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Pine Bluff Dollar General robbed at gunpoint


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) -- A man robbed a Dollar General at gunpoint last month, and now the Pine Bluff Police Department needs the public's help identifying the suspect.

The suspect's picture was captured on the store's security camera. The man went into the Dollar General on South Olive and forced the employee to empty the register.

He was seen wearing a black or brown hooded sweat shirt, dark colored pants, a white mask and white rubber gloves. He was also using a silver handgun.

If you have any information, you are asked to call the Detective Division at 870-730-2090.

 

Reward offered in Pine Bluff murder


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - A reward is now being offered in the shooting death of a University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff student.

The Wilbert family has put together a $10,000 reward for anyone with information that leads to the conviction of suspects in the 21-year-old Keith's death.

"There is someone who knows what happened on Boone Street. And that reward is an incentive," said Reverend Derrick Wilbert, Keith's uncle.

On September 23, Keith Wilbert Junior, a UAPB student, was killed inside his home.

"He was always happy, always had a smile on his face. He loved god, he loved his family and he loved his friends," said Rev. Wilbert.

The suspects: three men with bandanas covering their faces. The men demanded money from 21-year-old Wilbert, then shot him.

UAPB alumnus gives $300,000 for Vesper Choir endowment

UAPB alumnus gives $300,000 for Vesper Choir endowment

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Before the Christmas season began, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Vesper Choir received a very special gift.

The university received a $300,000 donation to establish the John E. Smith and Charlene Smith-Gaines Vesper Choir Fund. Donated by Mr. John E. Smith, a 1961 graduate of AM&N College (now UAPB), the fund will assist in taking the choir to all corners of the state of Arkansas and the nation through a variety of outreach activities.

“We are very much grateful for the incredible generosity of Mr. John E. Smith,” UAPB Chancellor Dr. Laurence B. Alexander said. “His remarkable contribution will have a profound and sustained impact on our university and, more specifically, our internationally-renowned Vesper Choir through the establishment of the fund.”

UPDATE: Victim identified in Pine Bluff murder


 

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – The man that was reportedly found shot to death in Pine Bluff on Friday morning has been identified. 

Around 7:20 a.m., Pine Bluff police were dispatched to the area of 19th Avenue and Grant Street concerning a possible dead body.

Reports state that officers discovered a man, now identified as 19-year-old Brandon McKay, who had apparently been shot lying on the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

No suspects have been named and a motive has not been determined.

No other information has been released at this time.

If you have any information regarding the homicide, please contact the Pine Bluff Police Department at 870-730-2090 or call the dispatch center at 870-541-5300.

Stay with THV11 and THV11.com for more details as they become available.

Pine Bluff light display back on tonight


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Pine Bluff's 19th annual "Enchanted Land of Light and Legends" display was shut down this week because of flooding from the Thanksgiving rain.

The city originally thought the drive thru would be shut down until next week, but crews worked hard Thursday to get each display up and running again.

Water from Lake Langhofer rose over 7 feet during Thanksgiving weekend, putting 20 light displays under water.

"The displays are commercial, so they will actually burn under water, but the animation boxes aren't supposed to be submerged," said Greg Gustek, director of the Pine Bluff Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The city caught the damage Sunday, and shutdown the display immediately.

UAPB receives more than $200,000 for memorial scholarship

UAPB receives more than $200,000 for memorial scholarship

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The union of the late Herbert and Marether Herts resulted in an appreciation and support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).

Although neither of them attended UAPB, they both came from small towns in the South and understood the importance of being able to extend an opportunity to those that came behind them. Having passed away in 1992 and 2013 respectively, their estate bequeathed $207,643.95 to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to establish the Herbert, Marether and George Herts Scholarship.

Police offering reward for information on Pine Bluff fatal hit-and-run


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – The Pine Bluff Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect in a hit-and-run that happened last month.

On November 4, shortly before 7 p.m., 45-year-old Annie Harris of Pine Bluff was reportedly walking on 13th Avenue near Cedar Street when she was hit by a vehicle that then left the scene. Harris died from her injuries several days later in a Little Rock hospital.

Initially investigated by the department's Traffic Division, the case has been transferred to the Detective Division for continued investigation.

At this time, the suspect was believed to be driving a dark colored four door truck that was possibly a Chevrolet.

Police believe that anyone in the area around 7 p.m. on Nov. 4 may have information and they have also asked businesses in the areas to check security cameras.