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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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    Officer Appeals Firing After Undercover Cop’s Sex Act In Prostitution Bust

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The fired officer accused of lying after releasing the details of an undercover officer’s arrest of a prostitute appealed his case to Circuit Court his week, saying he did not break any department policies and deserves his job back. Police deny any wrongdoing and say the fired sergeant put an undercover officer’s identity at risk and lied about it during an internal investigation. Sgt. Don Paul Bales was fired Oct. 20 from the Fort Smith Police […]

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    Arkansas Lawmaker’s Bill Would Require Doctor’s Presence To Take Abortion Pills

    ARKANSAS (KFSM) – An Arkansas lawmaker’s newly-introduced bill would require women taking abortion pills to take that medication in front of a doctor and with the doctor’s permission. Rep. Julie Mayberry (R-Hensley) introduced House Bill 1076 to the Arkansas State Legislature. The bill states, “When mifepristone or another drug or chemical is used to induce an abortion, the initial administration of the drug or chemical shall occur in the same room and in the physical presence of the physician who […]

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    Fort Smith Crews Battle Thrift Store Fire, Block Towson Ave.

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A fire at a Fort Smith thrift store shut down traffic along Towson Avenue in both directions Friday morning, according to the Fort Smith Fire Department. Crews responded to the fire at 2410 Towson Ave. at 7:15 a.m. in reference to a fire at the Days Gone By resale shop. Responding crews called for support and laid water hoses along the street to battle the fire, according to the fire department. Authorities blocked off Towson, near […]

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    6 Year Old Left On School Bus; Driver Disciplined

    PONCA CITY, Okla. (KFSM) – A six-year-old Ponca City student is O.K. after mistakenly being left on a school bus Monday morning (Jan. 12), according to the Ponca City School District. The child was found wandering the parking lot of the bus barn shortly afterward in 30-degree weather. He was sent to school, where his grandmother met with school officials about the incident, said Brett Smith, director of operations for the school district. Smith said the bus driver, Dawn Page, […]

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    Doctor’s Receptionist Stole, Sold Prescriptions In Fraud Scheme, Police Say

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Fort Smith police have arrested two suspects in a prescription drug fraud investigation that implicates the receptionist of a Fort Smith doctor’s office in the fraud scheme. Shanece R. Osborne, 26, and Shaina K. Harp, 20, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to possess a controlled substance. Osborne had an additional potential charge of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, while Harp had an additional potential charge of second-degree forgery, according to the Fort Smith Police […]

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    Sebastian County Claims Sovereign Immunity In Lawsuit On Inmate’s Death

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) – Sebastian County’s attorneys are claiming sovereign immunity after a lawsuit was filed by the family of an inmate who died in her jail cell from drug intoxication. Amanda Potter, 39, was found unresponsive in her Sebastian County Detention Center cell in the early morning of July 19. She was rushed to Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith, where she was pronounced dead, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Potter’s family filed a federal lawsuit Dec. 23 […]

  • Group Asks City For $84,000 To Bring Motorcycle Rally To Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A group wanting to bring a two-day motorcycle rally to Fort Smith is looking for $84,000 from the city to make the event happen. Dennis Snow, director of the Steel Horse Rally, made a presentation to city directors Tuesday explaining why they should allocate money to the proposed rally. City directors voted at their Study Session meeting Tuesday to put the item on the agenda of next week’s regular board meeting. Snow estimates the total cost […]

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    Fort Smith Stabbing Suspect Pleads Not Guilty, Gets Public Defender

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The Fort Smith man accused of stabbing two people at a local motel pleaded not guilty to several potential felony charges Wednesday morning, according to the Sebastian County Prosecutor’s Office. Joseph M. Cox faces charges of parole violation, first-degree battery and second-degree domestic battery. He remains in the Sebastian County Detention Center without bond, according to the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office. Cox pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday morning and was assigned a public defender. […]

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    Man Who Sexually Assaulted 13 Year Old Gets 15-Year Sentence

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) – A Van Buren man was sentenced to 15 years behind bars Monday after pleading guilty in a sexual assault case involving a teenage girl. Terry Tindle, 39, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree sexual assault and received a 15-year prison sentence, with an additional 15 years suspended, according to the Crawford County Prosecutor’s Office. He was first arrested on suspicion of rape, but the charge was later downgraded when he pleaded guilty, court records state. An […]

  • 2 Men Shot Waldron Dog In Head With Shotgun, Report States

    WALDRON (KFSM) – Two Waldron men are behind bars after shooting a dog in the head with a shotgun, according to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office. Greggory Godfrey and Ryan Allen were arrested Friday (Jan. 9) by deputies following an investigation into the injuries of a black Labrador from Dec. 22. They face charges of aggravated animal cruelty, a Class D felony, according to the Sheriff’s Office. An arrest warrant affidavit filed in Scott County states Godfrey and Allen shot […]

  • Plans Underway In Highway Extension To Connect I-540 And Fort Smith Riverfront

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – City leaders have approved a resolution on an $8.5 million plan to extend Kelley Highway in a project that will connect Interstate 540 to the Fort Smith riverfront. The Fort Smith Board of Directors this week approved a resolution authorizing the city to execute the engineering contract for the 7,000-foot-long extension, which is set to construct and widen Kelley Highway from Midland Boulevard to Riverfront Drive. Engineer Stan Snodgrass stressed the project is still in its […]

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    Fort Smith May Update Its Domestic Violence Policy

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Fort Smith leaders may soon update the city’s domestic violence policy, according to documents included in the agenda for an upcoming meeting. The Board of Directors is set to discuss adding to its policy at a study session Tuesday. The new wording would add language in the non-uniformed employee handbook relating to “conduct unbecoming or dereliction of duty.” The proposal does not state how exactly the policy might affect how supervisors would respond to domestic violence […]


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