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Pine Bluff sees worst flooding in 25 years

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) -- Although the rain has stopped, many counties in the state have been declared disaster areas. Perhaps no area was hit as hard with flooding problems as Jefferson County. The area—particularly around Pine Bluff—has seen its worst flooding in 25 years, and the river hasn't even crested yet.

The Arkansas River is sitting 14 feet above normal levels with its crest expected sometime late Wednesday night. The good news is that the water will finally start to recede. The bad news is that it may be too late as much of this flood's damage has already happened.

"It's just unbelievable," exclaimed Wayne Borecky, who owns a house along Riverside Drive in Pine Bluff. "Three inches of water. Three inches of water in the house that was supposed to be the max. Now it's 15 inches of water."

Rising river floods Pine Bluff businesses

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Businesses in Pine Bluff are losing thousands of dollars due to the flooding caused by the recent heavy rainfall.

"Everything that has a motor on it, we have to get it and store it up on higher ground," said Darrell Anderson, who is a manager at Jenson Construction.

Darrell Anderson has worked near water for 16 years by helping build and distribute parts to make bridges across Arkansas. He says the recent flood waters have set the company back by three or four weeks for some projects, but others by a couple of months.

"When it floods out, it floods our work area out and stops us from working. Then, you know, you're stuck till the water goes back down again," added Anderson.

Pine Bluff searching for man wanted for multiple felonies

Pine Bluff searching for man wanted for multiple felonies

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (PBPD) - The Detective Division of the Pine Bluff Police Department is asking the public for help in locating an individual who is wanted for multiple felonies. 

     Raymond Nelson Jr. is a 50-year-old black male who is about 5'11" in height.  He is known to drive a black Ford F-150 with a Harley Davidson decal in the back glass.

     Mr. Nelson is wanted on the following charges; Aggravated Robbery, Aggravated Burglary, Aggravated Assault, being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Theft of Property.  He should be considered armed and dangerous.  Anyone with information regarding Mr. Nelson’s locating is asked to contact the Detective Division at 870-730-2090 or our dispatch center at 870-541-5300.  Information can also be shared through our social media outlets listed below. 

Facebook- pinebluff.pbpd@facebook.com

Stray bullet from teen's gun play kills Pine Bluff man

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - A 19-year-old was found dead Saturday night, making it Pine Bluff's fourth homicide for 2015.

The Pine Bluff Police Department responded to a call around 7 p.m. to a residence near 13th Avenue and Linden Street in reference to a shooting. When officers arrived on the scene, they found Joshua Campbell, 19, dead inside the residence. The Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelly stated that he died from a single gunshot wound.

While investigating the scene, juveniles began approaching the officers. One of them, a 14-year-old boy whose name cannot be released at this time, admitted to playing with a small caliber pistol and shot Campbell one time.

The juvenile was arrested for 2nd degree murder.

City-wide clean-up day in Pine Bluff

City-wide clean-up day in Pine Bluff

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Officials are asking the citizens of Pine Bluff to come together and help with the city-wide clean-up. 

On Saturday, June 13, starting at 10 a.m. and lasting until 1 p.m. supporters of the City of Pine Bluff will clean-up areas that need it the most. Lunch for the volunteers will be served at 1 p.m. 

To pledge your desire to help, visit the City of Pine Bluff website or Mayor Debe Hollingsworth Facebook page

For more information about the event, call (870) 730-2021 or coordinate with your local church. 

THV11 Working for You: Looking further into Pine Bluff building collapses

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) -- Over the last 20 years, the city of Pine Bluff has seen its population decline by more than 10,000 people.

It's left parts of the city in disrepair, particularly downtown, where more than half of the buildings along Main Street are either boarded up, or worse, collapsed.

Four have caved in in the last year and a half, and it got THV11 asking what's behind it.

Through the Freedom of Information Act, THV11 obtained hundreds of documents detailing inspections and protocol along Main Street.

"I can tell you that business is slow," said Carter Davis, who manages an auto repair shop on the 600 block of Main Street. "We have good days and we have bad days."

The old Sahara Temple across from his store saw its roof cave in last July, creating a nuisance in front of his shop when the city shut down part of Main Street.

Pine Bluff's Second Annual Pastors and Community Prayer Luncheon

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - The Church Outreach Committee (COC) of Pine Bluff invites all clergy, community leaders and citizens to participate in the Second Annual Pastors and Community Prayer Luncheon. 

The event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 20 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center, located at 1 Convention Center Drive in Pine Bluff. There is no charge for the meal. The committee is asking everyone to come, have lunch, fellowship and pray together for our government (city, county, state and national), the faith community, law enforcement, business and industry, education (children and youth), and the community.