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    Fred Kauffeld Sentenced To 28 Years For First-Degree Murder Of Deputy

    CLARKSVILLE (KFSM) — A Johnson County jury found Fred Kauffeld guilty of one count of first-degree murder and one count of burglary in the shooting death of Reserve Deputy Sonny Smith. He has been sentenced to 28 years for the murder charge, and five years and a $5,000 fine for burglary. The sentences will run concurrently. He had originally been charged with two counts of capital murder. The jury found Kauffeld was also guilty of residential burglary. They found he was […]

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    SLIDESHOW: Bear Found In Tree In Fort Smith Neighborhood

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — It was a beary exciting morning in Fort Smith Friday (May 27) as people in one neighborhood pawsed to watch a bear that had climbed into a tree on Fresno Street. The black bear was found in the tree just before 12 p.m. north of Southside High School and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission was called in to tranquilize and move it. According to AGFC, the bear will be released in the White Rock Mountain […]

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    Attorney Drops Push To Bring Back Rebel Mascot At Southside High

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Fort Smith Attorney Joey McCutchen and leader of a group that opposed the mascot change at Southside High School has decided to drop his push to bring the Rebel mascot back, according to post made on his Facebook page Friday (May 27). McCutchen writes his decision is based on Fort Smith School board member Wade Gilkey’s announcement that he will not revisit the Rebel controversy in September. “I have made one of the hardest decisions in […]

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    Sex Offender Arrested After Standoff In RV Near Hackett

    HACKETT (KFSM) — A registered level 3 sex offender was arrest Friday (May 27) following a brief standoff with authorities, according to the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office. Around 8:30 a.m. deputies responded to a call in the 2700 block of Highway 10 near Hackett where a homeowner witnessed a man break into their RV, the sheriff’s office said. The man was later identified as Jonathan Dooley, 27, of Cameron, Oklahoma. An hour-long standoff between Dooley and deputies ensued when he […]

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    Father Sentenced In Death Of Searcy Toddler

    SEARCY, Ark. (KFSM) — The father of Malik Drummond, a toddler reported missing out of Searcy in 2014, entered a no contest plea in the case Friday (May 27). Jeffery Clinton was found guilty and sentenced to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder and abuse of a corpse. The toddler’s body was found more than a year after he was reported missing.

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    Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation Turned Over To Prosecuting Attorney

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — The Washington County Sheriff’s Office turned over the findings of its investigation into an officer-involved shooting involving a Fayetteville officer to the Washington County Prosecuting Attorneys Office Friday (May 27). The shooting took place April 23 when Fayetteville police stopped Willie Tillman, 33, of Marianna for driving without headlights around 2:25 a.m., according to police. Tillman stepped out of the vehicle, but dove back inside the car and attempted to flee from police. A struggle ensued between the officers […]

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    Mena Community College Added To UA System

    MENA (KFSM) — Rich Mountain Community College in Mena is now part of the University of Arkansas system after UA System trustees voted to approve the proposal Thursday (May 26). The trustees also approved adding Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock to its system, bringing the number of two-year schools on the UA list to seven. Rich Mountain has about 950 students and two satellite campuses in Mount Ida and Waldron. The president and trustees of Rich Mountain started […]

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    Fred Kauffeld Case Goes To Johnson County Jury

    CLARKSVILLE (KFSM) — Fred Kauffeld’s case was given to the jury Thursday (May 26) after about a day and a half of witness testimony. Kauffeld is accused of shooting and killing Johnson County Reserve Deputy Sonny Smith in the early morning hours of May 15, 2015. He is charged with two counts of capital murder, two counts of attempted capital murder and one count of residential burglary. The prosecution and the defense rested their cases just after 12 p.m. Kauffeld […]

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    AGFC Holds Public Meeting In Fort Smith About Deadly Deer Disease

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The Arkansas Game And Fish Commission will be holding a public meeting in Fort Smith Thursday (May 26) to discuss chronic wasting disease (CWD), which as been found in dozens of deer and several elk, in Northwest Arkansas. The meeting will be held at the Janet Huckabee Nature Center from 6 to 8 p.m. CWD is deadly to cervids, which include deer and elk. It was found in deer and elk in Madison and Pope Counties […]

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    UA System Board Approves Tuition Hikes For 2016-2017 Year

    (KFSM) — On Thursday (May 26), the University of Arkansas System Board approved tuition hikes proposed by President Donald Bobbitt for the 2016-2017 academic year.   2015-16 2016-17 % Increase University of Arkansas at Fayetteville $8,521 $8,819 3.5% University of Arkansas at Fort Smith 6,322 6,701 6.0 University of Arkansas at Little Rock 8,165 8,633 5.7 University of Arkansas at Monticello 6,447 7,210 11.8 University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 6,271 6,676 6.5 Cossatot Community College of UA In-district 2,670 […]

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    Witness Testimony Reveals New Details In Fred Kauffeld Trial

    CLARKSVILLE (KFSM) — The first round of witnesses was called to the stand Wendesday (May 25) in Fred Kauffeld’s capital murder trial taking place at the Johnson County Courthouse in Clarksville. Kauffeld is charged with two counts of capital murder, two counts of attempted capital murder and burglary after investigators said he shot and killed Johnson County Reserve Deputy Sonny Smith in the early morning hours of May 15, 2015. The jury heard from several witnesses today, including Nancy Deatherage […]

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    Washington County Set To Get New Voting Equipment By Nov. Election

    WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) — The Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office will be equipping ten counties, including Washington and Sebastian, with new voting systems in time for the upcoming November general election. The new equipment will include new voting and tabulating machines and software. The integrated voting system pilot program was successfully tested in Sebastian County and three other counties during the primary elections March 1. Washington County and four other counties are scheduled to get the new voting system in […]


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