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Riot raises questions of jailer pay, understaffing

A detainee riot Wednesday night at the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center adds urgency to the issues of jail overcrowding and a lack of adequate staffing in the jail, according to a sheriff’s office spokesman and the chairman of the Jefferson County Quorum Court Public Safety/Emergency Services Committee.

Little Shop of Horrors

Seymour (Monkevis Edwards) and Mushnik (Martin Carty) check out a strange little plant called Audrey II during the musical ‘Little Shop of Horrors.’ The Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas production will continue Friday and Saturday. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are priced between $20 and $24 and can be ordered from or by calling 870-536-3375. (Pine Bluff Commercial/Stephen Simpson)

Duck-calling champion visits D.C.

Shelby Free, three-time world duck-calling champion, visits 4th District U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs, at Washington, D.C., Tuesday. Free, a Stuttgart native, was a guest of Ducks Unlimited, which participated in a Wildlife Expo on Capitol Hill. She showed off her skills to members of Congress and their staffs. First District U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, was among congressmen who came to meet Free and gave her a warm welcome. (Special to The Commercial)

Talks with FEMA over park damage continue

Pine Bluff city treasurer Greg Gustek gave an update Thursday about the city’s meetings with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in pursuing money in response to floodwaters that damaged Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Regional Park.