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Sheriff's office building partially collapses in downtown Pine Bluff

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - On Monday, several members of personnel with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office arrived for work in the morning and found that a partial ceiling leading into the southeast hallway of 117 Main Street in downtown Pine Bluff had collapsed.

No injuries were reported, but Pine Bluff Fire & Emergency Services crews were on the scene to assess the building as it relates to the safety of the Technical Services Division and other personnel who also occupy the building. "117 Main Street also houses the Sheriff's Office Evidence Section, which is an added concern of mine," said Sheriff Gerald Robinson.

Reports state that even though the Jefferson County Quorum Court voted and approved an Appropriation Ordinance towards the construction of a new building, it still remains incomplete.

PBPD searching for man supected to be armed, dangerous

PBPD searching for man supected to be armed, dangerous

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - The Pine Bluff Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding a man considered armed and dangerous.

According to a post from the department's Facebook page, police are currently trying to find Tamarcus Tarshay McMiller, who is wanted for aggravated assault on a member of his household.

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Utility rate increases for Pine Bluff

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - An administrative law judge has approved a 12.75 percent rate increase for a public utility that provides drinking water to Pine Bluff.

Liberty Utilities
serves 17,000 homes and businesses in the city, and an average residential customer's monthly bill will rise about 88 cents.

The Arkansas Public Service Commission is expected to finalize the rate increase within 30 days, and it will take effect immediately following finalization.

Longtime Arkansas newspaper editor Larry Fugate dies

WHITE HALL, Ark. (AP) - Longtime Arkansas newspaper editor Larry Fugate has died.

Fugate died at his home in White Hall near Pine Bluff on Thursday, he was 69. Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro says funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. A cause of death was not immediately released.

Fugate was editor of The Jonesboro Sun from 1966-2000, when he left for similar duties at the Pine Bluff Commercial.

Bob Troutt, whose family published The Jonesboro Sun, remembers Fugate as a "gruff and rough guy" who was best in a crisis situation.

Fourth Pine Bluff building partially collapses

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) -- Another part of a building in Pine Bluff collapsed Thursday afternoon- the fourth in the last year.

Officials say most buildings along Main Street are beyond repair but say they don't have the money to clean them up.

Thursday's collapse happened to 12-year-shop-owner Robert English when the roof to his music store Mid-South Music caved in, causing extensive flooding and water damage.

"Yes it's very depressing and I've been doing this fifty years," English said. "Every time we get a leak we go up there and try to fix it-- it just got so bad it got ahead of us."

"It is an unfortunate situation here in Pine Bluff that we have buildings with these types of situations," said Pine Bluff fire chief Shauwn Howell.

Pine Bluff police searching for Valero robbery suspect

Pine Bluff police searching for Valero robbery suspect

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Pine Bluff police are still attempting to locate James Dixson III for the aggravated robbery of a Valero gas station at 3000 E. Harding in Pine Bluff. 

Dixson, 34, is standing at 5'9" tall and goes by the nickname of 'Husain'. He is considered by police as armed and dangerous. 

Anyone with information concerning the location of Mr. Dixson is asked to contact the police dispatch at (870) 543-5111 or the detective division at (870) 730-2090.  

Collapsed buildings cause Pine Bluff business owners to consider relocation

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - "Depressing," that is how Robert English describes the current state of downtown Pine Bluff. He continued, "It's getting worse." English runs Mid South Music Company on Main Street. He said, "What's happened already in this area is going to happen to this building eventually."

It is a fearful reality sinking in for many downtown business owners. One woman stopped by saying, "We need to get this cleaned up. If you could come, I've signed up to speak tonight."

She encouraged English to attend Monday night's city council meeting to voice his want for something to be done about the mess sitting on Main Street.