time, kids will receive $10 haircuts at jcp salons [Valid July 15 – Aug. 31, while appointments last] and $29.99 eyeglasses at all JCPenney optical stores [Valid July 5 – Sept. 15]. 


July 17 - 18 – Tax holiday

*Extended store hours*


Local JCPenney stores. (Go to jcpenney.com and click on “find a store” for nearest location.)

Pine Bluff man found dead in car identified

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Officers with the Pine Bluff Police Department are investigating a shooting that left one man dead on Saturday.

Officers were sent to the intersection of East Short 24th and Indiana streets on Saturday around 1:34 p.m. regarding a shooting. When they arrived on scene, they discovered a man unresponsive in a tan Mercury Grand Marquis partially off the road and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Police said the victim, identified as 30-year-old Kevin Lampkin, was pronounced dead at the scene.

This is the sixth homicide for Pine Bluff in 2015. Police ask that anyone with information regarding this crime, to please contact the Pine Bluff Police Detective Division at (870) 730-2090 or the Dispatch Center at (870) 541- 5300.

Stay with THV11 for more updates to this story.

Jefferson Co. asking for help to recover park

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Flood water was as high as 40 feet in parts of Pine Bluff in June.

Most is dried up now, but parts of Regional Park are still closed.

Pine Bluff Parks and recreation says future community events are relying on the city getting federal help.

"This time the water stayed up for about two weeks, so everything underneath the water was greatly affected by the floods," said April Layher, director of Parks and Recreation.

An aerial view of what Regional Park looked like in June shows the baseball and softball fields completely submerged.

"We had some floor damage and air conditioning damage in the baseball park," said Layher.

Along with the fields, all the electrical boxes were under water.

"One of the main events we use them for is our Christmas lights display," said Layher.

Terminally ill woman fights to save dogs

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - An avid dog lover is afraid she will not only lose her life to a terminal illness, but the dogs she rescued will lose theirs as well if she doesn't soon get help.

Pam Passmore has done all she could to save the lives of four dogs, but she is afraid her time is running out.

"I've begged. I've plead for somebody's help." But months have gone by and Passmore has almost reached her breaking point.

"I got lupus/SLE. It's kin to leukemia."

Living with a condition that has left her with little to no strength, she says time is dwindling. A few months ago, Pam rescued four dogs in hopes of giving them another chance at life.

"I've called Hot Springs. I've called Benton. I've called Pine Bluff, White Hall. They're always full. They ain't got room or they're too far out to come get them."