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    State Senator: Claims Of False Bids For Fort Smith Complex Aren’t True

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — State Sen. Jake Files is accused of submitting false bids from local businesses to complete an expensive sports complex project. The project, a more than $1.5 million sports complex, has been in the works for five years. “Lee Webb and I have done this (project) as volunteers… . We found something the city really needed,” Files explained. Files pursued a state-paid grant to assist toward the completion of the project. To be eligible for the grant, several […]

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    Deadly Arkoma Fire Being Investigated As Criminal Matter

    ARKOMA (KFSM) — A fire that took the lives of three children in Arkoma during October is now being investigated as a criminal matter, according to the Oklahoma State Fire Marshal’s Office. Following a fire that killed three young children Oct. 19 in Arkoma, the State Medical Examiner’s Office of Oklahoma released investigation reports. Reports were issued for 19-month-old Bentley Fields, 7-year-old Brianna Tanner and 11-year-old Braden Tanner, who were all sleeping in the same room when the mobile home went up […]

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    Springdale Man Sentenced To 15 Years In Federal Prison

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A Springdale man caught with a large amount of methamphetamine is heading to federal prison, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas Kenneth Elser’s office. Thanousorn Kongmanivong, 45, of Springdale was sentenced Thursday (Feb. 16) in federal court in Fayetteville to 15 years in federal prison plus five years of supervised release for felony possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams, according to the news release. The news release […]

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    Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Distributing Methanphetamine

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A California man is going to federal prison after being caught distributing methamphetamine in Arkansas, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas Kenneth Elser’s office. Metin Metlu Sado, 48, of Encinitas, Cali., was sentenced Friday in federal court in Fayetteville (Feb. 17) to 87 months in federal prison, plus three years of supervised release for felony conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Encinitas was also ordered to pay a $9,900 fine, the news release […]

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    Convicted Sex Offender From Van Buren Gets 10 Years For Sexual Assault

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) — A convicted sex offender has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a boy, according to court documents. Blake Hayden Mashburn, 36, pleaded guilty Tuesday (Feb. 14) to second-degree sexual assault. He has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and will have to register as a sex offender, according to prosecutors. Mashburn raped the child who is less than 14 during April 2016, the documents state. This is the second time Mashburn has spent time in prison. He […]

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    Scott County Deputy Injured During Fleeing Matter

    SCOTT COUNTY (KFSM)  — A misdemeanor traffic stop turned into a felony matter when a man reportedly fled from police, and struck a deputy and a patrol car. Steve Duncan, 52, of Waldron is facing several felony charges including felony fleeing. About 8:30 a.m. Wednesday (Feb. 15), Duncan fled a traffic stop, said Scott County Sheriff Randy Shores. Shores said the traffic stop was initiated by a Waldron officer. Once Duncan fled, another Waldron officer, a county deputy and an Arkansas State […]

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    Former Van Buren Pharmacist Pleads Guilty To Sexually Assaulting Child

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) — A pharmacist of 34 years who was accused of first-degree sexual assault has pleaded guilty to the crime. Mike Kevin Hogan, 59, pleaded guilty Feb. 8, 2017 to felony first-degree sexual assault of a child younger than 12. According to prosecutors, Hogan engaged in sexual intercourse or deviate sexual activity with the juvenile Oct. 29, 2015. Hogan was sentenced to 10 years probation, 120 days in the Crawford County Detention Center, about $15,500 in fines and fees, he must […]

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    Pedestrian In Crosswalk Struck By Vehicle

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) — A pedestrian walking across a crosswalk was struck by a vehicle Wednesday (Feb. 15) morning. About 9:45 a.m., Krystle Rich of Fort Smith was struck by a vehicle driven by Shirley Yeager of Van Buren. Rich, who sustained leg injuries, was taken to Sparks Hospital for treatment, according to police. Yeager was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, police confirmed.  

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    Two Convicted Sex Offender Brothers Land Themselves Behind Bars Again

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Two brothers who are convicted sex predators, are each facing a felony charge for failing to comply with sex offender regulations, according to Fort Smith police. Rickey Lee Parker, 52, was arrested Monday (Feb. 13) for failing to comply with the Child/Sex Offender Registration Act, according to the Fort Smith Police Department. Rickey Parker is a sexually violent convicted predator and was sentenced in 2006 to 10 years in prison at the Varner Unit in southern Arkansas, after […]

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    Police: IRS Scam Prevention Tips

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Fort Smith police are offering crime prevention tips in lieu of tax season. Police said they want to remind others of scams associated with the tax season including the common one in which a suspect claims they are an IRS agent. The suspect will threaten jail time or fines to the person they’re calling. Also, the suspect is known to trick others into providing personal information. Those of the IRS will never demand immediate payment, according to […]

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    Talihina Man Dies In Rollover Incident On Valentine’s Day

    LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM)  — A speeding driver died when he hydroplaned and struck a tree on Valentine’s Day. David Curley, 58, of Talihina was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Oklahoma Highway Patrol. The collision happened about 11 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 14) in Hughes County. Curley was speeding in a 2015 Ford truck, skid off the road and struck a tree, which caused the truck to flip, according to police. He was pinned inside the truck for about  two hours […]

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    Sulphur Springs Boy Missing For Several Days

    SULPHUR SPRINGS (KFSM) — Police are asking for the public’s assistant in locating a missing boy. Austin Joe Pablonis, 13, of Sulphur Springs has been missing since Saturday (Feb. 11), according to the Sulphur Springs Police Department. Since, there have been no sightings of him, according to police. Pablonis is described as having blue eyes and brown hair, and is 5-feet 10-inches and about 130 pounds. Anyone with information is encouraged to call police at 298-7773 or 273-5532.