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Arkansas Prison Incidents Injure 6

GOULD, Ark. - Six state prison inmates suffered minor injuries in incidents on Sunday and Monday. Both happened at the Varner Unit in Lincoln County, according to the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC). On Sunday, one inmate attacked another. The inmate who was attacked suffered a minor cut tha

KARK - 2018-03-20 22:48:16

Pine Bluff police need public's help finding two missing girls

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - The Pine Bluff Police Department has asked for the public's help finding two missing girls. Areanna Moore, 12, and Mercedes Lee, 11, were both reported missing according to the police departments Facebook page. Police said the two girls may be together. Moore is described a

THV11.COM - 2018-03-21 23:50:00

Report: two women tased and arrested for assaulting police officer

Two women were tased and arrested for fighting with a police officer Thursday. According to the probable cause affidavit, Felicia Sanders and Shanice Moore were arrested after police say they assaulted a Jonesboro police officer while she was assisting with another incident. Jonesboro Police say off


Pine Bluff district names Teacher of the Year

The Pine Bluff School District recently announced that Amanda Cross is the district's Teacher of the Year. Cross teaches at 34th Avenue Elementary School. She is pursuing her master's degree in curriculum and instruction, with a building level principal certificate from Arkansas State University at

PINE BLUFF COMMERCIAL - 2018-03-20 20:12:59

Celebration of SBDC Day set for March 21

Staff Report Businesses have always celebrated ribbon cuttings, grand openings and company anniversaries, and for a second year they'll be able to celebrate the people who help them turn their dreams into reality - Small Business Development Centers. Magnolia Mayor Parnell Vann and McNeil Mayor Tere

MAGNOLIABANNERNEWS.COM - 2018-03-21 18:38:00

County Judge Resigns over Bribery Allegation

PINE BLUFF, Ark. -- The Jefferson County judge plans to resign after court documents revealed he took a $100,000 bribe. Jefferson County Judge Hank Wilkins told our Jessi Turnure he's submitted his letter of resignation. The resignation will be effective Wednesday. The revelation came out Friday tha


Meeting set to replace Wilkins; U.S. attorney provides more details of payments

The Pine Bluff Commercial reports on a fractious discussion by the Jefferson County Quorum Court last night on steps to replace Henry Wilkins IV as county judge. He's resigned effective Thursday after disclosure in a federal court in Missouri that he'd said he'd received $100,000 in bribes from indi

ARKANSAS TIMES - 2018-03-20 07:00:00

Annual Earth Day set for April 21

The time to show our appreciation to Mother Earth is coming up for Cleveland and Bolivar County during the Annual Earth Day April 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a one-day collection program for household waste from residents. The city will contract with a private company to collect, test, package

BOLIVARCOMMERCIAL.COM - 2018-03-21 07:00:00

Newspaper: Arkansas official quits after bribery testimony

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - A newspaper says a former Arkansas lawmaker who became Jefferson County's chief administrative officer will resign after a federal prosecutor revealed the official had received $100,000 in bribes. The Pine Bluff Commercial reported Monday that County Judge Henry "Hank" Wilkin


More Macaroni and Cheese, Please

Hamburg and Portland pre-K schools joined Americorp volunteers to donate food to local food banks as part of Americorp Service Week. Hamburg School District pre-K schools donated 1,132 boxes of macaroni and cheese to Helping Hands Food Pantry in Hamburg and the Portland food pantry. Mary Williams, d

ASHLEY COUNTY LEDGER - 2018-03-21 05:00:00

County chief to resign after graft admission

Henry "Hank" Wilkins IV of Jefferson County County Judge Henry "Hank" Wilkins IV of Jefferson County will resign later this week, he said Monday, three days after a federal prosecutor revealed that Wilkins admitted taking $100,000 in bribes while he was a state legislator. The 63-year-old former c

NWAONLINE.COM - 2018-03-20 10:30:00

Historically black UAPB gets first white cheerleader

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - "I just want to say that these are three superstars," Watson Chapel Superintendent Connie Hathorn said. "One thing I can say about the pom squad and the cheerleading squad at UAPB is they're professionals. If you've ever gone to a game and seen them perform, they're the best


Former lawmaker admits to accepting Cranford bribe

Henry "Hank" Wilkins IV SPRINGDALE, Mo. -- Former state Rep. Henry "Hank" Wilkins IV of Pine Bluff took $100,000 in bribes from indicted lobbyist Milton Russell "Rusty" Cranford, 56, of Bentonville, given in the form of donations to the church where Wilkins is minister, an assistant U.S. attorney


Federal retirees to meet, hear Go Forward update

The Pine Bluff Chapter 287 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 26, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. Leigh Cockrum, office manager/HR advisor with Go Forward Pine Bluff, will be the keynote speaker. She will

PINE BLUFF COMMERCIAL - 2018-03-20 15:04:47


LITTLE ROCK - Federal prosecutors say Jefferson County Judge Henry "Hank" Wilkins IV admitted last month to taking $100,000 in bribes from an indicted lobbyist while the judge was a state lawmaker. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Mohlhenrich said Wilkins admitted to taking bribes in a Feb. 22 stateme


Police search for suspect wanted in Pine Bluff shooting

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - The Pine Bluff Police Department is looking for the person responsible for a shooting that left one injured. It happened on Wednesday around 12:24 p.m. Officers responded to a shooting call at 2920 S. Fir Apartment 13. Once officers arrived, they found the victim suffering


Monticello Man Jailed in Stolen Trailer Case

MONTICELLO, Ark. - A local man has been arrested in a stolen property case. The Drew County Sheriff's Office (DCSO) says Akeema McCree, 27, is behind bars on $25,000 bond. He is charged with theft of property, breaking and entering and criminal trespass. The DCSO says the charges stem from the thef


1 injured in Pine Bluff shooting

One person was shot Wednesday in Pine Bluff (Photo: Pine Bluff police) Pine Bluff police are investigating after one person was injured in a shooting Wednesday. Department spokesman Lt. David DeFoor said that a 37-year-old man had been found shot at an apartment at 2902 S. Fir St., south of W. 28th


Update: Pine Bluff Shooting Leaves One Dead

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - A shooting at an apartment complex is now a homicide investigation, police say. On March 14, Pine Bluff Police were called to a shooting that happened near the 2900 block of S. Fir Street. Police say the incident happened around 12:30 p.m. The victim, who suffered multiple gunshot


Ex-Arkansas officer pleads not guilty in extortion case

DEWITT, Ark. (AP) - A former Arkansas sheriff's deputy accused of forcing confidential informants to steal for him has pleaded not guilty. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that 47-year-old Charles Chastain pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to federal charges of extortion, attempted extortion and