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Food truck brings new options to Pine Bluff

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) -- The owners of a new food truck in Jefferson County are pushing for healthier eating within their community.

Owners of Kitchens on Wheels, Aaron and Berinda Eugene, are on a mission to give the city of Pine Bluff healthier alternatives to meal selections.

"Our trucks consists of two types of menus: Southern Flare and then a Bistro side that has chicken salads, chicken wraps and chicken sandwiches," Eugene explained.

Pine Bluff ranks as one of the poorest cities in America. Research has proven that there is a link between unequal access to healthy foods and poor food choice behaviors and obesity.

"You know we don't want to be the one known to have a plight that we can't address, we just believe you have to offer the right choices," Eugene added.

Flooding forces Jefferson Co. families to shelter

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Flooding along the Arkansas River began forcing families out of their home Wednesday night.

Arkansas saw this amount of water back in the spring, but with the state finally moving into winter weather, residents are finding it harder to bounce back. THV11 took a boat ride withSwan Lake Fire Lt. Chuck Crain on Wednesday to see the magnitude of the flooding in that area.

"We are six foot deep here right now. Normally, there's no water here," described Lt. Crain.

Crain said that the people in the Jefferson County area learned some valuable lessons on how to respond to this kind of flooding after what happened during the months of May and June of 2015.

Person of interest in Pine Bluff murder held on unrelated charges

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) -- A person of interest was taken into custody Tuesday regarding the shooting death of a Pine Bluff man found inside a car, and police announced that another man is wanted for capital murder in the case.

Officers were called to 10th Avenue and Palm Street around 1 a.m. on Tuesday in response to a call about a possible dead body.

When police arrived, they found a man shot to death inside a car. The man has been identified as 30-year-old Derrick Matthews of Pine Bluff.

Missing person report issued for Pine Bluff student

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Pine Bluff police issued a missing person report on Friday for a Pine Bluff High School student who hasn't been seen in over a month.

According to reports, Corinthia Dorn was reported missing on November 7. She was last seen on November 6 at Pine Bluff High School wearing holey blue jeans and a sleeveless shirt. She is described as standing 5'06" tall and weighing 220 pounds.

Pine Bluff police stated that Dorn has run away in the past.

If you have any knowledge on her whereabouts contact the Pine Bluff Police Department at (870) 543-5105.

Pine Bluff PD seek two suspects responsible for early morning shooting

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - The Pine Bluff Police Department is searching for two men who shot an individual twice early Wednesday morning.

Shortly after 2 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 16, a man was allegedly assaulted with a handgun while in a home off the 2600 block of Oak Street. Pine Bluff police reported that shortly after the male victim got away from the first suspect, he was approached by another and shot twice. The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and abdomen.

The victim was taken to a local hospital with wounds that did not appear to be life threatening, according to police.

Officials stated that the suspects are 38-year-old Kedrick, who is about 6 feet tall, and 25-year-old Darius Pugh, who is about 5'7." Kedrick is wanted for 1st degree battery and Darius is wanted for aggravated assault.

Pine Bluff police vehicles, school property vandalized

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - The Pine Bluff Police Department is looking for the people responsible for vandalizing several of their cars, as well as local school property.

According to Lt. David Price with the Pine Bluff Police Department, there were 12 cars spray painted with graffiti at 305 E. 6th Street. Lt. Price said that they were not patrol cars, but they were school resource vehicles and support cars. Pine Bluff High School and Dollarway High School also had some of their property vandalized.

Pine Bluff police believe that all of the cases are connected. Lt. Price said that some of the same numbers and words were painted at both the station and the schools.

The cost of the damage has yet to be determined. If you have any information on this incident, you are asked to contact the Pine Bluff Police Department at (870) 543-5105.

Arkansas' Dollarway School District taken over by state

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Board of Education has approved a state takeover of the Dollarway School District in Pine Bluff.

The board voted Thursday to take over the district and named Barbara Warren as superintendent. Warren was director of the Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative until being named Dollarway superintendent. She is also a previous Pine Bluff School District superintendent.

Dollarway High School had been in academic distress since July 10, 2014.

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