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Tip leads to two drug arrests

After receiving a tip that there was going to be a drug transaction on the parking lot of a convenience store on South Olive Street Monday, Pine Bluff Police Department vice and narcotics officers went to the lot and arrested two men who were inside a vehicle that matched the one that the tipster had provided.

Correction

In an article about people who were let go by the Pine Bluff School District Wednesday, the last name of one of those people was incorrectly listed. The correct name is Janice Stennis.

Celebrating small businesses

Rotarian Ted Drake, right, presents Sammie Thomas, one of the owners of Thomas Groceries and Gift Store at 2003 N. University Drive, with the 2016 George A. Makris Sr. Small Business of the Year award. Special to the Commercial/Joe Dempsey

PBPD investigating Saturday homicide, city’s third in six days

The Pine Bluff Police Department has identified the victim in Saturday’s homicide as 30-year-old Earnest Ford Jr. of Pine Bluff. This is the city’s sixth murder of 2016 and the third in the past six days. According to a police department news release, at around 5:03 p.m., officers responded to the area of 1112 E. 24th Ave. in reference to a person having been shot.