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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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    Body Found After Greenland House Burns Down

    GREENLAND (KFSM) -Authorities on Thursday afternoon found a body inside a Greenland house that burned to the ground, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Local fire crews responded at 1:22 p.m. to a house fire call at 10195 Daisy Lane. Authorities have not yet identified the body found among the home’s remains. Public records show the house belongs to Dale Cheatham, although there is no indication that is who was killed in the fire. The body was sent to […]

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    1 Hospitalized After Rollover Wreck Blocks I-49 Traffic In Springdale

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – One person was hospitalized Wednesday afternoon in a rollover wreck on Interstate 49 in Springdale, according to emergency responders. Arkansas State Police officers and emergency crews responded to the scene around 5 p.m. in reference to a report of a multiple-vehicle crash. A sport utility vehicle wrecked and rolled over. One of the people inside was transported to Northwest Medical Center in Springdale with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Springdale Fire Department. Several vehicles pulled away under […]

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    Charges Dropped In Fired Officer’s Sexual Assault Trial; 2 Other Trials Still Set

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – The fired Fayetteville officer accused of sexually assaulting three women will not have to face trial to address one woman’s accusations. Jamison Stiles was arrested last year after a woman said he handcuffed and sexually assaulted her while he was on duty. Stiles had two charges against him dropped this week, sparing him from a trial set for Thursday, according to the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office. The former officer is still charged with rape, sexual assault, residential […]

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    Man Accused Of Raping, Torturing Cellmate Has Trial Delayed

    The Fayetteville man accused of robbing a cab driver with a machete and later raping a cellmate had his trial delayed Wednesday in Washington County. Javaughntaiye Willis was scheduled to begin his rape trial Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court. New subpoenas sent out to witnesses indicate the trial has been reset to Nov. 4. Willis and Alberto Delatorre were arrested in July 2013 after police said they held a machete to a taxi cab driver’s throat during a robbery. […]

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    Alderman Says She Is “Ashamed” Of Audience, Prompting Boos And Yelling

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – The Fayetteville City Council meeting was interrupted Tuesday night after an impromptu argument broke out between a booing crowd and one of the aldermen who said she was “ashamed” of the audience. Spectators overwhelmingly spoke out against an ordinance proposed by the council that would create a new position to uphold anti-discriminatory civil rights in the city. The proposed ordinance also would ban several discriminatory actions, the ordinance states. Few locals spoke out in favor of the […]

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    Woman Charged With Manslaughter After Son And Husband Found Dead

    YELL COUNTY (KFSM) – A woman whose 10-month-old baby and husband were found dead last week in the Ouachita Mountains was charged with manslaughter Tuesday after new details emerged about the deaths of her family members. Brooke Floyd, 21, surrendered herself to authorities Tuesday and was released from jail on the $50,000 bond she previously posted. She was also arrested last week on suspicion of hindering apprehension and endangering a minor. New court documents released Tuesday state Brian and Brooke Floyd […]

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    Smoke Evacuates Benton County Building, Postpones Ambulance Meeting

    The Benton County administration building was evacuated Tuesday afternoon after smoke was detected in the basement. The smoke set off the building’s fire protection system around 3 p.m., causing an anti-fire dry chemical fog to disperse throughout the basement, said Benton County Judge Bob Clinard. No one was injured in the incident. The fire call shut down the building’s electricity and phones. Employees were told to go home after the fire, and the county’s finance committee meeting set for Tuesday […]

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    Companies Fined More Than $10,000 After Workers Hospitalized In Fayetteville

    Federal regulators have fined two construction companies more than $10,000, after two workers were seriously injured in separate Fayetteville accidents earlier this year. Thompson Thrift Construction was fined $6,930 by the federal Occupational Safety And Health Administration after a worker at the site of a student apartment complex in Fayetteville was shocked by an electrical line, according to documents released by OSHA. Rafael Medina was taken Jan. 3 by a medical helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, where he […]

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    Fired Comptroller Gets 6 Months Severance Pay In Fight With County

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) – Attorneys on Monday released the terms of a settlement between fired Benton County comptroller Sarah Wilson and the county, after she claimed she was wrongfully terminated. Under the settlement, Wilson is set to receive six months of severance pay, along with $5,000 in attorney costs. In exchange, Wilson agreed to drop her wrongful termination grievance case against the county, the settlement states. Wilson’s salary was around $70,000 before her termination, officials said. The settlement does not […]

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    Roof Repairs Begin After WAC Hall Declared Unsafe

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Construction began Monday on Fayetteville’s Walton Arts Center, which was closed in June because of structural problems with the building’s roof. Officials for the center said it will take workers about four weeks to secure trusses on the roof by adding steel to reinforce the trusses. When the roof repair is finished, the Walton Arts Center Box Office, lobby and Starr Theater will re-open, according to a statement released Monday by the center. The venue’s opening show […]

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    Standoff Ends After Man Pulls Knife In Bar, Police Say

    A police standoff ended Saturday morning in Springdale after a suspect pulled a knife in a local bar and locked himself in a motel room, according to Springdale police. The suspect later surrendered to officers. After the standoff ended, Victor Hernandez was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault and fleeing from police, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Eyewitnesses at Fatty Hackers Sports Pub told police Hernandez, 39, got into an altercation and pulled a knife in the early […]

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    Search Called Off For Missing Pregnant Woman In Fayetteville

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Police cancelled their search Friday night for a pregnant Fayetteville woman who went missing after not showing up to a local hospital to have her labor induced. Brandi Wade, 28, is overdue in a pregnancy of twins. She was scheduled to have labor induced at a local hospital Friday morning, according to the Fayetteville Police Department. Wade never showed up to the hospital and went missing, police said early Friday night. Fayetteville police issued a missing person […]

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