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
  • Fayetteville Man Sentenced In EZ Mart Shooting

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A Fayetteville man was sentenced Monday (Nov. 13) to five years in prison for a July 2016 shooting that injured two people. Martesh Shamar Logan pleaded guilty to second-degree battery, first-degree criminal mischief and committing a terroristic act. Prosecutors declined to pursue first-degree terroristic threatening charges against Logan. Logan, 19, must abide by a year-long suspended sentence after he’s released from the state Department of Correction. Logan shot a man July 29, 2016, outside the E-Z Mart […]

  • Police: No Foul Play In Missouri Woman’s Death

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — Police have ruled out foul play in the death of a Missouri woman after her body was found in a hospital parking lot. Christy Nichols’ autopsy listed her cause of death as undetermined, said Lt. Jeff Taylor, Springdale police spokesman. “There was no evidence that a crime was committed,” Taylor said. “Therefore the case has been closed.” Police found Nichols in her car Sept. 13 at Northwest Medical Center. She was in the driver’s seat and her seat belt […]

  • Fayetteville Pair Arrested After Attempted Armed Robbery

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A Fayetteville pair was arrested Wednesday (Nov. 15) after police say they kidnapped two men at gun point and tried to rob them, according to a preliminary arrest report. Daryl Boone, 36, and Dana Flores, 32, were arrested Wednesday in connection with aggravated assault, aggravated residential burglary, kidnapping and possession of a controlled substance — all felonies. The pair also faces one misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of an accident. Boone and Flores planned to rob […]

  • Fayetteville Man Gets Three Years In Prison For Beating Girlfriend

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A Fayetteville man was sentenced Nov. 3 to three years in prison for brutally beating his girlfriend in May. Reed Adam Cook, 40, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree battery and must abide by a three-year suspended sentence after he’s released from the state Department of Correction. Cook initially faced charges of rape, kidnapping and first-degree terroristic threatening, but prosecutors declined to pursue those charges due to a witness being unavailable. On May 20, Cook’s girlfriend […]

  • Farmington Man Accused Of Killing Infant

    FARMINGTON (KFSM) — A Farmington man has been arrested in connection with the death of an infant in July, according to police. Reagan Levi Phifer was arrested Tuesday (Nov. 14) by local authorities in Colcord, Okla., on one count of first-degree murder, Farmington police said. Phifer ditched his car at a Dollar General and was attempting to get into another vehicle when he was spotted by police. He was extradited back to Arkansas and is being held at the Washington […]

  • Arrest Made In Deadly Rogers Accident

    ROGERS (KFSM) — Rogers police have arrested a Centerton man involved in a September fatal accident at 13th and Persimmon streets. Mitchell Cameron Ramsey, 23, was arrested Monday (Nov. 13) in connection with negligent homicide, a Class D felony. He also faces misdemeanor charges of reckless driving, driving on a suspended license and failure to stop at a stop sign. Rogers police thanked the community for its help in a Facebook post. “Thank you to all the members of the […]

  • Rogers Man Accused Of Shooting Gun While Drunk Driving

    ROGERS (KFSM) — A Rogers man is accused of shooting his rifle while driving drunk after police found him intoxicated with more than 50 shell casings in his car, according to a probable cause affidavit. Vicente Garcia-Perez, 35, was arrested Sunday (Nov. 12) in connection with second-degree unlawful discharge of a firearm, a Class B felony. Garcia-Perez also faces misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated and possessing an open container in a vehicle. Several callers Sunday afternoon reported hearing gunshots […]

  • Oklahoma Man Accused Of Beating Girlfriend’s Dog

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — An Oklahoma man is accused of beating his girlfriend’s dog and leaving the animal under her bed last summer, according to a probable cause affidavit. Fayetteville police on Saturday (Nov. 11) arrested Mason Pitts, 24, of Ponca City, Okla., in connection with aggravated animal cruelty, a Class D felony. Pitts’ girlfriend came home May 10 to find her Corgi suffering from a collapsed lung and a fractured femur, according to the affidavit. A vet who examined the […]

  • Fayetteville Police Investigating Shooting Near Chickadee Avenue

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Fayetteville police have arrested a Forrest City man in a shooting that injured one person after an attempted robbery Thursday (Nov. 9) near North Chickadee Avenue, according to Sgt. Anthony Murphy, police spokesman. Paris Barton, 27, was arrested Friday (Nov. 10) in connection with accomplice to attempted aggravated robbery, accomplice to first-degree battery and accomplice to aggravated assault — all felonies. Police were called 11:26 p.m. Thursday to North Chicakdee Avenue and West Bluebird Street for reports […]

  • Local Church Van Driver Accused Of Raping Young Girl

    DECATUR (KFSM) — A van driver for Decatur Assembly of God is accused of raping a girl younger than 15 several times during the last two years — including once inside a church van, according to a probable cause affidavit. Ulises Moreno, 30, of Siloam Springs was arrested Wednesday (Nov. 8) in connection with rape, a Class Y felony. Class Y felonies are punishable by 10 to 40 years or life in prison. When investigators asked her how many times the […]

  • Springdale Man Pleads Not Guilty To Rape, Sexual Assault Charges

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — A Springdale man has pleaded not guilty to rape and sexual assault charges after two girls accused him of assaulting them at a party in July. Devon Westbrook, 22, was arraigned Monday (Nov. 6) in Benton County Circuit Court on one count of rape and one count of second-degree sexual assault — both felonies. The first victim, a 14-year-old girl, said Westbrook beat and raped her in a back bedroom during the party on July 8, according […]

  • Former Jailer Arrested, Accused of Smuggling Tobacco Into Jail

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A former jailer at the Washington County Detention Center is accused of trying to smuggle cigarettes and dip into the jail for an inmate, according to a probable cause report. Donnie Worley, 41, of Huntsville was arrested Tuesday (Nov. 7) in connection with furnishing prohibited articles, a Class C felony. Worley was fired Tuesday, according to Kelly Cantrell, sheriff’s office spokeswoman. Worley had worked at the jail about six months, Cantrell said. After hearing a rumor Worley […]