Alicia is our web content producer. She writes and manages news articles on 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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  • Looters Hit Vian During Power Outage

    A transformer failure Wednesday night (Aug. 28) left thousands without power in the River Valley. While some Sequoyah County residents were waiting in the dark, the sheriff believes others were looting. Deputies were called to assist the Vian Police Department after two stores and a pharmacy were broken into during the power outage, Sheriff Ron Lockhart said Thursday. He says his deputies patrolled the streets as OG&E workers restored the power. No arrests have been made and little details were […]

  • Sheriff’s Office Sees No Threat in Exchange Students Selling Books

    A photo of a man circulating social media has caused some concern for not only the Benton County Sheriff’s Office but the man himself. The photo shows an Estonian exchange student named Mirko. He’s one of many students in the area who sell books for a Nashville, Tenn., based company called Southwestern Advantage. But posts on Facebook claim he and others are involved in a Human Trafficking Ring in Benton County, according to Deputy Keisha Guyll. “This same gentleman showed […]

  • 3-Year-Old Oklahoma Boy Safe After Alleged Abduction

    The Amber Alert for a 3-year-old Oklahoma boy who was allegedly abducted by his father amidst a custody battle Tuesday night has been cancelled. The boy was found safe and placed into the custody of the Department of Human Services Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 28), according to a release from the state’s Department of Public Safety. Kegan Manning was with his mother traveling on West Flint Rock Road in Cherokee County around 8 p.m. Tuesday night when she told deputies she […]

  • Police Dispel Rumors of Human Trafficking in the Area

    From Benton County to Faulkner County, rumors of door-to-door salesmen preying on children have circulated throughout the area and on social media. But local authorities say don’t believe everything you read on Facebook. “While we encourage our citizens to be vigilant and safety minded, just because it is posted on Facebook, does not make it true” said Siloam Springs Chief of Police Joe Garrett. Garett’s department has received numerous calls about the post seen online claiming foreign men posing as […]

  • Suspect Accused of Killing Bar Owner Hospitalized

    Raymond “Larry” Nichols, accused of killing a man in May 2009, was set to appear in a LeFlore County court Tuesday (Aug. 27) but missed the appearance because he was hospitalized. A judge transferred the date of the sounding docket to Sept. 24, according to a circuit clerk. On that day a preliminary hearing will be held and the judge will set a trial date. Nichols, 60, is in a Tulsa hospital for medical treatment. It is unclear what he […]

  • Fake Officer Breaks into Cars, Threatens to Shoot Witnesses

    A man armed with a 9mm pistol and claiming to be a Springdale police officer is now facing a handful of charges including sexual indecency. Donald Cauthen, 26, was arrested early Monday morning (Aug. 26) after he allegedly threatened to shoot residents of an apartment complex on Park. According to police, Cauthen went into one of the apartments claiming to be an officer. Witnesses say he pulled out a black handgun, laid it on the table and started asking questions […]

  • Two Arrested in Virginia for Springdale Murder

    Two men were arrested on capital murder charges in Norfolk, Virginia, Friday (Aug. 23) in connection with a death in Springdale earlier this month. John Guerra, 55, and James “Jim” Smith, 48, are also facing charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated residential burglary. Guerra and Smith are accused of beating and robbing 62-year-old Edward Charles Abel at his home on East Brown Road in Springdale on Aug. 16. Police responded to the home around 11:15 p.m. Abel was taken to […]

  • Divers Search Pond for Possible Homicide Victim

    A dive team began searching a pond near a rock quarry east of Ozark for a possible homicide victim Friday (Aug. 16), according to Franklin County Sheriff Anthony Boen. Boen said they received a tip that a body may have been dumped in the water and that a dive team with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission is searching the water. The dive team is searching for the body of Regina Woodward, of Ozark, who went missing in July, Boen […]

  • Benton Co. Declared A Disaster Area After Floods

    Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe declared six counties, including Benton County, disaster areas Friday (Aug. 16), due to extensive damage caused by severe storms and flooding last week. State and federal officials will began formal assessment of damages in Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Marion, and Newton Counties on Monday (Aug. 19), according to Beebe. They will determine whether Arkansas may qualify for federal disaster assistance when those assessments are complete. A preliminary assessment of flood and storm damage in Benton County […]

  • Hospitals Fear Proposed Medicaid Change Could Be Costly

    The Arkansas Hospital Association fears an Arkansas Medicaid policy proposal could cost hospitals much more than the $11 million estimate from the Department of Human Services. “We seem to think that that’s understated,” said Paul Cunningham, executive vice president of the AHA. “We don’t know exactly by how much though.” DHS and AHA officials are working together “to review the numbers and ensure the estimates we have are accurate,” Amy Webb, a spokeswoman for DHS, said in a July 26 […]

  • “Willie Nelson & Family” Coming to Walton Arts Center

    Country music legend Willie Nelson will make a stop in Northwest Arkansas this fall on his “Willie Nelson & Family” tour. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26 at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. Tickets go on sale Friday, Aug. 16 at 9 a.m. and range in price from $49-$79. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 479.443.5600 or by visiting Last November, Nelson had been scheduled to perform at the […]

  • Arrest Made in LeFlore County Cold Case

    An arrest has been made in a 2009 murder case in LeFlore County, in which a local bar owner went missing and was later found dead with a gunshot wound. Raymond Larry Nichols, 60, of Cameron, Okla., was arrested on a first degree murder charge in the death of 62-year-old Joe Neff on Aug. 8, according to Sheriff Rob Seale. Nichols is Neff’s former brother-in-law, according to family members. “They arrested my uncle for murdering my dad,” said Marie Pritchford, […]