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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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    New Details Emerge After Parent Sues School District In Abuse And Neglect Case

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – The attorney for a parent suing the Bentonville School District submitted an amended complaint in federal court Wednesday, releasing new details on allegations of physical abuse and educational neglect against the school district and Vista Health Systems. The lawsuit claims the health center and the school district colluded to secretly move a Kindergarten student from the district to Vista Health during the 2012-13 school year without the knowledge or consent of his mother, identified in the federal […]

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    Walmart Pumps $1 Million Into Three-County Liquor Effort

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – Walmart has contributed $1 million to the pro-liquor group Our Community, Our Dollars, which is seeking to turn three Arkansas counties wet on the November ballot. The world’s largest retailer, headquartered in Bentonville, contributed $333,333.33 each to the group’s organizers in Craighead, Saline and Faulkner counties, according to a report filed July 15 with the Arkansas Ethics Commission. The monthly report includes contributions through June 30. The vote is set for Nov. 4 on the general election […]

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    Rogers Businessman Sues FBI After Fake Sheik’s $2.5 Million Investment

    ROGERS (KFSM) – A Rogers cancer center administrator sentenced to prison is suing the FBI, saying agents entrapped him by using a fake middle-eastern “sheik” in a $2.5 million investment. James W. Bolt, 61, was sentenced last month to more than eight years in federal prison for his role in a criminal scheme involving wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering. He was also ordered to pay more than $2.5 million in restitution. But before the suspect’s Situs Cancer Research […]

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    Secret Service Investigation: Suspect Stole $24,000 In Checks From P.O. Boxes

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – One of the eight suspects arrested this month in a check-washing scheme says he stole checks from area P.O. boxes in excess of $24,000, according to a U.S. Secret Service investigation. Shawn Cox, 31, was arrested June 25 on suspicion of a separate crime. He was arrested again while in custody last Wednesday (July 9) in connection with the check-washing scheme, according to a preliminary report from the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office. He remained Tuesday in the […]

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    New Fayetteville Starbucks Could Be Built On Wedington Drive

    A Starbucks may soon open up along Wedington Drive in Fayetteville, according to site plans released by the city Tuesday. The site plans from Morrison-Shipley Engineers proposes the Starbucks coffee shop be placed in a 6,000-square-foot building near the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Black Forest Drive near Wedington Drive. The plans call the proposed area the “Starbucks Center at Forest Hills.” Fayetteville city planners are scheduled to consider the plans July 16. There are nine Starbucks locations in Northwest Arkansas, […]

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    8 Arrested In $20,000 Scheme To Steal Checks From Mailboxes

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – Springdale police and the U.S. Secret Service have arrested eight suspects they say stole checks out of people’s mailboxes and forged them to cash in on more than $20,000, according to a statement released Monday by the Springdale Police Department. Christopher Evans, 30, Michelle Mast, 35, Candice Watkins, 26, Spencer Mason, 32, Erick Picker-Ramirez, 34, William Bashlor, 29, Angelina Elliott, 29, and Shawn Cox, 31, were arrested on suspicion of forgery, theft of property and continuing a […]

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    Man Arrested After Shots Fired In Fort Smith Neighborhood

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Local police arrested a man Monday night after shots were fired in a Fort Smith neighborhood. Fort Smith police responded to North 21st Street and North K Street in reference to a call of gunshots. Responding officers chased the two men, who were in a Jeep vehicle. The Jeep crashed into a car on the side of the street, and the men were taken into custody, according to the Fort Smith Police Department. Although two people […]

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    911 Call: Boy Says He Punched Window To Scare Bear Away

    An eight-year-old boy was treated for cuts to his hand Friday afternoon in Washington County after he told authorities he punched a window to scare a bear away, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Emergency crews responded and treated the boy at the scene. He was not transported to the hospital, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s deputies and medical crews from Central Emergency Medical Services were called to 13358 Hazel Valley Road just outside of Fayetteville initially in […]

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    Man Punched Deputy In The Face After Driving Into Mailboxes, Report States

    A Fayetteville man punched a deputy after hitting several mailboxes with his car Thursday night, according to local police. Dominique Taylor, 21, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree battery, leaving the scene of property damage, reckless driving and driving under the influence of drugs. He remained Friday in the Washington County Detention Center on $5,000 bond, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Taylor’s arraignment is set for Aug. 13, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Police said Taylor ran into […]

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    Rogers Businessman Gets 22 Years After Bilking Investors Out Of $1 Million

    The Rogers businessman who defrauded hundreds of investors in a fake company out of more than $1 million was sentenced Friday to 22 years in prison, according to the sentencing order signed by federal Judge Timothy Brooks. Allen Wichtendahl, 62, was sentenced Friday in federal court in Fayetteville, 10 months after pleading guilty to one charge each of mail fraud, securities fraud and money laundering in exchange for the other 33 charges against him being dropped, court records state. He […]

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    Dive Teams End Search For Teen Girl’s Body In Homicide Investigation

    LeFlore County dive teams ended their search Thursday without finding the 17-year-old girl they were looking for in a local lake, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. The search was connected to a homicide investigation, authorities said. After a thorough search throughout the day, the highway patrol sent out a statement at 8 p.m. saying divers had been released to their regular duties. The LeFlore County District Attorney’s Task Force will carry on the investigation, according to the statement. Oklahoma […]

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    Power Restored After 1,054 Lose Electricity In Springdale

    More than 1,000 households were left without power Thursday afternoon before it was restored about an hour later. Officials said an electric substation in Springdale was likely struck by lightning, spurring the outage. The outage started at 4:07 p.m. and left 1,054 local households without electricity, according to Ozarks Electric Cooperative. The company also reported another 139 customers without power east of Fayetteville. Power was restored to the Springdale customers by 5:25 p.m. The outage affected neighborhoods from County Line […]