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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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    Mansfield Candidate Declared Winner In Race Left Off Some Ballots

    SCOTT COUNTY (KFSM) – A candidate for Mansfield City Council has officially won his race, despite it mistakenly being left off of Scott County ballots. Nathan Sterling gathered 130 votes (63 percent) to incumbent alderwoman Christie Salmaron’s 55 (26 percent) and candidate Tyna Martin’s 23 votes (11 percent) during the general election for the at-large city council seat Nov. 4. Those numbers, though, only count Sebastian County voters, as the candidates were mistakenly left off of Scott County ballots. Mansfield […]

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    Defeated Circuit Clerk Accused Of Sexual Harassment Loses Lawsuit

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) – The former Sebastian County Circuit Clerk accused in a sexual harassment inquiry had his lawsuit against the county judge dismissed, after the clerk accused the judge of costing him re-election in 2012, according to a judge’s ruling released Friday. Miller County Circuit Court Judge Kirk Johnson, out of Texarkana, dismissed the lawsuit Nov. 3 after being appointed to the case to avoid any potential conflicts of interest by local Sebastian County judges, according to the ruling. […]

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    Cat That Bit Sallisaw Child Has Rabies, Police Say

    SALLISAW, Okla. (KFSM) – A cat that bit a child in Sallisaw, Okla., over the weekend tested positive for rabies Wednesday, according to the Sallisaw Police Department. “A giant cat just jumped on my leg and I started shaking it,” said Dylan Kennedy. Police released a statement Thursday about the case and warned residents to be aware of strays and wildlife. They also warned not to leave pet food outdoors and to vaccinate pets. “I got about 10 shots total,” […]

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    Jury Selected In Fort Smith Machete Murder Case

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The jury was selected Thursday in the capital murder case of a Fort Smith man accused of killing two others with a machete, according to Sebastian County Circuit Judge Stephen Tabor’s office. Jury selection was scheduled to take place Thursday and Friday, but the full jury was selected before the close of business Thursday. The trial is scheduled to begin Monday in Sebastian County Circuit Court. Kinsey was charged with two counts of capital murder in […]

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    Former Greenwood QB Suspended From Tulsa Team After Burglary Arrest

    TULSA COUNTY (KFSM) – Tulsa University quarterback Jabe Burgess has been suspended from team activities after being arrested earlier this week on suspicion of breaking into a local apartment. The former Greenwood football player was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of second-degree felony burglary. He was released the next day on $5,000 bond, according to the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office. Following Burgess’s arrest, a Tulsa University spokesman released a statement saying the quarterback had been suspended indefinitely from all team […]

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    Mulberry Man Pleads Guilty To Incest, Gets 20 Years

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) – A Mulberry man pleaded guilty Wednesday to incest and first-degree sexual assault. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison, according to the Crawford County Prosecutor’s Office. Prosecutors said Gary Morse, 38, was arrested in May after having sexual relations with an 18-year-old woman. Investigators said the two began having sex when the woman was 16 years old. In addition to the 20-year prison sentence, Morse also received a suspended sentence of 30 years, said prosecutor […]

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    11 Year Old Dies In Johnson County House Fire

    JOHNSON COUNTY (KFSM) – An 11-year-old boy died early Wednesday morning after his father and a neighbor were unable to rescue him from a house fire in Johnson County, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Officials said Blaine Ritchie was pronounced dead at the scene, and his six-year-old sister Meadow was taken by a medical helicopter to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock with severe burns. The parents also suffered burns and were airlifted to the University of Arkansas For Medical […]

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    Scott County Can’t Legally Hold Special Election For 3 Candidates Left Off

    MANSFIELD (KFSM) – Scott County cannot legally hold a special election to fix an Election Day mistake that left three Mansfield City Council candidates off the ballot, according to the county prosecutor and a state election board. Prosecutor Tom Tatum and the Arkansas State Board of Election Commissioners have notified the Scott County Election Commission it cannot legally hold a special election to fix the mistake that left Nathan Sterling, Christie Salmeron and Tyna Martin off of the Scott County […]

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    No Criminal Charges In Sebastian County Inmate’s Apparent Suicide

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) – No criminal charges will be filed in connection with the death of a Sebastian County inmate from June, the Sebastian County prosecutor announced Monday. Prosecutor Daniel Shue released a statement Monday saying there is no evidence a homicide occurred when rape suspect Marcus Tucker was found hanging by the neck from the sprinkler in his Sebastian County Detention Center cell in June. Tucker was later pronounced dead after being hospitalized. Tucker was sharing the cell with […]

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    UA Police Arrest Juvenile Suspect In Residence Hall Armed Robbery

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Campus police have arrested a juvenile suspect in an armed robbery they say happened Thursday night at a University of Arkansas dorm in Fayetteville. Captain Matt Mills with UA Police said the suspect, who was arrested Friday (Nov. 7) afternoon, was not a student at the university. According to police, a black male with scruffy facial hair followed closely behind students to gain entry into Pomfret Hall, where he then robbed several students at gunpoint using a […]

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    1 Hospitalized In Fort Smith Rollover Wreck

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – One person was hospitalized Friday afternoon following a rollover wreck in Fort Smith, according to police at the scene. Fort Smith police and emergency crews responded around 2 p.m. to the area of 1500 Zero St., where a Chevrolet Blazer flipped over after striking a truck and trailer, authorities said. Police said the truck and trailer entered from another roadway onto Zero Street, where the Blazer struck the truck before overturning. One person inside the Blazer […]

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    1 Killed, 1 Airlifted After Car Flips Off Of Highway And Into Tree

    MOUNTAINBURG (KFSM) – State police on Friday identified the Mountainburg man killed when his vehicle overturned into a tree Thursday. Shane McCormick, 28, was driving a 2001 Ford Escape southbound on U.S. 71, when he failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the west shoulder of the roadway, according to an Arkansas State Police crash report. The vehicle slid down an embankment, ramped a driveway and overturned into a tree, the report states. McCormick was pronounced dead at the […]


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