Brandon joined 5NEWS as an assignment editor in March 2017. He is an Arkansas native and a proud graduate of the University of Arkansas. Have a story idea, tip or just want to get in touch? Email him at Brandon.Howard@kfsm.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @5NEWSBrandon.


Recent Articles
  • 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 […]

  • Local Deputy Shoots Two Dogs That Killed Man’s Pet Goats

    Editor’s note: This story contains graphic content that may be disturbing to some.  GREENWOOD (KFSM) — A Sebastian County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed two pit bulls Saturday (Feb. 2) after the dogs killed three goats and became aggressive toward the deputy, according to a news release. The deputy responded around 4:30 p.m. to a home on Lilac Place after a caller said he found the dogs eating his goats — two of which were pregnant — that had been raised […]

  • Fayetteville Strip Club Performers Accused Of Having ‘Constant Contact’ With Customers, Business Could Face Fines

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Two Fayetteville strip clubs reportedly violated state regulations by allowing simulated sexual acts and improper physical contact between performers and customers, according to documents obtained by KATV, our news partner in Little Rock. Earlier this month, agents with the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Division visited Silver Dollar Cabaret and Platinum Cabaret — both on College Avenue — where at least one dancer made “constant contact” with an agent’s body during a lap dance, according to ABC violation […]

  • Gov. Signs Emergency Declaration Aimed At Solving Smoldering Fire At Bella Vista Stump Dump

    BELLA VISTA (KFSM) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday (Jan. 2) signed an emergency declaration aimed at solving a smoldering fire at a former stump dump in Bella Vista that state health officials say is polluting the air. Hutchinson said the declaration will cut through red tape and “render maximum assistance” to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) and the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) in their efforts to re-mediate the site. ADEQ has already been contracting with an […]

  • Alleged Fort Smith ‘Porch Pirate’ Possibly Headed To Federal Court

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A Fort Smith man accused of stealing several Amazon packages from a woman’s porch in November could face a federal charge of mail theft. An agent with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service said that John Michael Clement admitted to stealing packages delivered by the United States Postal Service, which is a  federal offense, according to a criminal complaint unsealed last month in U.S. District Court. Amazon packages, unless insured or requiring a signature, are shipped under […]

  • Fort Smith Convenience Store Owners Admit To Defrauding SNAP, IRS

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The owners of three convenience stores in Fort Smith have admitted to defrauding the IRS and the U.S. Department of Agriculture of nearly $400,000 by illegally using food stamps to buy products for resale in their stores. Raja Khani Zaman and his two sons, Haroon “Harry” Zaman and Ahmed Zaman, all pleaded guilty Wednesday (Dec. 19) in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to traffic Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Raja and Harry Zaman also pleaded […]

  • Police: Fayetteville Woman Embezzled More Than $400,000 From Springdale Church

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — A Fayetteville woman is accused of embezzling nearly half a million dollars from a Springdale church. Andra Nicole Smith, 40, was arrested Dec. 6 in connection with theft of property — a Class B felony when the amount of stolen money tops $25,000. A certified fraud examiner found $413,701.78 was stolen from First Assembly of God dating back to 2012, including $30,000 that was charged to a church credit card, according to an arrest report. Pastor Keith […]

  • Former Lincoln Police Chief Arrested For Evidence Tampering

    LINCOLN (KFSM) — Former Lincoln Police Chief Brian Key is accused of taking drugs from the department’s evidence room. Key, 41, was arrested Thursday (Dec. 13) in connection with tampering with physical evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia — both Class D felonies. Arkansas State Police began investigating Key in September after reports surfaced that Key was soliciting residents for their medicine under the guise of depositing it into the department’s drug take-back box, according to a probable cause affidavit. Officers […]

  • State Officials Say Air ‘Unhealthy’ Near Former Bella Vista Stump Dump

    BELLA VISTA (KFSM) — State health officials on Wednesday (Dec. 12) said the air quality around a smoldering fire on a former stump dump in Bella Vista is unhealthy and residents should avoid prolonged exposure to the area. The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) recommends residents living in a half-mile radius around the 8000 block of Trafalgar Road to avoid running, playing or doing yard work. Pregnant women, infants, and young children are also more susceptible to the smoke emanating from […]

  • Police: Springdale Man Kidnapped, Tortured Pregnant Woman For Days

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — A Springdale man is accused of kidnapping and torturing a pregnant woman for several days while he held her captive in his apartment. Jackson Rodriguez-Robles, 35, was arrested Tuesday (Dec. 11) in connection with kidnapping, first-degree domestic battery and aggravated assault on a family or household member. Springdale police received a tip Monday (Dec. 10) that the woman was being held against her will at Rodriguez’s apartment on Palisades Avenue, according to an arrest report. Police found […]

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