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  • Fayetteville Board of Education To Consider Taking Action Against Employee

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – The Fayetteville Board of Education has decided to consider taking personnel action against an employee following due process. The Board met in an executive session during a special meeting Wednesday (April 18). Susan Keller Kendall, attorney representing the School Board, released this statement: “The Board has deemed it appropriate to proceed with further consideration of a personnel action. The Board will not make any personnel decisions without ensuring that constitutional due process is afforded to its employees. The […]

  • Second Victim Accuses Sallisaw Man Of Rape

    SALLISAW (KFSM) — A second rape victim has come forward against a Sallisaw man, according to the police. Investigators obtained a warrant and arrested Jeff Johnson at his home Wednesday (April 18). He was taken to the police department for questioning and then to the Sequoyah County Detention Center. Johnson is accused of second degree rape of a victim under 16. He was arrested April 13 on the same charge, but involving a 14-year-old victim. “There’s been information through the […]

  • Fayetteville Police, Store Clerk Lauded As ‘Neighborhood Heroes’

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Two Fayetteville police officers and a store clerk are being lauded as “Neighborhood Heroes” for going out of their way to help a special-needs resident buy a video game he couldn’t afford. Earlier this week, Corporal Matthew Townsend and Officer Brandon Jones were called to Game Stop on Joyce Boulevard for a report of a missing person, according to a post on the Fayetteville Police Department’s Facebook page: “Neighborhood heroes are all around us, and today we […]

  • Former Spiro Substitute Teacher Facing Lewd Acts To Children Under 16 Charge

    SPIRO (KFSM) — A former Spiro substitute teacher was booked into the LeFlore County Detention Center Wednesday (April 18). Andrea Garibay is now facing charges of lewd or indecent acts to children under 16. Stay with 5NEWS as we learn more about this developing story.

  • Arkansas Judge Again Demonstrates Against Death Penalty

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An Arkansas judge who’s been prohibited from hearing execution-related cases lay down on a cot in front of the governor’s mansion during an anti-death penalty vigil, re-enacting the demonstration that prompted his disqualification last year. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen lay tied to the cot Tuesday night during a demonstration by death penalty opponents marking the one-year anniversary of Arkansas executing four inmates over an eight-day period. When asked why he participated in the vigil, […]

  • Group Asks Arkansas High Court To Approve Casino Ballot

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A group seeking a public vote on expanded gambling in Arkansas is asking the state Supreme Court to force Attorney General Leslie Rutledge to approve and certify the ballot title. The group Driving Arkansas Forward filed a petition Tuesday with the state’s high court. Driving Arkansas Forward is trying to put a proposal on the November ballot to legalize casinos in Jefferson and Pope counties, as well as at the Oaklawn horse track in Hot Springs […]

  • ARDOT Approves Bids For Projects In Benton, Washington Counties

    LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) — The state Highway Commission on Wednesday (April 18) approved bids for road improvement projects in Benton and Washington counties, according to a news release. American Contracting & Services, Inc. of Jeffersonville, Ind., was awarded a $1 million contract to rehabilitate the Beaver Lake bridge deck. APAC-Central, Inc. of Fayetteville received a $1.2 bid to resurface 5.1 miles of Arkansas 16 eastward of the Benton County line. Both projects are set to start in two to four […]

  • Fayetteville School Board To Hold Special Meeting To Discuss Personnel Matter

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — The Fayetteville Board of Education will hold a special meeting Wednesday (April 18), according to Alan Wilbourn with Fayetteville Public Schools. Wilbourn said the purpose of the meeting will be the consideration of a personnel matter. The meeting comes after a sexual harassment investigation into Superintendent Matthew Wendt. Board members have hired a Rogers lawyer to investigate Wendt about claims in which he allegedly made unwanted sexual advances and threats toward a woman. He was placed on paid […]

  • Plane Makes Safe Emergency Landing At Drake Field

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — An airplane made an emergency landing at Drake Field Wednesday (April 18), according to Cpl. Dallas Brashears. Fayetteville fire department said an engine died on the plane about six miles away from the airport. Brashears said the plane safely landed at about 11:40 a.m. Several roads near the airport were closed while the plane was landing, Brashears said. According to air traffic control, one person was on board the plane. There was no medical emergency. The twin […]

  • Arkansas Hog Farm Has Applied For Another Permit To Keep Operating Near The Buffalo River

    MOUNT JUDEA (AP) — An Arkansas hog farm has applied for another permit to keep operating near the Buffalo National River after the state denied its permit three months ago. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that C&H Hog Farms has submitted application documents for a Regulation 6 individual permit. If approved, the farm would be able to continue operating for five years. The move comes after the farm appealed the state Department of Environmental Quality’s denial of its Regulation 5 individual permit to […]

  • Sequoyah County Sheriff: Three People Taken Into Custody After Stealing Over 500 Items Around Oklahoma

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) — Three people were arrested in connection to stealing over 500 items from all over the state, according to Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane. The items stolen include three stolen cars, one license plate, 200 to 300 drivers licenses and credit cards, tools, chainsaws, computer equipment, purses, DVD’s, mail, clothing and cell phones. Lane said the offenses started in Ardmore, Oklahoma and spread to Oklahoma City, Henryetta, McAlester, Stigler, Sallisaw, Muldrow, Roland and Van Buren. Casey Bradberry, […]

  • Fayetteville Woman Denies Stealing Car With Sleeping Child Inside

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A Fayetteville woman has pleaded not guilty to stealing a car with a sleeping child inside and driving to Benton County. Angela McGarrah, 35, is charged with kidnapping and theft of property — both felonies. She also faces a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a minor. Last month, McGarrah allegedly stole a Ford Escape with a sleeping 4-year-old inside while the child’s mother went inside a house on South Washington Avenue to drop something off, […]