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
  • Flu Shot Clinics Begin This Week In River Valley And Northwest Arkansas

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Local Pharmacists like Mac Mcclendon with MediSav in Fort Smith is starting to see people come in and ask for a flu shot. “Of course, you can get the flu anytime, but we think of the most common times to get the flu would be November, December through March,” Mcclendon said. That is why experts said they are recommending that you receive the flu vaccination now. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), flu vaccines […]

  • Newly Hired Fort Smith Police Employee Resigns After Being Charged With Misconduct

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The newly hired Fort Smith police deputy director of administrative services, Harold Rochon resigned from his position. Rochon had been employed for a week. According to city administrator Carl Geffken, last Friday, Rochon spoke with Police Chief Nathaniel Clark and mentioned that an issue surfaced in Detroit and that it could result in criminal charges. According to assistant Wayne County prosecutor Maria Miller in Detroit, Rochon is a former Detroit police official and has been charged with […]

  • Poteau Teachers Work To Clean Up Classrooms After Water Damage

    POTEAU (KFSM) – Poteau english teacher Stefany Snipes was one of many faculty members cleaning up their classrooms Friday, after a pipe burst Thursday (Sept. 21) morning flooding dozens of classrooms. “It got emotional today when they came in and told us ‘we need you to clean these out’ and ‘we’re going to move this around’ and ‘you might not have this back’,  we were like, you know,  it’s just a shelf but this is our stuff,” said Snipes. Soccer coach […]

  • Vian School Bus Driver Under Investigation For Picking Up Hitchhiker

    VIAN, Okla. (KFSM)– UPDATE: A Vian school bus driver accused of giving a hitchhiker and a dog a ride on a school bus while students were on board said she received a letter from the superintended recommending that she be fired from her position. Katie Chapman said the letter said she does have the right to a hearing, and she has ten days to officially request a hearing with the board of education. Chapman has not been terminated as of […]

  • Sallisaw Police Search For Suspect Wanted In Multiple Purse Thefts

    SALLISAW (KFSM) — On Monday (Sept 18.), Sallisaw Police said a vehicle parked at the Shadow Creek Golf Course was broken into by a suspect breaking the window. A police report states two purses under the seat were stolen. Sallisaw police said credit cards and debit cards stolen from the purses were used at the Sallisaw Walmart and the Alma Walmart to purchase gift cards. “My understanding it’s over $500 and there’s multiple charges maybe some outside of our area,” […]

  • Sebastian County Sheriff’s Department Looking For Driver Who Hit A County Road Crew Worker

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) — Investigators with the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Department are looking for a driver they say hit a county road crew worker. Investigators said the worker, Matthew Ball was working with a Sebastian County road crew Friday ( Sept. 15.) on Bear Hollow Road near Greenwood. “There was a gentleman coming up on us pretty fast and I was trying to tell him to slow down,” Ball said. “He stopped right there where I was at and roughly told […]

  • Two Candidates Announce Run For Fort Smith Mayor

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Fort Smith Mayor Sandy Sanders announced he will not seek re-election in 2018. The vacancy has lead to at least two announcing their plans to run for the seat. George McGill, 71, a native to Fort Smith and the Assistant Speaker Pro-Tem for the 91st Arkansas General Assembly announced he will run for the position. “First of all, I couldn’t think of a better city to serve than Fort Smith. It’s a great city,” McGill said. […]

  • Couple Wants Help Identifying Hit And Run Driver

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Friday night ( Sept. 8), David Edwards and his passenger Elaina Chandler said they were riding down Midland Avenue in Fort Smith when a white car pulled out in front of them at the intersection of North 43rd Street. “When I went over the hood, I evidently took the windshield wipers off of it when I went over because they were left at the scene,” Edwards said. The couple said they flew about 30 feet in […]

  • Contract Dispute Could Lead To Water Shut-Off For Entire City Of Vian

    VIAN (KFSM) — Residents of Vian received a letter from City Hall letting them know water could be shut off to the entire town on Friday (Sept. 15). The letter warns residents to prepare for the possibility. Vian currently receives their water from the Sequoyah Water Association. The association serves nearly 6,000 customers in Sequoyah County. Since February, the association and the town of Vian have had a contract dispute. The association spokesperson said rates have risen across the board […]

  • Three Videos Emerge Of Poteau City Council Member As He’s Accused Of Stealing Citizens Petition

    POTEAU (KFSM) — Poteau citizen Jennifer Griffin said she put out petitions on local store counters after Poteau council members approved $3,000 a month in order for the Wolf Ridge Country Club to provide a discounted golf program for kids. Some residents voiced their concern about the decision at city meetings and said they felt like tax payer money was going toward the program. “The petition was to get them to reconsider that decision and show them that the citizens of […]

  • Man Accused Of Stabbing Woman At Fort Smith Historic Site Charged With Attempted Murder

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) — A man who was accused of stabbing a woman who was walking around the National Historic Site Trail in Fort Smith on Wednesday (Aug. 30) has been charged with attempted murder. Elijah Reed, 26, of Fort Smith, was charged with first degree attempted murder and kidnapping, both felonies, according to a release from prosecuting attorney Daniel Shue. Reed is being held on a $100,000 cash bond. Police received a call about the attack at about 11:30 […]

  • Greenwood Officer Pulled Over And Let Go By Lavaca Police Minutes Before DWI Crash

    LAVACA (KFSM) — A Greenwood police officer who turned in his resignation on Monday (Aug. 28) amid an internal investigation into a DWI arrest was pulled over just minutes before he crashed. Officer Regan Whitworth was arrested on a DWI charge in Lavaca on Sunday (Aug. 27). According to police reports, Whitworth was driving a vehicle on Rodeo Arena Road in Lavaca when he attempted to negotiate a right hand curve but left the roadway, crossed a ditch and hit an […]