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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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  • 2 Men Shot Waldron Dog In Head With Shotgun, Report States

    WALDRON (KFSM) – Two Waldron men are behind bars after shooting a dog in the head with a shotgun, according to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office. Greggory Godfrey and Ryan Allen were arrested Friday (Jan. 9) by deputies following an investigation into the injuries of a black Labrador from Dec. 22. They face charges of aggravated animal cruelty, a Class D felony, according to the Sheriff’s Office. An arrest warrant affidavit filed in Scott County states Godfrey and Allen shot […]

  • Plans Underway In Highway Extension To Connect I-540 And Fort Smith Riverfront

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – City leaders have approved a resolution on an $8.5 million plan to extend Kelley Highway in a project that will connect Interstate 540 to the Fort Smith riverfront. The Fort Smith Board of Directors this week approved a resolution authorizing the city to execute the engineering contract for the 7,000-foot-long extension, which is set to construct and widen Kelley Highway from Midland Boulevard to Riverfront Drive. Engineer Stan Snodgrass stressed the project is still in its […]

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    Fort Smith May Update Its Domestic Violence Policy

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Fort Smith leaders may soon update the city’s domestic violence policy, according to documents included in the agenda for an upcoming meeting. The Board of Directors is set to discuss adding to its policy at a study session Tuesday. The new wording would add language in the non-uniformed employee handbook relating to “conduct unbecoming or dereliction of duty.” The proposal does not state how exactly the policy might affect how supervisors would respond to domestic violence […]

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    Sequoyah County Man Gets 12 Years For Tying Up, Raping Woman

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY, Okla. (KFSM) – A Sequoyah County, Okla., man who helped grab a woman out of her bed, tie her up and rape her received a 12-year prison sentence Friday. Mark Riffey pleaded guilty to kidnapping and rape by instrumentation. He was sentenced Friday in Sequoyah County District Court to serve 12 years behind bars, with an additional 10 years suspended, according to court records. Riffey was initially scheduled to undergo sentencing Thursday, but he skipped the hearing before […]

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    Fire Engulfs House Of Cedarville Treasurer Accused Of Stealing City Money

    CEDARVILLE (KFSM) – A Friday morning fire destroyed the home of the former Cedarville treasurer accused of stealing $300,000 from the city. Firefighters responded around 9 a.m. to the house fire at 336 Arkansas 162 in Cedarville. That address is listed in property records as belonging to Alicson Reding, the former Cedarville official who an audit states issued $295,880 in authorized checks between 2008 and 2014. Cedarville Fire Department and several other area agencies responded to the scene and knocked […]

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    Missing Elderly Fort Smith Man Considered Endangered

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Police are looking for an elderly Fort Smith man they say has been missing since Sunday. Arkansas State Police have issued a Silver Alert for Irven T. Kuykendall, 79, who was last seen leaving Mid-Town Apartments in Fort Smith on Sunday. Police said he was last seen on-foot heading north. Kuykendall is a white male with grey hair and blue yes. He is five-foot-eight and 170 pounds, police said. He is considered missing and endangered. Anyone […]

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    LeFlore County Woman Airlifted After Car Rolls Over Into Trees

    LEFLORE COUNTY, Okla. (KFSM) – A LeFlore County woman was airlifted from a one-vehicle crash Wednesday with serious injuries, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. A state police crash report states Jennifer Jumper, 29, suffered serious head and internal injuries in a rollover wreck on Oklahoma 128 just east of Heavener at 8:52 p.m. The Mansfield woman was a passenger in the 1997 Pontiac car involved in the wreck. Jimmy Perez, 38, of Mansfield, was driving the vehicle westbound on […]

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    Mercy Hospital Commits $350,000 To Build Homeless Clinic In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Mercy Medical Center in Fort Smith has committed $350,000 to a planned $2.9 million homeless clinic inside Mercy’s proposed Riverview Hope Campus, the hospital announced Thursday. The commitment brings the Riverview Hope Campus within $800,000 of its goal to build the facility at 301 S. E St. The center will include a 75-bed emergency shelter, cafeteria, showers, classrooms, counseling rooms and other features, according to a statement released by Mercy Medical Center. The low-income medical clinic […]

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    Van Buren Semi Driver Killed In Wreck 4 Days Before Birthday

    LONOKE COUNTY (KFSM) – A Van Buren man was killed Tuesday after crashing his semi truck in Lonoke County, according to Arkansas State Police. Robert Douglas, 50, was driving his International tractor-trailer westbound on Interstate-40 near mile-marker 179, when the vehicle ran off of the roadway. The semi crashed then crashed into some nearby trees before coming to rest, according to a state police crash report. Police said Douglas was declared dead at the scene. He was set to celebrate […]

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    Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Gives 242 Acres To Fayetteville Company

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones bought 10 pieces of land near Fayetteville’s planned regional park, in a $7.3 million deal, according to Washington County property records. Records show the land was sold Dec. 30 to Jerral W. Jones, of 1 Cowboys Parkway in Irving, Tex. The tracts of land, mostly off of Cato Springs Road and Judge Cummings Road, total 242 acres, with a total assessed value of just over $80,000, property records show. Jones bought the […]

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    Oklahoma Highway Closed After Semi Carrying Military-Grade Explosives Crashes

    CHOCTAW COUNTY, Okla. (KFSM) – Northbound and southbound lanes of U.S. 271 in Choctaw County, Oklahoma, have been shut down, after a semi truck hauling military-grade explosives crashed on the highway, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. The crash happened around 7 a.m. Wednesday, prompting an explosives team from Fort Still, Okla., to respond to the wreck. They are inspecting the load to make sure it is stable to be moved, according to the highway patrol. The state Department of […]

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    2 Children Hospitalized In Van Buren School Bus Crash

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) -Two children were hospitalized with minor injuries in a Monday afternoon school bus crash in Van Buren, authorities say. Emergency crews responded just before 4 p.m. to U.S. 64 in Van Buren, in reference to a two-vehicle wreck involving a Van Buren School District bus and a pickup. Several students were assessed by medical crews at the scene, two children were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, authorities said. Eleven children were on the bus […]


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