Click Here For 71st Rodeo Of The Ozarks Coverage
  • Follow me on:

Curt Lanning is from Russellville, Arkansas.

He graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 2014 with his master's degree in multimedia journalism.

Curt loves covering technology, breaking news, and anything related to The Natural State.

Follow Curt on Twitter: @5NEWSCurt

Recent Articles
  • Yanez (left), Vega (right)

    Two Arrested In Springdale Teen Shooting Incident

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – Two men were arrested in the case of a Springdale teenager who was shot on June 25, authorities say. Hector Vega Torres , 20, was arrested on Thursday (July 2) and faces charges of attempted capital murder, felon in possession of a firearm and engaging in a continuing criminal gang, organization or enterprise, police said. Jose Yanez, 18, was also arrested on Thursday and faces charges of accomplice to attempted capital murder, aggravated assault and engaging in […]

  • Photo courtesy of the Arkansas Senate.

    Ark. Senate Republicans To Propose Legislation Securing Religious Freedoms

    ARKANSAS (KFSM) – The Arkansas Senate Republican Caucus unanimously pledged to propose legislation that would ensure the recent Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage across the U.S. doesn’t infringe on religious freedoms of churches and pastors in The Natural State, according to a news release. “In light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision about same-sex marriage, the Arkansas Senate Republican Caucus will be drafting legislation to ensure the rights of churches, pastors and religious schools will not be infringed upon,” […]

  • Scott Rocha

    Man Who Killed His Mother And Then Made A Beer Run Gets Life In Prison

    WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) – A man who killed his mother and then made a beer run was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday (July 2), officials say. Scott Rocha, 36, of Springdale pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was given a life sentence. He was arrested in March 2014 after shooting his mother in the back of the head, killing her, authorities said. According to court documents, Rocha killed his mother following an all-day drinking binge and then went […]

  • VIDEO: Sen. Cotton Talks About Open Carry, Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling

    ARKANSAS (KFSM) – Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, was recently in Bentonville at an event for a new Vietnam business center, and he took some time to speak on open carry, the recent Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide and the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina capitol. Cotton said he believes in traditional marriage between a man and a woman. “The Supreme Court made a decision I believe is incorrect,” Cotton said. On the topic […]

  • leslie-rutledge

    AG Rutledge Rejects Medical Cannabis Ballot Initiative

    LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge rejected a popular name and ballot title on Thursday (July 2) that aimed to legalize industrial hemp and medical cannabis. The ballot initiative was called “The Arkansas Industrial Hemp and Medical Cannabis Amendment.” Rutledge said she rejected the ballot initiative due to “ambiguities in the text of [the] proposed measure.” “It is my conclusion that I must reject your proposed popular name and ballot title due to ambiguities in the text […]

  • rico cohn

    Nina Ingram’s Mother: “My Heart Sunk” After Prosecutor Drops Murder Charge In Case

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Charges were dropped on Wednesday morning (July 1) against a man accused of strangling a 21-year-old Fayetteville woman, officials say. Rico T. Cohn was arrested in 2012 after authorities said he strangled Nina Ingram to death in her Fayetteville apartment. At his arraignment in June 2012, he pleaded not guilty to a capital murder charge. He has since been released from the Washington County Detention Center, and charges against him have been dropped, according to the Washington County […]

  • 20150701_125024_resized

    Fayetteville Fire Department Responds To Hazmat Situation

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – The Fayetteville Fire Department responded to a hazmat situation on Wednesday (July 1) around 12 p.m., officials say. A substance was found in downtown Fayetteville, and Mountain Street was closed off while fire personnel tested the substance in question to see if it was hazardous. Springdale officials were called in to assist with the testing. Tests later returned negative, and the substance was determined not to be harmful.

  • policelights

    Report: Oklahoma Crime Rate Dropped In 2014

    OKLAHOMA (KFSM) – The crime rate dropped in Oklahoma during 2014, according to a report from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. According to the new report, murders were down 14 percent in The Sooner State during 2014. A total of 178 murders were reported last year, and law enforcement officials were able to identify the offender in 79 percent of those cases. Of the 178 reported murders, 60 percent were committed with a firearm (the most common being a […]

  • Incident 4

    Authorities Recover Body Of Benton County Drowning Victim

    SILOAM SPRINGS (KFSM) – Authorities have recovered the body of the man who drowned in the Illinois River on Tuesday (June 30), officials say. Randy Barton, 55, of Siloam Springs was last seen swimming in the Illinois River under the Arkansas 59 bridge. According to the Benton County Department of Emergency Management, the group Barton was with called 911 just before 2 p.m. and said the last time they saw him he was going downstream. The Tri-County Dive team and the […]

  • Shawn Cox

    Four Sentenced To Over 10 Years For Stealing Checks From Mailboxes, Bank Fraud

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Four men were sentenced to more than 10 years for bank fraud and stealing checks out of mailboxes, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas Conner Eldridge. The four individuals named below were all convicted of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and possession of stolen mail, officials said. Shawn D. Cox, 31, of Prairie Grove received 36 months in prison. Christopher J. Evans, 31, of Colcord, Okla. received 24 months […]

  • lamoureaux perp walk

    Former Doctor Busted In Sex Sting Convicted Of Online Enticement Of A Child

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A 68-year-old former doctor busted by an undercover officer in February was convicted on Tuesday (June 30) of online sexual enticement of a child, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas Conner Eldridge. Donald W. Lamoureaux of Ash Flat appeared in court on Tuesday to plead guilty to a charge of coercion and enticement of a minor, the release states. Lamoureaux was previously employed as a doctor in Horseshoe […]

  • News Release Images

    Corps Of Engineers Reopens Beach At Lake Dardanelle

    RUSSELLVILLE (KFSM) – The Army Corps of Engineers announced on Tuesday (June 30) that it was reopening a beach at Lake Dardanelle that had been previously closed due to higher-than-acceptable E. coli levels. Piney Bay beach was closed on June 4 but is now open once more. Recent water tests have determined the area is once again safe for swimming. Officials said the high bacteria levels that caused the beach to be closed earlier in the month could have been […]


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,944 other followers