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UAPB student suspect in Dallas triple murder


DALLAS (KTHV) – A University of Arkansas Pine Bluff (UAPB) student has been arrested in connection with the deaths of three people in Dallas, Texas.

According to the Dallas Police Department (DPD), 21-year-old Justin Pharez 'J Dawg' Smith was taken into custody without incident around 6:15 a.m. by the North Texas US Marshal's Fugitive Task Force at a home in Grand Prarie, Texas. He is suspected in a triple murder the happened Saturday on the 5100 block on Wynell Street.

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Smith apparently admitted to the crime during an interview with homicide detectives, added DPD spokespersons. He is now being held in lieu of a $1 million bond at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center for capital murder.

Arkansas police searching for 24 stolen guns


WHITE HALL, Ark. (KTHV) - "It's rare for us to have burglaries period and something like this is very unusual," Assistant Chief Paul Brown of White Hall Police Department explained.

Hunter's Refuge in White Hall is one of two businesses burglarized within a week. In both cases, suspects were after one thing, guns. Brown added, "The suspects when they entered the business they knew exactly where to go which leads us to believe that they had been in the business before and knew what they were looking for."

The two suspects stole 21 hand guns in a matter of 45 seconds. Just seven miles away at Pawn City Pawn Shop in Pine Bluff thieves made off with more guns. Sara Milner said, "Well they took thirty minutes beating on the door to break it in, and then once they got inside there of course the alarm went off." Milner said the suspects then ran outside, waited about four minutes and then returned.

ADC investigating tip on Buffington sighting in Arkansas


LOGAN COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) – A search team with the Arkansas Department of Correction has been looking for escaped convict Timothy Buffington after receiving a tip that he may have been spotted in Logan County.

Right now, authorities have said that the call was only a tip, and an actual sighting has not been confirmed.

If you'll recall, Buffington has been missing since June 21 when he walked away from work detail. He was 15 years into a 20-year sentence for shooting his ex-wife in Logan County back 1998.

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One dead, three injured in shooting at reunion


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – Pine Bluff Police said one man has died and three more were injured after shooting broke out at a neighborhood reunion.

Lt. David E. Price said the shooting happened around 11:26 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Redbud Street. Price said Cedric Ginger, 21, of Sheridan, was pronounced dead about an hour later at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Investigators reportedly arrested Darius Bryant in connection with the crime some time later.

Apparently all of the men were at a reunion, and a large group of people were present. A motive for the shooting is still not known.

The other men injured will not be named.

Price added that this is the ninth murder within the city limits for 2014.

New website makes it easier to open a business in Arkansas

New website makes it easier to open a business in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Spurred by a recent groundswell of entrepreneurial activity in Arkansas, the Arkansas Secretary of State has partnered with the Information Network of Arkansas and created a website that helps first-time entrepreneurs find out how to open a business in the state.

Buffington's daughter speaks out on escape, sentence


UNDATED (KTHV) - It's been a month since the June 21 escape of convicted murderer Timothy Buffington from a Pine Bluff prison complex. His daughter, Francis, spoke to 5NEWS about his escape and how she feels about the entire situation.

Since his escape, we have learned that Buffington was 15 years into a 20-year sentence for shooting his ex-wife in Logan County in 1998; his daughter was eight at the time of that shooting. Even a month after his escape, she remains shocked and can't figure out why he ran with only four years left on his sentence.

"Why else would you runaway and lose everything that you've been working for 16 years to get to come home to your kids because he told me himself on his visitations that all he cared about was coming home to his kids," she told KFSM's cameras.

Dems target women with bills on contraception, pay

Dems target women with bills on contraception, pay


WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic and Republican Senators are pouring significant time and energy into pursuing female voters, a coveted prize in the Nov. 4 elections.

Wednesday's Senate vote on contraception legislation is the latest example of Democrats' win-by-losing strategy, which forces Republicans to vote on sensitive matters that might rile women this fall.

Recent votes on "pay equity" and family leave issues were similarly aimed at women, who are increasingly crucial to Democrats' election hopes, and therefore worrisome to Republicans. Any shift in women's typical turnout or Democratic tilt this fall could determine tight elections, especially for the Senate.

Republicans need to gain six Senate seats to control the chamber, and these women's issues are especially lively in the most contested states, including Colorado, North Carolina, Arkansas and Louisiana.