Domestic violence report leads to arrest

A Pine Bluff man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly injured his wife during an altercation.

Because of a prior conviction for misdemeanor domestic battery, Travis Cole, 24, will be charged with second offense third-degree domestic battery, a felony.

During a court hearing Monday, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said police were sent to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where Katherine White told them she had gotten into a verbal altercation with Cole which turned physical.

White said Cole had accused her and a friend of stealing money from him Friday night, and the two argued about it until the friend broke up the argument.

Kizer said early Saturday morning, Cole allegedly pulled White out of bed and started choking her before asking her to take him to work.

Detective Brad Vilches reported that White said she initially refused to take Cole to work but after he choked her again, she agreed, then drove herself to the hospital.

White reportedly had scratches and bruises to the arms and neck.

Kizer said Cole had previously been convicted of third-degree domestic battery, a misdemeanor, in December 2011.

Jefferson County Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Cole and told him to have no contact with White until the case is settled.

Cole was instructed to come back to court Nov. 5 at 9 a.m.