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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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    Johnson Mayor Under Investigation In City Theft, Campaign Violation Case

    JOHNSON (KFSM) – Authorities are investigating the Johnson mayor concerning theft of city money and potential campaign violations, according to a letter sent to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office from the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office. Police Chief Vernon Sisemore notified the Sheriff’s Office of the potentially illegal acts, saying a recording exists of Mayor Buddy Curry instructing city employees not to tell anyone about $200 that went missing out of the Johnson Recorder/Treasurer Office, according to the letter released to […]

  • Johnson Police Chief Reinstated 8 Days After Being Fired By Mayor

    JOHNSON (KFSM) – The Johnson police chief was reinstated by the City Council on Tuesday night after he was fired by the mayor last week because of a disagreement over officer pay compensation. Chief Vernon Sisemore received the four votes needed out of six council members to overturn Mayor Buddy Curry’s decision to fire Sisemore. The Johnson City Council deliberated for nearly two hours before announcing its decision. Four council members voted to overturn the mayor’s firing of the police […]

  • 3 Killed In Tontitown Crash Identified

    TONTITOWN (KFSM) – State police on Tuesday released the names of the three people who died in a Tontitown head-on collision Monday night on U.S. 412. Anthony R. Morgan, 50, Michelle R. Johnson, 41, and Glen A. Wensel, 84, were pronounced dead at the scene by authorities around 7 p.m. Morgan and Wensel are from Jay, Okla., while Johnson is from Quapaw, Okla., according to Arkansas State Police. All three victims were traveling in a Lincoln Town Car. Jacob N. […]

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    Springdale Man Gets 30 Years In Robbery And Beating

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – A Springdale man was sentenced Thursday to 30 years behind bars after being convicted in the 2013 beating and robbery of a man at Brookhaven Apartments. J’Donta Britt, 20, was convicted Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court of aggravated robbery. The jury suggested a 30-year prison sentence, and the judge upheld the suggestion, according to the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office. Britt could have been sentenced to 10 to 40 years in prison or life behind bars, said […]

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    UA Police Investigate Dorm Sexual Assault

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Campus police are investigating a sexual assault they say happened at a University of Arkansas dorm Tuesday. The alleged sexual assault occurred between 12:48 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. at Maple Hill South Residence Hall, according to UAPD. Police said the suspect and victim are acquaintances, and alcohol is not believed to have been a factor. Campus detectives are actively investigating, and police said they cannot release any more details of the case at this time.

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    Springdale Teacher Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – A Springdale junior high teacher resigned from his position after being cited by police in a sexual harassment case involving another Southwest Junior High employee. Three school employees total made sexual harassment claims against the teacher. Douglas “Ket” Manary turned himself in to Springdale police Aug. 28 after a warrant was issued for his arrest on suspicion of misdemeanor harassment. He later resigned during a termination hearing with the Springdale School District, authorities said. A woman working […]

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    84 Guns Recovered In Northwest Arkansas Burglary Case

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) – Detectives recovered 84 stolen guns in a burglary investigation that stemmed from firearms being found during a traffic stop, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday. John Stanton, of Springdale, and Ricky Lovesee, of Madison County, were arrested on suspicion of burglary and transported to jail following an investigation into the Washington County case, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Although the investigation led detectives to Washington County, Benton County Sheriff’s Office deputies took part in the […]

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    Man Arrested After Barricading Himself Inside Fort Smith Home, Police Say

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A man was arrested after he barricaded himself inside a Fort Smith home Wednesday(Oct. 8) night with a woman for almost two hours before surrendering, police say. Fort Smith officers and a SWAT team responded to the home on the 1900 block of South 71st Street just before 10 p.m. Police said a man and a woman were inside the house. Knight was arrested around 11:30 p.m. after surrendering to officers, police said. He was booked […]

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    Fewer Than 50 Students Held Out Of Bentonville Schools For Vaccine Requirements

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – Fewer than 50 students are short of their vaccination requirements in Bentonville, as school officials worked quickly over the past two days to help students receive their immunizations. The Bentonville School District held out 153 students Monday, including 126 at Bentonville High School. Those students were not up-to-date on required vaccinations, but that number has decreased significantly since. School district spokesman Paul Stolt credited school staff and parents for their quick actions to get students into local […]

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    Vaccine Requirements Keep 153 Bentonville Students Out Of School

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – More than 150 students in the Bentonville School District were not allowed in class Monday (Oct. 6) because they were not up-to-date on their required vaccinations, administrators said. A new state law mandates students receive vaccinations for several potential illnesses, including chicken pox. Students were required to receive those immunizations by Oct. 1, but local school districts worked with area parents to give students more time to schedule vaccinations. “Our nurses, administrators, building administrators and registrars have […]

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    Special Election For Fayetteville’s Civil Rights Law Set For December

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – A special election to decide the future of Fayetteville’s controversial Civil Rights Ordinance is set to take place Dec. 9, the Fayetteville City Council decided Tuesday night. Aldermen set the special election date, but said the Washington County Election Commission may move it to Jan. 13 if needed. The special election comes after a petition submitted to the City Clerk’s Office last month forced a public vote on a new anti-discrimination measure approved by the City Council […]

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    Pedestrian Killed, Suspect Behind Bars After Hit-And-Run

    VIAN, Okla. (KFSM) – One person is dead and another is behind bars after a deadly hit-and-run accident in Vian, Oklahoma Tuesday night (Oct. 7). Authorities said the accident happened around 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and East Sanders Street. Officers said a woman, who was walking along side the road with a friend, was killed after being struck by a car. 55-year-old Linda Finney was pronounced dead on scene, according to auhorities. Darrel Vanzandt is now behind […]

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