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From the River Valley to the Northwest corner, I am beyond happy to call Fort Smith, AR my home. After moving to the area in the spring of 2012, I am completely in love with the city. I’m ecstatic to be covering news in both Arkansas and Oklahoma, and feel extremely lucky to be doing what I love everyday.

I was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. I began my broadcasting career in college at the University of Missouri both reporting and anchoring for KOMU, Columbia’s NBC affiliate. I graduated with honors and with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. I also studied Spanish in college, becoming fluent in both writing and speaking the language. Even though I don’t live in Kansas City anymore, I'll forever be rooting for the Royals, Chiefs and Tigers – no matter what their current record may be.

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    Intersection of Highway 45 and Planters Back Open After Early Morning Closure

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The intersection of Highway 45 and Planters Road in Fort Smith is now back open after an early morning closure, according to Fort Smith Police. Captain Levi Risely with Fort Smith Police said the intersection had to be shut down around 4 a.m. after someone reported a downed power line sparking in that area. Crews with OG&E and Fort Smith Police were able to get the power turned off and the line removed. Traffic was diverted […]


    Highway 255 South in Sebastian County Closed to Traffic Due to Flooding

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) – Highway 255 South into Lavaca is closed Wednesday morning (May 20th) after it flooded overnight, according to Sgt. Randy Toon with Lavaca Police. “We just got too much water too fast,” Sgt. Toon said. It’s unclear at this time how long Highway 255 South will remain closed. Sgt. Toon said the road will reopen when the water recedes, but adds that it could be several hours before that happens. South 96 Highway and South River Road, […]

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    Highway 82 in LeFlore County Shut Down Due to Flood Waters

    LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM) – Highway 82 in LeFlore County is currently closed due to flood waters, according to dispatchers at the LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office. The road will remain closed until the water recedes, dispatchers said. Road blocks are up, diverting drivers around that area while the closure remains in effect. 5NEWS will let you know when the road reopens to traffic.

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    Memorial Service Set for Johnson County Deputy Killed

    JOHNSON COUNTY (KFSM) – A memorial service for the Johnson County Reserve Deputy who was killed in the line of duty is set for next week. Family and friends of Reserve Deputy Sonny Smith will pay their respects to him at the Fine Arts Building of Clarksville High School on Wednesday, May 27th. The ceremony is slated to start at 4 p.m., according to a post on the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. Smith, an 11-year-veteran of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, was […]

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    LeFlore County Woman Safe After Getting Caught on Cattle Guard Overnight

    LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM) – A LeFlore County woman is safe  Monday morning (May 18th), after she went missing for several hours overnight. Hazel Denton, 92, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, went missing from her home on Muse Lane around 3 a.m. Monday, according to LeFlore County Undersheriff Kendall Morgan. A silver alert was issued by the LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office following Denton’s disappearance. About five and a half hours later, Denton was found caught on a cattle guard about 100 feet […]


    ASP Requested to Investigate Deputy-Involved Shooting in Johnson County

    JOHNSON COUNTY (KFSM) – Troopers with Arkansas State Police have been requested to investigate a deputy-involved shooting in Johnson County, according to Public Information Officer Bill Sadler. Sadler said ASP’s Criminal Investigation Division received the request late Thursday night (May 14th). No other details about the shooting are being released by Arkansas State Police or by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office at this time. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office posted a photo on their Facebook Friday morning (May 15th), saying […]

  • Highway 23 North Shut Down As Crews Work Swift Water Rescue

    FRANKLIN CO. (KFSM) — Highway 23 North, just past Turner Bend, is shut down Monday (May 11th) due to heavy flood waters. Crews were working this morning to pull one person and a dog from a submerged vehicle, according to Franklin County Emergency Coordinator Fred Mullen. The woman and her dog were inside a Subaru Outback heading south when it got swept away in rushing water, says Mullen. Franklin County Sheriff Anthony Boen tells 5NEWS both the woman and the […]

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    Multiple Roads Close Due To High Water

    (KFSM) – Multiple roads closed on Monday morning (May 11) after a series of storms moved through over the weekend, dumping several inches of rain. Arkansas 80 east of Waldron was closed on Monday morning just before 8:30 a.m., according to a tweet from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. High water caused the road closure of section one on the highway, AHTD said. Scott co: Hwy 80 Section 1 East of Waldron is closed due to high water #artraffic […]

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    Rogers Firefighter Injured As Vacant Home Burns Early Monday Morning

    ROGERS (KFSM) – A Rogers firefighter is injured after a vacant house went up in flames early Monday morning (May 11), according to Rogers Fire Chief Tom Jenkins. At least 29 firefighters have been battling the flames at the house at 2605 Dogwood Street since 3 a.m., Chief Jenkins said. This, after two neighbors called to report smoke in the area overnight. The cause of the fire remains under investigation at this time; however, Chief Jenkins did say with storms […]


    Police Arrest Two Clarksville Teens For Allegedly Robbing McDonald’s

    CLARKSVILLE (KFSM) – A manager at the McDonald’s in Clarksville said he’s beyond grateful to some customers who were in the drive-thru lane early Thursday morning (May 7th). “We had people ordering their food and waiting in line to pick it up, when two men forced their way through the backdoor around 12:50 a.m.,” Manager Jonathon Arredonvo said. According to the Clarksville Police Department, 18-year-old Jaden Logan Richardson, of Clarksville and a juvenile, 16, of Clarksville were arrested in connection […]

  • Softball Team Raises Over $1,600 For Susan G. Komen Foundation

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) —  The Lady Pointers Softball Team at Van Buren High School went to bat this week with a Pink Out game Tuesday afternoon (May 5th). Not only was the team decked out in pink from head-to-toe, but they also had the bases painted pink as they took on Bryant. “We try to just have as much fun as we can with it,” explained Head Coach Andy Williams. “But at the same time, we need the girls to […]

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    IPIX: Happy Mother’s Day!

    We’re helping you wish your mom a very Happy Mother’s Day by sharing some of your beloved photos on 5NEWS This Morning. Here’s a gallery of some of the images submitted the past few days. We’ll be sharing more photos Friday morning (May 8th) on air. If you’d like to submit one of your own, just email us the photo at


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