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  • Fort Smith Board Of Directors Asked To Approve Temporary Solution To Recycling Issues

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A request has been added to the Fort Smith Board of Directors meeting agenda to stockpile recyclables until the sanitation department can find a solution to the recycling issue. The city is requesting the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality’s approval to store recycling materials in a different location of the landfill to be recycled at a different date once a recycling solution is complete. A revised agenda will now go before the city attorney. The meeting will be […]

  • Fort Smith Seeks Recycling Solution After Sending Items To Landfill

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The City of Fort Smith is seeking options for a long-term recycling solution after items from recycling bins have been going to a landfill for the past six months, according to a press release from City Administrator Carl Gefken. The department of sanitation has operated a curbside recycling service since 1995. The press release states the service offers single-stream recycling that is sorted post-collection at a material recycling facility at no extra charge to Fort Smith […]

  • Fayetteville City Council Votes To Sell Land To Man Looking To Build Medical Marijuana Cultivation Facility

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — The Fayetteville City Council voted to pass a resolution to sell land to a businessman looking to establish a medical marijuana cultivation facility. The council voted 7 to 1 during its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday (May 16). The city owns the five acres of land and it is located in Fayetteville’s commerce district. Brian Faught lives in Jacksonville, Arkansas and said he became interested in the industry when the medical marijuana amendment failed at the polls in 2012. […]

  • Sparks Hospital Fires Surgeon After Child Sex Abuse Charges In California

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A neurosurgeon recently hired by Sparks Clinic Neuroscience Center was arrested in California on Sunday (May 14) for allegedly sexually abusing children. Dr. James Kohut, 57, is accused of child molestation including molestation of a child 10-years-old or younger, molestation of a child 14-year-old or younger and forcible molestation of a child. Kohut is being held without bail in the Santa Cruz County Jail, according to our CBS affiliate KION. Sparks announced last week the addition of […]

  • Rapper Travis Scott Arrested After Concert At Walmart AMP

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) — Travis Scott was arrested on Saturday night (May 13) after his concert at the Walmart AMP, a jailer with the Benton County Detention Center said. Scott was booked in the jail at 11:14 p.m. and released at 11:26 p.m. Scott encouraged people to rush the stage and bypass the security protocols to ensure safety, Keith Foster with the Rogers Police Department said. Foster said several people were injured during the rush, including an employee from the security […]

  • Fort Smith Director Of Sanitation Fired

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The Fort Smith Director of Sanitation has been fired from his job, according to Fort Smith City Administrator Carl Geffken. Mark Schlievert has served as the director since April of 2016. The termination comes after news that the department spent tens of thousands of dollars sending recyclables to the landfill during the majority of 2016. This is a developing story.

  • Benton County Millage Increases: Election Results

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) — A special election was held on Tuesday (May 9) for three different millage increases. If passed, the increases would go toward expansion projects at Rogers, Bentonville and Pea Ridge School Districts. Voters are looking at a 3.5 mill increase for Rogers, a 1.9 mill increase for Bentonville and a 5.1 mill increase for Pea Ridge. For each $100,000 of assessed property value, homeowners in Bentonville would pay $38 more per year, about $70 for those in Rogers and […]

  • Siloam Springs Police: Missing Girl Found Safe

    SILOAM SPRINGS (KFSM) — UDPATE: Lt. Derek Spicer said Yehinmi Ramires-Ramos has been found safe. ———————————————— Officers with the Siloam Springs Police Department are searching for a missing girl, Lt. Derek Spicer said. Yehinmi Ramires-Ramos was last seen walking away from the Siloam Springs Middle School at 1 p.m. on Tuesday (May 9). She is described as a Hispanic female, 4’6” and 115 pounds. She was wearing black jeans, a dark gray long sleeve shirt and dark colored sneakers. The […]

  • Fayetteville Police Searching For Missing 89-Year-Old

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — The Fayetteville Police Department is asking for help in finding a missing 89-year-old man. Robert Wardlow was last seen driving a red 1997 Ford Explorer in the area of Zion Road and Crossover Road at about 9:15 a.m. The department said that Wardlow suffers from dementia. He is 5’10” and 180 pounds with blue eyes and gray hair. He wears glasses and was last seen wearing a pink polo shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. If […]

  • Bentonville School District Bus Driver Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Teenager

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) — A Bentonville School District bus driver is accused of sexually assaulting a teenager, Sgt. Shannon Jenkins with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office said. The sheriff’s office investigated a hotline call on Monday (May 8) regarding a child sexual assault allegation involving a 14-year-old juvenile. The incident allegedly happened on a school bus during the spring of 2016. After investigating, detectives arrested Joshua Bell, 26. Bell is being held in the Benton County Jail on charges of […]

  • Crawford County Sheriff’s Office Finds Missing Level 4 Sex Offender

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) — UPDATE: Robert Ward was found at about 5 p.m. on Highway 215 near the Franklin and Crawford County line. —————————————————— Officers at the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a level four sex offender, Sgt. Patti Stroud said. Stroud said that Robert Ward left his residence on Plymouth Road in Mulberry at about 1:30 p.m. on Monday (May 8). Ward was in the care of his court appointed caretaker with the Arkansas Support Network. If […]

  • Fort Smith Police Searching For Man Involved In Alleged Walmart Theft

      FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Officers with the Fort Smith Police Department are searching for a man allegedly involved in a theft at Walmart. The man is accused of stealing two flat screen TV’s at the Walmart Supercenter located at 2100 North 62nd Street in Fort Smith. He allegedly left the store with the TV’s and without offer of payment. The suspect was driving a dark in color passenger car with an Arkansas licence plate 568-V–. If you have any information, […]