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Law change creates possible public auction deals

Law change creates possible public auction deals

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - There's a boost coming to public auctions pushing to get tax money back from delinquent properties.

The state's biggest public sale arrives Tuesday at Verizon Arena.

A recent change in the law starts bidding at how much is owed in taxes, not assessed value.

Commissioner of State Lands, John Thurston, said that it's changing the crowd at the sale.

"And it's bringing more folks out. People that may not have had as deep a pocket can actually come out and be involved in the bidding," said Thurston.

Bidding can begin possibly thousands of dollars lower, but be aware, even if you pay a small amount at the auction, there are still several possibly steep expenses that come with tax delinquent property.


Pine Bluff teen killed in one-vehicle accident

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) -- A teen driver was killed in a one vehicle accident Friday night.

Pine Bluff police said 18-year-old Artisha Rainey was killed in the 3600 block of Hazel Street. Officers were dispatched to the crash at 8:25 p.m. and learned that Rainey's 2005 Kia Spectra had been traveling south on Hazel Street when it left the roadway and collided with a tree.

She was pronounced dead just before 9 p.m.

Witnesses reported the vehicle approached them from the rear then passed them at a high rate of speed. Once making the pass the car began to fishtail before leaving the roadway. Evidence at the scene indicates the car left the roadway on the east side before striking the tree.

The Traffic Division is still investigating the collision.

No extended hours at post offices on tax night

No extended hours at post offices on tax night

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (USPS) – Millions of Americans wait until the last minute to file their tax returns. This year is no different. Filers have until 12 midnight on Tuesday, April 15 to drop off their completed returns. The Postal Service will not be adding any additional window hours or collection times.

Officer in Charge Paula McDore is urging customers to be aware of this change. "The latest window hours and collection time is 8:00 p.m. at the Little Rock Processing & Distribution Center located at 4700 E. McCain, North Little Rock."

"Customers can be assured all mail dropped in the blue collection boxes at the Processing & Distribution Center location until 8 p.m. will receive an April 15 postmark. Although the deadline is Tuesday April 15, customers are urged to drop off returns as early as possible," says McDore.

The Postal Service offers the following advice to tax filers:

AHTD opening Highway 67 Sheridan bypass to traffic

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – The new Highway 167 Sheridan Bypass will be open to traffic next week, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews have been constructing the 8.5 mile stretch of highway since late 2010. The new $25 million bypass begins just north of Sheridan. It extends west of downtown, crossing Highways 35, 270 and 46. It reconnects with existing Highway 167 south of Sheridan. The new bypass is expected to alleviate downtown traffic congestion.

AHTD crews will open the bypass to traffic on Thursday, April 3rd at noon, weather permitting. Construction will continue in the area until mid-May.

LINKS: THV11 forecasting, radars and more

LINKS: THV11 forecasting, radars and more

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Pine Bluff police looking for assault suspect

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) -- Pine Bluff police need your help finding an aggravated assault suspect.

Ofc. Richard Wegner said they are looking for Joseph Markee "KeeKee" Gilbert. He is wanted for aggravated assault and a terrorist act that occurred March 30 at a home on Watson Road.

Gilbert could be driving three different vehicles:

  • Brown 1999 Buick Century 983 RKF
  • White Nissan 4-door 467 SNA
  • Gold or Brown 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis 906 OFN

Gilbert's last known address is 1209 Brentwood Drive in Pine Bluff.

If anyone knows the whereabouts of Joseph Markee Gilbert please contact the Pine Bluff Police Detective Division at (870)730-2090 or the dispatch center at (870)541-5300.

FBI needs help identifying suspected child sexual predator

FBI needs help identifying suspected child sexual predator

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (FBI) -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public's assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male suspected of sexually exploiting a child. Photographs and informational posters depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 28, are being disseminated to the public and can be found online at the FBI website athttp://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap.