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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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    Drunk Driving Suspect Runs Car Into Creek In 8 A.M. Crash, Police Say

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) – Greenwood police Thursday morning arrested a woman they say was drunk when she drove off the roadway and crashed into a creek. The single-vehicle wreck happened around 7:45 a.m. near the First Assembly of God church on Center Street, authorities said. Another driver witnessed the incident and called 911. The eyewitness then went to check on the driver to make sure she was O.K., police said. The driver of the crashed car was later identified as Lisa […]

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    Student Hit By Car While Walking To Fayetteville High School

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – A student was hospitalized Wednesday morning after being hit by a car while walking to Fayetteville High School, according to the school district spokesman. Police and medical crews responded at 7:53 a.m. to Royal Oaks Parkway and Martin Luther King Boulevard in response to a pedestrian wreck involving one vehicle. The 17 -year-old male student hit by the car was rushed from the scene by an ambulance to Washington Regional Medical Center with minor-to-moderate injuries. The student […]

  • Average Fort Smith Water, Sewer Bill Could Rise From $40 To $80

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The average Fort Smith family’s water and sewer bill could double to just more than $80 over the next five years if the city approves a plan later this month that would bring it into compliance with federal clean water laws. City officials on Wednesday released the prospective water and sewer costs that could be passed on to customers over the next five years. The costs are part of a consent decree the Board of Directors […]

  • Car Wreck On Fort Smith I-540 Bridge

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Arkansas State Police responded Wednesday morning 7:40 a.m. to the scene of two crashes involving four vehicles on the Interstate 540 Bridge, according to authorities. Traffic coming into Fort Smith to Van Buren came to a stop for an hour. A collison of three vehicles rear- ended each other in the right hand lane. It had cars in the left hand lane stop but one didn’t. This resulted in the four car collison. “The first three cars all got […]

  • Fort Smith Water, Sewer Bills To Double Under Plan To Fix Sewage Overflow

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) –Local residents’ water and sewer bills may double as a way for Fort Smith to pay off the costs of complying with federal clean water laws, city administrator Ray Gosack told city directors Monday night (Dec. 1). Fort Smith’s Board of Directors met Monday night to discuss ongoing negotiations with the federal government concerning sewage overflow problems in the city. City administrators have been meeting with members of the Environmental Protection Agency over the last several weeks […]

  • Fayetteville Won’t Cover Medical Bills After Tree Fell On Jogger

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – The city of Fayetteville will not pay the medical bills for the jogger who suffered serious injuries from a tree that fell on her at a Lake Fayetteville trail in November, according to a letter sent to her by the city Monday. The letter from city attorney Kit Williams states the trail environment “contains inherent risks” and therefore the city is not financially at fault for the falling tree or the injuries to Candice Carlsen on Nov. […]

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    Elderly LeFlore County Man Found; Police Still Investigating Disappearance

    LEFLORE COUNTY, Okla. (KFSM) –Sebastian County Sheriff’s deputies have found an elderly LeFlore County, Okla., man who was reported missing in early November. Authorities say the Rock Island man is safe and recovering in Fort Smith. Police in LeFlore County issued a Silver Alert for Calvin Cook, 83, on Monday night. Cook was reportedly last seen Nov. 7 on Choctaw Road in Rock Island, said Rock Island Police Chief Brian Simpson. His pickup truck was also missing. Sebastian County deputies […]

  • Local Church Opposes Atheist ‘Skip Church’ Billboard In Springdale

    ARKANSAS (KFSM) -Hours after news broke that a national atheist organization had put up a billboard in Springdale, church leaders said they would put up their own billboard nearby to compete with the atheist message. The group American Atheists said they have put up a billboard in Springdale that depicts a little girl writing to Santa saying that all she wants for Christmas is to skip church because she’s too old for fairy tales. The billboard is part of a “firebrand-style” […]

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    Murder Trial Begins For Former Razorback Accused Of Killing Friend

    WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) – The murder trial began Monday afternoon for the former Razorback football player accused of beating his friend to death after a night of drinking last year. Joshua Melton’s second-degree murder trial has been delayed several times over the last year and suffered a mistrial in July, but jury selection began Monday morning in Washington County Circuit Court. The jury was seated later in the day, and the prosecution began calling witnesses, according to courthouse officials. The […]


    Rogers Officials Respond To City Attorney’s Lawsuit, Say He Doesn’t Live There

    ROGERS (KFSM) – Rogers city officials say they broke no laws by stripping Ben Lipscomb of many of his city attorney duties because he is ineligible to serve. Rogers Mayor Greg Hines and city council members filed the statements last week in U.S. District Court in Fayetteville, as a response to Lipscomb’s lawsuit against the city. The response alleges Lipscomb does not actually live in Rogers and thus has no legal standing. The city attorney filed the lawsuit in early […]

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    70 Workers To Lose Jobs As Van Buren Oxane Plant Closes

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) – The Oxane Materials plant in Van Buren is set to close in January, leaving 70 workers without jobs, according to a notice sent to city officials earlier this week. Oxane President Chris Coker sent a letter dated Nov. 24 to Mayor Bob Freeman that notified him of the plant’s shutdown. The letter reads, “The result of this action will result in the termination of employment for all employees working for the company at this location.” The […]

  • Fort Smith 2015 Budget Plan: No Layoffs, But Some Hiring Freezes

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The Fort Smith Board of Directors agreed in principle Tuesday night on a city budget for next year that includes raises, but leaves out layoffs that previously had been mentioned as a possibility. Some city directors had worried the 2015 budget could not include raises without clearing the money by cutting 13 jobs, as was presented in a budget option drawn up by city administrator Ray Gosack. City directors agreed Tuesday night, though, to make up […]


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