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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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    Mulberry Man Pleads Guilty To Incest, Gets 20 Years

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) – A Mulberry man pleaded guilty Wednesday to incest and first-degree sexual assault. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison, according to the Crawford County Prosecutor’s Office. Prosecutors said Gary Morse, 38, was arrested in May after having sexual relations with an 18-year-old woman. Investigators said the two began having sex when the woman was 16 years old. In addition to the 20-year prison sentence, Morse also received a suspended sentence of 30 years, said prosecutor […]

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    11 Year Old Dies In Johnson County House Fire

    JOHNSON COUNTY (KFSM) – An 11-year-old boy died early Wednesday morning after his father and a neighbor were unable to rescue him from a house fire in Johnson County, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Officials said Blaine Ritchie was pronounced dead at the scene, and his six-year-old sister Meadow was taken by a medical helicopter to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock with severe burns. The parents also suffered burns and were airlifted to the University of Arkansas For Medical […]

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    Scott County Can’t Legally Hold Special Election For 3 Candidates Left Off

    MANSFIELD (KFSM) – Scott County cannot legally hold a special election to fix an Election Day mistake that left three Mansfield City Council candidates off the ballot, according to the county prosecutor and a state election board. Prosecutor Tom Tatum and the Arkansas State Board of Election Commissioners have notified the Scott County Election Commission it cannot legally hold a special election to fix the mistake that left Nathan Sterling, Christie Salmeron and Tyna Martin off of the Scott County […]

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    No Criminal Charges In Sebastian County Inmate’s Apparent Suicide

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) – No criminal charges will be filed in connection with the death of a Sebastian County inmate from June, the Sebastian County prosecutor announced Monday. Prosecutor Daniel Shue released a statement Monday saying there is no evidence a homicide occurred when rape suspect Marcus Tucker was found hanging by the neck from the sprinkler in his Sebastian County Detention Center cell in June. Tucker was later pronounced dead after being hospitalized. Tucker was sharing the cell with […]

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    UA Police Arrest Juvenile Suspect In Residence Hall Armed Robbery

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Campus police have arrested a juvenile suspect in an armed robbery they say happened Thursday night at a University of Arkansas dorm in Fayetteville. Captain Matt Mills with UA Police said the suspect, who was arrested Friday (Nov. 7) afternoon, was not a student at the university. According to police, a black male with scruffy facial hair followed closely behind students to gain entry into Pomfret Hall, where he then robbed several students at gunpoint using a […]

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    1 Hospitalized In Fort Smith Rollover Wreck

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – One person was hospitalized Friday afternoon following a rollover wreck in Fort Smith, according to police at the scene. Fort Smith police and emergency crews responded around 2 p.m. to the area of 1500 Zero St., where a Chevrolet Blazer flipped over after striking a truck and trailer, authorities said. Police said the truck and trailer entered from another roadway onto Zero Street, where the Blazer struck the truck before overturning. One person inside the Blazer […]

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    1 Killed, 1 Airlifted After Car Flips Off Of Highway And Into Tree

    MOUNTAINBURG (KFSM) – State police on Friday identified the Mountainburg man killed when his vehicle overturned into a tree Thursday. Shane McCormick, 28, was driving a 2001 Ford Escape southbound on U.S. 71, when he failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the west shoulder of the roadway, according to an Arkansas State Police crash report. The vehicle slid down an embankment, ramped a driveway and overturned into a tree, the report states. McCormick was pronounced dead at the […]

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    1 Killed In Crawford County Highway Wreck

    MOUNTAINBURG (KFSM) – A rollover wreck on a Crawford County highway killed one person Thursday, according to Arkansas State Police. Police and medical crews responded in the afternoon to a two-vehicle crash that resulted in at least one of the vehicles flipping over. One person died in the wreck on U.S. 71 near Mountainburg, and other people may have been injured, police said. State police are expected to release a report on the incident Thursday night or Friday. Stay with […]

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    Fort Smith Officials Meet With Feds About Alleged Clean Water Act Violations

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Fort Smith city leaders met with federal officials Thursday in Dallas to continue negotiations, after the Environmental Protection Agency threatened to file a lawsuit against the city because of alleged Clean Water Act violations, according to the Arkansas Attorney General’s office. The talks come less than two months after negotiations initially broke down between the EPA and Fort Smith administrators concerning constant sewage overflow issues in the city. Environmental officials said those overflows during episodes of […]

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    Murder Suspect Burned Cousin’s Remains In Car Trunk, Investigators Say

    JOHNSON COUNTY (KFSM) – New investigation documents state a Pope County man killed his cousin and burned his remains in the trunk of a car left at a local park. Nathaniel Talkington, 25, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of first-degree murder and transported to the Johnson County Detention Center, where he remains without bond. A woman with him at the time, Kristen Horn, was taken into custody for questioning. Authorities believe the burned body found Saturday in the trunk of […]

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    Body Found In Woods Is Scott County Missing Man, Sheriff Says

    SCOTT COUNTY (KFSM) – The body found earlier this week in the woods south of Waldron has been identified as Mark Nix, the man who went missing in September, according to the Scott County sheriff. Sheriff Amie Carpenter said the state medical examiner confirmed the identity of the body found Monday between Hightop Road and Upper Buffalo Road. The medical examiner is still determining the cause of death, Carpenter said. A large search party looked for Nix for six days […]

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    More Than 1,000 Without Power In Muldrow

    MULDROW (KFSM) – A power outage left 1,189 households without power late Thursday morning, according to OG & E electric company. The company released a statement saying the cause of the outage is unknown, and local crews are on their way to fix it. Stay with 5NEWS for more information on this developing story.


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