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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    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 […]

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    Benton County Deputy Fired After Drug Arrest

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM)– A deputy with the Benton County Sheriff’s office was fired following a drug arrest Friday (Jan. 1), according to Sheriff Kelley Cradduck. Gabriel Cox, 19, received a citation for misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop from the Rogers Police Department. He was not booked into the jail. Cradduck held a press conference Sunday, (Jan. 3) at 10 a.m. He said Cox was a jailer at the Benton County […]

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    Eleven More Arkansas Counties Declared Disaster Areas

    LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) — Governor Asa Hutchinson added eleven more counties to the list of declared disaster areas on Wednesday (Dec. 30), bringing the total to 32 counties. Twelve counties were declared disaster areas by the governor on Monday (Dec. 28) and nine counties were added on Tuesday (Dec. 29). The declaration states that these counties need supplemental assistance from the state of Arkansas to recover from the damages. The eleven counties are: Bradley Clay Desha Faulkner Greene Johnson Randolph […]

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    OHP Closes Portion of US-64D Due to Flooding

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) – Troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol have closed a portion of US-64D because of heavy flooding in that area. US-64D from Moffett to Interstate 40 in Sequoyah County is now shutdown to drivers. No word yet on when it will reopen.

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    Crippling Blizzard Follows Deadly Tornadoes in Texas

    TEXAS (CBS NEWS) – At least 11 people died and dozens were injured in strong tornadoes that swept through the Dallas area and caused substantial damage this weekend, and now Texas is dealing with more extreme weather — a blizzard. It was the latest in a succession of powerful weather events across the country — from heavy snow in New Mexico, west Texas and the Oklahoma Panhandle — to flash flooding in parts of the Plains and Midwest. Days of […]

  • Photo: Mill Dam Rd. in Cave Springs, sent in by Julie Rose

    PHOTO GALLERY: Heavy Flooding Area-Wide

    Below is a gallery of some of the photos we received from viewers of the flooding where you live. If you have a photo or video you would like to share, send it to Be sure to include your name and location so we may give proper credit.

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    Fort Smith Sanitation Department Director Terminated

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The Director of the Fort Smith Sanitation Department, Baridi Nkokheli, has been terminated, according to Mayor Sandy Sanders. A reason for the termination has not been given. Stay with 5NEWS for more on this developing story.

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    Two Hospitalized Following Two-Car Collision In Eureka Springs

    EUREKA SPRINGS (KFSM) – Two people were hospitalized in serious condition following a two-car collision in Eureka Springs Thursday (Dec. 3), according to Eureka Springs Fire Chief Randy Ates. The two cars collided near Anderson’s Propane Tanks on Highway 62 around 6:30 a.m. , according to Ates. Both victims, one in each vehicle, were flown to area hospitals in serious condition with head and limb injuries, Ates said in a release. The Fire Department also wanted to thank local bystanders […]

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    Van Buren Native Celebrates 55 Years In Drag Racing In Oklahoma

    LEXINGTON, Okla. (KWTV) – To many, he’s known as the Dale Earnhardt of Oklahoma. He’s been bringing home the checkered flag for more than five decades. “It’s been in my blood my whole life. It’s fun and games.” Hands of precision, bracing speeds of 140, Drag racer Jim Hale lives an adrenaline-filled life. Jim is 77 and has been racing on the professional NHRA circuit for 55 years. “I had some friends down the road that had a Ford tractor. […]

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    Bentonville Police: Woman Arrested For Attempting To Shoot Husband

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – A woman was arrested Saturday(Sept. 19) for attempted capital murder after she fired a gun at her husband, according to a release from the Bentonville Police Department. Officers responded to a home located at 6201 SW Bear Road in reference to a domestic disturbance, the release states. When they arrived, the officers determined that Cheryl Rusk, 53, had produced a handgun and fired one shot at her husband, Gary Rusk, 63, according to the release. The bullet […]


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