One Pine Bluff police detective is dead and another was injured after a gunfight broke out in the parking lot of the Econo Lodge Motel on North Blake Street on Saturday afternoon. According to an affidavit read out by Assistant District Attorney Jill Reed, "The Pine Bluffs Police Department is saddened by the death of one of our officers and the wounding of another. Officers from the Pine Bluff Police Department traveled to the LodgeMotel near Econosleve to locate Mr. KeShone Smith and arrest him on an active-duty felony warrant. PineBluff police were at O'Hare International Airport and on their way to arrest 19-year-old former nurse Smithfor on a Georgia warrant when Smith shot and killed an officer.
Investigators tried to buy a high-powered handgun for the 23-year-old killed in the shooting. Officers from the Pine Bluff Police Department were called to the Econo Lodge motel on North Blake Street about 2: 30 p.m. on Saturday.
National General dates back to 1939 and has a long history in the insurance industry in Pine Bluff and other parts of the state. National General has insured more than 30,000 businesses in Arkansas, Arkansas and Arkansas. He began his insurance career with the Gleason Insurance Company in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and returned to Arkansas in 1965, where he eventually founded the Hoffman - Henry Insurance Corporation. Edwin joined Gleasons Insurance as chief executive officer, and as the industry's leading insurer, Hoffman Henry Insurance became one of Arkansas "largest independent insurance companies, and then the nation's largest.
He has served clients throughout southeastern Arkansas, including Pine Bluff, Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Little Rock, Conway and Fort Worth, Texas, as well as other cities and communities throughout the state of Arkansas. He is a member of the Arkansas State Insurance Commission and a former president and chief executive officer of Hoffman-Henry Insurance Corporation. Pine Bluffs Sheriff's Department, home to more than 1,000 police officers, has been the scene of several high-profile incidents of police brutality and violence.
Under Larry Matthews, the department has found itself at the forefront of revitalizing and shaping the economic future of the city of Pine Bluff. The PineBluff Police Department is the largest law enforcement agency in the state of Arkansas, with more than 1,000 officers.
He was president of the Arkansas Independent Insurance Agents in 1961 and the first Arkansas representative to have five or more consecutive memberships in the organization that annually identifies the nation's leading life insurance agents. He served for many years and is the only Arkansan ever elected president of independent insurance companies in America. Krug was once described as a "proven expert" on insurance innovation, a leading source of information on insurance innovations, trends, products and services that shape independent agencies and the property and casualty industry, according to the American Insurance Association.
He sold his first life insurance policy while studying at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff's College of Business and Business Administration. He was an agent of the state-owned agricultural company for 53 years, and always attributed his success to living the Golden Rule. Robert "Carl" (Bob) Hickman is the founder and president of Arkansas Independent Insurance Agents and a member of the Board of Directors.
I have worked in the Pine Bluff office for 9 years and can honestly say that he is a true friend with a wonderful sense of humor. Delton called me when he came to Pine Bluff and said, 'I'll come to pine bluffs if I can. I consider Bob Hoffman one of the greatest men I worked with a great man. As director of Arkansas' independent insurance agents, I considered him a friend, colleague and mentor.
When he arrived in Pine Bluff, Don had lived every day of his life to be a friend to everyone he knew and to everyone he met. During his 59-year career as a physician, he earned a PhD in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine and a medical degree from Arkansas State University.
In 1939, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine and a medical degree from Arkansas State University. He was a member of the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors based in Austin, Texas, and was a former president of independent insurance agents in Arkansas. For years, he served on the boards of the Arkansas Association of Insurance Agents and the American Insurance Association.
His mother, Beulah Sampson Flowers, was born a teacher, community leader and political activist. A.W. Flowers was a worker at the sawmill who later became a member of the Pulaski County Commission for the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services. Soon after, he got a contract to sell his own insurance company, Flowers & Associates, Inc., and soon after, he got his first job as an insurance agent in Pine Bluff.