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
  • Northwest Health Joins Mayo Clinic Care Network, Aims To Improve Patient Care

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — Northwest Health, one of the region’s largest health care systems, has joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network, giving its staff access to an array of renowned medical research and education materials aimed at improving patient care. Dr. James Tanner, chief medical officer for Northwest Health, said Tuesday (April 17) his staff will “collaborate with Mayo Clinic physicians to improve the delivery of health care for patients through high-quality, data-driven medical care and treatment.” “Northwest Health is honored […]

  • Caves Springs Mayor Accused Of Ethics Violations

    CAVE SPRINGS (KFSM) — The state Ethics Commission has opened four investigations into Cave Springs Mayor Travis Lee regarding allegations that Lee used city property for personal gain and failed to reimburse the city for personal expenses. 5NEWS obtained copies of the complaints, which were attached to letters sent Feb. 9 from Graham Sloan, director of the Ethics Commission, to Cave Springs resident Terry Rakes. In one of the complaints, Rakes accuses Lee of operating three vending machines without a […]

  • Northwest Arkansas State House Candidate Suspends Campaign After Calling Gay People ‘Disgusting’

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — A Libertarian Party candidate has suspended his campaign for a State House seat after allegations surfaced that he made derogatory comments about gay people and HIV. During a Facebook conversation about blood donations, Justin Jones reportedly told a woman that homosexuals were “1000% more likely than any straight person” to contract HIV. He later called homosexuals “disgusting.” Jones was a candidate for District 87, which covers parts of Benton and Washington counties, including Siloam Springs, Elm Springs […]

  • Springdale Man Admits Downloading Nearly 15,000 Files Of Child Pornography

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A Springdale man has admitted to downloading nearly 15,000 files of child pornography on the so-called dark web as part of a federal plea deal. James Daosaeng, 24, pleaded guilty Thursday (March 29) in U.S. District Court in Fayetteville to one count of receiving child pornography. As part of Daosaeng’s plea agreement, the government will move to dismiss his other charges at sentencing. Daoseang was indicted in January on four counts of receiving child pornography and one […]

  • Second Suspect Arrested In Fayetteville Strip Club Shooting

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — U.S. Marshals have arrested a man previously deported for illegal reentry into the United States in connection with the January shooting at Silver Dollar Cabaret in Fayetteville. Carlos Gomez-Aguilar, 25, of Springdale and Ramon Illario Flores, 26, of Lowell each face charges of aggravated assault, second-degree battery, committing a terroristic act, criminal mischief and engaging in violent group activity. Police continue searching for others involved. Anyone with information is encouraged to call police. “The investigation is ongoing,  and […]

  • 10 People Arrested After NWA Drug Ring Busted

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Ten people face a litany of federal drug charges following a year-long investigation into methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin trafficking in Benton and Washington counties, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. In January and March, federal grand juries returned indictments for multiple counts of distributing and conspiracy to distribute meth, cocaine and heroin against the following suspects: LaQueecha Nicholson, 41, of Fayetteville Derrick Nicholson, 49, of Fayetteville Johnny Nicholson, 43, of Fayetteville Rubin Morrow, 49, of Inglewood, Calif. […]

  • Washington Co. Deputy Wounded In 2016 Promoted To Captain

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A sheriff’s deputy wounded in the line of duty has been promoted to the rank of captain thanks to his integrity and leadership abilities. Tion Augustine, formerly a lieutenant with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, said he’s “excited to embark on this new journey.” “With Ti’s experience and willingness to lead from the front, I know he is going to continue to do great things for this agency and our community in his new role as captain,” […]

  • Indiana Man Denies Blackmailing Bentonville Woman With Nude Photos

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — An Indiana man pleaded not guilty Monday (March 12) to blackmailing a Bentonville woman by sharing her nude photos online and with her coworkers. Tyler Klingensmith, 30, of Indianapolis, Ind., is charged with sexual extortion, first-degree terroristic threatening, computer fraud and fraudulent use of a credit or debit card — all felonies. Klingensmith also faces four misdemeanor charges, including harassment, violating a protection order, stalking and unlawfully distributing sexual images. The woman told Bentonville police she broke up […]

  • CV’s Family Foods In Fayetteville Closing

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — CV’s Family Foods on College Avenue is slated to close in the next two months, with store officials citing increased competition from a nearby Walmart Neighborhood Market, according to the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. The 30,000-square-foot store at 380 N. College Ave. employs about 40 full- and part-time workers, said Chung Tan, director of economic development at the chamber. Inventory has been marked down and CV’s plans to stay open until groceries are exhausted. In May 2016, Walmart […]

  • More Than 100 Layoffs Announced At Tyson Plant In Van Buren

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) — Roughly 150 employees at Tyson Foods’ Van Buren plant will be laid off at the end of March, according to Worth Sparkman, a company spokesman. The temporary layoffs result from “changes in production needs,” and impacted employees may be eligible to work at other locations in the River Valley and Northwest Arkansas, Sparkman said. Employees at the plant at 802 S. 28th St. learned of the layoffs Wednesday (March 7). Tyson will assist employees with the application […]

  • Rogers Couple Accused Of Abusing 2-Year-Old Girl

    ROGERS (KFSM) — A Rogers woman and her boyfriend are accused of abusing her toddler after an investigation revealed the girl had severe, full-body bruising and a possible chemical burn to her eyes. Stacey Carmichael, 26, and Matthew Ryder Vansickle, 23, were arrested this week in connection with first-degree domestic battery — a Class B felony. Carmichael said in December 2017 she took her 2-year-old daughter to the emergency room because her eyes were swollen. Carmichael told Benton County sheriff’s […]

  • Washington Co. Sheriff Named To Governor’s School Safety Commission

    LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday (March 1) announced the creation of the Arkansas School Safety Commission, appointing a local sheriff and school superintendent to help assess school security statewide and recommend any additional safeguards by July. “The physical safety of our students is a nonnegotiable responsibility and demands the immediate attention of professionals in education, law enforcement, security, and mental health,” Hutchinson said. Hutchinson selected Washington County Sheriff Tim Helder and Clarksville School District Superintendent David Hopkins […]