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
  • School District Employee Sues To Keep Records Private In Sexual Harassment Case

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A Fayetteville School District employee who accused the former superintendent of sexual harassment is suing to keep her personnel records from becoming public. Suzanne Clark, the woman’s lawyer, filed a complaint Wednesday (July 11) in Washington County Circuit Court calling the potential release of the documents an unwarranted invasion of privacy. Clark argued that the records deal with the woman’s role as a victim of sexual harassment, and not her discipline or termination while working for the […]

  • Former Farmington Employee Gets 46 Months In Prison For Embezzling $1.2M In Court Fees

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — The former finance director for Farmington was sentenced Wednesday (July 11) to 46 months in federal prison for embezzling more than $1 million in city court fees over eight years. U.S. District Judge Tim Brooks also handed Jimmy Story a three-year sentence of supervised release to follow his incarceration.  Story will have to pay $1.2 million in restitution to Farmington and $372,000 to the Internal Revenue Service. Story, who was hired in 1995 and also served as Farmington’s […]

  • Former Springdale Rotary Executive Accused Of Embezzlement

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — The former executive director of the Springdale Rotary Club is accused of embezzling roughly $245,000 from the service organization, including spending more than $88,000 on herself via the club’s credit card. Courtney Palfreeman, 40, of Weatherford, Texas, was arrested Thursday (July 5) in connection with theft of property, fraudulent use of a credit card and forgery — all felonies. Springdale police said Palfreeman turned herself in, but she declined to speak to investigators after hiring an attorney. […]

  • Ozark Natural Foods Eyeing Move To Downtown Fayetteville

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Ozark Natural Foods is eyeing a move back to downtown Fayetteville, with plans to re-establish the nearly 50-year-old co-op as the community’s focal point for food, farming and sustainability. The co-op is under contract to buy the 30,000-square-foot former grocery store at 380 N. College Ave., which has sat vacant since CV’s Family Foods closed earlier this year. “The new site would return us to our downtown roots and have better street access,” said Carrie Kent, marketing […]

  • Washington Co. Deputy Completes FBI National Academy Training

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — The Washington County Sheriff’s Office can now boast that it has three deputies with extensive FBI training. Earlier this month, Capt. Josh McConnell became the most recent graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy, which puts candidates through 10 weeks of physically and mentally challenging courses, according to Kelly Cantrell, sheriff’s office spokeswoman. Candidates at the academy study advanced law, behavioral and forensic science, understanding terrorism, advanced leadership, and health and fitness training — all taught by […]

  • Police: Springdale Woman Plotted To Murder Benton County Judge

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — A Springdale woman is accused of plotting to kill Benton County Circuit Judge Brad Karren because she believed he’d unfairly targeted her family. Dorris Jenkins, 36, was arrested Saturday (June 2) in connection with conspiracy to commit capital murder. Her fiance, Adan Taylor, 21, was also arrested as an accessory. On Saturday (June 2), Jenkins and Taylor unwittingly met an undercover officer at a Rogers motel to discuss the murder-for-hire plot, according to a probable cause affidavit. […]

  • Former Walmart Employee Pleads Guilty To Stealing Trade Secrets

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A former Walmart employee has pleaded guilty to stealing the company’s data and supplying it to his next employer, which was a vendor for the retail giant. John Stan Harmon pleaded guilty Friday (June 1) in U.S. District Court to one count of theft of trade secrets. Harmon worked as a buyer in the furniture department for the Bentonville-based retailer, which gave him access to “highly sensitive” information on profit margins, production, and pricing for items bought and […]

  • Incumbents Hold On In Benton County Recount

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — A voluntary recount Thursday (May 24) in Benton County reaffirmed narrow victories for the Republican incumbents in races for state House districts 90 and 91 following Tuesday’s (May 22) preferential primary. In district 90, Rep. Jana Della Rosa received 1,069 votes (50.09 %) to Kendon Underwood’s 1,065 (49.91 %). The recount added an extra vote in Della Rosa’s favor. The Benton County Election Commission initiated the recount because the races were so close, according to Kim Dennison, […]

  • Prosecutor Seeks State Police Investigation Into Allegations Against Centerton Police

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — The Benton County prosecutor has asked Arkansas State Police to investigate allegations that the Centerton Police Department violated the state speed trap law and made questionable purchases via city credit cards. In a letter sent Friday (May 18) to State Police Col. Bill Bryant, Nathan Smith wrote that an independent criminal investigation was warranted after “multiple allegations of misconduct by officers” at the department. Smith said a preliminary review has identified two main areas of concern; first, […]

  • Rogers Man Gets Probation, Fine For Running Illegal Gambling Ring

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A federal judge on Monday (May 7) sentenced a Rogers man to three years probation and fined him $250,000 for running an illegal gambling ring from his home for over a decade. Robert Enos Rogers, 73, pleaded guilty in January in U.S. District Court to one count of operating an illegal gambling business. Prosecutors dismissed an additional charge of money laundering as part of his plea agreement. Judge Tim Brooks ordered Rogers to serve 18 months on house […]

  • Police: Former Fayetteville Mayoral Candidate Failed To Care For Incompetent Mother

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A former mayoral candidate is accused of endangering his 91-year-old mother after police found he had mixed up her medications and was feeding her baby food. Ronald Baucom, 61, was arrested Monday (April 23) in connection with first-degree endangering the welfare of an incompetent person, a Class D felony. Baucom, who was nude when he was arrested, also faces misdemeanor charges of indecent exposure and public intoxication. A life-long Fayetteville resident, Baucom ran for mayor in 2016, finishing […]

  • NWA Space, Lowell Partner For Science Center

    LOWELL (KFSM) — Dr. Kathrine Auld had been campaigning for years for a planetarium in Northwest Arkansas when someone finally told her, “if you build it, they will come.” “It was really a light bulb moment for me,” said Auld, an astronomy and geology professor at Northwest Arkansas Community College. “Somebody finally said to me, ‘no one will build one unless you do it.’ So I started talking to other educators and business people about building a planetarium.” On Tuesday, […]