Parolee accused of carrying gun


A report of an armed disturbance at a restaurant in the southwest part of Pine Bluff on Saturday led to the arrest of a man after police allegedly found a gun in his pocket.

Donnie Miller, 38, had a silver handgun in his right rear pocket, Detective Jerry Lambert said in a probable-cause affidavit.

During a court hearing Monday, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said the disturbance was reported at Arnold’s Catfish, and when police arrived, Miller was identified as one of the people involved. Miller is on parole.

Lambert said in the affidavit that Miller told police he “forgot he had the gun in his pocket” after he took it away from a teenager who allegedly had it.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Miller, who Kizer said is on active parole supervision, after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Bridgforth appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Miller, and told him to come back to court June 10.