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  • Waldron Woman Dead, Rogers Man Injured In Scott County Collision

    SCOTT COUNTY (KFSM) — A woman is dead and a man is injured after one of the driver’s drove left of the center line and struck the other, according to Arkansas State Police. Stacy A. Byers, 41, of Waldron was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:25 p.m. Saturday, by Scott County Coroner Sam Callahan. According to ASP, Byers was traveling south along U.S. 71, crossed the center line, and struck truck driven by Larry D. Epperson, 64, of Rogers. Epperson […]

  • California Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Mailing Packages Of Meth To Arkansas

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A California man has been sentenced to time in federal prison for sending methamphetamine via FedEx to Arkansas. Gary Murl Beck, 54, of Fallbrook, Cali., has been sentenced to 100 months in prison to run consecutively with any sentence he may be facing out of California, in addition to three years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, according to Kenneth Elser, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas. During September 2015, Jeffrey Vanroy and Stephen […]

  • Barling Man Going To Federal Prison Following Conviction

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A Barling man has been sentenced in federal court for knowingly possessing a firearm after previously having been convicted of a felony. Jason Lee Pyles, 44, has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison in addition to three years of supervised release, according to Kenneth Elser, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas. Pyles was convicted during May 1995 of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver. He was sentenced to 10 years in […]

  • Elderly Man Dies After Hit By Vehicle In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — An elderly man died after being run over by a vehicle on Tuesday (May 9), according to police. About noon William Laws, 87, was struck by a vehicle while he was walking north in a crosswalk on Garrison Avenue. Police said Laws was taken to a Fort Smith hospital where he had a surgery for a suspected head injury and later died. The driver, David Brown, 32, wasn’t injured. He was driving a heavy-duty company vehicle at the time. […]

  • Convicted Sex Offender Gets Plea Bargain

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) —  A man has pleaded guilty in county circuit court to more than 12 felony counts involving sexual assault for engaging in activity with boys, according to Crawford County Prosecutor Marc McCune. Michael Ray Roe, 61, was convicted of 10 counts of fourth-degree sexual assault, and one count of second-degree sexual assault and terroristic threatening. He was sentenced to 30 years plus an additional 20 years suspended, McCune stated. While in prison, he will have to complete in a sexual offender […]

  • Former Officer Accused Of Three Felonies Involving Gun In Public

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A former officer who worked for the Fort Smith Police Department for 11 years is facing felony charges. Carson Addis, 34, was arrested on suspicion of three counts of aggravated assault, as well as misdemeanor public intoxication, disorderly conduct, discharging a firearm within city limits and carrying a weapon. About 4 p.m. Sunday (May 7), police were dispatched to Brannon’s Pub and Grill regarding a man, later identified as Addis, sitting on a motorcycle and holding a […]

  • Former Johnson County Deputy Pleaded Guilty To Sexual Assault

    JOHNSON COUNTY (KFSM) — A former Johnson County deputy pleaded guilty to third-degree sexual assault on Thursday (May 4). Robert Retford, 55, was sentenced to six years probation for the felony sexual assault charge following a negotiated plea. Retford was accused of engaging in deviant sexual activity while in a deputy uniform in Sept. 10, 2016. Johnson County Sheriff Larry Jones said Retford resigned from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office shortly after. During an investigation, a woman told authorities Retford sexually assaulted her […]

  • Level Three Sex Offender Moving To Cedarville

    CEDARVILLE (KFSM) — A parolee who was recently released from prison after serving time for first-degree sexual abuse of a child who was less than eight when the crime occurred, is moving to town. Gary Freeman, 49, is a level three sex offender, and will be residing in the 1500 block of Dorothy Drive, according to authorities. Freeman is a habitual offender and has previously been convicted of several felony charges including felony aggravated assault, failing to comply with sex […]

  • Police: Sexually Violent Predator Behind Bars Again

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) — A sexually violent predator is behind bars again. James Lesley Harman, 58, was arrested on suspicion of felony failure to register. He is being held on an Arkansas Department of Corrections hold, which means he is going back to prison. Due to the hold, he has no bond, according to the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office. Harman is a level four sex offender accused of engaging in sexual contact with a girl who was 7 at the time the crime […]

  • Two Convicted Of Crimes On Children Fail To Register

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) — Two convicted sex offenders were jailed in the county after failing to register their status, according to police. Bobby Ray Robison of Fort Smith is facing a felony charge of failing to register as a sex offender. Robison remained Monday (May 1) in the Sebastian County Detention Center without bond. He was convicted during 2012 of felony distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting child sex, according to court records. Joshua A. Resto of Junction City, Kan., is […]

  • Social Media Threat Places Two Fort Smith Elementary Schools On Lockdown

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Two Fort Smith schools were under a lockdown due to a social media threat, according to police. Albert Pike and Howard Elementary Schools were both placed on lockdown at about 2:30 p.m. on Thursday (April 27.) Fort Smith Police were informed of a social media post of a man holding a handgun inside a vehicle, which was threatening in nature, and the location had tagged Howard Elementary School, said Sgt. Daniel Grubbs with the Fort Smith Police Department. Officers […]

  • Two Dead, Two Missing In Polk County

    POLK COUNTY (KFSM) — A second body within one week has been found in the county, resulting in the second homicide case opened this week, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. The body of Steven J. Payne, 66, was found inside his residence Thursday (April 27) afternoon in Hatfield, according to the Sheriff’s Office. However, the Sheriff’s Office didn’t release detailed information until the following morning. It has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime lab for an autopsy. Payne […]