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Pine Bluff officers no longer allowed to work off-duty at nightclubs

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Pine Bluff's police chief said he will no longer allow officers to work off-duty security at nightclubs.

"I see it as being a great crime reducer, being proactive before things happen," said Council Member Thelma Walker.

Walker and Police Chief Jeff Eubanks went back and forth at the last council meeting on the issue.

Walker said Chief Eubanks sees it as a liability to the city. Off-duty officers were never allowed to work inside night clubs, but in the past they secured parking lots.

"Young people and people today don't respect security guards as much as they do policeman. In many cases, they don't even respect policeman," said Perry Johnson, owner of PJ's Nightclub.

Johnson said he employed up to four off-duty officers at his club before the rule went into effect.

Man injured in Pine Bluff shooting

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - A shooting injured a Pine Bluff man Monday night.

David De Foor, public information officer with Pine Bluff police, said the shooting happened around 7 p.m. to the 2200 block of W. 10th Street.

When officers arrived they found a 25-year-old man in the parking lot of the apartment building. He was taken to Jefferson County Memorial with non-life threatening injuries.

AFC Investigators uncover cause of Wrightsville wildfire

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AFC) - Cause for the large wildfire near Wrightsville over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend was investigated by AFC Investigators on Thursday.

Total acreage reached 210.38 acres on privately owned land, just south of the Arkansas Department of Correction Wrightsville Unit. A power line turned out to be the culprit, coupled with heavy winds, low humidity, and dry surrounding vegetation.

It has been determined that the power line touched the tree because of strong wind, or due to a low branch, either of which caused a spark upon contact. This spark happened during a time when conditions were very high for wildfire - humidity was low, winds were high, and the tree and all surrounding vegetation was very dry. From that single spark came 210.38 acres of damage that fortunately did not reach the nearby prison complex, or surrounding urban area.

Red flag warning in effect until 6 on Thursday

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The entire state is at a high risk for wildfires on Thursday.

A red flag warning is in effect until 6 tonight. The Arkansas Forestry Commission said dry, windy conditions are to blame.

Keep in mind, any fires that develop will spread rapidly.

Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged.

For more information, visit the Arkansas Forestry Commission website.

UAPB, Pine Bluff Arsenal to collaborate for Black History Program

UAPB, Pine Bluff Arsenal to collaborate for Black History Program

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (UAPB) – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) has collaborated with the Pine Bluff Arsenal to present a Black History program Thursday, February 13 at 11:00 a.m. The free, public event will be held in the J.M. Ross theatre of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts building.

A Native of Stamps, Arkansas, Major General Aundre F. Piggee currently serves as the Director of Logistics & Engineering, J4, United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) where he is responsible for planning, synchronizing, and controlling the efforts of the Joint Logistics and Engineering Enterprise in support of USCENTCOM missions throughout Southwest Asia (SWA), Central Asian States and the entire USCENTCOM Area of Responsibility.

5 ways to reduce your holiday debt

5 ways to reduce your holiday debt

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - It's the new year and for many Arkansans there are bills to pay.

"Often January is the time when you're facing the holiday shopping binge hangover, I guess," said UALR Chief Economist Dr. Michael Pakko. "So for a lot of households January is a time to reconsolidate, to think about paying off those bills that you racked up over the holiday season and getting things back on track."

"People have a tendency to overspend," said Eric Hutchinson, a certified financial planner and President of Hutchinson Financial based in Little Rock. "It's very easy to live on more than you earn with credit, it's an extra discipline to live on less than you earn... This is not difficult, it's not rocket science, the challenge is the mindset, what's in your heart. If you really want to have debt not be an issue in your life it takes commitment, it takes consistency to pay down those cards, pay off those loans and then not create new [debt]."

FBI Searches John Rogers' Business, Home

FBI Searches John Rogers' Business, Home

The FBI searches the home and business of John Rogers, owner of the Rogers Photo Archive in North Little Rock. The agency wouldn't say why... Read More