Recent Articles
  • Police: Fort Smith Man Tried To Meet Child For Sex

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A Fort Smith man is accused of trying to meet a 13-year-old for sex in 2015, according to a probable cause affidavit. Washington County deputies arrested Richard Smith, 40, on Monday (April 24) in connection with computer child pornography. The offense is a Class B felony, which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $15,000. Smith was released Tuesday (April 25) from the Washington County Detention Center after posting […]

  • Police: Springdale Pair Robbed, Kidnapped Man

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — Two Springdale residents are accused of robbing a man at knife point and then kidnapping him in hopes of raiding his bank account, according to a preliminary arrest report. James Maxey, 26, and Michel Rascon-Rodriguez, 20, were arrested Monday (April 17) in connection with aggravated robbery, kidnapping and theft of property. The victim told police he went inside a house on Shannon Street about 3:50 p.m. Monday, when Maxey held a knife to him while Rascon-Rodriguez rifled […]

  • Johnson County Circuit Judge Suspended After DWI Arrest

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — The Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission has suspended a Johnson County Circuit Judge who pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated. Judge William M. Pearson was suspended shortly after his arrest in January, the commission said Tuesday (April 18). The commission declined to give a timeline for completing its investigation or specify what punishment Pearson may face. Pearson, 57, pleaded guilty Monday (April 17) to driving while intoxicated in January, according to court documents. He was arrested Jan. 20 after fleeing […]

  • Johnson County Judge Pleads Guilty To DWI

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Johnson County Circuit Court Judge William M. Pearson pleaded guilty Monday (April 17) to driving while intoxicated in January, according to court documents. “I regret my actions and look forward to redemption and making amends for this and assure all that this will never — ever — happen again,” Pearson said in a statement released Monday. Pearson also apologized to his family, fellow judges and lawyers, and residents of the 5th Judicial Circuit, which consists of Franklin, Johnson and […]

  • UPDATE: State Supreme Court Has Not Acted On AG’s Request

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — The Arkansas Supreme Court has not acted on a request from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge to reconsider its earlier decision of a stay of execution for death row inmate Bruce Ward, according to Rutledge spokesman Judd Deere. Earlier Monday (April 17) Deere said Ward’s request for a stay of execution was reaffirmed. The court granted Ward’s request for a stay of execution Friday (April 14) but offered no reason for its decision, Deere said. Ward was one of eight death […]

  • Former Benton County Accountant Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A former accounting specialist for Benton County has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $1 million in public funds over a 10-year period, according to federal prosecutors. Connie Guild, 52, pleaded guilty April 13 to one count of theft concerning programs that receive federal funds and one count of filing a false income tax return, the U.S. attorney’s office for the Western District of Arkansas said in a press release. Guild, who was fired last fall, stole $1,033,762.20 from […]

  • Elkins Man Pleads Guilty To Child Porn Charge

    ELKINS (KFSM) — An Elkins man has pleaded guilty to possessing pornographic videos involving girls as young as 9 years old, according to federal court documents. George Hagadone, 52, was arraigned March 31 in U.S. District Court in Fayetteville, where he pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography. In June 2016, agents with Homeland Security Investigations discovered a computer uploading child pornography to a peer-to-peer file sharing network, according to court documents. HSI is a division of […]

  • Police: Fayetteville Woman Selling Cocaine, Marijuana From Home

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A Fayetteville woman faces drug trafficking charges after police found roughly eight pounds of packaged cocaine and marijuana inside her home, according to a preliminary arrest report. Janet A. Gladner, 37, was arrested Friday (April 7) in connection with drug trafficking, two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police went to Gladner’s home on North Woolsey Avenue […]

  • Springdale Man Arrested In Connection With Sexual Abuse

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A Springdale man was arrested Wednesday (April 5) in connection with sexually abusing a woman for more than a decade, according to a preliminary arrest report. Charles Hudspeth, 43, faces one charge of rape. Hudspeth is free after posting a $10,000 bond Wednesday afternoon. The woman told police Hudspeth began sexually abusing her when she was 5 years old, according to the report. The woman said the abuse lasted until her senior year of high school and that […]

  • Ohio Man Accused Of Using Counterfeit Money In Northwest Arkansas

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — An Ohio man has pleaded not guilty to allegations he used counterfeit money at three Northwest Arkansas businesses, according to federal court documents. A federal grand jury in March indicted Michael Joseph Pickard on three counts of uttering counterfeit obligations or securities. Pickard, 44, is accused of spending $600 in fake $20 bills in January at a Dillard’s Department Store, Home Depot and Hobby Lobby, according to the indictment. He was arrested March 28 by the Benton County […]

  • Former DHS Employee Faces Sexual Assault Charge

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — A former Arkansas Department of Human Services employee is accused of molesting a foster child he transported and supervised during visitations in 2015, according to a probable cause affidavit. Jorge H. Alcon, 71, was arrested March 29 in connection with second-degree sexual assault. The 4-year-old girl, identified only by her initials in the affidavit, told police Alcon twice exposed his genitals and made her touch him inappropriately when Alcon pulled over to use the restroom during trips […]

  • Rogers Appoints New Alderman For Ward 4

    ROGERS (KFSM) — The Rogers City Council unanimously appointed Barney Hayes to fill the vacant Ward 4 seat Tuesday. Hayes, 65, is a 1970 graduate of Rogers High School and previously served on the City Council from 1998 to 2010. “I’m overwhelmed by the support of the City Council in unanimously recommending me to the council,” Hayes said Wednesday (March 29). “I really appreciate the confidence they have in me.” Describing himself as “a Rogers guy,” Hayes said he hopes to work […]