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
  • Fort Smith Police Investigate Possible Accidental Shooting

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) —  Fort Smith police have finished their investigation of Sunday’s (Dec. 9) accidental shooting. Police said they believe a few people were at a home at the 4400 block of Clarendon Street when a person called 911 telling dispatchers that someone had been shot. During the investigation police said that people were in the back yard of the home firing weapons and that one man may have accidentally shot another man.  Police also believe that alcohol was involved. The […]

  • LeFlore County Dispatcher Re-Hired After Rape Charges Dismissed; Woman Says Justice System Failed Her

    POTEAU OKLA. (KFSM) — A LeFlore County dispatcher who was accused of rape and fired from his job was offered his position back after no charges were filed against him. Since no charges were filed and he was not charged with a crime we are not posting his name here. The woman who filed the report told investigators she was raped by the male dispatcher at his home during a housewarming party. The woman, who was also a LeFlore County […]

  • Black Friday Shoppers In Fort Smith Out To Find The Best Deals

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Just after 5 p.m. on Thursday (Nov. 22) stores across the area kicked off their Black Friday sales. Many families put away the turkey and headed out to the excitement of Black Friday shopping. Analysts predict Black Friday to do well this year and launch the holiday season sales into the $1 trillion mark for the first time ever. “Thanksgiving was good. We rushed through it and ate and then we left,” said Black Friday shopper […]

  • UPDATE: Missing Bentonville Teen Found

    BENTONVILLE,  Ark. (KFSM) —   The family of the missing Bentonville teen, 14-year-old Audrey Lewis, report she has been found.  No additional details were given. Original Story: A Bentonville family is asking for the public’s help in finding Audrey Lewis — she’s been missing from her home since early Saturday (Nov. 17). Lewis is 14 years old and has brown hair, green eyes, is 5-feet tall and weighs 130 pounds.  She has a birthmark on the back of her neck. She […]

  • Rogers Police Searching For Armed Robbery Suspect Wearing Blonde Wig

    ROGERS (KFSM) — Just after 9 p.m. Sunday night (Nov.11), Rogers Police said, they responded to an attempted armed robbery on South 8th Street. Investigators said a white male wearing a blonde wig entered the Dollar General Store and gave the clerk a note. The suspect, wearing an oversized black coat and dark glasses, showed the employee a firearm, according to police. The clerk read the note and threw it back at the suspect before running away. Police said the […]

  • This Magic Moment: Meteor Spotted At Wedding Reception

    FORT SMITH – A newlywed couple in Fort Smith had their wedding reception crashed by an unexpected guest: a meteor from the Taurid Meteor Shower. Daniel and Ashley Crawford were sharing a dance when a wedding guest, Madison Rhoades, managed to capture the meteor flying past the window behind them. “It was magical”, said Daniel Crawford, “I thought it was really cool that it came in the window right behind us.” Ashley Crawford described it as looking “like a firework”. […]

  • Why Your Local McDonalds Is Receiving A Makeover

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — You may have noticed that your local McDonalds is receiving a makeover. It’s part of a push from McDonald’s executives to integrate a new look along with technology. Part of the new look for McDonalds’ across the country means a renovated lobby and renovations of the outside of the stores as well. Right now the McDonalds on Grand Avenue in Fort Smith is under construction while keeping a portion open to continue serving customers. “I come […]

  • Sheriff: Oklahoma Woman Shoots Ex-Boyfriend After He Violates Protection Order

    GANS, Okla (KFSM)– Sequoyah County Investigators said a Gans woman is being questioned after she’s suspected of shooting her ex-boyfriend. The man was rushed to Sparks Hospital in Fort Smith after being shot in the chest, according to investigators. The Sequoyah County Sheriff said the woman had a protection order against the man and there is a domestic violence history between the two. Investigators said the woman told them the man was intoxicated, agitated and raised his fist to hit […]

  • Pea Ridge Mule Jump Draws Large Crowd For 30th Year

    PEA RIDGE (KFSM) — Families from all over the region showed up Saturday (Oct. 13) to enjoy the 30th annual Pea Ridge Mule Jump. The Mule Jump featured more than 40 mules that competed in the jumping competition, with more than $4,000 in prize money up for grabs during the event. “The Jump, as many of us call it here in Pea Ridge, has grown enormously over the past three years as people from across the country began to discover […]

  • Two Arrested After High Speed Chase In Sequoyah County

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) — On Wednesday (Sept. 26) Sequoyah County Deputy Colton Goff said he observed a silver BMW speeding in a rural area of Roland. The deputy tried to pull the vehicle over for going 35mph in at 25 mph zone. The deputy said once he initiated his emergency lights the vehicle took off reaching speeds of over 100 mph. The deputy was then chasing the vehicle on Interstate 40 in Sequoyah County going eastbound. At that point, police […]

  • Former Care Giver Of Man With Autism Speaks About His Arrest And Death

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)–An investigation is underway after a mentally disabled man was found severely injured in his Sebastian County jail cell on Wednesday (Sept. 12) morning. The next day 25-year-old John Davenport, a man who his family says was diagnosed with autism and had a mind of a six-year-old, died in a hospital. “I just remember him being so happy and had so much joy for life,” said Davenport’s former caregiver Kenyon Savage. ” A deputy noticed Davenport on the […]

  • Report of River Valley Sports Complex Shows Unsafe And Poor Construction; City Seeks Ideas On Starting Over

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — On August 16, the City of Fort Smith closed an open request for proposals concerning the River Valley Sports Complex. The city was soliciting proposals from a qualified developer for the development of the property at Chaffee Crossing. City leaders have said they hope to have a plan for the River Valley Sports Complex by the end of 2018. The proposals will be a way for the city to decide what will happen to the property […]