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.


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  • Fayetteville Woman Ordered To Repay More Than $400,000 Stolen From Springdale Church

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A Fayetteville woman was sentenced Friday (Aug. 23) to 20 years probation and ordered to repay more than $400,000 she embezzled from a Springdale church. Andra Smith, 41, pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court to theft of property after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors. Smith must pay $50,000 upfront while the remaining $363,000 will be paid out in monthly installments. Smith must also remain on good behavior during her probation. She faces up to 20 […]

  • NWA Orthodontist Indicted In Fraud, Bribery Scheme Involving Former State Senator

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — A former Northwest Arkansas orthodontist is accused of bribing former state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson to influence legislation beneficial to his business. Dr. Benjamin Gray Burris, 47, was charged Monday (Aug. 19) in U.S. District Court with 14 counts of honest services wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud. Starting in February 2014, Burris paid Hutchinson “to take official action as an Arkansas legislator to benefit Burris and his orthodontic companies,” […]

  • Crews Working To Remove Semi-Truck From Petit Jean River In Yell County

    OLA, Ark. (KFSM) — Crews are working to remove a semi-truck that’s been submerged in the Petit Jean River since February, when the driver tried to cross a historic bridge and destroyed the nearly 90-year-old structure. Jeff Gilkey, the emergency manager of Yell County, has asked residents to stay away from Dale Bend Road, which spans the river just north of Ola, so crews have space to use a crane and lift the 40-ton truck from the water. Officials with […]

  • Benton Co. Sheriff Fires Jail Lieutenant After Sexual Harassment Accusations

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — The Benton County Sheriff’s Office has fired a detention supervisor following several complaints of sexual harassment from female employees, many of whom felt their allegations “went nowhere.” According to an internal investigation obtained by 5NEWS, the sheriff’s office fired the lieutenant on July 16 after it “lost confidence” in him as an employee. “(His) actions of assaulting two female co-workers/employees will not be tolerated within this organization,” Major Kenneth Paul wrote in his internal affairs investigation […]

  • New Leader Named For Chaffee Crossing Development

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — Daniel Mann will be the new leader of the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority, filling a spot that’s been vacant since February when the board of directors ousted longtime leader Ivy Owen. The board voted unanimously in a special meeting Friday (July 19) to offer Mann the position, which he accepted, according to Dean Gibson, board chairman. Other finalists included Lorie Robertson of Lavaca and Larry Calhoun of Conroe, Texas. Mann previously served as CEO of […]

  • Bentonville Pot Dispensary First In NWA To Seek State Inspection

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — Arkansas Medicinal Source Patient Center is the first dispensary in Northwest Arkansas to reach out to the state alcohol control board for an inspection, the final hurdle a dispensary must clear before opening. Scott Hardin, a spokesman for Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), said if AMS Patient Center clears inspection, the dispensary’s owners will determine when it opens. “The inspection will be conducted as soon as possible, with the date to be determined by dispensary owners and ABC,” […]

  • Alleged Van Buren Bank Robber Will Undergo Mental Health Evaluation

    VAN BUREN, Ark. (KFSM) — A Van Buren man accused of robbing an Arvest Bank will undergo a mental health evaluation after his defense attorney raised concerns that his client isn’t fit to stand trial. Roy Dean Lamproe was arrested for allegedly robbing the Arvest Bank at 3015 Arkansas 64 on Tuesday (July 2), stealing $8,000 before authorities found him hiding at his mother’s house. Lamproe’s public defender, James B. Pierce, noted that his client has been treated for mental health in […]

  • Planned Parenthood Moving Fayetteville Location After Losing Lease

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — Planned Parenthood will move its Fayetteville Health Center to a new building later this summer after losing the lease for its current location on Crossover Road. An official with Paradise Point LLC, which owns the complex at 3279 N. Crossover Road, confirmed the lease was terminated but declined to provide further details. Emily Miller, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood Great Plains, said Friday (June 14) its Fayetteville location will remain open as it searches for a […]

  • Gov. Hutchinson Seeks Federal Disaster Declaration For River Valley Counties Affected By Historic Flooding

    LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson has submitted a Federal Disaster Declaration request for eight counties affected by last month’s historic flooding, including Crawford, Sebastian and Yell counties. Hutchinson sent the letter Thursday (June 6) to President Donald Trump, who indicated that the federal government would “do whatever is necessary to help out.” Preliminary damage assessments (PDAs) estimated a cost of $27.2 million to cover temporary housing, repair, and replacement housing, as well as provide for other needs required […]

  • Gravette Couple Accused Of Embezzling More Than $100,000 From Sulphur Springs

    SULPHUR SPRINGS (KFSM) — The former office manager for the city of Sulphur Springs is accused of embezzling more than $100,000 in city funds, including $75,000 in grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Benton County sheriff’s deputies investigating the allegations said they believe Codi Bates is also responsible for an additional $50,000 in city funds that have yet to be accounted for. Bates, 32, was hired in July 2017 and stole $101,629.49 before being fired in April, according […]

  • Former Pocola Teacher Charged With Rape Has Previous Indecency Conviction Involving Student

    POCOLA, Okla. (KFSM) — A former Pocola High School teacher accused of having sex with three students was previously convicted for sexual indecency with a student in a different Oklahoma school district. Janet Kaye Barnes, 44, was indicted last week by an Oklahoma grand jury on two counts of second-degree rape and one count of sexual battery. The indictment alleged that Barnes had sex with the minors when she taught at the high school between January 2014 and November 2016. […]

  • First Look: Walmart’s New Home Office In Bentonville

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — Walmart unveiled design plans on Friday (May 17) for its new home office, with renderings that show a sprawling campus that blends trails, restaurants and workspaces. The new home office will be built on roughly 350 acres of land east of J Street between Central Avenue and 14th Street, where the retailer operates a distribution center and other offices. “We intend to bring most of our Home Office associates in Northwest Arkansas onto a central campus with […]

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