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
  • Train Barely Misses Muldrow Woman Trapped In Her Car

    MULDROW(KFSM) — On Monday morning (July 24), Muldrow first responders said they were called to an accident on Fargo Street. Emergency crews said a woman driving a red car was trapped inside of the upside down vehicle by her seat belt. Investigators said the vehicle was less than 2 feet from a railroad crossing. As police and fire fighters started to arrive, they said they could hear a train coming. They said the woman was trapped inside of the vehicle […]

  • Greenwood Coach Sims Back Home After Battling Rare Skin Condition

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) — Greenwood Football Coach Brian Sims is back home and recovering after staying several months in Tulsa hospitals. The coach was diagnosed with rare skin conditions, TENS and Stvens-Johnson Syndrome, back in April. The condition mirrors that of severe burns on a body and can be critical. Inside of the Sims’ home, you’ll find dozens of cards offering well wishes and support. You’ll even find a rival team or two on the wall, who also sent their prayers […]

  • Fundraiser Underway To Replace Greenwood K-9 Kina

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) — Greenwood K-9 police officer Kina was retired by the Greenwood city council on July 10, 2017. She was placed in the care of her handler Dennis Wisner who took another job. Kina was shot and injured during the shootout last summer that took the life of Sebastian County Deputy Bill Cooper. Kina ran from the gunfire and a search party was formed to bring her back home. It took time for Kina to heal and go back […]

  • Family Loses Home And Four Pets In Sequoyah County Fire

    Sallisaw (KFSM) — Fire crews said a home in Sallisaw caught fire on Friday morning (July 14) likely due to an electrical issue. Two teenagers were home at the time of the fire. “I smelled the smoke and when I smelled it I kind of freaked out and shook her,” 16-year-old Adrianna Little said. Her friend, 15-year-old Davin-Le Chavez was staying with her at the time. “If it wasn’t for her waking up and shaking me awake we probably wouldn’t […]

  • Vian Family Says Mother Was Buried In Wrong Spot; Cemetery Board Members Won’t Help

    VIAN (KFSM) — The Caudle family said 20 years ago they marked off several burial plots at the Garden of Memories Cemetery just outside of Vian. Family members said they buried their brother Arlin Caudle in 1995. The headstone next to Caudle is marked with the name May Dean. At the time she had not passed away and the family said that spot was reserved for her. May Dean passed away in June. The family said as they showed up […]

  • Fort Smith City Directors Discuss Removal Of Head Of Civil Service Commission

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Fort Smith city directors will discuss the removal of the head of the civil service commission during a board of directors meeting on Tuesday night (July 11). The city directors are expected to go into a closed executive session to discuss the removal of Chip Sexton. It will be decided during the executive session if the matter will be placed on the next meetings agenda for a vote. “I do anticipate the vote on that probably […]

  • Greenwood City Council To Decide On Kina K-9’s Retirement

    Greenwood (KFSM) — All eyes are on Greenwood City Council members as they are faced with a tough decision over K-9 officer Kina. Kina’s handler, Dennis Wisner has been with the Greenwood Police Department for some time and has now taken another job in government. “I was just a patrolman until October of 2013. That’s when I got partnered with Kina. It has changed me for the better. I didn’t know it  was possible to be bonded with an animal […]

  • Drive-By Shooting In Arkoma Caught On Home Surveillance

    ARKOMA (KFSM) — Arkoma police said they were called to a house on Choctaw Street on a report of a drive-by shooting on Monday (July 3). Investigators said when they arrived they found a victim, Bryson Cox in the kitchen of the home. “He was laying on his right side and you could see the gun shot wound on his left arm and on his left hip,” Assistant Police Chief Daniel New said. According to police, Cox was taken to […]

  • Greenwood Freedom Fest Draws Large Crowd

    GREENWOOD ( KFSM) — Greenwood hosts the annual Freedom Fest in the town square every year.  Those who attended the event this year said it is growing. “It’s growing. It’s a lot bigger this year. It’s very nice,” festival goer Sharon Crumrine said. The festival had a pageant, hot dog eating contest, 5K and a list of bands that play the entire day and into the evening. A free area for the kids included bounce around play houses. The Freedom […]

  • Greenwood Coach Sims On Road To Recovery

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) — For the first time since he was admitted to a Tulsa hospital in May, Greenwood Coach Brian Sims was able to do a Facebook interview from his hospital room. “Thank you for all of the prayers I have received,” Sims said. His family said they first thought he had poison ivy when this uphill battle began back in May. They said the symptoms were similar to the rash. It turned out that Sims had a rare and […]

  • Flooding Hits Moffett

    MOFFETT (KFSM) — Streets in Moffett were closed for several hours on Friday (June 30) after rain rolled through the area. “Between eight and nine this morning the water started coming up and of course it went down here where we’re in a floodplain, so therefore the water doesn’t have anywhere to go,” Police Chief Riley Brooks said. Brooks started closing off the streets in his small town as it took on the water and watched as it closed in on […]

  • Poteau Police Officer Adopts Child After Investigating His Case Of Severe Child Abuse

    POTEAU (KFSM) — In 2015, Poteau Police Officer Jody Thompson said he was pulling into the parking lot of work when a call of child abuse went out. “I thought I would respond to the call with on duty officers to see if I could give any kind of assistance,” Thompson said. It was at that moment when Thompson arrived that he met his future son. He responded with quite a bit of emotion when asked at what point he […]