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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)

House Fire

Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services firefighters extinguish a house fire Thursday evening at 1302 Silver Fox Lane. No one was injured in the incident and the homeowner was not home at the time of the fire. At the scene, several windows were broken out and extensive fire damage was visible to the western end of the inside of the house. Multiple neighbors had seen smoke coming from the home and called 911 to alert the authorities. The cause of the fire was under investigation. (Pine Bluff Commercial/Amy Widner)

UAPB alumni receive medical degrees

Four University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff alumni received medical degrees from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences recently. They are Dr. Randall Walker, Dr. Kristopher Stepps, Dr. Stephen Broughton II and Dr. Barbara Johnson.

SEARK graduates learn to have a vision

“Having a vision means having a future,” said Daryl Bassett, Arkansas Department of Workforce Services Director, on Saturday during the Southeast Arkansas College Commencement Program at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

Food safety 5-16-15

The Arkansas Department of Health regulates the sale of food at establishments which include restaurants, bars, daycares, schools, grocery stores, convenience stores, bed and breakfast facilities, hotels/motels, mobile units and concession stands. Inspections are made unannounced by environmental health specialists.