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  • Family Member’s Dogs Killed Johnson County Man, Sheriff Says

    JOHNSON COUNTY (KFSM) – The Coal Hill man found dead in the woods near his home earlier this month died from “canine injuries” from a family member’s dogs, according to newly-revealed autopsy results. Fredrick Crutchfield, 63, was found dead Feb. 4 by a family member. Investigators sent his body to the Arkansas State Crime Lab to determine a cause of death. An autopsy revealed Crutchfield died from loss of blood due to “multiple canine injuries,” according to a statement released […]

  • Semi Bursts Into Flames After Colliding With Car; Highway Shut Down

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) – A collision between a car and a semi truck Thursday afternoon led to a truck fire that shut down Arkansas 22 in Sebastian County. State troopers shut down the highway near Central City around 3 p.m. because of the crash and resulting fire. Responding firefighters knocked out the semi fire, which destroyed the truck’s cab. The driver of the passenger car involved in the wreck was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Fort Smith with unknown […]

  • Man Killed In Logan County Highway Crash

    LOGAN COUNTY (KFSM) – A Magazine man was killed and another man was hospitalized Thursday night (Feb. 19) after a car left the highway, flipped over and hit some trees near Booneville. Sebastian J. Rodriguez, 29, died in the one-vehicle crash. Travis W. Smith, 23, also of Magazine, suffered unspecified injuries and was transported to Booneville Community Hospital, according to Arkansas State Police. Rodriguez was driving a 1995 Isuzu vehicle westbound on Arkansas 116, when the car left the roadway […]

  • Van Buren Teacher On Paid Leave After Slapping Allegations

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) – The Van Buren teacher accused of hitting two students in the span of three months is on paid leave and will have until next month to appeal her recommended firing. An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday in Crawford County for Denan Cagle, a science teacher at Northridge Middle School, on suspicion of third-degree misdemeanor battery. Van Buren police said they have not yet received the arrest warrant. Those usually take a few days to appear in […]

  • House Passes Bill To Make Up School Days By The Hour

    LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) – A legislative bill to allow schools to make up lost days by the hour passed the Arkansas House of Representatives on Thursday by a vote of 97-0. The proposed law would allow school days to be made up in 60-minute increments instead of tacking days onto the end of the school year. House Bill 1313 now heads to the Senate for final approval before possibly going to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. The […]

  • Arrest Warrant Issued For Van Buren Teacher Accused Of Hitting 2 Students

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) – An arrest warrant has been issued for the Van Buren teacher accused of hitting two students in the last three months. Denan Cagle, a science teacher at Northridge Middle School, has a warrant out for her arrest on suspicion of misdemeanor third-degree battery, according to court documents filed in Crawford County on Wednesday. Van Buren police said Jan. 29 they were investigating Cagle following allegations she struck a student on his arm during class. Detectives later […]

  • Alma Rep.’s Bill Would Allow Make-Up Days In One-Hour Increments

    LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) – An Alma state lawmaker’s bill to allow schools to make up snow days by the hour passed committee Tuesday. Rep. Charlotte Douglas, R-Alma, submitted House Bill 1313 on Feb. 9. It would allow school district superintendents in Arkansas to add onto school days in one-hour increments in order to make up for canceled school days, such as snow days. The bill was referred to the House Education Committee on Feb. 9. It passed the committee Tuesday […]

  • Car Lands On Top Of Other Vehicle In Fayetteville Wreck

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – A traffic crash near Interstate 49 in Fayetteville on Wednesday morning ended with a car on top of another vehicle. No one was hurt in the wreck, according to Arkansas State Police. State troopers responded at 6:48 a.m. to a report of a two-vehicle crash on the Porter Road exit for the interstate. A four-door sedan’s rear-end was on top of another vehicle on the side of the road, state police said. Police said a sport utility […]

  • Mars Petcare In Fort Smith Plans $81 Million Expansion To Add 95 Jobs

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The Mars Petcare facility in Fort Smith is planning an $81.7 million expansion that will bring 95 new jobs to the area, according to city documents. Mars Petcare US, Inc., is set to receive approval Tuesday night by the Fort Smith Board of Directors to take part in the state’s Tax Back program, which gives state and local tax refunds in order to attract business growth to Arkansas. A memo between two city administrators included in […]

  • Winter Weather Live Blog

    As snow, sleet and rain roll through our area, keep an eye on our live blog below for the latest on weather conditions.

  • Ambulance Involved In Fayetteville Wreck

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -A pickup truck rear-ended an ambulance Monday morning in Fayetteville, but there were no injuries, according to local police. Police and an ambulance responded to the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Hollywood Avenue, east of Interstate 49, following the crash around 8 a.m.. Fayetteville police said no one was hurt, and the wreck was a minor fender-bender. The ambulance was not on the way to a call, and there were no patients in the ambulance at […]

  • Missing LeFlore County Man’s Body Found In Deep Ravine

    LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM) -The LeFlore County sheriff says a body found Sunday is Jack Davis, an elderly man who went missing early last week. Authorities found Davis’ body in a deep ravine on Cavanal Hill in LeFlore County. The body was later positively identified as Davis, according to the LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office. Davis, 81, went missing Feb. 9. He was last seen wearing fleece pajama pants in the 300 block of Crest Court in Poteau, said Sheriff Rob Seale. The […]