Jo has been with 5 NEWS as a reporter for one year. 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
  • 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 […]

  • Kindergartner Walks Away From Fort Smith School; Parents Find Her A Mile Away

    FORT SMITH — On Tuesday (Aug. 22), Fort Smith mother Gabriela Chavarria said she arrived at Sutton Elementary on Kelley Highway to pick up her 6-year-old kindergartner, whose name is also Gabriella. Chavarria said her daughter’s name was called over the speaker and she never came to the pickup line. She said staff members were searching the school but the 6-year-old was nowhere to be found. “I felt like my heart was going to come out of my chest. So […]

  • Manhunt Underway For Fort Smith Double Homicide Suspect

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Police have arrested one man and are searching for another linked to a double homicide last month at the West Apartments complex. Neirod Medlock, 19, was arrested Thursday (Aug. 16) in connection with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping and one count of residential aggravated burglary — all Class Y felonies. Fort Smith police have initiated a nationwide search for the second suspect, Marcus Collins, who is believed to be armed and dangerous. Anyone […]

  • Fire Destroys Van Buren Apartment Complex

    VAN BUREN (KFSM)–Early Thursday (Aug.9) a fire tore through the Colonial Apartment complex off Third Street in Van Buren. A man living in the building told 5NEWS that he had just got off work and was cooking chicken. He said he fell asleep and woke up to an apartment full of smoke. The fire destroyed nearly a dozen apartments but was able to be extinguished before it reached the rest of the apartments. Dillon Marr said he was on his […]

  • Man Dead, Officer Injured In Van Buren Shooting

    VAN BUREN (KFSM)—Early Sunday (Aug.5) morning two Van Buren police officers were called to a domestic disturbance call at a home in the 2200 block of Granite Circle in Van Buren. Van Buren police said Cathy Fisher, Johnny Fisher’s wife, called 911, which has been released. Upon arrival, the officers separated the husband and wife and were questioning both as to what happened. Police said it was at that time that Johnny Fisher brandished two guns inside of the home […]

  • Suspect In Fort Smith Hardee’s Robbery Says He Didn’t Do It; “Ya’ll Will See”

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) Since Saturday (July 28), Fort Smith police had been searching for Douglas Eubanks. Nearly a week later Eubanks turned himself in to police with a lawyer present. Eubanks is accused of robbing the Hardee’s on Pheonix Avenue in Fort Smith. Investigators said Eubanks was inside of the store when a manager came to work. The manager was held at gun point, tied up and money was taken from the safe, according to police. An employee who came […]

  • Fort Smith Mayoral Candidates Face Off In Last Debate Before Election

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — On Thursday (Aug. 2) the three candidates running for Fort Smith mayor attended a town hall debate at UAFS. Candidates George McGill, Luis Andrade and Wayne Haver attended the event that drew around a hundred voters. The moderators of the event asked the candidates to give their point of view on a wide range of topics including infrastructure, FOIA violations and current lawsuits. The candidates spent a majority of the debate discussing economy and bringing new […]

  • Dog Shot In Head Receives Surgery To Have Bullet Removed

    WALDRON (KFSM) — On Tuesday (July 31), Toby Ingle who lives on Oak Street in Waldron said he heard a gun shot outside of his home. Ingle said once outside he realized his neighbor was shooting a dog named Bailey. The dog was on Ingle’s rental property that is directly across the street from the home he lives in. Ingle rents the property to his sister and the man who fired the shots lives on a corner near the two […]

  • Pest Control Experts Say Bed Bug Cases On The Rise

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Multiple pest control experts in the Fort Smith area said cases of bed bugs have been on the rise for the last few years. Doug Grimm, and his team at Terminator Termite and Pest Control on Towson Avenue in Fort Smith, is one one of many teams that are often called to get rid of the problem. Grimm spoke about the stigma often attached to the bothersome pests. “You need to get a hold of a […]

  • Affidavit: 1 Of 3 Suspects In Couple’s Murders Confessed To Killing

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) — Early Wednesday (July 18) morning police said a call came in from out-of-state saying someone was being held against their will in Van Buren and that there could possibly be a homicide. According to a probable cause affidavit from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Van Buren police received a tip from a woman whose sister called, saying she had been kidnapped by a couple and brought to Van Buren after her kidnappers killed an elderly couple […]

  • Fort Smith Mayor Signs Target Of Vandalism

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The race for Fort Smith Mayor seems to be one of the most debated races in the city. People are talking about the race and have three candidates to choose from. Recently, some may have taken the debate a too far. Mayoral candidate George McGill recently had one of his campaign signs cut in half. “It’s a reflection on our city when these kinds of things happen. So, what we want to do at the end […]