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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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    NWA Teen Hospitalized With E. Coli Infection

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM) – A Northwest Arkansas 13 year old was flown by medical helicopter to Little Rock on Friday after contracting an E. Coli infection, his family said. The boy’s grandfather posted a message on social media saying the teenager had an E. Coli viral infection that was affecting his kidneys and liver. The boy’s spleen is also swollen, the grandfather said. The grandfather posted an update Saturday saying the teen’s kidneys are better, but he still has low […]


    Rogers Mayor Speaks Out Against City Attorney Using Badge At Concert

    ROGERS (KFSM) – The Rogers city attorney will face no criminal charges after using his city badge to get a drink at a local concert, prosecutors said Friday. Hours after the decision was announced, the mayor spoke out against the city attorney and called his actions “egregious”. Special prosecutor Marc McCune announced Friday no charges would be filed against city attorney Ben Lipscomb, after Lipscomb used a city badge to gain entry into a VIP tent at a Miranda Lambert […]

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    City Attorney Named As Fayetteville’s New Civil Rights Administrator

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Fayetteville’s city attorney will serve as the city’s newly-formed civil rights administrator, he announced during a panel discussion Thursday night at City Hall. The position will allow city attorney Kit Williams to mediate and decide on disputes concerning the city’s new anti-discrimination ordinance, which bans business establishments, housing agencies and others from discriminating against people based on real or perceived race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or other factors. Williams will be able to use […]

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    2 Juveniles Detained After Short Manhunt In Rogers For Person With Weapon

    ROGERS (KFSM) – Two underage suspects were detained by police Thursday afternoon, after a short manhunt following a report of a juvenile with a weapon, according to the Rogers Police Department. Officers on Thursday canvassed the neighborhood near the Rogers Activity Center on Olive Street in reference to the call. The suspects fled the area before police arrived, prompting officers to begin a search, police said. Authorities responded to the area before 4 p.m. Police announced just before 4:15 p.m. […]

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    Documents: Fayetteville’s Sound Warehouse Closed After Failing To Pay Rent And Taxes

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – The Sound Warehouse in downtown Fayetteville was shut down Wednesday after the business fell into tax debt and failed to pay its rent on the building space, according to court documents in Washington County. A “No Trespassing” sign on the store’s window notes the property was seized by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, after a Writ of Possession was filed in a civil case between Sound Warehouse and Rendl Management LLC, according to court documents. The eviction […]

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    Benton County Judge Returns To Work After Heart Procedure

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) – Benton County Judge Bob Clinard returned to work Tuesday, eight days after undergoing a heart procedure. Clinard underwent a successful procedure Aug. 25, three days after he was cited at Frisco Fest in Rogers on suspicion of public intoxication. He was taken away in an ambulance and transported to Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville. The judge said he had been drinking only water at the event. He said he felt disoriented and tried to call his […]

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    Authorities Plug Leak After Propane Truck Crashes Near West Fork

    A propane truck turned over and began leaking in a Tuesday afternoon crash on a highway near West Fork, according to emergency responders. Emergency crews responded around 4 p.m. to Arkansas 156 in reference to the propane truck crash. No one was hospitalized, according to medical crews. The truck sustained a leak during the crash. The leak was later stopped, and authorities blocked off the area for safety reasons, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. The highway was blocked […]

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    Fayetteville School Employee Arrested In Steroid Trafficking Case

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – A Fayetteville School District employee was arrested Thursday after police say he dealt illegal steroids in the area. Nathan Otwell, 26, was arrested at school and booked into the Washington County Detention Center on suspicion of two counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He remains in jail awaiting a bond hearing, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Otwell is an in-school suspension supervisor at Hold Middle School. He has been […]

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    Businesses “Very Concerned” About Enforcement Of Civil Rights Ordinance

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – The Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce released a response Thursday to the city’s new civil rights ordinance, saying local business owners are “very concerned” about how the law will be implemented. In the letter to Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan, the Chamber suggests the city create a 10-person panel to deal with discrimination claims, in order to protect the rights of local business owners. The letter recommends the panel be made up of two members of the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender community, […]

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    Man Struck By Truck In Springdale, Police Say

    Police say a man was hit by a truck Thursday afternoon while crossing a busy street in Springdale. Springdale officers and emergency crews responded at 4:07 p.m. near the intersection of Maple Avenue and Thompson Street in reference to a pedestrian being hit by a car. The man involved suffered minor injuries and was hospitalized as a precaution, according to the Springdale Police Department. Police did not say what kind of truck was involved in the crash.  

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    Driver In Deadly Crash Jailed On Suspicion Of Negligent Homicide

    WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) – A Lincoln man faces a negligent homicide charge after his passenger died in a one-vehicle wreck Wednesday night in Washington County. Kevin Cain, 40, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of negligent homicide, driving on a suspended license and reckless driving. He was released at 9:18 a.m. from the Washington County Detention Center without bond, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. A state police fatal crash summary states Cain was driving northbound along Arkansas 59 entering […]

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    Crews Respond to Fire Near Crawford County Sawmill

    WINSLOW (KFSM) – Firefighters responded late Wednesday afternoon to a fire call at the Provence Sawmill near Winslow, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office. When firefighters arrived they discovered a former chicken house being used for storage was engulfed in flames. Firefighters said the fire was too hot to fight, so they had to let the structure burn. A fire line was set up around the blaze to keep it from spreading. A woman said she saw smoke and […]


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