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Laura joined the 5NEWS team in June 2014. She moved to Fort Smith from Ottumwa, Iowa where she worked as a reporter/anchor for the ABC/CBS affiliated station KTVO-TV. During her time there, she covered a variety of stories including a 40-year-old cold case that was reopened and went to trial after DNA evidence matched a suspect still living in Iowa. Laura also volunteers at the local humane society and in her hometown of St. Louis for the Cancer Support Community.

Prior to her time in Ottumwa, Laura worked as a general assignment reporter at KODE/KSNF in Joplin, MO. She graduated summa cum laude from Columbia College Chicago with a major in Broadcast Journalism/Television.

When she isn’t working, Laura enjoys exploring all that Arkansas has to offer, yoga, hiking, water sports, attending St. Louis Cardinals games, trying new restaurants, spending time with friends, family and traveling.

If you have any story ideas, volunteer opportunities or would just like to say hello, she’d love to hear from you! Email her at Laura.Simon@kfsm.com.

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    Woman Turns To Facebook To Help Foster Child Experience Christmas

    CECIL (KFSM)-A community comes together to help give a four-year-old foster child his first Christmas. Lynda Molton’s niece and her fiancé took the boy into their care last month after a tough upbringing. “It’s actually a relative on his side of the family, and we just heard about him and heard about his story and our hearts just got big,” Molton said. She took the boy to her church, and told 5NEWS he had never seen a Christmas tree before.  […]

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    No Working Smoke Detectors At Fort Smith Complex Where Girl Died

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A Fort Smith fire marshal says there were no working smoke detectors at a local apartment complex where a four-year-old girl died in a fire Tuesday morning. The four-year-old girl who died in the fire was identified as Erin Tash, officials say. “It’s a grief that unless you’ve lost a grandchild or a young daughter like this it’s more than people can bare at this time I can tell you that,” Tash’s grandmother Rebecca Neal said. […]

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    71-Year-Old Logan County Man Kills Daughter And Himself, Authorities Say

    LOGAN COUNTY (KFSM) – Authorities say a 71-year-old Logan County man shot and killed his daughter Wednesday afternoon before turning the gun on himself. Deputies with the Logan County Sheriff’s Office responded around 12:30 p.m. to 148 Old Sandy Road, just north of Paris, according to Arkansas State Police. Responders found the body of Leslie Ewing, 39, in the kitchen area of the home. They found Jerry Ewing, 71, on the back patio with a gun. After telling Ewing to […]

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    Four-Year-Old Girl Who Died In Fort Smith Fire Identified

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The four-year-old girl who died in an apartment fire in Fort Smith on Tuesday morning (Dec. 16) was identified as Erin Tash, officials say. Her parents were identified as Aaron Tash and Jessica Tucker, and her brother was identified as Tristan, according to the landlord. The fire took place at 310 S. 14th St. Aaron Tash was also injured in the fire and treated at the scene, officials said. Jessica Tash was at work when the fire […]

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    Fire In Lavaca Leaves Family Of Five Without A Home

    LAVACA (KFSM)- An early morning fire on Sunday (Dec. 14) leaves a family of five without a home. “It was about 2:30 that I woke up from the dogs barking, and I ran outside cause my daughter said, ‘I think the neighbor’s house is on fire’, and I ran over there, and I didn`t see their vehicles, so I knew they [weren’t] home,” Shawnell Ray, neighbor said. Officials said the family was not home at the time of the fire. […]

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    Rape Suspect’s Missing Baby And Girlfriend Found In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A missing baby and teenage girl out of Muskogee County, Okla., were found Thursday night in Fort Smith. The multi-agency case resulted in the arrest of a rape suspect accused of fathering the child with the teenage girl. Garrett Dobbs, 21, was arrested at a Fort Smith apartment complex by the U.S. Marshals Service, along with the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections and the Fort Smith Police Department, according to a statement by the Marshals Service. […]

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    IRS Phone Scam Targeting Local Residents

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)-Scammers pretending to be with the IRS are targeting victims nationwide, but many of those people are right here in our area. Bill Kirkwood and his wife told 5NEWS they were the target of one. “We received a recording the first time, saying we owed money to the IRS and we needed to call a phone number back,” he said. Kirkwood said when he called the number back a man on the phone told him there was a […]

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    Car Flips After Hitting Cow In Eastern Oklahoma

    HASKELL COUNTY, Okla. (KFSM) – Ten people were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries Monday night (Dec. 8) after two cars collided with a pair of cows. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol and emergency medical crews responded at 10:53 p.m. to Oklahoma 9 between Stigler and Keota in reference to the wreck, in which an SUV caught fire after striking the cattle. “We were pulling over and slowing down to help them but by the time we had time to do that we […]

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    Local Police Department Utilizes Body Cameras

    GREENWOOD (KFSM)–For the past four years, every Greenwood patrol officer has been equipped with a body camera. “We’ve had success in utilizing those not only in collecting evidence, but also we found that our complaints have went down,” Will Dawson, Greenwood Police Chief said. “Overall usage is just a powerful thing for the department and the community.” The AXON Flex body cameras take up to 12 hours of footage, and they can be worn around the head or clipped on […]

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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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    DOC Looking To Build State Prison In Scott County

    WALDRON (KFSM)-Scott County is in the running to house a maximum security prison. Local officials say it would be a much-needed jobs creator, while others say they don’t want criminals in their area Local leaders said Thursday (Dec. 4) Scott County is one of 16 proposed sites in the state of Arkansas. “We’ve done a lot of research asked a lot of questions involved a lot of citizens in Waldon and I’m leaning towards it being a great idea for […]

  • Greenwood Police Headquarters Construction Ahead Of Schedule

    GREENWOOD (KFSM)- The Greenwood Police Department will soon call the construction site on 250 Old Hackett Road its new home. The 20 officers on the force currently operate out of a small space inside City Hall. “We’ll be able to expand and do a lot of things that we weren’t able to do before,” Greenwood Police Chief Will Dawson said. Once the project’s complete, the Greenwood Police Headquarters will feature two interview rooms, two holding cells, a lab to process […]


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