Chainee Bartlett is a graduate of Arkansas Tech University with a Bachelor of the Arts degree. She is a native Arkansan with a passion for news and popular culture. Chainee joined the morning show staff as a producer in June 2013.

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    More Than 2,000 In Washington County Without Power

    WASHINGTON COUNTY(KFSM) – Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) reported 2,409 of its customers were without power Wednesday (March 30), night. It has since been downgraded to 871. SWEPCO serves a total of 50,026 customers in Washington County.  

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    Home Destroyed, Several Damaged After Possible Tornado In Evansville

    EVANSVILLE (KFSM) – At least seven homes were damaged Wednesday (March 23) night as severe storms hit the area, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s office said one of the homes was destroyed by the possible tornado. Some of the damaged homes are located on Ray Road. No one was seriously injured, according to the Sheriff’s office. However, one person did report minor cuts. The American Red Cross has set up an temporary shelter for those who were […]

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    Truck Hits Electric Pole, Causes Traffic Delays In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Fort Smith Police blocked off a portion of Towson Avenue, following a traffic accident Friday (March 11) morning. Police on scene said a truck ran into two electric poles at the intersection of Jackson and Towson. Police were concerned the poles could fall into the street, which prompted them to redirect traffic. Police redirected traffic to the intersection of Phoenix Avenue and Towson Avenue. The downed power line led to power outages in the area; 176 […]

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    One Person Injured In Large House Fire

    ROGERS (KFSM) – One person was taken to the hospital Thursday night (Feb. 11) with burn injuries following a house fire, according to the Rogers Fire Department. The family living in the home was able to make it out safely, according to dispatchers. Eyewitnesses on scene said at least seven fire engines responded to the scene to get the flames under control, causing two blocks to be shutdown. Crews on scene said the home’s garage was engulfed when they arrived. […]

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    Fundraiser Held For Poteau Teacher Whose Home Burned Down

    POTEAU (KFSM) – Friends and faculty at Poteau Primary School hosted a chili dog dinner, bake sale and silent auction Thursday (Feb. 11) night to benefit LaVette Flynn. Flynn, a teacher at Poteau Primary, lost her home to a fire in January of this year. The school managed to raise $6,404.50 for the Flynn, and she said she cannot believe how many people want to help her family. “It means the world to me,” Flynn said. “I work for an […]

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    Father-Daughter Dance Raises Money for Meal Program

    VAN BUREN(KFSM) – Dozens of fathers and their daughters attended a father-daughter dance at Van Buren High School Thursday (Feb. 11) night. It was more than just a night of fun for the pairs, it was also a chance to raise money for a meal program being organized by the Van Buren School District. All proceeds from ticket sales went to benefit IMPACT, which will provide food to students and their families during school breaks. “It’s a great community, but […]

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    Siloam Springs Gym Owner Arrested For Illegal Steroid Possession

    SILOAM SPRINGS (KFSM) – The owner of Iron Core Gym was arrested Wednesday (Feb. 10), for possessing illegal steroids, according to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. Cassidy Jay Gunneman, 43, was arrested on a felony charge of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, according to a release from the Sheriff’s Office. The release states the Benton County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division obtained a search warrant for Gunneman, leading to a search […]

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    Johnson Police Issue Warrant For Woman With Prior Convictions

    UPDATE: Sarah Raz paid all fines as of 11 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 11), said Johnson Police chief Vernon Sisemore. JOHNSON(KFSM) – The Johnson Police Department issued an arrest warrant for a woman who has failed to pay court-ordered fines Wednesday (Feb. 10). According to a post on their Facebook page, Sarah Raz was convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor 2nd Degree, and No Child Safety Restraint on July 7, 2014. Police said the warrant was issued […]

  • crime

    Police Investigate Convenience Store Burglary in Rudy

    RUDY(KFSM) — Detectives are investigating a burglary that occurred at Hightower Grocery in Rudy Friday(Jan. 29) morning, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office. The store was broken in to around 2:45 a.m., according to deputies. The business was closed at the time and no one was inside. The suspect or suspects broke the glass door to get in, according to an employee at the store. Cigarettes and an undisclosed amount of cash were stolen. Investigators are in the process […]

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    Stolen Vehicle Suspect Arrested Near Sallisaw After High-Speed Chase

    SALLISAW (KFSM) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol arrested a suspect following a high-speed chase on Wednesday evening (Jan. 20). Sheriff Ron Lockhart said the man stole a vehicle in Sequoyah County on Monday. Fort Smith Police officers began pursuing the suspect, John Crossno, as he drove over the Garrison Avenue bridge into Oklahoma. The chase remained on U. S. Highway 64, topping speeds of 85 mph, until just east of Sallisaw, where the vehicle drove off the road and into grass; Crossno was […]

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    Local Softball Team Hosts Fundraiser For New Uniforms

    LAVACA (KFSM) – The River Valley S.W.A.T, a 9 & under fastpitch softball team, will work with Steffey’s Pizza to raise money for new uniforms Tuesday (Jan. 19) night. Steffey’s Pizza tells 5NEWS customers that bring in the coupon shown below will have 10 percent of their check donated to the team. The player’s moms will also be waiting on tables and get to keep the tips they make. “We do this for a lot of different organizations. Whenever they […]

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    Victim Identified In Deadly LeFlore County Shooting

    LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM) — The LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide involving a 45-year-old woman and a 17-year-old girl on Saturday (Jan. 9), according to a post on its Facebook page. Deputies discovered the body of Goldie Long, 45, in a Holson Valley area residence, according to their Facebook page. Long had been shot once in the head with a rifle. A 17-year-old who lives at the residence was identified as a suspect and was transported to a juvenile detention […]