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Recent Articles
  • Severed Fiber Lines The Reason For Lottery Ticket Sales Outage

    LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) —  Several Arkansans were disappointed about not getting a chance to buy lottery tickets Friday (July 21) evening. “I drove to several locations,” Beverly told 5News, “and all I know is that I couldn’t purchase tickets and that the system was down.” The locations visited by Beverly included Murphy’s in Greenwood, Flash Market in Greenwood, a convenience store in Mansfield and another location at Hwy. 271 & School St. in Fort Smith. The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has released […]

  • UPDATE: Convicted Drug Trafficker Is Back In Custody

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) —  On Saturday (July 15) a fugitive wanted by U.S. Marshals is in custody at the Sebastian County Detention Center for aggravated assault and outstanding Federal warrants, according to Fort Smith Police Department. On Sunday (July 16), Larry Dale Batt’s booking sheet was updated with additional charges:  One Felony and one Misdemeanor Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, Felony possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Felony possession of Methamphetamine and Felony Fleeing. Police said on Friday (July […]

  • UPDATE: Mother & Daughter Dead After War Eagle Creek Drowning

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) —  Kristi Wylie, who attempted to save her drowning daughter at War Eagle Creek Friday (July 7) afternoon, died Sunday (July 9) at a local hospital, according to Benton County Sheriff’s Sergeant Shannon Jenkins. Earlier on Sunday, around 7:30 a.m., the body of her 13-year-old daughter was found near the location where she went missing. It was on Friday (July 7), police received a “drowning call”  involving two teenagers, who were swimming in War Eagle Creek, when one […]

  • Bike Riding Safety Reminders

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — What started out as a nice summer bike ride on a Saturday (July 8) morning ended up being a 9-1-1 emergency due to an injury that happened at the 3700 block of Front Street near a restaurant. “This was a minor bicycling accident,” said Fayetteville Fire Battalion Chief Travis Boudrey, “and accidents can happen to the best riders.” In this incident the cyclist will be fine, Boudrey said, but he reminded riders of the following safety tips: […]

  • Retired Fort Smith GATE Teacher Killed In 3-Car Crash

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A retired Fort Smith school teacher was killed as a result of a three-car crash Thursday (June 29), according to a report by Arkansas State Police. It happened at US Highway 71 and Brooken Hill Drive in Fort Smith. Janet Kessler, 63, of Fort Smith, was driving east on Brooken Hill Drive when she was hit on the driver’s side by an SUV that entered the intersection on a red light.   Kessler’s car spun in […]

  • Boating Accident At Lake Tenkiller Injures Two Arkansans

    CHEROKEE COUNTY,  Okla. (KFSM) — A man  who was trying to start a boat at Lake Tenkiller was injured when the engine compartment sparked and exploded, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP). A 12-year-old, also at the scene, was hurt. It happened Sunday (July 2) afternoon on Lake Tenkiller, at the Chicken Creek Park boat ramp, in Cherokee County. The vessel was a 21-foot 1998 Tahoe Navigator. OHP states that the operator, Greg Bieker, 34, of Barling, was taken […]

  • UPDATE: Stolen Urn Returned To Heartbroken Family

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) —  The missing urn with Lexi’s ashes has been found. The owner of the urn, Tasha McNew Ashford, said she received a call from a person who told her they had found it in their yard. Ashford said the person found it Saturday (July 1), but did not know what to do with it.  The person then saw a Facebook post and reached out to Ashford’s aunt. Ashford said she is happy to have Lexi home and thanked […]

  • Fireworks Are A Hot Commodity For The Fourth Of July

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — This Fourth of July is an extended weekend for some folk because the holiday is on a Tuesday.  This means extra work — and money —  for those in the business of selling fireworks. One of those businesses is at the Northwest Arkansas Mall in Fayetteville.  Fireworks City is set up in a tent in the parking lot near the Shiloh Drive entrance, but it’s not the tent you’ll see first. “We have a lot of people who […]

  • Centerton Man Drowns At Skiatook Lake

    OSAGE COUNTY, Okla. (KFSM) — On Friday (June 23), a Centerton man drowned at Skiatook Lake in Oklahoma. Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) said the accident happened shortly after 3 p.m. at the swimming area of Twin Points Swimming Beach on Skiatook Lake. Authorities said the victim, identified as Anthony Scarpati, 22,  was swimming out to the marker buoy and when he failed to resurface as he was returning to shore. Authorities found Scarpati at 4:15 p.m. by using dragging operations […]

  • Former Univision Arkansas Host, Who Faces Rape Charge, Jailed In Texas

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Victor Hugo Alvarez-Real is in custody in Texas.  He’s the former Univision Arkansas host who is accused of raping a 7-year-old girl, according to Washington County Circuit Court documents. He’s being held at the Dallas County North Tower Detention Facility on a rape charge.  His bond is $250,000 and states that the amount excludes holds from other jurisdictions. The document shows he was booked into the jail on Wednesday (June 21) and he listed a Springdale, Arkansas address. […]

  • Woman Arrested After Attempted Exorcism On Her Child

    FERNDALE, Calif. (KFSM) —  A Northern California woman was arrested for attempted homicide after authorities said she attacked her 11-year-old daughter and claimed she was trying to perform an exorcism. It happened at Centerville Beach, in Ferndale,  on Friday (June 16) morning, around 9 a.m.  Nearly a dozen people watched the alleged attack — and one man stepped in to help. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office stated they got a 911 call from a man, John Marciel,  who said the […]

  • Man Falls From 2nd Level Railing Inside Washington County Jail

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) —  Shortly before  9 p.m. on Friday (June 16), a detainee  intentionally dropped over the second level railing in one of the pods at the Washington County Detention Center,  according to Public Information Officer Kelly Cantrell. “He held on to the railing and dropped approximately 6-8 feet onto the ground,” said Cantrell via text, “he landed on his feet.” Injuries appear to be minor, but as a precautionary measure the person was taken to an area hospital. The […]