Jo has been with 5 NEWS as a reporter for one year. She grew up in the River Valley. She has worked in the T.V. news business over 10 years. She lives in Van Buren with her husband David and their daughter Hattie.

Recent Articles
  • Sebastian County Woman Accused Of Distributing Child Pornography

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) — A woman is accused of sharing child pornography images. Kelly Riley, 43, of the Jenny Lind community is accused of four counts of computer child pornography charges. She was arrested Jan. 5, but was bailed out Jan. 8 on a $10,000 bond. When police arrested her, she was babysitting a 5-year-old, according to investigators. They have found no evidence that she harmed the child. “Investigators got DHS involved and as far as we know, at this […]

  • Family Seeks Criminal Charges For Driver Who Hit And Killed Mother

    ALMA (KFSM) — Sisters Lisa Willis and Stacy Vaught recently visited a marker along Highway 64 in Alma where their mother 70-year-old Sandra Wagner was struck and killed by a driver in February of 2017. The pair marked the area with a cross and pink roses. “She had grandchildren that she loved very very much and they will never get to know her,” said Vaught. Wagner, according to investigators was leaving a church function the night she tried to cross […]

  • Historically Registered Bridge In Natural Dam To Be Demolished

    NATURAL DAM (KFSM) — A historic truss bridge along Highway 59 in Natural Dam will soon be demolished. The bridge was built in 1934 has been the centerpiece for the small Crawford County community since it was constructed. “I was about 17 when it was built back in 1934, said 100-year-old life long Natural Dam resident, Thall Ellison. Ellison said he used to sit on the banks of Lee Creek and watch crews as they constructed the bridge by hand. […]

  • Coroner: Baby Found In Paris Home Explosion May Have Already Died Before Fire Happened

    PARIS (KFSM) — The baby whose body was recovered during a recent home explosion may have died two to six hours before the explosion happened, according to an affidavit. Ryatt Gunner Mason Reese, 2, died in the explosion, family told 5NEWS. Arkansas State Police have arrested Ricky Carter, 27, of Logan County. He faces felony first-degree murder and arson charges. The fire caused more than $15,000 in damage. Court documents allege Carter intentionally caused a fire and explosion killing Reese […]

  • Suspect Arrested In Connection To Fort Smith Death

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) –A suspect has been arrested in connection to the murder of a Fort Smith woman, according to Fort Smith police. Robin Jones, 46, was arrested Friday night (Dec. 15) on suspicion of first-degree murder, according to police. Investigators also located her missing red 2000 Nissan Frontier. Corporal Anthony Rice with Fort Smith said the vehicle was found in rural Crawford County. Police were dispatched to a residence on North 39th Street for a welfare check after Margaret […]

  • Guilty Plea In Slaying With Axe Handle, Family Of Man Killed Speak Out

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) — An inmate has pleaded guilty to slaying a man with an axe handle, according to the Crawford County Prosecutor’s Office. Randall Jordan, 36, of Van Buren pleaded guilty to first-degree murder shortly before 2 p.m. Monday (Dec. 11).  A jury trial for Jordan was set to begin tomorrow (Dec. 11), according to the Prosecutor’s Office. Jordan was sentenced to life in prison. Police said Jordan invaded a home June 10, 2016, and bludgeoned Larry Jones, 59,  in […]

  • Fort Smith Police Warn Of Man Posing As Police Officer

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A Facebook post that has been shared nearly 3,000 times caused Fort Smith police to step in and start and investigation. The post came from a woman who claimed her boss was pulled over by a man posing as a police officer on Rogers Avenue. Investigators said once they looked into the matter they believed there was cause for concern. “We do not know what this guys motivation is so it can be dangerous. Don’t be […]

  • Local Pearl Harbor Survivor Shares Memories And Life In Navy

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — One of the few remaining Pearl Harbor survivors, Emery Lundquist lives in Fort Smith. He said he moved to the area from Illinois more than 50 years ago with his parents. Lundquist says at 18 he entered the Navy. “Back then when you are in high school you didn’t have a job, so the next thing you can do is go to the military. You had to go sooner or later anyway back then,” he said. […]

  • Fort Smith Business Owners React To Possible License Fees

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — An ordinance that would charge Fort Smith business owners a $100 license fee survives its first test. City directors approved a first reading Tuesday (Dec. 5) night by a four to three vote, but a final decision hasn’t been made. The ordinance needed five votes in order to waive the required three readings, so it will be read two more times before it goes into effect. Board members could vote on the issue before the readings. […]

  • Thieves Target Businesses Along Towson Avenue; Eight Reported Break-Ins

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Fort Smith police are working a string of burglaries along Towson Avenue. Investigators said eight businesses were broke into and damaged during a short period of time due to the thieves. Business owners Justin Daniels and Jason Kilgore said the thieves targeted their side by side businesses and smashed the front glass. “They went through everything, but just didn’t take anything,” Daniels said. Even though the owners said nothing was stolen, the damage alone is enough […]

  • Van Buren Police Cracking Down On Drivers Using Cell Phones In School Zones

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) — Van Buren police will be adding extra patrols to school zones during the week of Dec. 11 through Dec. 15. The department is calling the extra attention to the area, ” The No Phone Zone”. “You can not use any hand held wireless device while in a school zone,” said Sgt. Frank Petray with the Van Buren Police Department. “So, that means when children are outside, in the school zones, when the lights are flashing. You can […]

  • PRADCO & Gov. Hutchinson Celebrate 60 New Local Jobs

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — PRADCO, Inc. and Governor Asa Hutchinson celebrated the addition of 60 new local jobs at the fishing division in Fort Smith on Friday (Nov. 17). The company also celebrated Walmart’s commitment to buy an additional $250 billion in products supporting American jobs by 2023. “Made in America is a commitment that we have as a company.  We have committed to spend an additional $250 billion in buying U.S. made goods over the next seven remaining years. […]