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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. 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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    Red Cross Helps Poteau Residents Displaced in Storm

    POTEAU (KFSM) – A team with The American Red Cross is set up in Poteau Tuesday morning (May 26th) to help people who were displaced in Monday night’s storms. Dispatchers with the LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office said the Red Cross is at Bob Lee Kidd Community Center on 100 Pirate Lane providing shelter, food and other necessary items for people following the storms. The Red Cross said they will be there until at least 11 a.m. Wednesday (May 27). The […]

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    Tree Traps Poteau Woman In Storm Shelter

    LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM)-Monday’s (May 25) storms shook up many people, especially one woman who got trapped in her storm cellar. At the same time her house flipped over. “About 5:40 I noticed that it was really starting to storm and about ten ‘till I noticed a wall cloud so I went into my shelter,” Jennifer Bandy said. Bandy snapped a picture on her phone right before she closed the storm shelter door at her home on Pleasant Valley Road in […]

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    Update On Road Conditions, Closures Throughout Area

    (KFSM)- The area is currently under a Flash Flood Warning. 5NEWS is keeping an eye on the roads. Here’s what local dispatchers are reporting: Benton County: Occasional flooding; very few reports, but that may change later in the day as rain comes in from Oklahoma. Buttermilk Springs off Gordon Hollow were impassable at 7 a.m., as was Fairmount east of Siloam Springs. Dispatchers said that may have changed by this point in the day, but they urge drivers to be […]

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    Deputies Arrest Teen After High Speed Chase In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A teen is in jail Sunday (May 24) morning after crashing into a Fort Smith thrift shop during a high speed chase, according to the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office. The chase started around midnight and ended when the suspect drove into the “Savers” on Rogers Avenue next to Mercy Hospital, according to Dawn Rodriguez with the Sheriff’s Office. Although the suspect did hit the building, the store only had minor damage, according to Sebastian County Lt. Philip […]

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    Civil War Days Captures History Of The Clayton House

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)-An event-filled day took place Saturday (May 23) at Clayton House. Here the historic landmark’s earlier role as a U.S. General Hospital during the Civil War was revealed. Interactive presentations went on both inside and outside the building formerly called the Sutton Mansion. Soldiers from the NW 15th Arkansas Volunteer Infantry Regiment posed as Union hospital guards and patients. The story of the mansion’s former owner William B. Sutton was also portrayed by re-enactor Marcus Woodward. “When Union […]

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    LeFlore County Flooding Leads To School, Road Closures Wednesday

    LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM)-Much of LeFlore County dealt with flooding Wednesday (May 20), especially on rural roads. The LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office said areas of Talihina, Monroe, LeFlore and Cameron experienced the worst of the flooding after rain came through Tuesday night (May 19) and into Wednesday morning. Talihina Public Schools canceled classes due to road conditions and damage inside its buildings, administrators said. A total of six classrooms were flooded in the Jr. High building and a classroom in the […]

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    Burglary Suspect Sought By LeFlore County Deputies

    LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM) – The LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a burglary suspect wanted in multiple counties, according to a post on their Facebook page. Bobb Jay (B.J) Blankenship is wanted on suspicion of burglary, vehicle theft, home invasions and robbery, the post states. Deputies say he is being sought by law enforcement agencies in multiple counties including Haskell, McIntosh, Sequoyah, Sebastian and Polk. Authorities are encouraging people to avoid attempts at apprehending Blankenship and instead to contact […]

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    Two Dead In Wister Three-Vehicle Accident

    WISTER, OKLA. (KFSM) – Two people are dead in a rollover accident involving a semi-truck and two other vehicles, according to Oklahoma Highway Patrol. The accident happened Monday morning (May 18) on Oklahoma 271. Traffic had to be diverted to Picturerock Rd. for about two hours, while that portion of the highway was shutdown for Oklahoma Highway Patrol to investigate the accident. A red 2008 Dodge pickup-truck, white 2007 Chevy Impala and semi-truck were involved in the accident, according to […]

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    Lightning Strike Causes Fire In Rogers

    ROGERS (KFSM)-Fire crews responded to a house fire in the 3000 block of West New Hope Road at around 4:30 a.m. Sunday (May 17), according to Fire Chief Tom Jenkins. He said the homeowners weren’t home at the time, and no one was injured. The house is located east of the Pinnacle Hills Promenade. Jenkins said the Rogers Fire Department sent a single fire truck in response to a fire alarm. Upon arrival, firefighters saw heavy smoke coming out the […]

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    Fort Smith National Historic Site Honors Fallen Officers

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)-The Fort Smith National Historic Site honered fallen officers throughout the day (May 16). The main event featured a ceremony led by the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Honor guard, a 21-gun salute and Taps by the Fort Smith Police Department Honor Guard. At 11 a.m., Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck started the ceremony with a welcome and roll call of the officers who died in the line of duty between 1872 and 1896 while serving the Fort Smith District Court for […]

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    Farmer’s Body Recovered In Poteau River

    SPIRO (KFSM) – The body of a 60-year-old LeFlore County farmer, who was swept away in flood waters earlier this week, was found at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday (May 13), according to LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale. Dennis Donaho’s body surfaced about 100 yards from his submerged tractor in the Poteau River near Spiro, Seale said. Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers recovered the body. Donaho went missing Monday morning (May 11) after he had gone out to check on cattle on […]

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    Search Continues For Missing Farmer In LeFlore County

    LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM)- It’s Day Two of the search for a farmer who went to check on his cows early Monday morning (May 11) after intense rain and flooding, but didn’t come back. Sheriff Rob Seale is calling this a recovery mission instead of a rescue. “We’re basically through with all the side-scan sonar because of all the debris and the brush and everything,” Sheriff Seale said. “We’re not able to get anything accurate on the sonar.” Dennis Donaho’s younger […]


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