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Shain Bergan joined the 5NEWS team as an assignments manager in our Northwest Arkansas newsroom in July 2012. If you have a story idea, email him at Shain.Bergan@kfsm.com.

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    Train Trips To Continue, As Crash’s Initial Investigation Wraps Up

    WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) – The Arkansas & Missouri Railroad company will continue its excursion train trips Thursday, a week after two trains collided near West Fork, injuring 44 people on-board. The announcement comes the same day federal safety investigators said they are wrapping up their preliminary investigation into the collision. The day-long passenger train trips were suspended following the crash. Officials will lift that suspension, and anyone with tickets for Thursday’s excursions will be able to use those without incident, […]

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    State Rep Wants Answers On Washington County Ballot Glitch

    WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) – A local state representative says he wants answers to how candidates’ party affiliations were left off of Washington County digital ballots Monday, the first day of early voting for the November general elections. Rep. Justin Harris (R – West Fork) is afraid some voters’ voices may not be properly heard because of the electronic ballot glitch. Harris said he may file an official complaint if election officials do not remedy the issue. County election commissioners met […]

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    Police Investigate Possible Bomb Threat at Fayetteville Walmart

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – A Fayetteville Walmart was shut down early Tuesday morning due to a possible bomb threat, according to the Fayetteville Police Department. An employee found a suspicious object in a high-traffic area of the Walmart on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard around midnight, according to authorities. Several police cars and two fire trucks responded to the scene. Once police arrived on scene, they decided the object could not be dismissed as harmless. The Bentonville Bomb Squad was called […]

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    NWACC Touts New Springdale Center Location

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – NorthWest Arkansas Community College officials hope to soon start raising money for the college’s planned Springdale center, which now has a sign planted at the future site’s location. NWACC held a celebration last week of the 20 acres purchased by the community college west of Arvest Ballpark. The $2.4 million piece of land is one Watkins Avenue. The college plans to build a three-story building, acting as the Bentonville-based school’s Washington County Instructional Center. The third story […]

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    NTSB: Train Was Traveling At 25 Miles Per Hour At Time Of Impact

    WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) – The rescue train that collided Thursday with a passenger train in Washington County was traveling at 25 miles per hour at the time of impact, federal safety investigators said Friday. National Transportation Safety Board member Mark Rosekind said the brakes were applied at 28 miles per hour prior to the collision. The train should have been traveling at a safe limit of 20 miles per hour or lower, he said. The speed limit along the track […]

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    Crews Block Off 71B To Battle Fire At Springdale Construction Business

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – A Springdale construction business went up in flames Friday night, stopping traffic in both directions on U.S. 71B. Fire crews from Springdale and Lowell responded around 5:30 p.m. to a call of smoke near the intersection of U.S. 71B and Arkansas 264. When firefighters arrived, they found Scott Construction Equipment Company on fire, according to the Springdale Fire Department. Crews extinguished the flames by 6:30 p.m. Traffic was stopped in both directions as firefighters had to lay […]

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    Police And Feds Investigate $2 Million Vehicle Arson In Bentonville

    An arsonist in Bentonville set fire Thursday to two construction vehicles being used to construct the Bella Vista Bypass, Bentonville police said Friday. The Bentonville Police Department and the Bentonville Fire Department responded to an area south of the Lowe’s department store on Lowes Avenue regarding an arson investigation. Police said the three vehicles intentionally set on fire represent a loss of $2 million. The state fire marshall and the federal Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms agency are assisting with the […]

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    Fayetteville Man Arrested In Drug Task Force Investigation

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Local drug task force agents arrested a Fayetteville man Wednesday following a drug-dealing investigation that lasted several weeks. Andrew Scott Tabor, 25, was arrested on suspicion of several possession of a controlled substance charges after members of the Fourth Judicial Drug Task Force began investigating a group selling marijuana in the Northwest Arkansas area, according to a preliminary report from the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office. The Fourth Judicial Task Force is made up of law enforcement from […]

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    Center Asks For More Blood Donations After Train Collision Near West Fork

    WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) – Local blood center officials are asking for more donations in the wake of Thursday’s train crash near West Fork. A train engine collided with a passenger train, hospitalizing 44 passengers. The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks sent out a notice Thursday night stating the organization is urging blood donors with negative blood types to donate. Immediately following the collision, Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville requested additional units of Type-O Negative blood in order to […]

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    Statewide Alcohol Amendment To Appear On Ballot, Supreme Court Finds

    LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) – A proposal to allow alcohol sales in all Arkansas counties will appear on the Nov. 4 general election ballot, after the Arkansas Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit’s attempt to stop the vote. The lawsuit sought to stop a vote to turn the state wet based on two assertions. The suit states the initial alcohol petition turned in July 7 for a public vote was three days late, as all such petitions need to be turned in […]

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    Johnson Mayor Under Investigation In City Theft, Campaign Violation Case

    JOHNSON (KFSM) – Authorities are investigating the Johnson mayor concerning theft of city money and potential campaign violations, according to a letter sent to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office from the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office. Police Chief Vernon Sisemore notified the Sheriff’s Office of the potentially illegal acts, saying a recording exists of Mayor Buddy Curry instructing city employees not to tell anyone about $200 that went missing out of the Johnson Recorder/Treasurer Office, according to the letter released to […]

  • Johnson Police Chief Reinstated 8 Days After Being Fired By Mayor

    JOHNSON (KFSM) – The Johnson police chief was reinstated by the City Council on Tuesday night after he was fired by the mayor last week because of a disagreement over officer pay compensation. Chief Vernon Sisemore received the four votes needed out of six council members to overturn Mayor Buddy Curry’s decision to fire Sisemore. The Johnson City Council deliberated for nearly two hours before announcing its decision. Four council members voted to overturn the mayor’s firing of the police […]


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