October 1st, 2014
FOUKE â€” Arkansas prison officials say they have caught an escaped inmate who walked away from a work crew last week.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Community Correction said officers caught 35-year-old Jeremy Pifer on Wednesday hiding in a shed near Fouke in southwestern Arkansas. Spokeswoman Dina Tyler said Pifer will go to Miller County where he will be questioned and then will be transferred to the Department of Correction.
Arkansas State Police used tracking dogs and a helicopter to search for Pifer Tuesday after he was spotted at a convenience store.
LITTLE ROCK â€” The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has dropped plans to gradually buy land to nearly double the size of a wildlife refuge in southeast Arkansas.
The federal agency had proposed adding about 125,300 acres to the Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refuge. David Viker with the National Wildlife Refuge System told the media there wasn't enough money or local support to justify moving forward.
The nearly 161,000-acre refuge was established in 1935 to protect ducks, geese and other migratory birds. It also is home to the only native black bear population in the state.
GLENWOOD â€” The Pike County Sheriff's Office says two men have been arrested after $56,000 in cash, 45 guns and drugs were seized from two homes.
The Texarkana Gazette reports deputies raided the Glenwood homes on Tuesday. Sgt. Clark Kinzler says the 49-year-old and 37-year-old men were arrested on suspicion of drug distribution. They haven't been charged yet.
The search warrants were simultaneously executed but authorities didn't say how the men are connected. They say both marijuana and prescription drugs were seized.
LITTLE ROCK â€” The Storm Prediction Center says all of Arkansas is at a slight risk for severe weather Thursday as a band of thunderstorms forms along a cold front moving through the state.
Forecasters say the best chances for storms will be late Thursday afternoon and evening, with damaging straight-line winds the main threat. The National Weather Service says large hail and heavy rainfall are also possible with the storm system.
Some local areas could see more than 2 inches of rain Thursday.