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2 injured in Pine Bluff shooting

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – Two men were injured in a Sunday night shooting.

Sgt. David De Foor with PBPD said around 8 p.m. police were at Saracen Landing clearing traffic when several shots were fired near the center of the parking lot.

A 20-year-old man was shot, and a 35-year-old man was injured by shattered glass during the shooting. Both men are stable at Jefferson Memorial.

The motivation for the shooting is still under investigation. Police are asking anyone with information on the shooting to call the Pine Bluff Police Detective Division at (870) 730-2090 or the dispatch center at (870) 541-5300.

Hit-and-run crash kills Pine Bluff teen

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - A Pine Bluff teen is dead after a hit-and-run accident Friday night.

14-year-old Charles Jones was crossing Highway 79 around 10:00 with a group of teens at Union Street when a grey late-model Dodge Avenger hit Jones then left the scene, said Pine Bluff Police.

Investigators found the car a short time later and arrested 21-year-old Jontrel Collins, charging him with leaving-the-scene, negligent homicide and DWI.

Collins' blood-alcohol level was not released; a blood sample was drawn Jefferson Regional Medical Center and the results are pending submission to the Arkansas State Crime lab for analysis.

Missing teen: Have you seen him?

Missing teen: Have you seen him?

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office is looking for a runaway teen.

The Sheriff's Office said 16-year-old Vonquarius 'Von' Gaston has been missing since March 25. He was last seen at his home on Southern Belle Drive.

The Sheriff's Office said Von has a history of running away, but has never been gone for more than three or four days. As of April 15 Von has been missing for three weeks.

Von has not made contact with anyone in his family or friends; investigators don't have any leads at this time.

Von was recently released from Bridgeway and his parents believe he has no connection to local schools.

If you have any information to the whereabouts of Von Gaston, contact the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office Investigations Division at 501-340-6940 or our 24 hour Communications Center at 501-340-6963. Anonymous information can also be left on the Central Arkansas CRIMESTOPPERS tip-line at 501-340-TIPS(8477).

Arkansas lotto eyes advertising with universities

Arkansas lotto eyes advertising with universities

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A committee of the Arkansas Lottery Commission is discussing the prospect of advertising with universities in the state.

Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said Wednesday that it would be a natural fit because proceeds from the lottery fund college scholarships.

The agency surveyed other state lotteries and found that it's common for lotteries with ties to education to market through universities.

For instance, Woosley says the lottery could sell instant tickets with an Arkansas Razorbacks theme and have in-game ads that promote how much lottery money goes toward scholarships.

The idea is one of several Woosley is proposing to increase revenue.

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Update: Man in custody for forgery in Pine Bluff

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – A man is now in custody after being wanted in Pine Bluff for forgery.

The Pine Bluff Police Dept. sent a release Tuesday saying 20-year-old Jordan Cotner was wanted for second degree forgery and theft of property for an incident that occurred April 8 at Relyance Bank on S. Olive Street.

Cotner was also wanted for counterfeiting money (first degree forgery), possession of instrument of crime, and possession of a controlled substance.

Later in the day, another release was sent saying that Cotner had been located and was in police custody.

1 killed, another injured in Pine Bluff shootout

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – Pine Bluff police are investigating the shooting death of a local man Sunday night.

Sgt. David De Foor with PBPD said officers found a 26-year-old man with two gunshot wounds to the upper back and neck on the 2500 block of Reeker.

Shortly after, another shooting was called in a few blocks away at the intersection of L.A. Prixy Davis and Bell Streets. There officers found John Burnett Jr., 18, with a single gunshot wound to the upper chest.

Police determined the two shot each other in an exchange of gunfire that originally occurred on the 1200 block of N. Willow.

The reason for the shooting is still under investigation. An arrest in the homicide is pending. This is the fourth homicide for Pine Bluff this year.

One victim is stable at a local hospital while Burnett was pronounced dead at Jefferson Regional medical Center.

‘THV11 in Your Town’ feature: Arkadelphia

‘THV11 in Your Town’ feature: Arkadelphia

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (KTHV) – For my second THV 11 in My Town feature, I headed out to Arkadelphia for a day and found quite a few great things to highlight.


First, I stopped by the Arkadelphia Alliance (Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance and Area Chamber of Commerce if you’re not into that whole brevity thing). There, executive vice president Shelley Loe talked to me about some of the great features in Arkadelphia and what the city had to offer.

If you’re into numbers, the city is home to around 10,714 citizens with 3,736 households as of the 2010 census. (See demographics info: http://on.kthv.com/1hwqnsh) It also offers two accredited 4-year institutions – Henderson State University and Ouachita Baptist University, and the area is home to three school districts—Arkadelphia, Gurdon, and Centerpoint.