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Man forced inside SUV, beaten, shot

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – Pine Bluff police say a man was forced into a vehicle, then shot in Pine Bluff.

PBPD said shortly after 1 a.m. June 30, a man was at the McDonald's 2819 S. Olive when a tan SUV pulled up with at least three people inside and he was forced inside.

Police say a fight then began inside the SUV, and it stopped behind the Head Hunters Barber Shop at 3209 S. Main.

According to the surveillance video, police say the fight spilled out of the SUV and continued outside. During the fight, police say the victim was shot twice and struck in the head with the gun several times.

Police then say the suspects got back inside the vehicle and the suspect is seen in the video limping away when he was rammed by the vehicle.

The victim was able to make his way to a location on W. 31st Street where help was called.

Simmons First National to donate bank in Eudora

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - Pine Bluff-based Simmons First National Corporation has announced plans to donate Delta Trust & Bank in Eudora to Southern Bancorp Bank.

The donation announced Monday depends upon the closing of Simmons First's purchase of Delta Trust & Banking Corporation - which is the parent company of Delta Trust.

Simmons First already has branches in nearby Lake Village and federal regulations limit bank acquisitions in areas where one bank already has a significant market share. The regulation prevents Simmons Frist from operating the Delta Trust branch in Eudora.

Southern Bancorp's parent corporation is Southern Bancorp Inc. headquartered in Arkadelphia. The company was created in 1986 as a community development financial institution to focus on the economic and development needs of rural areas.

Man shot in chest, deputy on paid administrative leave

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) – A member of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is now on paid administrative leave following a deputy-involved shooting Saturday, according to Major Lafayette Woods, Jr., JCSO's public information officer.

Woods told THV11 News that the shooting happened near the intersection of Rhineheart Road and West Pullen Street at Swann's Bar and Lounge in Pine Bluff around 3:30 a.m. He said Pine Bluff Police were sent to the scene, and they found a man who had been shot in the chest.

In a press conference Saturday, Woods said JCSO did not know yet if the deputy in question was at the bar for personal or work-related reasons and did not know the why the shooting happened.

Campbell and LRFW 2014 models visit Pinnacle Pointe Hospital

Campbell and LRFW 2014 models visit Pinnacle Pointe Hospital

Little Rock, Ark. - On July 2nd, Little Rock Fashion Week founder and executive producer Brandon D. Campbell and several models participating in LRFW 2014 events July 14-19 visited youth at Pinnacle Pointe Hospital. Campbell shared his story about growing up in Little Rock, during the height of the city's gang violence, and how he decided to make a difference in the world by being successful. Models shared their inspiration and helped give out prizes to the kids. The sixth annual LRFW is July 14-19 at various locations in Little Rock. Tickets can be purchased at www.littlerockfashionweek.com.

Camp iRock registration deadline extended to July 11

Camp iRock registration deadline extended to July 11

Little Rock, AR – The registration deadline for Camp iRock has been extended to July 11. The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) will host the fourth annual all-girl fitness and nutrition camp, Sunday, August 10 through Saturday, August 16. The experience will take place at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center, 1720 Ferncliff Road in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Designed exclusively for girls in sixth, seventh and eighth grades, Camp iRock offers fun educational activities, workshops and exercises aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles, physical activity and self-confidence. Forty girls from across Arkansas will be selected to attend the camp free of charge. To apply or to learn about camper criteria visit, www.campirock.com.

Update: Escaped murderer still at large

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - According to Shea Wilson with the Department of Corrections, on Tuesday evening around 10:15, a man said that he saw escaped murderer Timothy Buffington in a field in Grant County. As of 1:30 a.m. search dogs did not pick up any scent near the county line.

Search dogs and National Guard helicopters did not pick up any possible traces Tuesday, but law enforcement said they will continue to search for Buffington through the night and into Wednesday morning.

Wednesday morning around 10, Wilson said gunshots were heard near Princeton Pike, close to the prison. Authorities reportedly believed the shots to have been made by Buffington, but just before 11 a.m., they said they actually came from a nearby resident. With the road now closed, the search continues.