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Curt Lanning is from Russellville, Arkansas and loves all things "nerd."

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

Within the realm of journalism, Curt loves anything in the area of technology, breaking news, and any headlines related to the natural state.

Recent Articles
  • XNA

    Flights Cancelled And Delayed At XNA

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – As a large winter storm moves closer to the east coast, some flights are being cancelled or delayed at the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport. American Airlines flight 3553 from LaGuardia Airport at 5:20 p.m. and American Airlines flight 3553 to LaGuardia Airport at 5:55 p.m. have both been cancelled, according to a tweet from XNA. The tweet also states United Airlines flight 4602 to Newark Liberty International Airport at 6 p.m. has been cancelled.  

  • Michelle Chickillo

    Report: Fayetteville Police Support Specialist Dead After Crashing Into Tree

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – A Fayetteville Police support specialist died on Sunday (Jan. 25) after her vehicle crashed into a tree, according to an accident report. Michelle J. Chickillo, 49, of Fayetteville died after her truck crashed at 8 a.m. on Round Mountain Road, east of Fayetteville, police say. Both Arkansas State Police and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department responded to the crash. Chickillo was driving a 2001 Ford pickup truck south when she drifted off the east side of the […]

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    New App Allows Bathroom Rentals, One Available In Southwest Missouri

    MISSOURI (KFSM) – People who hate using public restrooms now have a new option available to them thanks to a new smartphone app called Airpnp. The app, only available on iPhone as of Jan. 25, allows people who are out and about to rent private restrooms, according to the maker’s website. “Airpnp gives you access to a ton of restrooms all over the planet,” a post on the app’s website states. “Whether you’re just out and about, at a big […]

  • KKK

    KKK “Disappointed” In Bill That Would Remove Robert E. Lee’s Birthday As State Holiday

    HARRISON (KFSM) – The KKK has said it is “disappointed” in a bill filed by Rep. Nate Bell, R-Mena, that would remove Robert E. Lee’s birthday as a state holiday. Thomas Robb, national director of The Knights Party, said Bell is “acting contrary to the wishes and interests of the majority of his constituency.” “Men and women throughout the state of Arkansas continue to revere Robert E. Lee and recognize him for his strong moral character and defense of the founding […]

  • Leslie

    Arkansas AG Requests Second Oral Argument In Gay Marriage Case

    LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) – Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Jan. 23 requested a second oral argument in the gay marriage case before the Arkansas Supreme Court, according to court documents. “The state respectfully requests that the court schedule a second oral argument in this appeal, for the benefit of Chief Justice Hannah, Justice Wynne and Justice Wood,” the documents state. One of the reasons given for requesting a second oral argument in the case is the first oral arguments were heard […]

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    Springdale Felon Sentenced To Five Years For Firearm Violation

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – A Springdale man was sentenced to five years for a firearm violation, according to a news release. Ray King Jr., 57, was sentenced to 60 months in prison with three years of supervised release after being convicted of being a felon in possession of a gun, officials say. Prior felons are prohibited from owning firearms, according to the release. U.S. District Judge Timothy L. Brooks presided over the sentencing in the United States District Court in Fayetteville. […]

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    Tontitown Police Seek Victim After Shooting Incident

    TONTITOWN (KFSM) – The Tontitown Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a possible shooting victim, authorities say. Daniel Hurlburt, 23, is thought to be the victim of a shooting incident that took place on Thursday evening (Jan. 22), police say. He may be in the company of his 19-year-old girlfriend Kristy Naults, according to a news release. At 10:53 p.m., police were sent to a residence on Callihan Loop in response to a possible domestic disturbance […]

  • David S. Salzer

    Booneville Bank Robbed, Police Arrest Suspect

    BOONEVILLE (KFSM) – Authorities have arrested a man they believe robbed a Booneville bank Thursday afternoon (Jan. 22). At 3:24 p.m., the Booneville Police Department responded to a report of a bank robbery at First Western Bank at 1663 E. Main St., according to a news release. Police said they arrested the suspect, David S. Salzer, 36, of Booneville, about five hours later after pinging his cell phone as he was coming back toward Booneville. The suspect didn’t show a […]

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    Convicted NWA Developer Ordered To Pay $450,000 Restitution

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The former Northwest Arkansas developer convicted in a $200 million fraud scheme was ordered to pay $450,000 restitution, according to court documents. Brandon Barber, 38, of New York pleaded guilty in October 2014 to conspiracy to commit bankruptcy fraud and money laundering. He was sentenced to 65 months with three years of supervised release. On Jan. 21, Judge P.K. Holmes ordered Barber to pay back $450,000 restitution, officials said. This is significantly less than the $16.19 million that […]

  • University of Arkansas Police Department

    Police: U of A Student Forgets Where He Parked His Vehicle, Reports It Stolen

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – One University of Arkansas student was unable to find his vehicle, so he reported it stolen, authorities said. The unnamed student parked his vehicle, forgot which lot the vehicle was in and then reported it stolen to the University of Arkansas Police Department on Jan. 17 between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., according to the department’s crime log. The student told officers his vehicle was taken from lot 73, according to authorities. Police found the vehicle on Tuesday […]

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

    Trial Date For Accused Child Rapist Approaching

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) – The trial date for an accused Benton County child rapist is approaching, according to court records. Ali Matar, 21, of Lowell is accused of sexually assaulting multiple young girls in 2014 at R.E. Baker Elementary School in Bentonville. Matar was arrested in May 14, 2014. Court records state Matar has a pretrial hearing scheduled for Jan. 26 at 8:30 a.m., and his trial is scheduled to begin on Jan. 27 at 8:30 a.m. He pleaded not guilty to two […]

  • Meth Suspect

    Scott County Deputies Arrest Suspect In Meth Case

    SCOTT COUNTY (KFSM) – The Scott County Sheriff’s Department arrested a suspect in a meth case on Jan. 19, deputies say. Dustin Wagner, 32, of Waldron was booked into the Scott County Detention Center on Monday and faces a charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and other traffic charges, according to authorities. Wagner was pulled over by deputies for a traffic stop, and authorities found meth in his possession as a result, according to a post on […]


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