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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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  • Washington County Launches Probe Into Faulty Bridges

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – A two-person committee investigating faulty bridges in Washington County launched its probe on Thursday (April 23), expecting to wrap up its work in two weeks. Justice of the Peace Eva Madison said the investigation will delve into whether there is an atmosphere of fear and intimidation at the county Road Department inhibiting workers from speaking their mind when they notice something isn’t being done right. Madison, a Democrat, and Republican Assessor Russell Hill are serving on the […]

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    Judge Denies Motion To Suppress DNA Evidence In Accused Child Killer’s Case

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – Benton County Circuit Judge Brad Karren on Tuesday (April 21) denied a motion by Zachary Holly’s lawyers to suppress the accused child killer’s DNA swab in next month’s capital murder trial. Robby Golden, a Little Rock lawyer representing Holly, argued that the detective taking a DNA swab from Holly’s mouth in November 2012 should have first advised him that he had the right to refuse.  Golden said he wanted current state law extended to require a criminal […]

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    Assessor To Serve With Justice Of The Peace On Bridge Investigation

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – The Washington County Quorum Court on Monday (April 20) named Justice of the Peace Eva Madison and county Assessor Russell Hill to serve on a two-person committee investigating faulty bridges in the county. The unanimous vote on an emergency ordinance setting up the two-person panel came after more than an hour of discussion about who should serve on the committee. Fourteen of the 15 Quorum Court members were present. Justice of the Peace Rick Cochran was not […]

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    Another Former Washington County Employee Sues, Claiming Political Retaliation

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – A former Washington County Road Department employee alleges in a federal lawsuit filed on Friday (April 17) that he was demoted and ultimately fired after saying he supported the county judge’s opponent in last November’s election. Brandon Holland claims County Judge Marilyn Edwards is among those who violated his First Amendment freedom of speech right and other rights when he was demoted from primary bulldozer operator, a “position of relative  prestige within the Road Department,” to a […]

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    Eva Madison To Serve On Two-Person Committee Investigating Washington County Bridges

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Washington County Quorum Court member Eva Madison has agreed to serve on a two-person committee with county Chief of Staff Dan Short investigating faulty bridges in the county. The Quorum Court is set to meet Monday (April 20) at 5:30 p.m. to vote on a resolution authorizing the investigation by the two-person committee, said Marilyn Edwards, county judge. The Quorum Court voted on Thursday (April 16) for Madison to serve on the committee with Short. Madison, pictured […]

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    Washington County Prosecutor Will Not Investigate Faulty Bridges

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)- The Washington County Prosecutor’s Office will not investigate faulty bridges built by the county road department, according to Washington County Judge Marilyn Edwards. Edwards made the announcement at Thursday (April 16) night’s Quorum Court meeting after asking Prosecutor Matt Durrett to investigate shortcuts taken during construction on March 30. Later Thursday, Prosecuting Attorney Matt Durrett told 5NEWS he doesn’t see anything criminal that would warrant an investigation by his office. The Quorum Court also voted for Justice of the […]

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    Alison Krauss Impostor Gets 15 Years Probation

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – The woman who conned a local man by pretending to be country music star Alison Krauss was sentenced in Washington County Circuit Court on Thursday (April 16) to 15 years probation, according to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. In addition to having the term of her probation extended from eight to 15 years, Peggy Sue Evers also was ordered to continue paying restitution to her victim, Fayetteville resident Don Fulton. Evers had owed Fulton more than $72,000 but now […]

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    Attorney General Won’t Investigate Washington County Bridges

    WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has said she will not investigate Washington County bridges. Rutledge said she doesn’t have the authority to investigate. In a letter sent on Thursday (April 16), Rutledge told Justice of the Peace Eva Madison that she does agree there are “critical public safety issues” that must be addressed immediately, but she is “charged with no oversight regarding a county judge’s fulfillment of his or her obligations in this regard.” She explained […]

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    Ark. Senator Requests Legislative Audit Of Washington County Road Department

    WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) – Sen. Uvalde Lindsey, D-Fayetteville, requested a legislative audit of the Washington County Road Department on Wednesday (April 15). He sent an email to Washington County Judge Marilyn Edwards and Washington County Attorney Steve Zega informing them that he’d spoken with Roger Norman, director of legislative audit, and requested the audit on the road department. Norman agreed to do so, according to Lindsey’s email. “As part of the audit, they will look at bridge construction and inspection reports […]

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    Murder Suspects In Springdale Gang Killing Plead Not Guilty

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM)- Three suspects recently arrested in a deadly gang shooting in Springdale pleaded not guilty in court on Wednesday (April 15). Rodolfo Martinez, 18, who police say is the shooter in Saturday’s drive-by gang shooting, Giovanni Vasquez-Sanchez, 17, and Jose Delatorre, 18, pleaded not guilty before Magistrate Judge Ray Martinez in the Washington County Detention Center. The three have been charged in the killing of Jimmy Rodriguez, 20, according to police. Police also arrested a 13-year-old male in the […]

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    Court Date To Be Reset For Capital Murder Suspect In Tontitown Stabbing Death

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – The capital murder suspect accused of stabbing a Tontitown woman to death in May 2014 will have his trial date reset from Monday (April 13) to an undetermined future day, officials said. Brock Atkins was scheduled to be in Washington County Circuit Court on Monday, but that court date will be rescheduled, officials said.  Atkins remains in the Washington County Detention Center without bond, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office website. Atkins is accused of stabbing […]

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    Tontitown Murder Suspect Gets Fall Trial Date

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – A fall trial date has been set for a capital murder suspect accused of stabbing a woman to death near Tontitown in May 2014, officials said. Brock Atkins was scheduled to be in Washington County Circuit Court on Monday (April 13), but his trial date was rescheduled to Nov. 9, officials said.  Atkins remains in the Washington County Detention Center without bond, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office website. Atkins is accused of stabbing and killing […]

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