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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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    Board President Wants To Ban Political Rallies At Schools, Calls Clinton Visit “Inappropriate”

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) –The Fort Smith School Board president wants to ban partisan political rallies on school grounds, calling President Bill Clinton’s rally at Northside High School earlier this month “inappropriate”. School Board President Deanie Mehl said the school district received complaints from parents following the Nov. 2 rally, which was used by Clinton to stump for area Democrats, including Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.). School officials said before the rally that it would be strictly voluntary, although Mehl said some […]

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    Bentonville’s 21C Hotel To Reopen Kitchen 6 Days After Fire

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – The 21C Museum Hotel in Bentonville is set to reopen its restaurant kitchen Wednesday for the first time since a fire broke out last week, prompting the hotel to be evacuated. The hotel had to close the kitchen of its restaurant, The Hive, in order to repair the losses from the fire Thursday (Nov. 20). The Hive is expected to open back up for breakfast, lunch and dinner starting Wednesday , said Kelsey Erdossy, a spokeswoman for […]

  • Fort Smith Budget Proposal Includes 13 Cut Jobs To Pay For Raises

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A plan to trim Fort Smith’s city budget could include eliminating 13 jobs in order to balance the numbers and give other city employees raises, according to a memo sent to the Fort Smith Board of Directors. City officials have been in talks over the last several weeks to balance the city’s 2015 budget. One option, outlined by city administrator Ray Gosack in the memo, includes saving $430,270 by cutting 13.25 positions, eight of which are […]

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    Driver On Meth When Crash Paralyzed Sallisaw Girl, Police Say

    ADAIR COUNTY, Okla. (KFSM) – A Stillwell, Okla., man faces criminal charges after testing positive for methamphetamine at the time of a crash that left a four-year-old Sallisaw girl paralyzed, according to an arrest warrant filed in Adair County. “There are nights I cry myself to sleep.” Adilynn Dewberry’s mother LeeAn Dewberry said. “Adilynn was in the back seat. By the time I turned around and looked she was just kind of slumped over there. I can still smell the […]

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    2 Pets Die In Pea Ridge House Fire

    PEA RIDGE (KFSM) – A house fire killed a cat named Fluffs and a dog named Duke on Monday (Nov. 24) in Pea Ridge, but no people were hurt. Fire crews from Pea Ridge and Rogers responded around 8:30 a.m. to 280 Washburn Drive in reference to a house fire, according to Fire Chief Jamie Baggett with the Pea Ridge Fire Department. The fire chief said it took crews about an hour to put out the flames. He said they believe that the […]

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    Medical Report: Sallisaw Man Stabbed Woman To Death, Slit Own Wrists

    SALLISAW (KFSM) – Sallisaw police have closed a homicide case after the medical examiner determined two people found dead in September died from a murder-suicide. Officers responded Sept. 28 to a home on South Maple Street, where they found Katie Waggle, 34, and Vince Rayner, 47, dead. An autopsy revealed Waggle’s cause of death was a homicide from multiple stab wounds. Newly-released findings from the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner ruled Rayner’s death a suicide, police said. The findings led the […]

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    No Arrests Or Charges Yet For Roland Officials In Embezzlement Case

    ROLAND, Okla. (KFSM) – No one has been arrested and no charges have been filed 10 months after a state audit implicated at least two Roland town officials and an assistant police chief in an embezzlement investigation, according to court records. State investigators consider the case still open and active, said Jessica Brown, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. A state audit in January concluded town officials and one of their husbands embezzled more than $200,000 from […]

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    Scott County Brothers Arrested After Pot Sold Through Mail

    SCOTT COUNTY (KFSM) – Authorities on Friday arrested two Waldron brothers accused of dealing drugs through the mail. Investigators began looking into the case after police discovered a Waldron Middle School student was in possession of marijuana, according to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office. A subsequent investigation revealed a marijuana-dealing operation where drugs were being sent through the U.S. mail from Colorado to Scott County. Following a joint investigation by the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and the Waldron Police Department, […]

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    No One Hurt In Springdale School Bus Crash

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – A school bus was involved in a minor two-vehicle crash in Springdale on Friday morning, although none of the children on-board were injured, a Springdale School District spokesman said. Police responded around 8:30 a.m. near the intersection of Cambridge Street and Arapaho Avenue in reference to a wreck involving a school bus. School district spokesman Rick Schaeffer said 23 students were on the bus on the way to Southwest Junior High at the time of the wreck. […]

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    Fort Smith Machete Murderer Gets 70-Year Prison Sentence

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) –A Sebastian County jury on Thursday night sentenced Gregory A. Kinsey, 21, to 70 years in prison for the deaths of Brandon Prince and Nathan Young. Kinsey was convicted Wednesday night of first-degree murder and second-degree murder after hacking Prince and Young to death with a machete last year. He was sentenced to 40 years for the first-degree murder charge and 30 years for the second-degree murder charge. The sentences will be served consecutively, officials said. 5NEWS spoke […]

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    Bentonville’s 21C Hotel Reopens After Fire In Restaurant Kitchen

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – The 21C hotel in Bentonville was evacuated early Thursday (Nov. 20) afternoon because of a fire in the kitchen at The Hive restaurant, which is located in the hotel, according to a 21C spokeswoman. The fire started after 12:00 p.m. in the hood system above the grill and was contained to the duct, according to Director of Public Relations Stephanie Greene. The Hive will not be open tonight, but the hotel will be open to guests, Greene […]

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    Whirlpool Report States TCE Contamination Down 80 Percent In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A new quarterly report released by the Whirlpool corporation in Fort Smith this week states groundwater contamination is down 80 percent in all but two areas. The third quarter report credits “the success of the second oxidant injection” efforts in reducing the amount of trichloroethylene, or TCE, in the groundwater and soil near the former Whirlpool manufacturing facility in Fort Smith. In addition to TCE levels decreasing, the contaminating chemicals also have not stretched beyond the […]


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