Jo has been with 5 NEWS as a reporter for three years. She is one of the 5NEWS evening weekend anchors. She grew up in the River Valley. She has worked in the T.V. news business over 10 years. She lives in Van Buren with her husband David and their daughter Hattie.

Recent Articles
  • New Details Into Van Buren Toddler’s Death; Stepfather Arrested For 1st Degree Murder

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) –This past November Olivia Soto had just celebrated her 2nd birthday. When she wasn’t at her biological father’s home in Fort Smith, she lived at a home in Van Buren on Granite Circle with her mother and her mother’s new husband, Jordan Shreeve. Shreeve called 911 in November, hung up and then called back, according to police documents. According to a police investigation, Shreeve told the dispatcher to send an ambulance to the address and then hung […]

  • Retired Member Of White Supremacy Group Speak Out On FBI Arrest Of Several Members

    RUSSELLVILLE (KFSM) — A white supremacist group in Arkansas, called the New Aryan Empire is the focus of an investigation by the FBI. Documents were unsealed this week detailing the four-year-long undercover investigation and indictment of 54 NAE members. Some of those members, including those considered leaders of the group, face charges of drug trafficking methamphetamine, kidnapping, attempted murder and multiple guns and weapon charges. A man who claims he found and helped organize the group, in the beginning, reached […]

  • Black Panthers In Arkansas? Kibler Police Chief Says He Spotted One While Hunting

    KIBLER (KFSM) — According to officers with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, hundreds of sightings of mountain lions have come into their office. Only 15 have been confirmed by the AGFC in the last 12 years. But what about black panthers in Arkansas? Kibler Police Chief Roger Green said he was sitting in his hunting blind back in November when he says he saw a rather unusual sight. “I have seen deer, squirrels, rabbits, big rabbits. This time it was […]

  • 5,000 Members Believed To Be Part Of Arkansas White Supremacist Group

    RUSSELLVILLE (KFSM) — Dozens of members of an Arkansas white supremacist group have been indicted in connection with a series of violent crimes. Charges were brought against 54 people with ties to the New Aryan Empire, according to investigators.  The indictment claims the group is a “corrupt organization which committed acts of violence, including solicitation of murder and attempted murder, kidnapping, and maiming.” The group is also accused of drug trafficking. Associates of the group, which identifies itself in part through […]

  • Arkansas State And County Employees Could See Changes To Their Retirement Accounts

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) –Teachers, police officers and some other Arkansas state and county workers could soon see some changes to their retirement plans. The board that governs APERS, or The Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System, will put four proposed changes before lawmakers. Only those who are a part of APERS will see the changes if approved. One change in the proposal will be to increase an employees contribution rate. It would go from 5% to 6% over a four year […]

  • Former Teachers Of U Of A Student Hit And Killed In Crosswalk Speak About The Tragedy

    CLARKSVILLE (KFSM) — 18-year-old Andrea Torres was hit and killed by a driver while going through a crosswalk on the University of Arkansas campus. The driver of the car, a 17-year-old was cited for using a handheld device while driving. The Washington County Prosecutor is reviewing the case to determine if any charges will be filed. Torres was studying architecture at the U of A, but before she went off to college, she played the clarinet in the band at […]

  • Strong Winds Damage Parts Of Waldron

    WALDRON, Ark. (KFSM) — Wednesday (Feb. 6) night’s storm caused quite a few downed trees and even some power outages in counties like LeFlore, Sequoyah and Scott. Although her home is still standing, Shawna Shores says it’s been condemned. The back of the house is bulging out and pieces of her roof and her kid’s trampoline are all over the yard. “They were laying on the couch the couch moved…they come to the bedroom and told me a tornado hit […]

  • UA Student Killed At Crosswalk Identified; Driver Cited

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — On Wednesday (Feb. 6) the student hit and killed in a University of Arkansas crosswalk was identified as 18-year-old Andrea Torres. Torres, a UA student,  was struck Saturday (Feb. 2) by a 17-year-old girl driving on Garland Avenue near the Northwest Quad residence hall, according to Capt. Gary Crain, spokesman for UA police. A 17-year-old driver was issued two citations in the incident; failure to yield to a pedestrian and using a handheld device while driving. The […]

  • Pedestrian Hit And Killed In Crawford County By Driver Trying To Avoid Deer

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) — One man is dead after being hit by a pickup truck in Crawford County. Investigators arrived on Old 88 Road just before 7 p.m. last night where they found an unidentified man. The man died after being hit by a Toyota pickup truck driver who swerved to miss a deer. Deputies say 67-year-old Rick White from the Chester area was already dead when they arrived. Investigators have not identified the driver but did say there likely […]

  • Daycares Across Arkansas Feeling The Affect Of The Partial Government Shutdown

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — We are now in the 20th day of the partial government shutdown and until lawmakers push through a budget, government funds that many rely on across Arkansas could soon be on hold. The uncertainty is starting to put stress on smaller businesses like daycares. “It’s fear of the next step because we obviously don’t want to take away our services,” said Raven Jones, Director of Smart Start Academy and Daycare in Fort Smith. Jones said what’s […]

  • Maintenance On The Arkansas River Bridge May Cause Traffic To Be Backed Up

    (KFSM) — The Arkansas River Bridge on I-540 will be closed to one lane during the most highly traveled times due to routine maintenance. The closure will affect drivers coming from Fort Smith into Van Buren in the northbound lane. Crews with the Highway Department said they will have that stretch of interstate shut down to one lane for about two weeks. Crews will be working on that stretch of the northbound lane from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Since […]

  • Arkansas Medical Marijuana Patients Look Into Using Oklahoma Dispensaries

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Arkansas medical marijuana patients wanting to cross the border into Oklahoma to receive medication are hitting a roadblock. According to the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority, an out-of-state person can apply for a 30-day temporary license to receive their cannabis medication in the state. The person would have to have several sources of identification and a digital or color copy of their medical marijuana license issued to them by the state they live in. Those who live […]

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