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.


Recent Articles
  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Load of Hay Catches Fire on Highway 71

    A truck hauling hay on a trailer caught fire Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 18) in Scott County. The truck pulled over after the driver realized the load of hay was on fire, according to a Scott County dispatcher. The incident happened around 1 p.m. on Highway 71 just south of the Fuller Road intersection. The rural fire department from Waldron and county deputies responded to the scene. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The driver of the truck […]

  • Bond Set for Man Accused of Killing Ex-Father-in-Law

    Bond has been set for a Fort Smith man accused of killing his ex-father-in-law before attempting to kill himself. Sebastian County judge James Cox set 47-year-old Michael Ray Underwood’s bond at $100,000 Thursday (Sept. 12). His attorney had asked for a $50,000 bond because Underwood requires more medical care than the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center can provide, but Prosecutor Daniel Shue argued the amount was too low. Underwood is recovering from two self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the head and […]

  • 13 Clarksville Teachers, Staff Now Armed on Campus

    Thirteen licensed teachers and staff began carrying guns on campus in the Clarksville School District Thursday (Sept. 12). The Clarksville School District’s 13 licensed faculty and staff are also wearing white private security badges, as well as their firearms, said Supt. David Hopkins. Hopkins said signs are also going up on campus telling parents and bystanders that there are armed guards on the school grounds. The teachers and staff are licensed and trained to act as security guards in an […]

  • Human Skull Found in Arkansas River Identified

    The Arkansas Crime Lab has identified a human skull found in 2008 in the Arkansas River in Fort Smith. DNA samples obtained from the family of Salvador Serrano Luevano matched DNA recovered from the skull found by two people fishing in a flat bottom boat near a small island on March 30, 2008, according to a police report. The human skull was positively identified on Sept. 5, Sgt. Daniel Grubbs said Thursday (Sept. 12). Investigators believe the year before, Luevano […]

  • Benton County Flood Victims Won’t Receive Individual Assistance

    Residents of Benton County who suffered damages due to flooding in August will not receive Individual Assistance from the state, the county’s emergency management director said Tuesday (Sept. 10). A letter from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) states “authorization of the State Individual Assistance Program will not be allowed unless a reasonable amount or a majority of homes have a major and/or destroyed level damages.” The denial for individual assistance is based on the total amount of uninsured […]

  • Sallisaw Mom Arrested After Baby Found in Hot Car

    A Sequoyah County mother was arrested Tuesday (Sept. 10) after her baby was left in a hot vehicle outside of the Walmart store in Sallisaw. Christine Danielle McFarland, 25, is now facing a child endangerment charge, according to police chief Shaloa Edwards. A call was made to the police department shortly after 12 p.m. when a customer heard the 1 ½ year old girl crying in the car, Edwards said. He believes the baby was in the vehicle for 30-40 […]

  • Spontaneous Human Combustion Case: M.E. Suggests Man Fell on Cigarette

    An eastern Oklahoma man’s death in February has been ruled the result of a heart attack, after the county sheriff initially said he believed spontaneous human combustion was to blame, according to the medical examiner’s report released Tuesday. Danny Vanzandt, 65, of Muldrow, likely died of a heart attack after which his body was burned, possibly by a cigarette, the report states. “The lack of soot within the airway and a negative carboxyhemoglobin level within the procured blood sample suggests […]

  • 65 Jobs Coming to Fort Smith

    Local officials along with Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe have announcement Thermold Magazines will move its headquarters Fort Smith

  • Sebastian County Inmate Found Hanging in Cell

    An inmate at the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center was found hanging in his cell, according to the sheriff’s office. Chamar West, 35, of Fort Smith, was jailed on a rape charge. On Aug. 31, West was found hanging from a rope fashioned from a bed sheet, Inv. Philip Pevehouse said Wednesday (Sept. 4). West was in a separate cell alone. Pevehouse said West left a note in his cell asking for forgiveness from his family for his alleged crime. […]

  • Man Acquitted in Deaths of Wife, Unborn Child

    A Fort Smith man accused in the stabbing death of his wife and unborn child outside the city’s police department has been acquitted “by reason of mental disease” in the 2012 slayings, according to court documents. Judge James Cox ordered James Herring, 35, be committed to a state mental hospital Thursday (Aug. 29). Herring had been charged with two counts of capital murder. The prosecution originally sought the death penalty. “He’s had four hospitalizations since 2005 all for schizophrenia and […]