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
  • Parents Speak Out About Teen’s Death Due To Fall From Moving Vehicle

    FORT SMITH, Ark.—17-year-old Jasmine Phelps died Saturday (April 20) in Fort Smith after her father says she most likely and unknowingly jumped from a moving vehicle on I-540 near the Kelley Highway exit. He said she was in the custody of a Fort Smith girls shelter at the time. “As they were bringing her and somewhere around the Kelley exit, around 65 mph it’s been stated she jumped out of the vehicle,” Jasmine’s father Brian said. “I’d like to know […]

  • Police: Possibly Hundreds, Including Children, Secretly Recorded In Women’s Bathroom At Sallisaw Restaurant

    SALLISAW, Okla. — A restaurant employee has been arrested after customers found a hidden camera in a women’s bathroom. On Sunday, April 14, a customer at Roma’s Italian Restaurant in Sallisaw logged into a WiFi account and saw a camera pointing at a bathroom stall that he thought was from the restroom of where he was dining. To make sure the customer asked his wife to help him find out. “At this point in time, he sent his wife into […]

  • Thieves Steal Food From Fort Smith Donation Center

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — Volunteers who work for Pay It Forward Fort Smith, a service ran by volunteers that help feed and cloth around 300 families a week, said they woke up on Wednesday (April 17) to find their stockpile of donations had been ransacked and food was missing. “Quite a few things were missing. So, immediately I started taking pictures and made a short video and called the local police department. I didn’t know what else to do,” […]

  • Storm Spotters Ready To Track Possibility Of Severe Weather This Weekend

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — The National Weather Service has a volunteer program full of storm spotters called the NWS SKYWARN program. These storm spotters identify and describe severe storms in their area and relay that information to the National Weather Service in Tulsa. There are a few SKYWARN volunteers in the River Valley that work out of the Sebastian County Emergency Management building in Fort Smith every time a threat of severe weather rolls around. As we head into […]

  • Lightning Strike Damages Fort Smith Home

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Fort Smith homeowner Louetta Justice, who lives on Quebec Street off Hwy 271, said she had just returned home from taking her daughter to school. She said before she left her home before 8:00am on Thursday (Apr. 4) she had heard thunder and lightning rolling through but didn’t think much about it. It was when she returned home that morning that she realized that the storm had caused a problem. She said her garage door opener […]

  • Alma Woman Won’t Be Charged In Shooting Death Of Boyfriend

    ALMA, Ark. (KFSM) — Prosecutors won’t charge an Alma woman in the shooting death of her boyfriend after determining she was justified in using deadly force. Miranda Resinos, 36, was arrested last month in connection with first-degree murder for shooting Kevin Gettridge. Resinos called police on March 1 and told authorities she shot Gettridge, 33, after he lunged at her in her home on Sunnyside Road, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office. Resinos said she and Gettridge had a […]

  • Gun Linked To Large Theft Investigation In Prairie Grove Found In Mountainburg

    MOUNTAINBURG (KFSM) — Mountainburg police said during a traffic stop of a vehicle with fake tags they recovered a gun belonging to a large burglary case out of Northwest Arkansas. Police are not identifying the couple in the vehicle at this time but said the driver, a male, was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm. A female passenger in the car was arrested for theft by receiving. Investigators said they quickly discovered the gun was linked […]

  • Police Were Not Wearing Body Cams During Fatal Shooting In Sallisaw

    SALLISAW, Okla. (KFSM) — Sallisaw Police were involved in a fatal shooting Thursday (March 14) morning, but footage of the incident will not be released because there isn’t any. The police department does have body cameras for every officer on patrol, but during this shooting, the officers weren’t wearing them. Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane confirmed that the officer-involved shooting took place just south of Sallisaw on Highway 59 near the I-40 interchange. Sallisaw Police received a call early Thursday […]

  • Mena Students Speak Out After Light Pole Falls During Soccer Game In Clarksville

    CLARKSVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — During a soccer game on Saturday (March 9) a strong gust of wind sent a stadium light pole crashing onto the field, sending a referee and students to the hospital. The referee was pinned underneath the pole and now has a broken leg. The event was taking place at Clarksville High School, and Mena and Dardanelle teams were on the field at the time. Mena soccer player Andrew Davis was grazed by the falling pole. “About […]

  • 911 Call Released: Man Dead After Girlfriend Shoots Him In Alma Home

    ALMA, Ark. (KFSM) — The 911 tape of a woman calling dispatchers after she allegedly shot her boyfriend inside her home in Alma on Friday, March 1 has been released. Shortly after the call, investigators say Kevin Gettridge was found dead inside the residence on Sunnyside Rd. in Alma. Miranda Resinos is now facing a possible first-degree murder charge. She was released from the Crawford County Detention on a $25,000 bond on Thursday (Mar. 7). The Crawford County Prosecuting Attorney […]

  • Owner Of Stolen Fort Smith Motorcycle Speaks Out About It Being In A Deadly Crash

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — Fort Smith motorcycle owner Joseph Cooper said he decided to by himself the bike as a gift. “I got it like a week before Christmas. Immediately started getting things in order, asked everybody to get me things for Christmas. I got a helmet, a jacket,” Cooper said. Cooper still has the accessories for the motorcycle in his apartment. He said he spent time learning how to ride the bike. Last week when he was on […]

  • UAFS Men’s Basketball Coach Resigns After DUI Arrest

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The former University of Arkansas Fort Smith men’s basketball coach, Justin Bailey, resigned after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Bailey was placed on administrative paid leave earlier this year after his arrest on Dec. 30, 2018. Documents released by the university through a Freedom of Information Act request show Bailey was on a trip of official business with the university and driving a rental car at the time of the arrest. A […]

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