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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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    Trouble With Breathing Tube Contributed To Cyclist’s Death, Report States

    EUREKA SPRINGS (KFSM) – The cyclist killed Saturday (July 19) while preparing for a Eureka Springs bike race died of esophageal intubation with complicating neck and face trauma, according to a state medical examiner’s report. Laura Wooldridge, 39, crashed her mountain bike while cycling the trails at the Fat Tire Festival, officials said. Emergency crews were called to the scene, and Wooldridge later died, authorities said. Wooldridge’s thyroid and larynx were crushed, requiring responding medical crews to place a breathing […]


    Bentonville Woman’s Death Ruled Homicide As Police Search For Grandson

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – A preliminary investigation reveals the Bentonville woman found dead in her home Sunday died as the result of a homicide, according to the Bentonville Police Department. Police found 76-year-old Nelma Darline Conklin’s body Sunday after responding to the home to check on her. Her 26-year-old grandson, who lives with her, is missing, along with the woman’s silver Ford Focus, according to Bentonville police. Authorities have been searching since Monday for Michael Conklin, but he has not been […]

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    Pregnant Woman Killed, Boyfriend Decapitated In Craigslist Sex Encounter

    WYOMING, MICH. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Police in Wyoming have released details in last week’s murder suicide at a news conference Monday. They continue to search for answers as to why 31-year-old Brady Oestrike killed 25-year-old Charles Oppenneer and his 18-year-old pregnant girlfriend, Brooke Slocum. Newschannel 3 talked with friends and roommates who say the pregnant teenager would use Craigslist to find men looking for sex, but it was her boyfriend who forced her to do it. Her roommate recalled conversations. […]

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    Men Accused Of Killing And Burying Alma Man Charged With Capital Murder

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) – The two Rudy suspects accused of killing and burying a 19-year-old Alma man were charged Monday with capital murder, according to Crawford County Prosecutor Marc McCune. Jonathan Bridgewater, 27, and Nicholas Barrows, 19, remain in the Crawford County Jail on $250,000 bond. The suspects have an arraignment scheduled for Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Prosecutors have not yet decided whether to seek the death penalty in the case, McCune said. The two half-brothers were arrested June 30 […]

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    Suspect Pretended To Be Pizza Delivery Man In Armed Drug Robbery, Police Say

    A Fayetteville man attempted to rob a woman at gunpoint Friday night while pretending to be a pizza delivery man for Gusano’s Pizza, according to police. Matthew Green, 22, was arrested Friday on suspicion of felony robbery and loitering. He was released Saturday on $3,500 bond, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. A woman living at The Links apartment complex in Fayetteville called police Friday night to report a burglary in progress. She said a man, later identified as […]

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    UA Transit Bus Collides With Truck, Blocks Street

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – A University of Arkansas transit bus collided Monday with a truck in Fayetteville, blocking the street during rush hour. Emergency crews received a call shortly before 5 p.m. that a UA transit bus and a truck with a trailer were involved in a collision near College Avenue and Millsap Road, according to the Fayetteville Police Department. No one was injured in the wreck, although the vehicles sustained damage, police said. No one was cited in the crash […]

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    Man Says He Found Pregnant Girlfriend Knifed to Death, Went Back To Sleep

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A Fort Smith man suspected of knifing his pregnant girlfriend to death said he was drunk and “had done something bad that he didn’t remember,” according to court documents released Monday. The documents also state the suspect said he found his pregnant girlfriend’s body in the middle of the night before going back to sleep and then to Lowe’s the next morning. Police responded around 11:52 a.m. on Sunday to a home on the 2900 block […]

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    Benton County Supervisors Plead Guilty In Corruption Case

    Two former Benton County road supervisors pleaded guilty on Monday (July 21) in a countywide corruption case. Scott Stober and Jack Brown pleaded guilty before Benton County Circuit Judge Robin Green. Both pleaded guilty to one Class C felony charge of theft of property and one Class A misdemeanor charge of theft of services, officials said. The felony is punishable by three to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year […]

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    Man’s Special Olympics Coach Catches Him Stealing Gun, Police Say

    A Fayetteville man is behind bars after police say his Special Olympics coach caught him stealing a gun from a local apartment. Nikita Henderson, 23, was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of residential burglary, theft of property and criminal mischief. He remained Friday in the Washington County Detention Center on $3,500 bond, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Fayetteville police said Henderson’s Special Olympics coach saw the suspect coming out of another man’s apartment unit Thursday on Jewell Road. […]

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    Mother And Daughter Arrested In Fayetteville Baseball Bat Assault

    A mother and daughter are behind bars after police say the Fayetteville women assaulted a neighbor, with one of them swinging a baseball bat around. Karen and Krystal Young were arrested Friday on suspicion of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a minor. They remain in the Washington County Detention Center awaiting bond hearings, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Fayetteville police said a neighbor confronted Karen about being rude to her children, after which Karen told the […]

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    Springdale Woman Jailed After Photos From Court Put On Facebook

    A Springdale woman will spend five days in jail after authorities say she snapped several photographs with her cell phone in a Benton County courtroom. Katheryn Helen Hackett, 19, was booked into jail Thursday after being found in contempt of court. She also faces charges of delivery of methamphetamine and theft of property in a criminal case from June, according to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. Hackett took several photographs of inmates in Judge Brad Karren’s courtroom in Benton County […]

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    Man Arrested After Making Up Story About Car’s Armed Robbery, Police Say

    Muldrow police on Thursday arrested a man they say pretended to be the victim of an armed robbery in order to get officers to look for his missing car. Matthew McCormack, 27, was arrested on suspicion of filing a false police report. The Sallisaw, Oklahoma, man filed a report around 5:15 p.m. of an armed robbery in which a man had stolen his car and his girlfriend’s phone. McCormack told police he picked up a white male near a Muldrow […]