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Search continues for missing Arkansas inmate

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - Corrections officials say the search continues for a convicted killer who escaped an Arkansas prison more than three weeks ago.

Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson says the agency continues to follow up on tips and reported sightings of inmate Timothy Buffington, who escaped the Pine Bluff Unit on June 21.

But Wilson said Monday that there's been no confirmed sighting of Buffington apart from surveillance video taken the night of the escape. He escaped while doing janitorial work at a house on prison grounds, and officials say he stole a shotgun.

Wilson says the agency is currently evaluating all internal policies surrounding Buffington's escape, including the trusty program in which he participated.

Buffington is described as white, 5 feet 6 inches tall and 182 pounds, with a shaved head.

LRFW 6 announced to the world!

LRFW 6 announced to the world!

LITTLE ROCK,  Ark.   - Little Rock Fashion Week (LRFW) 2014 will present its unique brand of fashion production to world from July 14th through July 19th. Founder and executive producer Brandon D. Campbell has quenched Arkansas’ yearning for fashion ever since 2009 with the first ever LRFW. The third week of every July is set aside by the state to showcase high fashion, designers, models, make-up and hair artistry and promote the state’s booming fashion scene. 


LRFW & LR Zoo to host For Kids by Kids show

LRFW & LR Zoo to host For Kids by Kids show

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (July 2, 2014) – The Little Rock Zoo is excited to announce that it will host the For Kids by Kids (FKBK) fashion show during the upcoming Little Rock Fashion Week on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in Café Africa.  

Created by LRFW founder Brandon D. Campbell, FKBK will showcase some of the hottest kid’s fashions from Belk, The Toggery and artistic fashion by kids from the Hillary Clinton Children’s Library for the upcoming season.  The third annual FKBK is appropriate for kids and adults, alike. The event benefits both the Zoo and LRFW’s new scholarship not-for-profit Oneofakind Fashionment Foundation (O.F.F.). In addition to the fashion showcase, guest will be able to enjoy live entertainment and food.

Deputy involved in bar shooting was 8-year veteran of sheriff's office

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the deputy involved in a shooting at a Pine Bluff night club July 5.

Major Lafayette Woods said Wednesday the deputy involved was Investigator Randy Jackson, an eight-year veteran of the sheriff's office.

A man was reportedly shot in the chest just after 3:30 a.m. at Swann's Bar and Lounge. He was transported to Jefferson Regional Medical Center and as of Wednesday is stable.

Monday, Maj. Woods said they're still trying to figure out whether the deputy was on duty. "He's in a specialized division so it wouldn't be unusual for him to be out at that time," Woods said. "Some of the questions we have in terms of whether or not he was on duty, what type of materials he was wearing, if he had a duty weapon versus a personal-owned gun we have not made that determination yet."

Trivia Question: What’s hidden in the UAPB logo?

Trivia Question: What’s hidden in the UAPB logo?

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – Can you tell us what’s hidden in the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff golden lion?

We’ll give you a hint: It’s a mane feature.

Man forced inside SUV, beaten, shot

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – Pine Bluff police say a man was forced into a vehicle, then shot in Pine Bluff.

PBPD said shortly after 1 a.m. June 30, a man was at the McDonald's 2819 S. Olive when a tan SUV pulled up with at least three people inside and he was forced inside.

Police say a fight then began inside the SUV, and it stopped behind the Head Hunters Barber Shop at 3209 S. Main.

According to the surveillance video, police say the fight spilled out of the SUV and continued outside. During the fight, police say the victim was shot twice and struck in the head with the gun several times.

Police then say the suspects got back inside the vehicle and the suspect is seen in the video limping away when he was rammed by the vehicle.

The victim was able to make his way to a location on W. 31st Street where help was called.

Simmons First National to donate bank in Eudora

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - Pine Bluff-based Simmons First National Corporation has announced plans to donate Delta Trust & Bank in Eudora to Southern Bancorp Bank.

The donation announced Monday depends upon the closing of Simmons First's purchase of Delta Trust & Banking Corporation - which is the parent company of Delta Trust.

Simmons First already has branches in nearby Lake Village and federal regulations limit bank acquisitions in areas where one bank already has a significant market share. The regulation prevents Simmons Frist from operating the Delta Trust branch in Eudora.

Southern Bancorp's parent corporation is Southern Bancorp Inc. headquartered in Arkadelphia. The company was created in 1986 as a community development financial institution to focus on the economic and development needs of rural areas.