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  • Fayetteville Couple Sentenced For Running Multi-State Drug Ring

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A Fayetteville couple was sentenced Friday (Oct. 19) to a combined 28 years in federal prison for running a drug ring that spanned four states. Derrick Nicholson, 50, received 20 years in prison and was fined $10,000 on drug trafficking charges. His wife, LaQueecha Nicholson, 42, received eight years in prison for her role in the scheme. The FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force (SSTF) and local police began investigating the operation in late 2016, using several controlled […]

  • Special Prosecutor Will Oversee Investigation Into River Valley Sports Complex

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A special prosecutor will investigate criminal complaints related to the failed River Valley Sports Complex, as well as an $80,000 wire transfer received by former State Sen. Jake Files. Jason Barrett was appointed Wednesday (Oct. 17) to oversee the case, according to Daniel Shue, prosecuting attorney for Sebastian County. Shue said he contacted Arkansas State Police last year about the issue, which stemmed from a 2012 proposal to build eight tournament-quality softball fields, two concession stands and […]

  • Police: Couple Ran Marijuana Grow House Out Of Siloam Springs Daycare

    SILOAM SPRINGS (KFSM) — A Siloam Springs couple is accused of growing marijuana and storing guns in the same home where they ran a daycare, according to police. Herbert Wayne Hartley, 62, and Barbara Hartley, 59, were arrested Sunday (Oct. 7) in connection with manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms. Siloam Springs police were asked to check on Wayne Hartley […]

  • Benton County Reaches $1M Settlement With Injured Woman

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — County officials have reached a settlement with a woman injured last summer after a Benton County street sweeper machine crashed into her home. The Benton County Quorum Court on Thursday (Sept. 27) approved spending $1.5 million to cover medical costs and related expenses for Teresa Ayala and her 2-week-old son, Juan Antonio. “She had no blame or fault, she was simply in her house,” said Benton County Judge Barry Moehring. “And so we felt the right thing […]

  • State Health Department Investigating JBGB For Over 50 Reported Illnesses

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — The state health department is investigating more than 50 reported illnesses linked to JJ’s Beer Garden and Brewery after customers reported getting sick days after eating at the popular restaurant. Anyone who visited JBGB between Sept. 13 and Monday (Sept. 24), and has experienced diarrhea or vomiting, should contact the health department at or 501-537-8969. A total of 51 people have reported diarrhea and vomiting with some fever. Most people said they started to feel ill 24 to […]

  • Judge Will Allow Informant’s Testimony In Wise Murder Trial

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A Washington County Circuit Judge has denied a motion to exclude the testimony of a confidential informant in Cody Wise’s murder case. Wise, 29, is charged with capital murder in connection with the 2015 killing of 53-year-old Ronnie Kultgen. His trial is set for Monday (Sept. 24) in Huntsville. Wise’s attorney, Drew Ledbetter, argued last month that the informant is a key witness in the prosecution’s case and accused the Benton County Sheriff’s Office of hiding or destroying evidence that […]

  • Rogers Man Denies Molesting Boys At Bentonville Daycare

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — A Rogers man on Wednesday (Sept. 12) pleaded not guilty to molesting three boys at a Bentonville daycare. Nathan Jack Clemons, 24, is charged in Benton County Circuit Court with three counts of second-degree sexual assault, a Class B felony. Clemons could face up to 60 years in prison if convicted on all three counts. Clemons was arrested Aug. 23 for allegedly molesting a boy at the Mary’s Little Lambs Preschool on Moberly Lane. It was his […]

  • Bentonville Schools Decline To Display Posters From Atheist Group

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — The Bentonville School District has declined to display six posters given to them by American Atheists, saying the group hasn’t provided posters that comply with a state law requiring the display of the national motto under certain circumstances. Arkansas’ “In God We Trust” act requires the national motto be displayed in any public building if the poster or framed copy is donated, bears an accurate representation of the United States flag under the national motto and an […]

  • Fort Smith Man With ‘Pedophile Guide’ Gets Eight Years In Prison

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A Fort Smith man was sentenced Wednesday (Aug. 29) to federal prison for possessing more than 14,000 files of child pornography, including a “how to” guide for having sex with children. James Daosaeng, 25, received eight years in prison followed by 20 years of supervised release. He will have to register as a sex offender and pay a $4,900 fine. Judge Tim Brooks also barred Daosaeng from any unsupervised contact with minors and restricted him from accessing the […]

  • Attorney Seeks To Bar Testimony In Murder Case

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Defense attorneys for Cody Wise are hoping to bar testimony from a confidential informant who they say is a key witness in Wise’s murder case. Drew Ledbetter, Wise’s attorney, also alleges the Benton County Sheriff’s Office is hiding or has destroyed evidence that could show the informant has credibility issues, according to a motion filed Tuesday (Aug. 28) in Washington County Circuit Court. Ledbetter said the informant’s text messages with former detective Miguel Cordova were selectively edited to show […]

  • Police: Rogers Man Accused Of Child Abuse Had Previous Complaints In Missouri, Kansas

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — A Rogers man accused of molesting three children at a Bentonville daycare had been fired or quit over similar allegations at schools in Missouri and Kansas, according to a probable cause affidavit. Nathan Jack Clemons, 24, was arrested Thursday (Aug. 23) in connection with second-degree sexual assault — a Class B felony. It was Clemon’s third arrest stemming from allegations that he molested three boys at Mary’s Little Lambs Preschool on Moberly Lane. While investigating the allegations […]

  • Fayetteville Woman Posing As Deputy Helps Boyfriend Escape County Jail

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — The sheriff’s office has arrested a Fayetteville woman who helped her boyfriend escape from the county jail last month by posing as a deputy from California. Maxine Feldstein, 30, was arrested Friday (Aug. 17) in connection with forgery, accomplice to third-degree escape and criminal impersonation. Feldstein’s boyfriend, Nicholas Lowe, was at the Washington County Detention Center on July 27 with a hold for criminal impersonation out of Ventura, Calif., according to a probable cause affidavit. Feldstein, who […]