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Single car accident turns into homicide investigation

Single car accident turns into homicide investigation

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – What started out as an emergency call for a single-car accident has become a homicide investigation.

Sgt. David DeFoor said the body of 32-year-old Darrell Lovett, of Pine Bluff, was found late Sunday in a black Mitsubishi Galant in a ditch at the intersection of 3rd and Grant Streets. He had apparently been shot multiple times.

DeFoor said the investigation was still in its early stages and little information could be released.

UAPB receives grant to create rural health professorship

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has received a $250,000 grant to create a professorship school officials say will be used to attract and keep top faculty in health education.

The school announced the grant Wednesday from Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield to create a nursing professorship in rural health.

Mark White, the insurer's president and CEO, says having skilled health professionals is critical to the care of small-town residents who have limited access to medical care.

The school announced that nursing department chairwoman Diann Williams will be the first to receive an endowed professorship.

Williams was interim executive director of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing in 1995 and was previously the vice president for assessment and nursing and allied health at Southeast Arkansas College.

JCSO launches new website feature

JCSO launches new website feature

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has recently launched a new feature on its online website that will show the public an inmate's profile. 

The department has now added a button to their inmate roster list named VINELink (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) that will give the public the ability to keep track of any charges in an inmate's custody status. Crime victims can find information about the criminal cases of these offenders at any time.

The public can even sign up for alerts on inmates through VINELink via email, phone, or teletypewriter, in addition to looking at the website.

For more information about the Website please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 870-541-5351 or visit www.jeffcoso.org

Purple Heart awarded more than 40 years later

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - After waiting 40 years, a Vietnam War veteran was finally awarded a Purple Heart for his service in battle. 

Forty years ago Melvin Fields was in Vietnam serving in the Army. While putting his life on the line, Fields was wounded. He explains, “With a 175 millimeter mortar. I was hit in the chest, the head and the leg.”

He should have been awarded a Purple Heart but believes his commander accidentally glossed over his sacrifice. “So much was going on in those four or five days that he forgot about it,” Fields adds.

On Thursday, Senator Tom Cotton presented Fields with a Cold War Certificate in recognition of his service and his long-awaited Purple Heart. It was a day Fields never imagined would come, but one he will remember forever.

Pine Bluff police arrest 5 with federal warrants for firearm violations

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - The Pine Bluff Police Department joined forces with the White Hall Police Department on Thursday to apprehend five individuals who were wanted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

The five subjects, whose identity has yet to be released, were all wanted with federal warrants for firearm violations. They were located on Thursday, August 20 and were taken into custody without incident.

The subjects are currently being held in the Pulaski County Jail.

This is all of the information that has been released at this time. Stay with THV11 for more updates.

Pine Bluff woman celebrating 90th bday

Pine Bluff woman celebrating 90th bday

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - After celebrating her and her husband's 76th wedding anniversary in July, Arwilda Whiteside will be celebrating her 90th birthday on August 22. 

Arwilda and Cleovis Whiteside celebrated their 76th year of marriage on July 25, 2015. Now, Arwilda is looking forward to turning 90 on Saturday. Her husband is 94 years old. 

Whiteside credits her longevity to God. 

To find out more information on the celebration, or to wish her a Happy Birthday, call (870) 247-3835

Keshia Knight-Pulliam to speak at UAPB

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (August 17, 2015) - Keshia Knight-Pulliam, the youngest actress to ever be nominated for an Emmy Award and child star the award-winning Cosby Show will be the featured speaker during Welcome Back Week at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). The free, public event will be held Thursday, August 27 at 7 pm in the J.M. Ross auditorium of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts building. Doors will open at 6 pm.