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Alicia is our web content producer. She writes and manages news articles on 5NEWSonline.com and contributes to the station's Facebook and Twitter pages. She began her career with 5NEWS in 2007 as a morning show and weekend news producer.


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    WIC Continues in Arkansas Tuesday Despite Shutdown

    The Arkansas Department of Health reached an agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture that will preserve benefits and jobs in the Women Infants and Children’s (WIC) program on a week-by-week basis during the government shutdown. The commitment from the USDA will cover ADH administrative costs for WIC for this week, action that will prevent furloughing WIC staff and allow ADH to continue issuing certifications and re-certifications without interruption Tuesday (Oct. 1), according to Ed Barham with the health department. […]

  • Sammie Polite (2008 booking photo)

    Parent Accused of Threatening Springdale School Arrested

    Sammie Polite, 30, was arrested Friday (Sept. 27) on felony charges of terrorist threatening after he allegedly threatened to fire a gun at an elementary school. Polite turned himself in to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department and Fayetteville police Friday afternoon. Parson Hills Elementary was locked down briefly Thursday morning after a security issue, according to Rick Schaeffer, Springdale School District communications director. Police say a teacher received information from Polite’s family members that he planned to ‘take a gun […]

  • Angel Contreras

    Man Accused of Firing Gun at Exotic Dancers

    A Texas man was arrested outside a Fayetteville hotel early Thursday morning after he allegedly fired a gunshot at a group of exotic dancers. Angel Contreras, 26, of Weatherford, Texas, was arrested on four counts of aggravated assault, discharging a firearm in city limits and terroristic act, according to a police report. Officers responded to the Days Inn on North College around 2:44 a.m. Wednesday after shots were fired in the area. Police saw a group of men standing outside […]

  • Sheila-Humphrey

    Fort Smith Economics Teacher Receives National Award

    A Fort Smith elementary school teacher will receive national recognition next week for her work in educating kids about something even adults struggle with: economics. Sheila Humphrey has been a teacher for 25 years. Her students at Woods Elementary on Massard Road are actively engaged in hands-on learning simulations to understand the value of a dollar, consumables and services. She will be awarded the John Morton Excellence in the Teaching of Economics Award at the Council for Economic Education National […]

  • Woodland Jr High

    Police: Fayetteville Student Arrested With Loaded Gun

    Fayetteville police arrested a Woodland Junior High School student Wednesday (Sept. 25) on suspicion of having a loaded handgun on campus. The 15-year-old boy was arrested and faces charges of possession of a handgun by a minor on school property and fleeing. An officer working at the junior high located on 1 E. Poplar St. received information that the student may have a gun. When he attempted to approach the teen, he ran off, according to a police report. Police […]

  • Drugs found during traffic stop

    Traffic Stop Yields Two Drug Arrests on I-40

    Two men from New Mexico were arrested Tuesday (Sept. 24) after Arkansas Highway Police found a significant shipment of illegal drugs in their vehicle on Interstate 40. Jason Price, 42, and John Magnus, 48, both of Albuquerque, were arrested for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. About 100 pounds of marijuana, estimated to be valued at $200,000, was found in the bed of a pickup truck, according to AHP Chief Ron Burks. Police believe the two were […]

  • Patricia McClure Hajek

    Accused Murderer Out On Bond After 9 Months in Jail

    A Crawford County murder suspect has been released on bond after authorities say it took too long for her trial to begin. Patricia McClure-Hajek is accused of shooting and killing a highway department employee at an Interstate 40 rest stop in May of 2012. She was released this month from the detention center. Authorities say McClure-Hajek had been behind bars for more than nine months on a first degree murder charge in the shooting death of Sharon Richards. Richards was […]

  • Robert Duttko

    Oklahoma Man Wanted on Rape Charge in Sebastian County

    Robert Duttko, of Oklahoma City, is wanted in Sebastian County in connection with the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl, according to the sheriff’s office. The sheriff’s office began investigating the 41-year-old man in August, after the victim told them she had engaged in sexual activity with Duttko over the last several years in both Arkansas and Oklahoma. On Sept. 12, an arrest warrant for the charge of rape was issued for Duttko. Duttko has ties to Oklahoma City, Chickasha, […]

  • Eric Thompson (photo from previous arrest)

    Suspected Drunk Driver Charged in Accident that Killed Father, Sons

    A Paris, Ark., man has been charged with three counts of negligent homicide after a car accident that killed a man and his two children. Eric Thompson, 42, was arrested and booked into the Logan County Jail Friday, according to the sheriff’s office. He will also be charged with driving on a suspended or revoked license. The charges stem from head-on collision on Highway 309 north of Paris on Aug. 22 that killed James “Dusty” Lee, 32, and his two […]

  • Michael Lee Lonewolf

    Forgotten Phone Lands Suspected Burglar in Jail

    Fort Smith police tracked down a suspected burglar thanks to a cell phone he left behind. Michael Lee Lonewolf, 44, is being held at the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center on felony charges of commercial burglary and theft of property, according to a police report. He is suspected of breaking into Sue White Homes on Rogers Avenue and taking computer equipment and a safe, as well as stealing a 2004 Chevrolet truck on Wednesday (Sept. 18). While processing the scene, […]

  • Dawn Sprayberry

    Fort Smith Officer Receives National Honor

    Sgt. Dawn Sprayberry, a 22-year veteran of the Fort Smith Police Department, was recently named the National Internal Affairs Investigators Association’s “Investigator of the Year” at a conference in Nashville, Tenn. She was nominated by Chief Kevin Lindsey. “Sgt. Sprayberry is the longest tenured Internal Affairs supervisor/investigator in the department’s history; and her professional approach to carrying out the varied duties of the Office of Professional Standards/Internal Affairs Investigator begins with the application of common sense, a sincere dedication to […]

  • Billy Rowe

    Former Officer Accused in Sex Crimes Met Teen in Church

    A former Fort Smith police officer accused of having sex with a teenager met the girl at a summer church camp, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Billy Rowe, 31, of Bonanza, was a counselor at a church camp in July when he began the relationship with the 16-year-old girl, the affidavit states. The name of the church camp is not revealed in the affidavit. Rowe did not appear at his arraignment Wednesday (Sept. 18). His attorney, Jered Medlock, waived […]

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