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Pine Bluff officer charged with rape turns himself in


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Pine Bluff police officer charged with rape has turned himself in.

Lt. David Price with PBPD told THV 11 Wednesday morning that Officer Maurice Hopkins turned himself in with his attorney.

Price said Hopkins is charged with one count of rape that happened Feb. 23. He posted his $100,000 bond and there is a no-contact order with the victim.

Police have conducted a criminal investigation based on the victim's allegations, according to Lt. Price, and the Jefferson County Prosecutor's Office made the decision to file the charge.

Hopkins had reportedly served two years and nine months with the department, before being terminated Wednesday for "Conduct Unbecoming of an Officer." Lt. Price said he has 10 days to appeal his termination.

Pine Bluff officer accused of sexual assault

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - A Pine Bluff police officer has been accused of sexual assault.

Lt. David Price said the alleged assault of an adult woman occurred Feb. 23.

There is a criminal and internal investigation in progress and the Jefferson County Prosecutor's Office has been consulted.

The names of the parties involved and any other information regarding this case will not be released at this time.

Lt. Price said the officer involved is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the internal investigation.

2nd suspect arrested in Pine Bluff shooting death

PINE BLUFF, AR (KTHV) -Pine Bluff Police have made a second arrest in connection with the shooting death of Tarus Goins early Friday morning.

Shamar Womack, 34,  faces first degree murder charges in Goins death. Pine Bluff Police spokesperson Lt. David Price said Womack will be charged following an investigation by police detectives.

Friday, police arrested Jason Miller, 34, in the death of 36-year-old Goins who was found inside a parked vehicle at the intersection of Saracen Street and North Willow.

Womack and Miller are both scheduled to appear in Court on Monday. Both were being held in the Jefferson County Detention Center at the time of this report.

Pine Bluff building collapses, cause unknown

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV)- An historic downtown Pine Bluff building built more than 100 years ago has been demolished after partly collapsing on Thursday night.

Pine Bluff Fire Chief Shauwn Howell told THV by phone the cause of the collapse still hasn't been determined and the city has blocked off Main Street to traffic until the debris can be cleared and nearby buildings can be checked for safety.

"I didn't believe it could happen. This building has been here a long time," said lifelong resident Ellue White. "It makes you think about the rest of these old buildings. How long are they going to be able to stand?"

Residents tell THV the former J.C. Penney building was one of the oldest structures in downtown Pine Bluff. They hope the collapse will prompt local leaders to start cleaning up their city. "We would like to see other buildings come back," White added. "Downtown is a good part of town we just need to get it back booming again."

Hot Spring County will have scheduled lane closures on I-30

Hot Spring County will have scheduled lane closures on I-30

LITTLE ROCK (2-21) – Routine bridge inspections will require lane closures on Interstate 30 in Hot Spring County, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be inspecting the Interstate 30 bridges over Rayburn Creek west of Glen Rose on Tuesday, February 25th and Blakely Creek on Wednesday, February 26th and Thursday, February 27th. It’s located just west of the Social Hill Rest Area, west of Malvern.  

Closing list and times:

Feb. 25; I-30 at Rayburn Creek; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Westbound side; MM 103-104

Feb. 25; I-30 at Rayburn Creek; 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Eastbound side; MM103-104

Feb. 26; I-30 at Blakely Creek; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Westbound side; MM 91-93

Black History Month: John Gray Lucas's influence on race relations in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - John Gray Lucas's life represented the huge changes that took place in race relations in Arkansas and the rest of the south at the end of the 19th century.

According to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas, John Lucas was born on March 11, 1864, in Marshall, Texas. Lucas moved to Pine Bluff , where he attended public schools. He entered the Branch Normal College of Arkansas Industrial University (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff), but a few months before graduation, he entered the merchandizing business, and it was two additional years before he earned his degree.

In October 1884, he entered the Boston University School of Law and was graduated in 1887, the only African American in a class of fifty-two students and one of seven students graduating with honors.

Today's Box Office: Pompeii and Hailee Steinfeld interview

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV's film critic Jonathan Nettles shares his review of Pompeii.

Pompeii stars Kit Harrington (TV's Game of Thrones) as "The Celt" a slave turned gladiator in the ancient Roman Empire. He kills with speed and brutality while secretly seeking revenge on the Romans who murdered his family. He is taken to compete in the city of Pompeii which lies in the shadow of the volcano Mt. Vesuvius. He meets the young, beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant and they instantly fall in love and soon he must race against time to save her from the clutches of the very man who killed his family as Mount Vesuvius erupts and the city is destroyed around him.