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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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    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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    Trial Delayed For Man Accused Of Raping Woman Near Devil’s Den

    WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) – The trial was reset Wednesday for a Morrow man accused of raping a woman near Devil’s Den State Park while she was camping with her children. William “Billy” Osburne, 39, was arrested in June on suspicion of rape and first-degree terroristic threatening. The victim told police he helped her get her horse trailer unstuck and refused to leave before raping her, according to a probable cause affidavit from the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office. Osburne’s case was […]

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    Fort Smith Brothers Arrested In Crack Cocaine Trafficking Investigation

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Fort Smith police have arrested two men in connection with a months-long crack cocaine trafficking investigation, according to the Fort Smith Police Department. Stevie Baker, 38, and Javirie Baker, 31, were arrested Monday on suspicion of several drug charges and a potential charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. They remain in the Sebastian County Detention Center without bond, according to Fort Smith police. Police said they expect more arrests soon in connection […]

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    Johnson County Woman Released From Hospital After Son Dies In Fire

    JOHNSON COUNTY (KFSM) – A woman who was severely burned in the same fire that killed her 11-year-old son has been released from the hospital, family members told 5NEWS on Tuesday (Nov. 18). Jeannie Ritchie was released from a hospital in Little Rock, where she had been since Nov. 12, when she and her family were caught in a fire at their house in Johnson County. Her husband Robby Ritchie and daughter Meadow, 6, remain in the hospital in stable […]

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    Prosecution Rests In Machete Murder Case

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) –The second day of the murder trial against a man accused of killing two others with a machete ended Tuesday afternoon with the prosecution resting its case. The capital murder trial of Gregory Aaron Kinsey is scheduled to continue Wednesday morning in Sebastian County Circuit Court with defense witnesses. Prosecutors called their last witnesses Tuesday before court was recessed for the day early in the afternoon. Day two began with the testimony of the teenage son of […]

  • Machete Killing Victims Drunk At Time Of Death, Medical Examiner Testifies

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The Fort Smith man accused of slashing two men to death with a machete last year began his murder trial Monday in Sebastian County Circuit Court. Gregory Kinsey is charged with two counts of capital murder in the June 2013 deaths of Brandon Prince and Nathan Young. Prosecutor Dan Shue said he is seeking the death penalty in the case. Attorneys for both sides delivered opening statements Monday morning, before the prosecution moved on to calling […]

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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,” […]

  • Murder Suspect: Gregory Aaron Kinsey

    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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