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  • Police: Springdale Man Says He ‘Wanted To Shoot Employees At Random’

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — A man is facing charges after telling police he went to a business with the intention of shooting people at random, according to Springdale police. Police responded to American Tubing at 2191 Ford Avenue at 3:32 a.m. Friday (Feb. 16) on the report of a man threatening people with a gun. Police found Shawn Vaughn, 20, inside the building where he used to work. He drank half a bottle of wine and tried to hang himself twice […]

  • Search On For Mom Accused Of Permitting Child Abuse

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Fort Smith police have issued a warrant for Sierra Johnson, 20, according to Cpl. Anthony Rice. Johnson is facing charges of permitting the abuse of a minor. Her daughter died after being taken to Sparks Regional Medical Center on Jan. 30. The  new warrant issued is for petition to revoke bond due to violating conditions of a past arrest in connection with felony drug charges, according to police. Tyree La’Mont Williams, who was the live-in boyfriend, was […]

  • Fort Smith Mom Facing Charges In Death Of Daughter

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A mother was taken into custody Tuesday (Feb. 13) in connection to the death of her 20-month-old daughter, according to Fort Smith police. Sierra Johnson, 20,  is facing charges of permitting the abuse of a minor. Investigators were dispatched to Sparks Regional Medical Center at 4:15 p.m. Jan. 30, regarding a couple entering the emergency room carrying an unresponsive little girl, according to police. She died at the hospital about 30 minutes after arriving. Tyree La’Mont […]

  • Police: Van Buren Student, Parents Arrested After Student Brings Stolen Gun To School

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) — A Van Buren student and parents are facing charges after the student reportedly brought a stolen gun to school, according to Detective Jonathan Wear. According to Wear, a 10-year-old student at Central Elementary School brought a stolen handgun to school Jan. 29. Wear said the student showed the gun to students during the day, but none of the students alerted school officials or police. One student told a parent that evening and the parents alerted police, […]

  • Hartford High Says Goodbye, A Look Back At Town History

    HARTFORD (KFSM) — The Hartford Hustlers basketball team will play its final home game against the Lavaca Golden Arrows Friday (Feb. 2) night. The school will be closing at the end of the 2017-2018 school year due to funding issues.  It’s the end of an era for a town with a rich history. Here are three things you may not known about the history of Hartford: Hub of Gospel Music The Hartford Music Company was founded in Hartford in 1918 […]

  • Senator Jake Files Resigns From Office

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – State Sen. Jake Files has officially resigned from office. He submitted a resignation letter to the governor’s office Tuesday (Jan. 30). His last day will be Feb. 9. “It’s been a privilege to represent Senate District 8 in the Arkansas Senate to serve the citizens of Arkansas in the Arkansas General Assembly,” the letter states. “I am proud of the work we have done together during my tenure. Please accept this as notice of my resignation […]

  • National Resource Network To Visit Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The National Resource Network will visit Fort Smith Tuesday and Wednesday (Jan. 30-31) for an on-site visit. The city has applied to a technical assistance program to assist in developing and implementing a multi-year financial plan. Five cities across the country will be selected to participate in the program. The site visit is the next step in the selection process. The program is funded largely by a grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, which […]

  • Cameron Schools Closed Remainder Of The Week

    CAMERON (KFSM) — Cameron Public Schools will be closed for the remainder of the week, according to the district. The school will be closed due to an excessive number of students out for illnesses. The games scheduled Tuesday (Jan. 30) at Wister will be played as scheduled. Activities and games that were scheduled for the rest of the week have been canceled.

  • Johnson County Homicide Suspect Arrested

    UPDATE: Zachary Geels was arrested Monday (Jan. 29) inside a local motel room. Geels was arrested on a warrant for first-degree murder in connection with the death of Vernice “Duwane” Ledbetter . JOHNSON COUNTY (KFSM) — The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help finding a fourth suspect in a homicide case, according to Sheriff Larry Jones. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Zachary Aaron Geels, 29. A body was found on Jan. 22 off of Highway […]

  • Precautionary Lockdown Lifted At Greenwood High School

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) — A precautionary lockdown was lifted at Greenwood High School at about 1:40 p.m. Monday (Jan. 29), according to the the district. The district said that students and staff are safe and the school is resuming afternoon class schedules . The school went into a precautionary lockdown at about 1 p.m.

  • Former School Photographer Facing Rape Charges

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) — A former Van Buren photographer is facing charges of child rape, according to records from the Crawford County Detention Center. John Kelly, 49, was booked into the jail Thursday (Jan. 25). Kelly was the former owner of a well-known photography business in Crawford County. At the time of ownership, his photography business was contracted to take class pictures for surrounding school districts . 5NEWS is not identifying the photography business due to the fact that Kelly […]

  • Man Arrested In Connection To Two Fayetteville Shootings

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A man was arrested Tuesday (Jan. 23) in connection to two Fayetteville shootings, according to Sgt. Anthony Murphy. Police responded to an area north of Gregg Avenue and Wren Circle on Jan. 17 at 1:14 a.m. for a report of shots fired. Police were unable to find the source of the gunshots, but were dispatched to Washington Regional Medical Center at 3 a.m. for a man with a gunshot wound. On Jan. 19, at about 1:47 a.m. […]