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Larry Henry joined the 5NEWS team as a managing editor in March of 2012. He is a veteran reporter and editor who worked in Nevada, Tennessee, and most recently Northwest Arkansas.

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  • Former Lowell Police Chief’s Family Calls For Blue Lights To Honor Slain Officers

    LOWELL (KFSM) – The family of former Lowell Police Chief Joe Landers is calling for people to put blue lights on their porches and leave them burning to honor slain officers. “Cops are being killed around the world for simply being police,” according to a post on Sunday (Dec. 21) on the “Pray for Joe Landers” Facebook page. Landers, 51, was killed in 2012 when the motorcycle he was riding in Florida was struck by a car in a hit-and-run […]

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    Lawsuit: Washington County Bridges “Dangerously” Deviate From Engineer’s Plans

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – A Washington County Road Department worker has filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court, saying crews “dangerously” deviated from the engineer’s design plans in construction work on two bridges in the county. The suit from George Braswell alleges deviation from the design plans left the Stonewall Road and Harvey Dowell bridges “dangerously under supported,” adding the “structural integrity of each bridge has been significantly compromised.” Pressure from county officials to “save time and reduce costs” resulted […]

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    Trials Rescheduled For Two Washington County Capital Murder Suspects

    WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) – Trials for two Washington County capital murder suspects have been rescheduled, officials say. Scott Rocha, 36, accused of killing his mother and then making a beer run, had his trial rescheduled to March 16, according to court officials. Brock Atkins, 19, accused of fatally stabbing a woman in Tontitown, had his trial rescheduled to April 13, officials said.  

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    Trial For Man Accused Of Killing Mom Then Making Beer Run To Be Reset To Next Year

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -The jury trial for a Springdale man accused of killing his mother and then making a beer run was set to begin on Monday (Dec. 15) but will be rescheduled to start after Jan. 1, officials said. Scott Rocha, 36, was arrested on March 8 on suspicion of shooting his mother in the back of the head and killing her. According to court documents, Rocha killed his mother, Frances Rocha, following an all-day drinking binge and then went to […]

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    Hartford School District Consolidates With Hackett

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The small schools in Hartford have been given the green light to join the larger Hackett School District. The state Board of Education on Thursday (Dec. 11) unanimously accepted the Hartford district’s request to consolidate voluntarily with the Hackett School District, said board member Jay Barth. Hartford has an elementary school and high school, according to the Hartford district’s website. The Hartford schools will remain open but will be a part of the Hackett School District, […]

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    Tontitown Murder Suspect’s Trial To Be Rescheduled To Next Year

    FAYETTEVILLE (KSFM) – The capital murder suspect accused of stabbing a Tontitown woman to death in May will have his trial reset from Monday (Dec. 15) to an undetermined date after the first of the year, officials said. The jury trial for Brock Atkins, 19, was scheduled to begin Monday in Washington County Circuit Court, but now that he has a new lawyer, Fayetteville attorney Drew Ledbetter, the trial won’t take place until after Jan. 1, officials said. Atkins remains […]

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    Rogers City Attorney Eliminates Plea Bargaining

    ROGERS (KFSM) – Rogers City Attorney Ben Lipscomb is eliminating negotiated plea bargaining in city District Court cases, he said in a letter to local lawyers this week. As a result, the only options are a guilty plea or a trial, the letter states. The Dec. 8 letter is addressed to “all attorneys practicing criminal law in Rogers District Court.” Lipscomb said the plea deals that have already been offered on pending cases will be honored. He said the decision […]

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    Son Arrested, Stepfather Hospitalized In Greenwood Stabbing

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) – A 19-year-old man is in custody after a stabbing in Greenwood that sent his stepfather to the hospital on Monday (Dec. 8), authorities said. Authorities have identified the suspect as Lane Christian. The teenager’s stepfather, Jerry Primm, underwent surgery on Monday with a non-life threatening “bad slash” on his arm, according to the Greenwood Police Department. Police Chief Will Dawson said Primm was discharged from the hospital Monday afternoon and is in good shape. The son is […]

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    Fayetteville Won’t Sever Ties With Human Rights Campaign, Spokeswoman Says

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – The Fayetteville City Council has no plans to sever ties with Human Rights Campaign, a Washington, D.C.-based group assisting those who support the city’s civil rights ordinance, according to a spokeswoman. “We’d like to keep an open door for all ideas and discussion,” Lindsley Smith, communications director, said Monday (Dec. 8). Fayetteville voters go to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether to repeal Ordinance 119, approved by the City Council in August. More than two dozen […]

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    West Fork Names New Police Chief

    WEST FORK (KFSM) – The city of West fork named a new police chief on Dec. 3 after the last chief resigned in August, officials say. Bryan Watts of Lakewood, Colo. was named the new police chief, and he is scheduled to start his new role in January of 2015, according to officials. Watts served the Lakewood community for 15 years, officials said. The search for a new police chief drew to a close after three other candidates turned down […]

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    Washington, D.C., Group Contributes Six Figures In Ordinance 119 Fight

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – The Washington, D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign has contributed $166,080 in nonmoney contributions to Keep Fayetteville Fair, the organization working to keep a local civil rights ordinance on the books, according to a report filed with the Arkansas Ethics Commission. The nonmoney contributions from the Human Rights Campaign have gone toward Web development, legal fees, mailing, staff time and more in the local group’s campaign against the repeal of Ordinance 119, according to the financial report filed this week. […]

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    Egyptian Militant Group Claims Responsibility For Death Of Fayetteville Worker

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – An Egyptian militant group called Sinai Province (formerly called Ansar Beit al-Maqdis) has claimed responsibility for killing a Fayetteville petroleum worker in August, according to a tweet from the group. William Henderson, 58, of Fayetteville was employed by Apache Corporation of Houston, Texas for 28 years, according to an obituary posted on the Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home website.  Henderson was in a company car, driving from Quarun to Karma, Egypt, when a vehicle blocked his path, allowing assassins to shoot […]


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