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Son speaks after father dies in Arkansas train collision

WHITE HALL, Ark. (KTHV) - "I had spoken to him the night he was supposed to be home. He had let me know he would be home anywhere from midnight to five," Zachary Gober says. But sadly, that arrival never came.

Around 3 a.m. Sunday, two Union Pacific trains collided. Two people were injured and the other two were killed, one of which was Zachary Gober's father. Gober adds, "It's been rough. It will never be the same."

Many people THV11 spoke to say 40-year-old Chance Gober, of White Hall, was a family man who loved spending time with his children. His son, Zachary says, "He thought the world of us. He thought we all hung the moon. He was a good man. We're going to miss him terribly. We will."

17-year-old killed in Jefferson Co. crash

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) – Deputies responded to a single-vehicle crash on Saturday evening that killed one just outside the city limits of Redfield.

According to a press release sent to THV11 by Lt. Lafayette Woods, upon arrival to the scene near the 1100 block of River Road near Jessica Drive, deputies located an overturned vehicle. He said Redfield resident Cody Farley, 17, was found outside the vehicle. He was reportedly unresponsive and taken to the Jefferson Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

The conditions of the driver and other passenger are unknown at this time.

Pine Bluff leaders promoting Ferguson non-violence

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV)- With the civil unrest in Missouri on top of so many minds this week, community leaders in Pine Bluff are being proactive. They're working together to promote non-violence. City officials say there are several programs that are helping decrease the crime rate in the area.

Jesse Turner has worked more than 15 years on reducing black-on-black crime in Pine Bluff. As part of CARE, a national youth mentoring program, he participated on a conference call educating community leaders about how to deal with tension stemming from Ferguson's officer-involved shooting.

"It really affects our young people more that the majority of folk realize," said Turner. CARE focuses on teaching African-American youth how to resolve and respond to conflict. Turner says the program provides young adults the tools necessary to know how to respond to a police officer or to violence.

Pine Bluff officer on leave after shooting

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - An officer involved shooting in Pine Bluff on Friday left one man injured. A Pine Bluff police officer admitted to shooting a man inside her home, but it's unclear why she did it.

"I was just surprised," said neighbor Ellen Turner. "She doesn't seem like the type of person who would just shoot you or shoot anyone without justification."

Around 2 a.m. on Friday, Pine Bluff police responded to a home on 36th Street. They found a Pine Bluff police officer in the front yard, crying. An incident report said she screamed out to them "I shot my boyfriend."

"I'm sure she's shaken because as her boyfriend, you don't just shoot your boyfriend without justification and they seemed to me, to be such a lovely couple together," Turner said.

Police wouldn't say how the argument started but have said the officer fired at the man out of fear.

Police report: Female officer shot boyfriend in chest during argument

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – Arkansas State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Pine Bluff that reportedly happened early Friday morning.

Bill Sadler with ASP said that at around 2 a.m., Pine Bluff police were notified of an officer-involved shooting which had occurred inside the officer's home. He said a man sustained a gunshot wound during a struggle with an officer. The man is said to have driven himself to the Jefferson Regional Medical Center for treatment where he remains hospitalized.

According to a police report, a female officer and her boyfriend had gotten into an argument that turned physical, and she claimed to have shot him out of self-defense. The report indicates that she shot him in the chest, ran across the street to call 911 and hid behind a car until emergency services arrived.

Moment of silence for Ferguson, MO planned in Little Rock, nation

Moment of silence for Ferguson, MO planned in Little Rock, nation

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A National Moment of Silence has been planned for August 14 at 7 p.m. EST in memory if Michael Brown, who recently died during an officer-involved shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.

In Little Rock, participants for the moment of silence will be gathered at the Arkansas State Capitol. A Facebook page dedicated to event says people will gather at 6 p.m., and the moment of silence will begin at 6:20 p.m.

The page also requests that participants bring candles and signs with names of the fallen or other messages about police violence or community strength in addition to a red cloth or ribbon as a sign of solidarity. Participants are reminded to remain respectful as it is a moment intended for healing and remembrance.

Learn more at the Facebook page: http://on.kthv.com/1uy5ZNn

Two Pine Bluff men arrested on separate weapon and drug charges

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – On Wednesday, two men were arrested for possession of drugs and firearms after separate search warrants were executed.

According to a Pine Bluff Police Department press release, a search warrant was executed by the Pine Bluff Police Department at a home on Richard Court.

Seized items include:

  • Charter Arms .38 caliber handgun
  • SKS rifle
  • North American Arms .22 caliber handgun
  • Wischo .25 Caliber handgun
  • Benelli shotgun
  • 150 Xanax pills
  • 6 Hydromorphone pills
  • 181 grams of marijuana