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Smith in court on felony theft from nonprofit

Smith in court on felony theft from nonprofit

A Pine Bluff man appeared in Faulkner County court Wednesday on a charge of felony theft from a local nonprofit civic organization established for people with developmental disabilities.

Christopher Corte Smith, 40, was arrested in June of last year for allegedly using the Sunshine Optimist Club bank account to make $11,550 in withdraws and payments for personal use.

Smith was the club secretary and the only member of the club who did not have developmental disabilities.

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Sale of Bald Knob Bank completed

Sale of Bald Knob Bank completed

Southern Missouri Bancorp Inc. of Poplar Bluff completes its acquisition of Citizens State Bankshares of Bald Knob Inc. on Friday.

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Animal raid in Jefferson County

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. (HUMANE SOCIETY) – One hundred twenty one dogs and more than 60 other animals were rescued from a suspected Jefferson County, Ark., puppy mill after authorities discovered them living in filth and suffering from a lack of basic care.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office called in The Humane Society of the United States and other area organizations, including Central Arkansas Rescue Efforts for Animals, The Humane Society of Saline County, Out of the Woods, RedRover and Sallis Ranch Large Animal Rescue, Inc., to assist in the rescue and removal the animals.

The sheriff's office served a search warrant on the property and found that the animals were being housed in deplorable living conditions. Numerous dogs were living in an outdoor facility, while others were confined inside trailers on the property. Many of the animals were living in feces and filth and did not have access to clean water or food.

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."