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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    Franklin, Logan County Deputies Won’t Arrest Solely For Open Carry

    (KFSM) – Deputies with both the Logan County Sheriff’s Office and Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will not arrest residents solely for open carry, authorities say. On Monday (June 8), Logan County Sheriff Boyd Hicks and Franklin County Sheriff Anthony Boen both said their departments won’t arrest anyone solely for openly carrying a firearm. This all comes after Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin both said they believe open carry is legal under Arkansas law. Sheriffs in Pope, Johnson, […]

  • Governor: No Prohibition Against Open Carry

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – Gov. Asa Hutchinson says Arkansas law does not prohibit openly carrying a handgun as long as the person with the gun doesn’t intend to commit a crime. “My take on the law is unless you have criminal intent, then there’s not any prohibition,” Hutchinson, a Republican, told 5NEWS on Friday (June 5). However, the governor said Arkansans should check with the prosecuting attorney in their area before openly carrying a handgun to be certain the prosecutor won’t pursue […]

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    Teenager Killed In Fayetteville Flyover Crash Identified

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)- The teenager who was killed after crashing his truck into a pillar under the Fayetteville flyover on May 29 has been identified as Braden Coleman, officials said. The 16-year-old Fayetteville resident was driving a red Dodge pickup eastbound on the Fullbright Expressway when he crashed into a pillar under the flyover, then spun several times, according to the Arkansas State Police. The accident happened at 5:10 p.m. First responders pronounced the teenager dead on the scene.

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    Open Carry Is Legal In Arkansas, Say Lieutenant Governor And Attorney General

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge say they believe current law in Arkansas allows people to carry handguns openly. Responding to a question from a pro-gun Facebook site, the Republican lieutenant governor recently reiterated a view he has previously expressed in saying he thinks open carry is legal. Griffin’s office confirmed that statement on Tuesday (June 2). A bill approved in the 2013 legislative session has some split on whether it allows people to […]

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    Openly Carrying A Handgun Won’t Result In Arrest, Benton County Sheriff Says

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) -Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck says his deputies will not arrest anyone who openly carries a handgun. “As long as the law is written as it is then we will not arrest any citizen for simply exercising their right to open carry,” the sheriff wrote on his Facebook page on Monday (June 1). Cradduck said he posted his views on the issue because an overwhelming number of people have asked for his thoughts about open carry. People committing […]

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    Benton County Sheriff Sued Over Medical Care In Jail

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – A Fayetteville woman filed a lawsuit Friday afternoon (May 29) against Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck, saying she was denied proper medical care in jail for an abscessed tooth that caused her jaw to swell and prevented her from eating. Ashley Ober is seeking financial damages in an amount to be determined at trial for cruel and unusual punishment, according to the lawsuit filed in Benton County Circuit Court. She is represented by Josh Bailey of the […]

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    Autopsy Prompts Springdale Police To Continue Investigating Woman’s Death As Homicide

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM)- Based on autopsy results, authorities are continuing to investigate the death of a woman found dead at a Springdale apartment complex this week as a homicide, according to a police department news release on Friday (May 29). Emily Nash, 28, was found dead on Wednesday morning (May 27) with a gunshot wound, police said. The State Crime Lab report on the death will not be available to police for several weeks, but authorities received enough information from an […]

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    Tornado Warning Issued For Sequoyah County

    The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for Sequoyah County in Oklahoma until 2:15 p.m. Tune in to 5NEWS for live severe weather coverage.

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    Shawn Womack Seeks Seat On Arkansas Supreme Court

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Circuit Judge Shawn Womack of Mountain Home announced his candidacy on Tuesday (May 26) for the Arkansas Supreme Court. Womack is seeking the Position 5 seat on the Supreme Court held by Associate Justice Paul E. Danielson, who said he is not seeking re-election. The announcement was held in Little Rock. As a Circuit Court judge, Womack represents the 14th Judicial District, which includes Baxter, Boone, Marion and Newton counties. He was first elected to the post […]

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    Rebecca Petty Seeks Second Term In State House

    ROGERS (KFSM) – Republican Rebecca Petty is seeking re-election to the state House from her district in Rogers, said told 5NEWS. Petty, a child and crime-victim advocate, won the open House District 94 seat in the 2014 general election, defeating Democratic candidate Grimsley Graham. Petty is the only announced candidate to date for the seat in the 2016 election. Petty has worked as a consultant with the U.S. Department of Justice on Amber Alert training. Her 12-year-old daughter, Andi Brewer, was raped and […]

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    Senator: Springdale Police Chief Should Be Fired Over Child Sex-Crime Report

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – A state senator from Northwest Arkansas is calling for the Springdale police chief to be fired over the recent release of a 2006 police report detailing accusations that Josh Duggar as a teenager molested five underage girls. Sen. Bart Hester, R-Cave Springs, said the girls have been re-victimized now that the report is public. He said Police Chief Kathy O’Kelley acted recklessly in releasing the report and should be held accountable. “The law to protect minors’ identities is not a suggestion,” Hester, […]

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    Family Of Slain Springdale Woman Seeks To End Use Of Confidential Informants

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – The family of a woman who was stabbed to death near Tontitown one year ago this week has started an online petition to end the use of untrained citizens as police confidential informants. Dawn LeAnn Frazier of Springdale was killed near Tontitown on May 21, 2014. The accused killer, Brock Atkins, who has been charged with capital murder, is awaiting a  Nov. 9 trial date in Washington County Circuit Court. Atkins has pleaded not guilty. (Read more […]


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