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  • Documents Show Centerton Police Altered Accident Report Involving Bentonville Officer’s Daughter

    CENTERTON (KFSM) — At the behest of Bentonville police, Centerton police altered an accident report involving a Bentonville police officer’s daughter, which led to an arbitration issue with the other driver’s insurance. Centerton Lt. Tony Keck said he changed the report after “much deliberation” to show that the driver who was hit by the officer’s daughter contributed to the crash by failing to yield. The issue came to light when Frankie Roughton, who owned the vehicle, learned from his insurance […]

  • Texas A&M Administrator Recommended For UAFS Chancellor Opening

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Dr. Terisa Riley, senior vice president for student affairs at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, has been tapped to be the next chancellor for the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith, according to a news release. “I am thrilled and humbled to be recommended as the next chancellor for (UAFS),” Riley said. “My interactions with faculty, staff, students and members of the Fort Smith community reinforced my belief that UAFS is preparing students to work and compete globally, and […]

  • Fayetteville Man Gets 6 Years In Prison For Stabbing Girlfriend, Kidnapping Infant Daughter

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — A Fayetteville man was sentenced Wednesday (April 11) to six years in prison for stabbing his girlfriend and then kidnapping his infant daughter, which prompted a two-day manhunt across Northwest Arkansas. Danny Barrows, 39, pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court to first-degree domestic battery and kidnapping. As part of his plea deal, prosecutors dropped additional charges of kidnapping and terroristic threatening. Judge Joanna Taylor also handed Barrows a 14-year suspended sentence set to begin when […]

  • UA Student Suing Over False Arrest That Led To Night In Jail

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A University of Arkansas student is suing a former student for a false accusation that led to her arrest and spending a night in the county jail, according to a lawsuit filed in Washington County Circuit Court. Emily Hunt, 22, was arrested in May 2018 after Nicole Nottage falsely reported to UA police that Hunt threatened her online. Hunt said she was strip-searched and spent 24 hours in jail until posting a $5,000 bond. According to the […]

  • Alma Woman Won’t Be Charged In Shooting Death Of Boyfriend

    ALMA, Ark. (KFSM) — Prosecutors won’t charge an Alma woman in the shooting death of her boyfriend after determining she was justified in using deadly force. Miranda Resinos, 36, was arrested last month in connection with first-degree murder for shooting Kevin Gettridge. Resinos called police on March 1 and told authorities she shot Gettridge, 33, after he lunged at her in her home on Sunnyside Road, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office. Resinos said she and Gettridge had a […]

  • Sexual Assault Case Dismissed Against Former Highfill Mayor

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — Former Highfill mayor Stacy Digby’s sexual assault case was dismissed Monday (April 1) in Benton County Circuit Court after the victim declined to cooperate with prosecutors. Nathan Smith, Benton County prosecutor, said he respects the victim’s decision. “The wishes of the victim are always important in deciding how to proceed in a criminal case,” Smith said. “The victim is now an adult and able to make her own decisions. Her decision not to cooperate made the […]

  • Judge Dismisses Wendt Lawsuit Against Fayetteville School District

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A Washington County circuit judge on Wednesday (March 13) dismissed a lawsuit brought against Fayetteville schools by former superintendent Dr. Matthew Wendt, who sued the district last year over claims he was wrongfully terminated for sexual harassment allegations. Wendt’s lawyer, Randy Coleman, said he plans to refile and keep fighting “until we find a remedy.” Wendt sought $1.5 million or reinstatement, arguing that the district’s internal investigation found “no basis” that he sexually harassed Shae Lynn Newman, […]

  • Former Dardanelle Teacher Gets Probation For Sex With Teen

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — A former eighth-grade teacher in Dardanelle was given six years probation for having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy last year. Chrystal Estella Vega, 40, pleaded no contest to first-degree sexual assault last month in Pope County Circuit Court. As part of her probation, Vega must complete 20 hours of community service and pay more than $2,500 in fines and court fees. She’ll also have to register as a sex offender. If she violates her […]

  • ADH: Fumes From Stump Dump Fire Below Levels Of Public Health Concern

    BELLA VISTA, Ark.  (KFSM) — Three days of testing by the Arkansas National Guard found noxious fumes linked to a smoldering stump dump were below levels of public health concern. The guard’s 61st Civil Support Team (CST) was brought in by the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) to test the air around the fire on Trafalgar Road and adjacent neighborhoods, including Knoyle Road and Mary Ann, Webb and Sutherland lanes. The former stump dump has been smoking since July […]

  • Undocumented Man Sentenced For Role In Fayetteville Strip Club Shooting

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A man living illegally in the U.S. was sentenced to prison Tuesday (Feb. 19) for his role in a Fayetteville strip club shooting last year after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors. Carlos Gomez-Aguilar, 25, of Springdale pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court to aggravated assault, second-degree battery and first-degree criminal mischief. Prosecutors dropped Aguilar’s charge of committing a terroristic act. Judge Mark Lindsay sentenced Aguilar to five years in the state Department of Correction retroactive […]

  • Special Prosecutor Will Look Into Alleged Misconduct At Centerton Police Department

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — The Benton County prosecutor has asked a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of misconduct involving two Centerton police officers. Benton County Prosecuting Attorney Nathan Smith said Arkansas State Police recently completed its investigation into whether the department violated the Arkansas Speed Trap Law and questionable purchases made by Chief Cody Harper and Captain Kris Arthur via city credit cards. Smith said Thursday (Feb. 7) the department didn’t violate the speed trap law, but investigators did uncover potential wrongdoing with […]

  • Former Police Chief, Convicted Murderer Pleads Guilty To Raping Rogers Teacher In 1997

    ROGERS (KFSM) — A convicted murderer and former Northwest Arkansas police chief admitted to raping a Rogers teacher more than 20 years ago. Grant Hardin, 50, of Garfield pleaded guilty Thursday (Feb. 7) in Benton County Circuit Court to two counts of rape. Judge Robin Green sentenced him to 50 years in prison — 25 years for each count. Hardin, the former Gateway Police Chief, is already serving a 30-year sentence for killing James Appleton in February 2017. Rogers police […]

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