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A Van Buren native and a graduate of the University of Arkansas, Amanda Hale began her career as an evening newscast producer with KFSM in 2009.

She is currently an executive producer.

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    Disabled Fort Smith Man’s Caretaker Facing Murder Charge

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)– The caretaker of a disabled Fort Smith man was arrested on suspicion of murder, according to the Fort Smith Police Department. Shawn Edward Howard, of Pocola, Oklahoma, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder Wednesday (April 8), in connection with the death of Jimmy Don Abner, 57, of Fort Smith. The arrest warrant issued for Howard states he knowingly caused Abner’s death “under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.” Howard was Abner’s sole […]

  • LeFlore County Bridge Closed For Emergency Repairs

    LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM) – Emergency repairs cause a bridge on Oklahoma State Highway 83 to shut down, sending some drivers on an hour long detour. “When we went to do a pot hole repair on one of these areas on highway 83, we also found that the bridge itself, the slab is moving, which is extremely concerning to us,” said Oklahoma Transportation Commission spokesperson Terri Angier. The Oklahoma Transportation Commission approved a $265,000 contract Monday (April 6) to make repairs […]

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    Police Investigate Bomb Threat At Cedarville Middle School

    CEDARVILLE (KFSM) – The Cedarville Police Department investigated a bomb threat at the Cedarville Middle School on Tuesday afternoon (March 31), according to a news release. Students and faculty were moved to safe areas outside of the building, officials said. “Student and faculty safety will be our top priority. We have to take a threat as serious,” the release states. Parents were notified of the threat immediately, according to Superintendent Dan Foreman. “The individual(s) responsible will be prosecuted to the […]

  • Car Hits Van Buren High School Academy, No Students Injured

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) – No students were hurt when a car crashed into the Van Buren High School Academy on Monday morning (March 9), police say. A four-door Hyundai hit the front of the building while school was in session, said Det. Jonathan Wear, spokesman for the Van Buren Police Department. The building did suffer minor damage as a result of the crash. Wear said the driver was sent to the hospital but was not badly injured. The incident happened […]

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    I-49 Northbound Near Tunnel Reopen After Three-Car Accident

    WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) – Northbound traffic on Interstate 49 is now back open, after a three-vehicle accident blocked the roadway near the Bobby Hopper Tunnel, that according to Arkansas State Police. State Police said a wrecker was called in to remove those vehicles that are blocking the roadway. It was back open within an hour. No word at this time on injuries. State Police said it is foggy in that area and is visibility is low.

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    Fort Smith Police Find Man With Gunshot Wound During Traffic Stop

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Fort Smith Police need help locating a suspect after discovering a man with a gunshot wound to his back, during a traffic stop Friday night (Feb. 6). Jesus Martinez-Herrera is likely responsible for shooting Yovani Villa, according to authorities. They say Villa was driving a pickup truck while Herrera was a passenger. Villa told police he was shot while riding near Midland Ave., according to Sgt. Don Cobb. Officers pulled the black Dodge pickup truck over […]

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    Semi Blocks Eastbound Lanes On Rogers Ave In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A tractor trailer temporarily blocked eastbound traffic on Rogers Avenue near Greenwood Avenue on Thursday morning in Fort Smith. A Fort Smith Police dispatcher said officers responded to the scene around 10: 30 a.m., but it is unclear if there was an accident or the truck stalled.


    Several Fire Departments Respond To Farmington House Fire

    FARMINGTON (KFSM) – Firefighters were called to a house engulfed in flames in Farmington just after 8 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 4), according to Farmington Police. The house is located in the 300 block of Archie Watkins Rd., according to police. The family had been home earlier, but had gone into town when the fire started, police said. A neighbor called in the fire after seeing flames coming from the home. The Farmington, Fayetteville, Wedington, Lincoln and Prairie Grove Fire Departments […]

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    Arkoma Head Shop Raided After 6-Month Undercover Operation

    ARKOMA, Okla. (KFSM) – Authorities raided an Arkoma head shop Tuesday afternoon following a six-month investigation in which undercover Oklahoma narcotics agents said they bought synthetic marijuana and Schedule I drugs. Michael Cox and Randall Wilson were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of several drug charges. Cox owns A-Town Novelties where investigators carried out the drug raid, and Wilson is a store clerk, said Jason Tucker, an agent with the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation. Both suspects remain in the LeFlore County […]

  • Ali Matar Back In Court, Arrested On Suspicion Of Child Rape

    Trial To Begin For Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Bentonville Students

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – The jury trial for a former Bentonville School District employee accused of rape will begin Tuesday (Jan. 27), according to Nathan Smith, Benton County prosecuting attorney. Ali Matar, 21, of Lowell is accused of sexually assaulting young girls in 2014 at R.E. Baker Elementary School in Bentonville. Matar was arrested on May 14, 2014. Matar, who had a pretrial hearing on Monday (Jan. 26), faces one count of rape and two counts of sexual assault, according to […]

  • News Anchor, Reporter

    5NEWS, which is broadcast on KFSM-TV and KXNW-TV, is looking for a news anchor and reporter who can handle breaking news and is a proven leader in the newsroom. You must enterprise significant local news stories, be able to write for the Web and post content on social media sites. We are the news leader in this market and want a journalist who thrives on being a member of a competitive, winning news team. This market is home to some […]

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    Van Buren Family Loses Pets In House Fire

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) – A Van Buren family loses their pets and the inside of their home is destroyed in a house fire, according to the Van Buren Fire Marshal. Van Buren Police shut down a portion of Philips Dr. while firefights battled the flames Tuesday (Jan. 20) afternoon. The interior of the home is a total loss, according to Van Buren Fire Marshal Stanley Clark. He said the fire appeared to start in the master bedroom area. No one […]


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