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  • Former CNA Accused Of Assaulting Special Needs Woman At Elizabeth Richardson Center

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — A former certified nursing assistant for the Elizabeth Richardson Center is accused of sexually assaulting one of its patients, according to a preliminary arrest report. Springdale police arrested William Deupree, 56, of Prairie Grove on Monday (Sept. 18) in connection with second-degree sexual assault. Deupree was fired “immediately” after the incident according to Cindy Acree, the center’s executive director. “We are doing anything in our ability to make sure our clients and staff are safe,” Acree said. […]

  • Gentry Man Didn’t Purposely Leave Son In Car, Prosecutor Says

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — Prosecutors declined to bring charges against a Gentry man who left his son in his car earlier this summer, saying the man didn’t do it on purpose. Gentry police arrested Thao H. Xiong on Aug. 1 in connection with first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor after a coworker found Xiong’s son in his car. “That statute requires that someone purposely desert a minor. The ensuing police investigation revealed that Mr. Xiong simply forgot his son in the […]

  • Police: Springdale Man Stabbed Neighbor After Fight With Girlfriend

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — A Springdale man stabbed his neighbor after the neighbor tried to break up a fight between him and his girlfriend, according to a preliminary arrest report. Takie Teiko, 38, was arrested Saturday (Sept. 16) in connection with felony second-degree battery. Teiko also faces misdemeanor third-degree domestic battery charges for injuring his girlfriend. Police responded to a fight about 7:28 p.m. Saturday at Teiko’s apartment on Ewalt Avenue. Teiko and his girlfriend were inside arguing when a friend […]

  • Fayetteville Woman Arrested On Drug Charges

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A Fayetteville woman who told police she graduated this summer from a drug court program was caught Thursday (Sept. 14) with illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia, according to a preliminary arrest report. The 4th Judicial Drug Task Force arrested Dawn Taylor, 30, in connection with four counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia — all felonies. Taylor also faces misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a minor […]

  • Springdale Man Gets 60 Years For Child Porn Charges

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A Springdale man was sentenced Thursday (Sept. 14) to 60 years in federal prison for sexually abusing a girl for nearly seven years. Jason Ellis, 34, pleaded guilty May 4 in U.S. District Court in Fayetteville to two counts of sexually exploiting a child and one count of possession of child pornography, according to federal court documents. Ellis’ prison sentence will be followed by a lifetime of supervised release. While incarcerated, he’ll be required to undergo mental health […]

  • Police: Homeless Man Cashed $9,000 Worth Of Fraudulent Checks

    ROGERS (KFSM) — A Fayetteville homeless man is accused of cashing more than $9,000 in fraudulent checks at multiple banks in Rogers, according to a probable cause affidavit. Zachary Scott Craft, 57, was arrested Saturday (Sept. 9) in connection with four counts of second-degree forgery and four counts of theft of property — all felonies. Craft told police that in June two black men approached him at 7 Hills Homeless Center in Fayetteville asking about cashing checks for them, according […]

  • Lowell Woman Tried To Smuggle $10,000 Into Africa

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A Lowell woman is accused of trying to smuggle more than $10,000 into Ghana, according to federal court documents. Pamela Fuchs, 43, was indicted last September by a grand jury and pleaded not guilty Aug. 31 to one count of bulk cash smuggling into or out of the U.S., according to the documents. Fuchs used a shipping container to try and smuggle the money into the West African country, according to the documents. It’s unclear exactly how much […]

  • Springdale Man Accused Of Beating, Raping Woman

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — A Springdale man is accused of imprisoning a woman and abusing her for two days, according to a preliminary arrest report. Quinton A. Fisher, 24, was arrested Monday (Sept. 11) in connection with three counts of rape, first-degree terroristic threatening, first-degree false imprisonment and aggravated assault on a household member — all felonies. Fisher also faces misdemeanor charges of third-degree domestic battery and possession of a controlled substance. The victim told police she went to Fisher’s home […]

  • Police Arrest Bella Vista Man Linked To Trail Assault

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — Police have arrested a Bella Vista man linked to a sexual assault on a trail near A Street, according to a news release. Bryan Lee Snyder, 33, was arrested Wednesday (Sept. 6) in connection with second-degree sexual assault, a Class B felony. The woman was walking Tuesday (Sept. 5) morning on the trail near the waste water plant by Northeast A Street when Snyder approached her from behind and grabbed her buttocks, according to police. Snyder then […]

  • Arkansas Arts Academy Teacher Put On Leave After Arrest

    ROGERS (KFSM) — An Arkansas Arts Academy teacher accused of failing to report her husband’s alleged child abuse has been placed on paid leave, according to superintendent Mary Ley. Ley said Tuesday (Sept. 5) she’ll recommend to the school board that Tamy Pershing be fired. The board will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday (Sept. 7). Ley said the school learned Friday (Sept. 1) afternoon that Pershing, 46, had been arrested in connection with failure to notify […]

  • Arkansas Arts Academy Teacher And Husband Arrested In Connection To Alleged Toddler Abuse

    BELLA VISTA (KFSM) — An Arkansas Arts Academy teacher and her husband have been arrested in connection with sexually abusing two toddlers, according to Bella Vista police. Douglas Pershing, 54, faces felony charges of second-degree sexual assault. His wife, Tamy Lynn Pershing, faces misdemeanor charges of failure to notify by a mandated reporter and endangering the welfare of a minor. Tamy Pershing, 46, teaches sixth-grade language arts at the Arkansas Arts Academy. Douglas Pershing is a young-adult author known for […]

  • Police: Rogers Woman Defrauded Potential Adoptive Couple

    ROGERS (KFSM) — A Rogers woman is accused of defrauding a couple of roughly $17,000 in living expenses and legal fees while the couple waited to adopt her unborn child, according to a probable cause affidavit. Bing Domnick, 20, was arrested Wednesday (Aug. 30) in connection with defrauding a prospective adoptive parent, a Class B felony. The couple claims Domnick never intended to put her child up for adoption, according to the affidavit. In December 2016, the couple was set […]