Brandon joined 5NEWS as an assignment editor in March 2017. He is an Arkansas native and a proud graduate of the University of Arkansas. Have a story idea, tip or just want to get in touch? Email him at Brandon.Howard@kfsm.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @5NEWSBrandon.


Recent Articles
  • Northark Seeks NJCAA Investigation Into Racial Heckling Allegations

    HARRISON (KFSM) — North Arkansas College has asked its governing athletic body to investigate allegations of racial heckling from fans after the college’s internal investigation revealed one fan made “crow calls” during recent basketball games. Dr. Randy Esters, Northark president, said the fan had no racial intent and volunteered to stop making the noise if it was perceived to be hurtful. Esters, who didn’t identify the fan, said the fan wanted to distract opposing players during Jan. 10 games between […]

  • Prolific Springdale Author Dusty Richards Passes Away

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — Dusty Richards, a local award-winning author of more than 150 books, died Thursday (Jan. 18) due to complications from injuries he suffered in a December 2017 car accident, according to his publisher. He was 80 years old. Richards’ wife, Pat, passed away last week, also from injuries she suffered in the wreck. She was 78. Richards’ Facebook page on Thursday posted a eulogy for the legendary Western author: What can we say about Dusty? The real question is what […]

  • Jail Illness Likely Food-Borne, State Health Department Says

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — An illness that infected several inmates and briefly put the Benton County Jail on lock down last week appears to have been food-borne, according to the Arkansas Department of Health. The inmates’ symptoms matched most food-borne illnesses, like salmonella and norovirus, said Meg Mirivel, health department spokeswoman. She added that the illness abated rather quickly and there haven’t been any new reports of sickness. A health department inspection done Jan. 11 — the same day as the […]

  • Rogers Man Sentenced For Beating Children

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — A Rogers man was sentenced Tuesday (Jan. 16) to 20 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction for beating two children in July. Shawn Charles Tabor, 27, pleaded guilty to first-degree battery and second-degree domestic battery — both felonies. Tabor told Rogers police he was frustrated that he couldn’t get his 2-month-old daughter to stop crying, so he threw her about 10 feet onto a couch, according to a probable cause affidavit. Tabor said he wasn’t sure […]

  • Northark Investigating Allegations Of Racist Heckling

    HARRISON (KFSM) — The president of North Arkansas College says he’s taking “very seriously” allegations that fans at Wednesday’s (Jan. 10) basketball games between Northark and Labette (Kan.) Community College heckled Labette’s players with racist insults. “As you can imagine, we are very aware of the allegations in the article,” Dr. Randy Esters said Monday (Jan. 15) in a statement referencing a report first published Saturday (Jan. 13) by the Parsons Sun that has since been picked up nationally by Yahoo! […]

  • Springdale Man Accused Of Kidnapping, Robbery

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Police have arrested a Springdale man accused of kidnapping and robbing a man last fall in Fayetteville. Alejandro Reyes, 25, was arrested Saturday (Jan. 13) in connection with aggravated robbery, kidnapping and first-degree terroristic threatening — all felonies. Reyes also faces a misdemeanor theft charge. The victim said he met a woman over social media and planned to see her Oct. 4, 2017, but was ambushed by Reyes, according to an arrest affidavit. The man said when […]

  • Rogers Man Sentenced On Child Pornography Charge

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A Rogers man was sentenced Friday (Jan. 12) to more than 7 years in prison followed by 15 years of supervised release for possessing 2,000 images of child pornography, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. Peng Chanthalangsy, 37, pleaded guilty in August 2017 in U.S. District Court to one count of receipt of child pornography. Rogers police were initially investigating Chanthalangsy in March 2017 as part of a drug trafficking organization, seizing several illegal drugs, computers and electronic […]

  • Police: Fort Smith Man Forced Teen Into Prostitution

    TEXARKANA (KFSM) — A Fort Smith man is accused of forcing a 16-year-old girl into prostitution in several cities across Arkansas. Kenyan Roane, 31, was arrested Monday (Jan. 8) in connection with one count of enticing and coercing a minor into prostitution, according to a federal criminal complaint unsealed Thursday (Jan. 11). The victim said Roane set up clients by posting nude photos of her to the Internet. She said he’s forced her to “prostitute for money” at hotels in […]

  • Springdale Man Faces Negligent Homicide Charge After DWI Accident

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A Springdale man accused of striking a pedestrian while driving drunk now faces a negligent homicide charge after the man died from his injuries. Wade Boggs, 23, has pleaded not guilty to one count of felony negligent homicide and a misdemeanor DWI charge. Springdale police arrested Boggs in July 2017 after he allegedly struck a man walking on Ranch Drive, according to an arrest report. The man was taken to Northwest Medical Center, but died in late […]

  • Police Find Guns, Drugs & Moonshine During Probationer Check

    HIGHFILL (KFSM) — Police found a Highfill couple with guns, drugs and a moonshine still during a probationer compliance check on Friday (Jan. 5). “A lot of people call it white lightning, we call it a trip to the county jail. So it`s not necessarily something in this case that was distributed to the community, I believe this was for personal use,” said Highfill Police Chief Blake Webb. Jason Neal Vanhook, 41, and his wife, Kim Ann Vanhook, 43, were […]

  • Fayetteville Man Sentenced For Indecent Exposure

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A Fayetteville man with three prior indecent exposure convictions will spend five years in jail for masturbating outside a girl’s window in July 2017. Zachary William Jones, 24, pleaded guilty Dec. 28 to one count of indecency exposure, a Class D felony when a person is convicted for a fourth time within 10 years of a previous conviction. Jones, who’s been arrested several times for indecent exposure, must also abide by a 12-month suspended sentence after he’s […]

  • Rogers Man Pleads Guilty To Running Illegal Gambling Ring

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A Rogers man pleaded guilty Monday (Jan. 8) to running an illegal gambling ring from his home for over a decade, earning more than $1 million through wagers on football and basketball games. Robert Enos Rogers, 72, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Fayetteville to one count of operating an illegal gambling business. Rogers maintained his not guilty plea on one count of money laundering. Rogers told federal investigators he and five other people directed a […]