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
  • 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. […]

  • Clean Up Underway After Downtown Van Buren Transformed Into Movie Set

    VAN BUREN (KFSM)— The entire downtown streets of Van Buren were transformed into a movie set for the filming of a movie called “The Riot Act.” Van Buren city leaders said the movie was set back in the 1900s, and the era meant turning the paved streets into dirt streets. Van Buren Chamber of Commerce board member Joe Hurst said the city was happy to bring the dirt in for the filming. “We want to be accommodating as much as […]

  • Sequoyah County Deputy Cleared In Shooting Death Of Suspect Speaks Out

    MULDROW (KFSM) — Sequoyah County Deputy Christian Goode said he is ready to return to work after being stabbed twice by a suspect. “I’m ready to be back. Healing has taken a little while which everybody has told me it was going to. I’ll be sore for awhile, but I’m looking forward to coming back,” Goode said. Goode will officially return to work Nov. 27. He is set to return after being cleared Tuesday (Nov 15)of any wrong doing in the […]

  • Arkansas Death Row Inmate Granted Stay Of Execution; Experts Weigh-In

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Arkansas death row inmate Jack Greene was convicted in 1991 for the murder of Pastor Sidney Burnett, who was beaten with a can of hominy, stabbed and shot. Greene was set to be executed at the Arkansas Varner Unit on Thursday (Nov. 9). The Arkansas Supreme Court halted the planned execution of Greene, whose attorney says suffers from psychotic delusions and is mentally ill. Justices on Tuesday granted the request for an emergency stay and did […]

  • Local Jailer Accused Of Raping And Getting Teen Pregnant

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KSFM) — A Sequoyah County jailer was arrested Wednesday (Nov. 8) on suspicion of rape, according to Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane. Dakota Lynch is accused of impregnating a 13-year-old girl. Investigators said Lynch was 18 at the time, and he had been employed as a jailer for only two months. The incident happened over a year ago, according to investigators. “Several young people were at a Muldrow residence having some kind of a party. Apparently Mr. Lynch […]

  • Family Escapes Massive House Fire In Greenwood

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) — Fire fighters and first responders were at the scene of a house fire in Greenwood early Friday morning (Nov. 3). The fire happened at North Ross Hampton Road and Sturgeon Road in Greenwood. According to neighbors, a couple was in the home when the fire started. They reportedly escaped through the front door after their alarms went off. Their pets also escaped. Emergency crews say this time of year they are called to more house fires. They […]

  • Pradco Pushes To Become Number One In Fishing Lures After Acquiring Rogers Based Company

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – One of the top companies that produces fishing lures out of Rogers is moving its production to Fort Smith. Pradco, Inc. announced Thursday (Nov. 2) that they have acquired War Eagle Custom Lures. Pradco has operated out of Fort Smith since 1962, and general manager Bruce Stanton said they have a strong hold on market share when it comes to fishing lures, but acquiring the Rogers company will push them to number one in the country. […]

  • Fire Destroys Van Buren Home Where Stabbing Happened A Few Days Before

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) —  Footage from a home surveillance camera shows a stabbing happened at their neighbor’s home on North 20th Street, Friday (Oct.27). The footage shows a man, whom police identified as Jason Parker, stab another man several times. “As far as we know right now, he is in stable condition in a local hospital recovering,” said Van Buren Investigator Johnathan Wear. Parker was booked into the Crawford County Detention Center on suspicion of first-degree battery. Investigators said neither men […]

  • Arkansas Community Correction Requires High Level Sex Offenders To Spend Halloween Night At Their Office

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Those with the Arkansas Community Correction, a parole office in Fort Smith said they spent time letting high level registered sex offenders know that they would be spending Halloween evening with them at their office. “Usually they will run a movie on the T.V.’s that we have in classrooms or they can bring a book, whatever they would like to do to spend their time there,” supervisor Frank Dyke said. The mandatory check-in is for registered […]

  • Demolition Underway On Historical Cameron High School Building

    CAMERON (KFSM) — After an August fire destroyed the Cameron High School, surrounding communities rallied to support the district with cash donations exceeding $40,000, according to superintendent Jim Caughern. The fire destroyed the high school building, 16 classrooms and the basketball gym. The entrance to the high school dates back to the 1930s. It’s a portion of the building that many within the community voiced their concerns to save. “Quite a few people have come by and they would like […]

  • Golden Rule Clothes Closet In Fort Smith Set To Close Doors

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — As temperatures decrease, house fire dangers increase. There could soon be fewer resources available to families who lose everything, as a local organization is in danger of closing. Volunteers at the Golden Rule Close Closet on 3rd Street in Fort Smith said they have spent 20 years providing free clothes, furniture and household items to those down on their luck. “She grew up in Poteau and had hand me down clothes. Sometimes she didn’t have the […]

  • New Deputy Stabbing Video Released; Injured Deputy Identified

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) — New video released Tuesday (Oct. 24) shows what Sequoyah County deputies were up against as a suspect stabbed a deputy twice. This story was first reported on Friday (Oct. 20) when deputies shot and killed Phillip Trammell after he lunged at deputies with a knife. Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane said Deputy Christian Goode was rushed to the hospital by a Muldrow police officer and is still recovering. In the video, you can see Goode enter […]