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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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    15-Year-Old Talihina Twins Missing

    TALIHINA, OKLAHOMA (KFSM) – Talihina, Oklahoma police are searching for twin teenagers who have been missing since Saturday. Police said Jessica Vaughn Schoon and Jasmine Deane Schoon, both 15, were last seen in Talihina on Saturday afternoon. Authorities are now looking for the two, who have been declared missing. The twins’ mother lives in Heavener, Oklahoma, and their father lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. They lived with their grandparent in Talihina, police said. Both were wearing black shirts and […]

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    1 Hospitalized In Springdale Motorcycle Wreck

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – One person was hospitalized Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 19) in a Springdale motorcycle wreck, according to emergency responders. Emergency crews responded around 4 p.m. to Thompson Street and Twin City Drive, where blood could be seen on the ground and a motorcycle lay halfway onto Thompson Street. The motorcyclist involved in the crash was hospitalized with undisclosed injuries. The wreck slowed southbound lanes of traffic on Thompson to one lane for about one hour.

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    Controversial Civil Rights Meeting To Remain At Fayetteville City Hall

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Despite concerns over whether the venue would be big enough for the crowds, Tuesday’s Fayetteville City Council meeting will remain at City Hall. Aldermen on Monday night considered moving the next day’s meeting to a bigger venue, but unanimously decided against the change because of safety issues. The council is scheduled Tuesday night to discuss whether to add a civil rights administrator for the city. The created position would use city powers to uphold proposed anti-discrimination rules […]

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    Police Catch Accused Gold Coin Auction Scammer In Benton County

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) – The woman accused of stealing thousands of dollars in gold coins and antique toys by using fake checks at local auctions has been caught in Benton County, according to local police. Brenda Delores Melville, 39, was arrested Monday following a search by authorities. She remains in the Benton County Jail awaiting a bond hearing, according to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. Police said Melville allegedly walked into auctions in both Fayetteville and Springdale, bidding high on […]

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    Inmate Found Dead In Washington County Jail

    WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) – A Washington County jail inmate committed suicide overnight after being held on suspicion of drug charges, the Sheriff’s Office announced Monday. Washington County Detention Center employees on Monday morning found Jeremy Tyler Laconsello, 20, of Fort Smith, hanging from the top bunk of his cell with a towel wrapped around his neck, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Laconsello was later pronounced dead by the county coroner after responding emergency crews checked his vitals, according […]

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    Cause Of Deadly Fire Still Under Investigation As Body Identified

    GREENLAND (KFSM) – Authorities on Monday identified the man who died in a Greenland house fire earlier this month. Dale Cheatham, 62, died of smoke inhalation while his house on Daisy Lane burned down Aug. 7, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. The cause of the fire is still undetermined, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Local fire crews responded at 1:22 p.m. to a house fire call at 10195 Daisy Lane. Firefighters recovered Cheatham’s body from the home and […]

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    Inmate Is Captured After Escaping From Work-Release Program In Springdale

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – Authorities caught a prison inmate they said escaped from a work release program Friday night (Aug. 16) in Springdale. Clayton Shatswell, 30, walked away around 8:50 p.m. from the location he was working at for the Arkansas Department of Correction, according to the prison agency. He is serving a 10-year, 1-month sentence in a forgery case out of Benton County, according to the Department of Correction. The Arkansas Department of Correction says the Benton County Sheriff’s Office […]

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    Muldrow Woman Arrested In Connection With Teen’s Severe ATV Wreck

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY, OKLAHOMA (KFSM) – A Muldrow, Oklahoma, woman bonded out of jail Thursday in connection with an ATV wreck that left a local teen in critical condition last September. Angela Gray, 39, was arrested on suspicion of felony leaving the scene of an accident, misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor and misdemeanor providing alcohol to a minor, according to the Sequoyah County District Attorney’s office. Gray was booked into the Sequoyah County Jail on $15,000 bond, according […]

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    Girl Hit In Head By Piece Of Ride At Benton County Fair

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) – A local girl was injured Wednesday after part of a ride at the Benton County Fair swung loose and struck her in the head, according to fair organizers. A statement released by the Benton County Fair Association states a pin came loose from the Stampede amusement ride, allowing a light bar to swing down and strike a girl in the head. She was treated by emergency crews and given staples in her head, which was bleeding […]

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    Fired Fayetteville Officer Gets 5 Years Probation For Sexual Assault

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – The fired Fayetteville police officer accused of raping a woman while on duty received five years probation Friday in a plea deal with prosecutors, according to the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office. Jamison Stiles pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree sexual assault, along with one count of release or disclosure of official documents to unauthorized persons. He will be required to register as a sex offender, as part of the plea deal, according to prosecutors. The deal […]

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    Siloam Springs Teacher Accused Of Raping Student Released On Bond

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) –The Siloam Springs teacher accused of raping and exchanging explicit photographs with a 13-year-old boy was released from jail on bond Thursday, a day after she was arrested. Mary Faith McCormick, 32, was held overnight at the Benton County Jail and appeared in front of a judge Thursday for a bond hearing. She was released later in the day on $50,000 bond, according to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office lists her next court date […]

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    Name Of Man Killed In Fayetteville 3-Car Wreck Released

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – The identity of a man killed in a three-car crash Thursday morning (Aug. 14) in Fayetteville has been released, police say. Steve Chandler, 45, of Fayetteville was killed in the accident that took place at approximately 9:55 a.m. that morning, according to police. Two other drivers were treated for minor injuries, according to the Fayetteville Police Department. A Chevrolet Colorado was being driven by Chandler southbound on Crossover Road when he drifted into the other southbound lane […]

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