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Sowers still at large

A Pine Bluff man who was part of a four-state investigation targeting prescription drug trafficking that resulted in the arrest of 280 people was still at large Thursday.

Troopers involved in vehicle chase Thursday

Arkansas State Trooper Chris Barnett left, Lt. David Sims and Trooper Zack Varnell look over a vehicle in a ditch Thursday afternoon in the 5300 block of Smart Street. The driver of the vehicle allegedly refused to stop for Barnett and a chase resulted. Sims said that after the vehicle ran into the ditch, the driver and passenger fled on foot, with the driver jumping two fences and running through a wooded area before entering a house. The driver was found hiding in a back room of the house and another trooper who was coming to assist Barnett arrested the passenger at a nearby house. The names of the two people in the vehicle and the possible charges were not immediately available. (Pine Bluff Commercial/Ray King)

Healthbytes - Gun safety saves lives

As a general surgeon taking call in the emergency room, I see a fair number of gunshot wounds. I would much rather try to prevent them than treat them. So as the summer season gets closer, gun safety ranked high on my list of things to write about. As a target shooter and gun owner, I am very serious about this.

Mission Accomplished

Pine Bluff High School seniors wait to receive their diplomas at a graduation ceremony Friday at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Interim Superintendent T.C. Wallace Jr. challenged the graduates to dream, reach their potential, take risks and to be people of integrity. Wallace thanked parents, faculty members and administrators for supporting the students on their road to success. (Pine Bluff Commercial/David Hutter)

Honoring Employees

The Arkansas Federation of National Active and Retired Federal Employees met Thursday at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Pine Bluff Chapter 287 President Billie Minton speaks from behind a podium as Arkansas Federation secretary Linda Behm, left, Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth and Arkansas Federation Winston Wolfe listen. Many chapters from other cities in Arkansas took part in the 60th annual convention, which continues Friday in Pine Bluff. (Pine Bluff Commercial/David Hutter)