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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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    NWA Drug Agents Make Methamphetamine Trafficking Bust

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – Northwest Arkansas drug task force agents arrested a California man Thursday in a drug trafficking bust where detectives confiscated four pounds of methamphetamine. Jacob Buckhalter, 30, was arrested in Springdale on suspicion of trafficking methamphetamine. He remained Friday morning in the Washington County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing. He has an initial court date set for Nov. 3, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. The Fourth Judicial Drug Task Force has been investigating a methamphetamine […]

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    Greenwood Police Warn Of ‘Pot-Infused Halloween Candy’

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) – Greenwood police posted a story to their Facebook page Friday warning of “pot-infused Halloween candy” and asking parents to carefully check their children’s treats. The Greenwood Police Department posted the story from national police website PoliceOne.com, which states Halloween candy infused with marijuana is a growing problem and “a potentially deadly threat.” The story quotes a doctor saying, “Parents need to know and be aware that this stuff is not harmless to children.” Shortly after posting the […]

  • Two People Arrested After 70 Pounds Of Pot Found In Rogers Home

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) – Benton County deputies recovered more than 70 pounds of marijuana and arrested two people in a drug bust Tuesday (Oct. 30). They estimated the value of the marijuana to be around $150,000. David Brown, 36, and Sarai Long, 42, of Rogers, were arrested in connection with the marijuana growing operation. Their bond was set at $5,000, and both Brown and Long bonded out Thursday afternoon. Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division executed a search […]

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    UA Poll Shows Opposition To Statewide Alcohol Sales, Support Of Wage Hike

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – The University of Arkansas on Thursday (Oct. 30) released its annual poll of likely voters, showing more of them were opposed to statewide alcohol sales than for them. The UA poll shows voters opposing 51 percent to 41 percent a measure that would allow the retail sale of alcohol in every Arkansas county. Voters favored a minimum wage increase 69 percent to 24 percent, the poll results show. The poll results also show a distinct Republican leaning in […]

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    Fort Smith Airport Contends With $450,000 Shortfall From Loss Of 188th

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Fort Smith airport officials say they are trying to put a long-term plan into place to offset a $450,000 budget shortfall caused by the loss of 188th Wing manned missions on Fort Smith Regional Airport property. Airport Director John Parker said the airport will dig into its reserve funds over the next two years to cover the costs of an independent contractor’s fire services at the facility. The airport will still be left with a $450,000 […]

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    Police: Suspect Says He Stabbed Victim ‘A Few Times’ In Fort Smith Disturbance

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A man is being held in jail without bond after Fort Smith police say he stabbed another man in the shoulder earlier this week. Thomas Allen, 21, was arrested Monday on suspicion of second-degree domestic battery after police said he admitted to stabbed a man “a few times” at a home on North 16th Street in Fort Smith, according to a probable cause affidavit filed after the arrest. Allen remains in the Sebastian County Detention Center […]

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    Bill Clinton To Visit Fort Smith Northside High On Sunday

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – President Bill Clinton is set to attend a rally at Fort Smith Northside High School on Sunday, Sebastian County Democratic officials announced Thursday. The event is part of a Get Out The Vote rally for U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and governor’s candidate Mike Ross (D-Ark.), according to a statement released by the party. Tickets are free, and the rally begins at 7 p.m. Those wanting tickets are asked to call 479-650-1618 or stop by the […]

  • Undersheriff Justified In Deadly Shooting During Spiro Hostage Situation, DA Says

    LEFLORE COUNTY, Okla. (KFSM) – LeFlore County Undersheriff Kendall Morgan was justified in the deadly shooting of a suspect Oct. 13, the county district attorney announced Wednesday morning. District Attorney Jeff Smith determined Morgan’s use of deadly force in the hostage situation was “necessary to ensure his own safety, as well as the safety of his fellow officers on scene, and most importantly, the safety of innocent civilians,” Smith released in a statement. The district attorney’s findings come after the […]

  • Residents Jump From Second Floor To Escape Apartment Fire

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Fort Smith police have arrested a man in connection with an apartment complex arson fire from Tuesday night (Oct. 28). Local firefighters responded at 6:52 p.m. to an apartment complex at 301 N. 18th St. in reference to a fire that began with three scooters on a breezeway and spread to the apartment building, according to the fire department. Battalion Chief Mark Talley said the building sustained about $32,500 in damage from the fire. Authorities said no […]

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    15-Year-Old Girl Arrested In Greenwood High School Bomb Threat

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) – A teenage girl was arrested Wednesday morning in connection with the bomb threat that evacuated Greenwood High School on Sept. 10, according to the Greenwood Police Department. Police arrested a 15-year-old girl who is a student at the school. She faces charges of communicating a false alarm, theft of property and possession of an instrument of crime. Authorities have not released the girl’s name because she is a minor.

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    Police Investigate Death Of 2-Year-Old River Valley Girl

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Fort Smith police are investigating the death of a two-year-old girl after she was admitted to a local hospital with “suspicious” injuries last week, according to the Fort Smith Police Department. Family members held the funeral Thursday for Naomi Nichols, who died Oct. 15 after she was taken by emergency crews to Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith with what police called “suspicious injuries.” Family members told 5NEWS the girl was injured after falling down […]

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    Man Found Dead In Fort Smith Wooded Area

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A man believed to be homeless was found dead Thursday morning in Fort Smith near Towson Avenue, according to the Fort Smith Police Department. The body was found in a wooded area behind Anglers Liquor Store on Towson. The location appeared to be a homeless camp area, police said. The cause of death is unknown at this time. Authorities will send the body to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy, police said.


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