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
  • SWEPCO Withdraws Three Line Routes Over Beaver Lake

    Three of the six proposed routes for a transmission line SWEPCO wants to build in Benton and Carroll counties stand to be removed from consideration. A SWEPCO spokesman said the company doesn’t object to the removal of the proposed routes. An intervenor in the case had filed a request with the Arkansas Public Service Commission to have the routes removed because of their potential impact on Beaver Lake. SWEPCO originally proposed one route with five alternates for a 50-mile transmission […]

  • Suspect Accused of Stabbing ‘Good Samaritan’

    Fayetteville police arrested a man Tuesday (Aug. 6) in connection with a weekend stabbing. Javier Vera-Jurado, 30, of Fayetteville, is facing charges of Battery First Degree, Aggravated Assault, Domestic Battery 3rd Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor 2nd Degree. Officers responded to an area near the intersection of North Sang Avenue and West Lawson Street early Saturday morning (Aug. 3). Police officials said a man returning home from an outing with his girlfriend and infant child was driving […]

  • Police Release Name of Man Involved in Deadly Standoff

    Fort Smith police released the name of a man who killed himself after a standoff with police and SWAT personnel over the weekend. Police officials said Travis Richard Johnson, 37, shot himself while barricaded in a residence on the 2100 block of Carthage Drive. Fort Smith law enforcement responded to the scene after a 911 call about a domestic disturbance at approximately 6:26 Saturday evening (Aug. 3). A woman told police her husband got upset and began to choke her […]

  • Farmington Woman Arrested After Hitting Mailboxes, Bridge, Car

        A Farmington woman faces three felony charges after Washington County Sheriff deputies said she took off on a wild ride in a truck with a flat tire and a disabled passenger. Minda Totten, 35, was booked in the Washington County Detention Center early Saturday morning and has a bond amount of $5,000, according to the Sheriff’s Department website. Totten faces felony charges of aggravated assault, first-degree false imprisonment and first-degree criminal mischief, along with misdemeanor charges of leaving […]

  • Sheriff Calls Off Search for Missing Beaver Lake Diver

    Carroll County Sheriff Bob Grudek said the weeklong search for a missing spear fisherman has been called off because of dangerous conditions underwater. Grudek said he has been in contact Michael Burton’s family to tell them of the decision. Burton, of Omaha, Neb., disappeared while spear fishing in a Beaver Lake with a friend on July 27, and search teams have been looking for him since. The cove Burton, 28, went missing in is heavily covered in underwater trees, bushes […]

  • Kidnapping-Robbery Suspect Arrested; Two More At Large

    A Fayetteville woman faces kidnapping and aggravated robbery charges after being arrested Saturday night. Brandy Sisemore, 28, was booked in the Washington County Detention Center on Sunday morning and has a bond of $50,000, according to the Sheriff’s Office website. Sisemore has an Aug. 30 court date. A preliminary police report said Fayetteville officers responded on Wednesday (July 24) to man who said he had been robbed at the Grandview Apartments on the 400 block of West 24th Street. The […]

  • Man Hospitalized After Jumping From Burning Truck

    Police said a 40-year-old Winslow man who jumped from a burning pickup truck Saturday night was hospitalized with burns in Little Rock. The man, whose identity the police was not releasing, was transported to Washington Regional Medical Center for treatment before being transferred to a burn unit at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. The extent of his injuries is unknown, police said. Police said the man got into the burning truck at approximately 9 p.m. at a motel on […]

  • Man Slashed Across Chest in LeFlore County

    LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale said a 50-year-old man was taken to Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith after another man slashed him with a knife Sunday evening. Seale said the man’s injury wasn’t life-threatening and the victim was able to tell officers who his alleged assailant was. Seale said law enforcement was currently looking Johnny Gill, 45, whom Seale described as 5-foot-7, 140 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes. “He has a pretty deep laceration to his […]

  • Portion of Fort Smith Under Precautionary Boil Order

    A portion of western Fort Smith and Arkoma, Okla., is under a precautionary boil order, officials said Sunday. A water main line on Wheeler Avenue ruptured Friday and took longer than expected to repair, officials said. Officials said protocol requires a precautionary boil order under such circumstances. The line has been repaired, officials said. The notice issued by the city at 6:30 p.m. Saturday said order will be in place until water is cleared for consumption by tests. Officials told […]

  • 4 Go To Hospital With Minor Injuries After Car Crash

    Four people, including two children, were taken to hospitals after a two-car accident Saturday evening in Rogers. Rogers Fire Department Capt. Greg Bray said the injuries were minor after the accident on North 2nd Street. Police were investigating the cause of the accident, which happened with the two cars collided head-on. Bray said a woman and two children under the age of 10 were taken to Northwest Medical Center, and the male driver of the second car was taken to […]

  • Abandoned House Destroyed By Fire in Muldrow

    An abandoned house was destroyed by fire Saturday afternoon in Muldrow. Muldrow Fire Chief Allen Faulkner said railroad workers called 911 after they noticed smoke coming from the building. Firefighters responded to fight the flames, and a 5NEWS photographer on the scene showed firefighters hosing down the ruined structure with just the walls left standing. Faulkner said no one was injured in the blaze, which is still under investigation. Faulkner said the building had been abandoned for at least six […]

  • 26 Pounds of Marijuana Discovered; Man Arrested

    A Eureka Springs man faces drug trafficking charges after Sequoyah County officials said 26 pounds of marijuana were found in his truck Saturday morning. Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart said drug interdiction officers attempted to pull over a vehicle on I-40 east of Vian, Okla., at approximately 8 a.m. Friday (July 19). The truck sped away from officers east on the interstate before colliding with a tractor trailer that Lockhart said blocked the car from passing. The driver, identified as […]