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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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    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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    Fayetteville To Use $2.1 Million In Reserves On Downtown Parking Deck

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – The City of Fayetteville will take $2.1 million out of its reserve funds to help pay for the planned downtown parking deck, whose cost has risen to $12.2 million. “We need the deck,” said Martin Schoppmeyer, a city council member. “It is hard to park [in downtown Fayetteville.] So, when we have the deck, there is going to be a lot more opportunity for people to come, and feel assured that they have a place to park.” […]

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    Inmates Recaptured After Escaping LeFlore County Correctional Center

    HODGEN, OKLA. (KFSM) – Two inmates escaped Monday night (Oct. 6) from a LeFlore County correctional center, prompting authorities to launch a manhunt. Shortly after 10:00 p.m., Gregory Bonds was captured. He is now back in custody, according to an official with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. John Sellers was recaptured early on Tuesday morning (Oct. 7) at 4:42 a.m. walking along U.S. 59 South. Both inmates escaped around 8:30 p.m. from the Jim E. Hamilton Correctional Center in Hodgen, […]

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    Johnson Police Chief Fired, Will Appeal To Council

    JOHNSON (KFSM) – The Johnson police chief has been fired and will soon appeal his termination, the city’s mayor said Monday. Chief Vernon Sisemore had been employed at the Johnson Police Department since 2000. He appealed the mayor’s decision to the city council, which will meet Oct. 14, Mayor Buddy Curry said. The council is set to review the case and decide that meeting whether to approve or overturn Curry’s decision to fire Sisemore. The former police chief can be […]

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    Rogers Kidnapping Victim Stabbed 68 Times, Later Escapes

    ROGERS (KFSM) – Two kidnapping suspects are awaiting extradition back to Benton County after allegedly stabbing a man 68 times, before the man jumped out of a car window to escape, according to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. Erik Omar Herrera-Ruiz, 22, escaped the attempted kidnapping by jumping out of the vehicle at Arkansas Street in Rogers, at the Jiffy Kwick convenience store Friday night. Eyewitnesses said he was bleeding profusely and in his underwear. Herrera-Ruiz was transported to Mercy […]

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    Reports Of Arkansas Tech Shooting An “Inaccurate Rumor”

    RUSSELLVILLE (KFSM) – Social media reports of a shooting on the Arkansas Tech University campus Monday night are nothing but an “inaccurate rumor,” according to campus safety officials Unconfirmed reports of an active shooting spread on Twitter and other social media, leading the university’s Public Safety division to investigate. An investigation revealed there was no public safety threat, and the shooting report was just a rumor, university officials said. No one’s safety was compromised during the situation, officials said.

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    Semi Truck Overturns On Highway In Benton County

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) – A semi truck turned over onto its roof in a wreck on Highway 62 near Garfield early Monday afternoon, according to the Arkansas State Police. Emergency crews responded to the crash just north of Garfield around 2 p.m. The truck’s driver was hospitalized at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville with minor injuries, police said. No one else was hurt in the wreck. The truck, which was carrying steel bars, was the only vehicle involved in the […]

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    Man In Underwear Hospitalized In Rogers Stabbing

    ROGERS (KFSM) – A stabbing at a Rogers gas station sent an underwear-clad man to the hospital Friday night, according to the responding emergency crews. Rogers Police identify the victim as a 22-year-old man. Police say the incident happened in an address in Benton County and thus have transferred the investigation to the sheriff’s office. Medical crews responded shortly after 8 p.m. to the Jiffy Kwik in Rogers on South Arkansas Street in reference to a stabbing. Eyewitnesses said a […]

  • Fort Smith Commits $200 Million To Sewage Issue As Federal Lawsuit Looms

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – City officials say they have committed $200 million to solve major sewage overflow problems, as a federal lawsuit looms against Fort Smith. City administrators have been working with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency over the last eight years in order to comply with the federal Clean Water Act. The federal agencies are expected to file a lawsuit against Fort Smith because of constant sewage overflow in the city caused by episodes […]

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    Fayetteville Alderman Objects On Social Media To Tree-Cutting Policy

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – A Fayetteville alderman says he can “do something about” an electric company’s policy to cut down trees near power lines. City councilmember Matthew Petty took to Facebook on Wednesday morning (Oct. 1), saying he watched Southwest Electric Power Company crews cut down a 60-foot pine tree. He said it was part of a new policy by the electric company to “delete” any tree within 15 feet of a power line. “It makes me sick,” Petty said in the Facebook post. “And […]

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    Family Of Missing Scott County Man Offers $5,000 Reward

    WALDRON (KFSM) – The family of a missing Scott County man is offering a $5,000 reward for information regarding his whereabouts. Mark Nix, 39, has been missing since Sept. 19. About 45 searchers spent days scouring 300 acres south of Waldron while looking for the man. The search was called off Sept. 25, with authorities saying they did not suspect foul play in Nix’s disappearance. The Scott County Sheriff’s Office posted a flyer to its Facebook page Tuesday, asking anyone […]


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