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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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  • Proposed Law Inspired By 2 Van Buren Sex Offenders Living Near Church

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) – A bill proposed by a state lawmaker from Crawford County would prohibit Level 4 sex offenders from living near churches. The bill was inspired by two sex offenders who still live near a church outside of Van Buren. Arkansas Rep. Charlene Fite, R-Figure Four, introduced a bill this week in the state House of Representatives that would add churches to the list of places Level 4 sex offenders are prohibited from living near. State law already […]

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    Insane Clown Posse-Masked Intruder Beats Fort Smith Man With Baseball Bat

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A Fort Smith man was hospitalized after an intruder in an Insane Clown Posse mask broke into his home and beat him with a baseball bat, according to a police incident report. The victim told police he was in bed at his home Sunday night on Jenny Lind Road when he heard the front door shut. When he went to investigate, he came face-to-face with a man wearing dark pants, an Under Armor shirt, dark gloves […]

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    Jury Selected For Bentonville Schools Employee In Rape Case

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – The jury was selected on Tuesday (Jan. 27) for the former Bentonville School District employee accused of sexually assaulting students at an after-school program. Ali Matar, 22, of Lowell is accused of sexually assaulting young girls in 2014 at R.E. Baker Elementary School in Bentonville. Matar was arrested on May 14, 2014. Matar was led into court by a Benton County deputy Tuesday morning. Jury selection began around 8 a.m. in front of Circuit Judge Brad Karren […]

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    Arkoma Head Shop Raided After 6-Month Undercover Operation

    ARKOMA, Okla. (KFSM) – Authorities raided an Arkoma head shop Tuesday afternoon following a six-month investigation in which undercover Oklahoma narcotics agents said they bought synthetic marijuana and Schedule I drugs. Michael Cox and Randall Wilson were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of several drug charges. Cox owns A-Town Novelties where investigators carried out the drug raid, and Wilson is a store clerk, said Jason Tucker, an agent with the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation. Both suspects remain in the LeFlore County […]

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    State Reps To Appear At Sequoyah County Meeting About Proposed High-Voltage Line

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY, Okla. (KFSM) – Oklahoma state legislators and a Sequoyah County commissioner will lead a public information session Tuesday night, as the county decides whether to denounce a transmission power line set to stretch through Oklahoma and Arkansas. Rep. John Bennett, R-Sallisaw, and Sen. Mark Allen, R-Arkoma, are set to attend the meeting of Sequoyah County residents at 6 p.m. The session concerns the proposed Clean Line transmission line, set to be routed through private property in the county […]

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    Expanded Clarksville Manufacturing Facility To Add 120 New Jobs

    CLARKSVILLE (KFSM) – Gov. Asa Hutchinson was on-hand in Clarksville on Friday morning (Jan. 23) to announce the expansion of a manufacturing facility that will add 120 news jobs. “I’ve always wanted to be the jobs governor,” Gov. Hutchinson said. HanesBrands, Inc., plans to invest more than $1.4 million in building renovations and new equipment for the facility, which already employs about 450 people, according to an announcement Friday by the company. HanesBrands’ produces sheer hosiery, along with some seamless […]

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    Parent Kicked Out Of PTO After Criticizing Racially-Explicit Videos Shown To Kids

    CEDARVILLE (KFSM) – The Cedarville parent who spoke out against a pair of racial slur-laced videos being shown to second-graders was kicked out of the school’s parent-teacher organization Friday, she told 5NEWS. Latia Hernandez said she was notified by a PTO officer that she had violated one of the organization’s rules by using profanity in a post on her personal Facebook page. 5NEWS placed several calls and a text to the PTO for comment Friday, but did not receive any […]


    Rogers City Attorney Illegally Averted Election, Amended Lawsuit Claims

    ROGERS (KFSM) – Two Rogers residents involved in a lawsuit with city attorney Ben Lipscomb have filed an amended motion seeking to make the position vacant. They say Rogers does not legally have a city attorney, since no election was held in November. The amended motion was filed Jan. 16 in U.S. District Court For The Western District of Arkansas. It challenges Lipscomb’s determination that his term as city attorney was automatically extended without an election because of Mayor Greg […]

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    Man, Elderly Mother And Dog Escape Ozark House Fire

    OZARK (KFSM) –A man, his elderly mother and their dog escaped a house fire in Ozark on Friday morning, according to the Ozark Fire Department. Ozark firefighters responded around 8 a.m. to a report of a fire at a single-story home near the intersection of South 34th Street and Coley Drive. Responding crews saw smoke billowing from the roof. A man, his mother and the family dog were inside of the house at the time of the fire. They all […]

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    Cedarville 2nd Graders Shown Racial Slur-Laced Martin Luther King Parody Video

    CEDARVILLE (KFSM) – Cedarville school administrators say they are trying to figure out what to do after second-graders were shown an explicit parody video about Martin Luther King, Jr., that includes several instances of racial slurs and inappropriate language. Supt. Dan Foreman said elementary school teacher Lynn Schumacher showed the YouTube video to her class of seven and eight year olds Wednesday, two days after Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. He said Schumacher was unaware that the video was inappropriate […]

  • Friends Of Rogers Police Chief Remember His Legacy

    ROGERS (KFSM) – The Rogers police chief has died from colon cancer, after battling the disease since February of 2013, according to the Rogers Police Department. James H. Allen (age 60) was the Rogers police chief since 2011. Before that, he had a 22-year-long tenure as chief of the Bentonville Police Chief. Benton County Judge Bob Clinard said he was a dear friend and colleague. “There’s not a finer man that I have ever known than James Allen,” Clinard said. He […]

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    PHOTO: Van Buren Children Sit On Moving School Bus’ Steps

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) – A photograph taken by a motorist Wednesday shows a Van Buren school bus with children sitting on the steps near the bus’ door as it is driving through an intersection. “I just snapped a picture of how fast it was coming down,” Jerry Pittman, former Crawford County deputy said. “It wasn’t until later you could enlarge the picture and I saw those kids and their faces so clear.” Vicki Renfro shared Pittman’s photo on Facebook. She’s […]


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