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
  • Russellville Man Linked To 2005 Beauty Queen Murder Arrested For Attempted Kidnapping

    RUSSELLVILLE (KFSM) — A man tried twice but never convicted for the murder of a former Arkansas beauty queen has been arrested for allegedly trying to kidnap two women in separate incidents. Gary William Dunn, 39, was arrested Wednesday (Dec. 5) and was being held at the Pope County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond. The first woman was approached Tuesday (Dec. 4) around 7:19 p.m. at Arkansas Tech University near Baswell Hall, where she said Dunn asked her to […]

  • Bella Vista Water Department Notifying Customers About Second Violation

    BELLA VISTA (KFSM) — The Bella Vista Property Owners Association (BVPOA) is notifying customers it has again violated the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, but health officials say there is no immediate health risk from consuming the water. A quarterly water sample from July through September near the Town Center area showed a trihalomethane level of 83 parts per billion, exceeding the maximum allowed contaminant level of 80 parts per billion under federal law, said Charlie Holt, superintendent for the […]

  • Springdale Teen Charged As Adult For Allegedly Hitting Officers With Stolen Car

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A Springdale teen will be charged as an adult for allegedly striking two police officers with a stolen car in October. Jimta Luther, 15, was arraigned last month in Washington County Circuit Court on felony charges of first-degree battery, leaving the scene of an injury accident, theft of a vehicle and fleeing. His next court date is set for Jan. 15, 2019. Springdale police said Jimta Luther was driving a stolen Nissan Altima that struck officers Ashley Booth […]

  • Bella Vista Family Sues Over Stump Dump Fire

    BELLA VISTA (KFSM) — A Bella Vista family is suing the owner of a former stump dump, saying Brown’s Tree Care created a health hazard when it failed to extinguish a smoldering fire on the property. The suit, filed Tuesday (Nov. 27) in Benton County Circuit Court by attorney Frank Bailey on behalf of Curtis Macomber and his family, seeks medical costs and lost wages related to smoke they say wafted from the stump dump onto their land. The Macombers […]

  • Kentucky Man With 40,000 Child Porn Images Arrested In Fayetteville

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A Kentucky man who reportedly had more than 40,000 images of child pornography on his computer was arrested Saturday (Nov. 24) in Fayetteville. Ranger Sylvan Lacy, 41, had eluded authorities since 2015, when he was indicted in a federal court in Kentucky for downloading and sharing child pornography, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A spokesman with the FBI’s Louisville field office confirmed Lacy’s arrest but declined to divulge more details about his previous whereabouts or […]

  • Suspect In Viral Washington Co. Shootout Lived In U.S. Under DACA, Official Says

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A Springdale man accused of shooting at a sheriff’s deputy was living in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, an Obama-era initiative that protected immigrants from deportation, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Luis Cobos-Cenobio, 29, was arrested Nov. 11 following a shootout and pursuit with several police agencies. No officers were injured during the incident, but Cobos was treated for a gunshot wound to his shoulder. He faces four […]

  • Bentonville Mayoral Candidate Denies Offering Rival Job For Endorsement

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — A Bentonville mayoral candidate on Friday (Nov. 16) denied a charge that he offered a job to a former opponent in exchange for his endorsement. Jim Webb, who is in a runoff with Stephanie Orman to lead the state’s ninth largest city, said the allegation is “patently false.” John Skaggs, a retired attorney and former Benton County district judge, said Webb spoke to him on Nov. 8 and asked for his endorsement in exchange for a “job.” Skaggs, 73, […]

  • Bond Revoked For Former Waldron Principal Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Student

    WALDRON (KFSM) — A former assistant principal accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student had her bond revoked Tuesday (Nov. 13) for contacting the boy. Waldron police said Jessica Williams, 37, was arrested for violating her release conditions, which stemmed from an August arrest on five counts of first-degree sexual assault and one count of tampering with evidence. Williams, a former assitant principal at Waldron Middle School, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. She was being […]

  • Jailed Arkansas Lawmaker Sends Letter To President Trump Saying Inmates Want To Help “Build The Wall”

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Convicted former state Sen. Jon Woods sent a letter to President Donald Trump with signatures of 80 federal inmates, including his own, asserting their willingness to help build Trump’s long-promised border wall. “These men are volunteering their labor for the betterment of the country,” Woods wrote in the letter sent on Thursday (Nov. 8) to the White House and Arkansas media outlets. “The proposed action has no negative effects and represents a cost saving to the American taxpayer. […]

  • Pair Plead Not Guilty In Fort Smith Bank Robbery

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Two men accused of stealing roughly $20,000 from a Bank OZK last summer have pleaded not guilty to federal robbery charges. Daniel Giles, of Spencer, Okla., and Romaris Smith, of Houston, Texas, were arrested in July after they crashed their SUV in Spiro following a police chase. Both are charged with bank robbery, possession of stolen bank funds and interstate transportation of stolen bank funds, as well as aiding and abetting on all counts, according to […]

  • Washington Co. Woman Accused Of Embezzling $83,000 From Kid’s PeeWee Sports Club

    GREENLAND (KFSM) — A Washington County woman is accused of embezzling more than $80,000 intended to support a youth sports league in Greenland. Misty Rochelle Wilson, 40, was arrested Oct. 26 in connection with theft of property, a Class B felony. Officials with the Greenland PeeWee Sports Club approached Greenland police last October about discrepancies in the club’s accounts, which they took over after Wilson departed. Investigators found Wilson spent $59,597.38 from the league’s “Summer Ball Account” and $24,302.25 from its […]

  • WATCH: State Rep. Gets In The Face Of Opponent After Heated Debate

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — State Rep. Greg Leding, who is running for State Senate, has apologized to his Republican opponent for approaching her on stage after a debate Tuesday (Oct. 24) evening at the University of Arkansas. In the video, Leding points his finger at Dawn Clemence before getting up on the stage to talk to her face-to-face. Part of the exchange is obscured by a column near the stage, but Leding puts his hand on Clemence’s shoulder before leaving. Clemence […]