Marty came to 5NEWS as the Northwest Arkansas weekend assignment manager in October 2012 after nearly 15 years as a sportswriter with a local newspaper. He was born and raised in Shreveport, La., and graduated from Missouri with a Bachelor degree in journalism with a minor in history. His wife, Jennifer, raises three daughters exceptionally well while Marty desperately tries to stay out of the way without messing anything up. He is usually in timeout.

Recent Articles
  • Tontitown Shooting Suspect Arrested; Faces 8 Felonies

    A Fayetteville man faces eight felony charges after being arrested as a suspect in a shooting Thursday morning in Tontitown. Austin Wenger, 20, was arrested by Washington County Sheriff deputies at approximately 4:11 a.m. Saturday and booked in the Washington County Detention Center at 10:18, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Wenger faces two charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault and single charges of terroristic threatening, second-degree domestic battery, being a felon in possession of a firearm and interference with […]

  • Bicyclist Pulling Child in Buggy Crashes, Faces Charges

    A West Fork man is facing multiple charges, including two felonies, after police said he crashed his bicycle while pulling his 4-year-old son in a buggy Saturday night. Mark Fochtman, 29, was booked in the Washington County Detention Center on Sunday morning and is being held on $5,000 bond, according to the Sheriff’s Office website. Fochtman faces felony charges of endangering the welfare of a minor and fleeing in addition to several misdemeanor charges. Fayetteville police officers responded to a […]

  • Man Faces Charges in Knife Attack

    A Springdale man faces two felony charges after he was arrested on suspicion of slashing a man with a knife while trying to steal keys to a truck. Nicholas Lacoy, 20, was booked in the Washington County Detention Center on Sunday morning and is being held of $7,500 bond, according to the Sheriff’s Office website. Lacoy faces charges of aggravated robbery and terroristic threatening. A preliminary police report said Springdale police officers responded to fight with a knife involved on […]

  • Saturday Night Fire Destroys Waste Management Building

    Firefighters from three departments battled a fire at the Waste Management site Saturday night in Tontitown.

  • Pedestrian Killed By Car in Rogers Identified

    Authorities said a 32-year-old Rogers man was struck and killed by a car on Highway 71B on Saturday night. The Arkansas State Police identified the man as Jose Villatoro-Munguia. An accident report said Villatoro-Munguia was walking in the roadway on the 2300 block of South 8th Street, also known as 71B, when he was hit by a 2008 Hyundai Sante Fe driven by Balentina Ortiz. Ortiz was not injured. Fire officials responded to the accident, which occurred in front of […]

  • Body Recovered in Cove Where Spear Fisherman Disappeared

    Carroll County Sheriff Bob Grudek believes the body of a spear fisherman missing in Beaver Lake since July 27 has been found. Grudek said he has contacted the family of Michael Burton, 28, to tell them a body has been recovered in the cove where Burton went missing while spear fishing with a friend. Grudek said a positive identification will be made by the medical examiner in Little Rock but the body was recovered in a dive suit with a […]

  • Man Kicked in Head Behind Bar; Suspect Sought

    The Fayetteville Police Department is looking for a suspect in an assault that happened behind a bar early Saturday morning on Dickson Street. The police said officers responded to a report of an unconscious man behind the Hog Haus Brewing Company at approximately 2:27 a.m. Officials said witnesses told them the victim, Michael Leslie of Elkins, had been in a disturbance and had been kicked in the head while on the ground. Leslie was taken to Washington Regional Medical Center […]

  • Springdale Man Drowns in Beaver Lake’s “Party Cove”

    A 38-year-old Springdale man drowned in a popular Beaver Lake cove Saturday afternoon (Aug. 17). Authorities identified the man as Brandon Batchelor. Batchelor was swimming at approximately 3 p.m. with friends at “Party Cove” near the Pine Top area, one of two areas popular with boaters and floaters, who often tie boats together for a group outing. Deputy Keshia Guyll of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office said Batchelor and some friends were swimming when the friends noticed that Batchelor had […]

  • Oklahoma Man Killed in Single-Car Rollover Crash

    Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials said a 24-year-old man was killed in a single-car accident early Sunday morning (Aug. 17) just north of Sallisaw. Jimmy Don Cheater, of Marble City, was pronounced dead at the scene on State Highway 17 less than a mile south of Brushy Lake Park. A passenger in the car, Trenton Thirsty of Sallisaw, was injured and taken to Sparks Hospital and is listed in stable condition, officials said. The police report on the accident said Cheater […]

  • County Judge Vows Road Department Will Overcome Arrests

    Two Benton County Road Department superintendents were arrested Saturday (Aug. 11) in connection with an investigation into former county administrator Scott Stober who was arrested in July. “It’s very disheartening when you find that you’ve got one part of your supervision that’s not handling things correctly,” said Judge Bob Clinard with Benton County. Benton County Road Department Superintendent Jack Brown was arrested and booked in the Benton County Detention Center on Saturday. Brown, 50, faces felony charges of theft of […]

  • Whirlpool to Test Soil Near Former Fort Smith Plant

    Whirlpool said it was take soil gas samples in the neighborhood surrounding its former plant in Fort Smith. There are concerns that the chemical trichloroethylen (TCE) may be a health risk to those living near the plant site. Whirlpool has been working with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Equality to clean up a toxic plume left over when the company closed the plant. Soil samples will be taken in several areas in the surrounding neighborhood, said Katherine Benenati, a spokeswoman […]

  • Portion of Alma Under Precautionary Boil Order

    Parts of Alma are under a precautionary boil order, officials said Saturday. Officials with the Highway 71 Water department said a 6-inch water main broke. The boil order is for customers on Dean Springs Road from Valley Side Bend to Firehouse Road, officials said in a release. People are advised to boil the water for at least one minute before consumption, even for making ice. The release said the boil order will remain in force until the water department receives […]