Chainee Bartlett is a graduate of Arkansas Tech University with a Bachelor of the Arts degree. She is a native Arkansan with a passion for news and popular culture. Chainee joined the morning show staff as a producer in June 2013.

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  • LeFlore County Deputies Arrest Escaped Sex Offender Near Spiro

    LEFLORE COUNTY(KFSM) — A convicted sex offender was arrested Wednesday night (Jan. 25) after he escaped police custody last week, according to the LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office. Colton Shawn Potter, 25, was arrested near a home on Cowshed Crossing Road near Spiro. According to Undersheriff Kendall Morgan, Potter was first spotted at a mobile home up the road. When confronted by officers, Potter ran from the home. Deputies were able to take him into custody following a manhunt. Two people inside the mobile home […]

  • Fort Smith Man Shot, Police Search For Suspect

    FORT SMITH(KFSM) — A man shot and injured another man Monday (Dec. 26), according to the Fort Smith Police Department. The shooting happened around 3 p.m. at 1901 North 7th Street in Fort Smith, police said. The victim was taken to the hospital with a non life-threatening injury. He is expected to recover, according to police. Officers served a search warrant at the home, but nothing was found inside, police said. Investigators are looking for a suspect in the shooting, but have […]

  • Possible Human Remains Discovered In Franklin County

    FRANKLIN COUNTY(KFSM) – The Franklin County Sheriff’s office is investigating the discovery of possible human remains, according to Sheriff Anthony Boen. The remains were found by two people in a wooded area near the intersection of East Coal Road and Plum Street on Saturday(Nov. 12), Boen said. The remains were sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for identification. It could take several weeks before the results are released. Sheriff Boen said the investigation is ongoing.  

  • One Person Dead After Being Hit By Truck In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH(KFSM) – One person is dead after being hit by a truck Friday(Nov. 4) night, according to Sgt. Chris McCoy with the Fort Smith Police Department. The incident happened on Grand Avenue shortly after 8:00 p.m. and blocked all four lanes of traffic until the scene was cleared. The victim was taken to the hospital where they were pronounced dead, Sgt. McCoy said. Investigators gathered blood samples from both the victim and the driver to test for alcohol or […]

  • Deputy Finds 25 Pounds of Marijuana During Traffic Stop

    VIAN(KFSM)- A man has been arrested after a Sequoyah County K9 Deputy found 25 pounds of marijuana inside his vehicle, according to Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart. Grant Kanouse, 55, from Sturgis, Michigan was pulled over near Vian for speeding  on Wednesday(Oct. 26), said Sheriff Lockhart. The K9 officer alerted on the vehicle and the deputy was given permission to search the car. He then discovered several bags of high-grade marijuana, according to Sheriff Lockhart. Kanouse was arrested and taken to the […]

  • Improvements Coming to School District After Millage Vote

    VAN BUREN(KFSM) – Old buses, buildings in need of repairs, and outdated technology lead the Van Buren School District to ask their community for help this school year. On Tuesday (Sept. 20), voters approved a one-time restructuring of four existing bonds for the district, which will provide $8 million to fix all that is needed. The money will also go towards a new school. “We have a new school that we’re going to build, an elementary school on the north […]

  • Scott County Sheriff Identifies Suspect, Victim In Death Investigation

    SCOTT COUNTY (KFSM) — The Scott County Sheriff’s Office released the identities of the victim and suspect involved in a deadly altercation over the weekend. The sheriff’s office said Jeffery Newell, 36, killed Hugh “Hoot” Strozier, 38, Sunday night (Sept. 18). Deputies responded to a house in the Nella community around 7:30 p.m. where they found Strozier dead from what appeared to be a stabbing, according to the sheriff’s office. Three children were also present at Newell’s home where the altercation […]

  • Former Maggie House Employee Accused of Sexual Misconduct With Child

    CHARLESTON (KFSM) — A former employee of the Maggie House was arrested Monday (Sept. 19), accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a child living there, according to court documents. Ethan Wayne Riley, 25,  of Fort Smith was booked into the Sebastian County Jail, records show. He is facing two charges, one count of second-degree sexual assault and one count of sexual indecency with a child, according to documents filed in Franklin County Circuit Court. According to the Sebastian County Jail, […]

  • Driver Not Ticketed For Hitting Paris Children

    PARIS (KFSM) — The driver who hit two children waiting at a bus stop in Paris on Monday (Sept.12) will not be ticketed, according to Corporal Tony Howard with the Paris Police Department. According to Howard, it was an accident because the sun that morning was too bright that the driver could not see the children. The two children are currently recovering at Little Rock Children’s Hospital, according to Howard. Both suffered broken bones and burns from the accident.

  • Two Children Waiting For School Bus Hit By Car In Paris

    PARIS (KFSM) — Two children are recovering in the hospital after being hit by a car Monday (Sept. 12) morning, according to Cpl. Tony Howard with the Paris Police Department According to Howard, the children were waiting for their school bus on Carr Street. Howard said the sun was so bright that the driver couldn’t see the children in time to stop. A boy, 6, and a girl, 11, were taken to Little Rock Children’s Hospital for treatment, Howard said. […]

  • Pawnee Earthquake Upgraded To Magnitude 5.8

    PAWNEE, Okla. (KFSM) – The U.S. Geological Survey has upgraded Saturday’s (Sept. 3) earthquake to a magnitude 5.8, making it Oklahoma’s largest recorded earthquake in the state’s history. The revision comes after more in-depth analysis of the seismic recordings, according to the USGS. The magnitude was revised after the department further studied the seismic recordings during and after the quake on Saturday. The earthquake was felt throughout the region  just after 7 a.m. on Saturday. Many residents said they felt their house […]

  • One Person Hospitalized in Motorcycle Wreck

    FORT SMITH(KFSM) – One person is injured following a motorcycle accident Thursday(August 25) evening, according to Fort Smith Police dispatchers. The accident, involving a black SUV and a motorcycle, took place in the 3000 block of Rogers Avenue. Eyewitnesses said traffic had to be diverted as emergency crews responded to the scene. According to dispatchers, the person riding the motorcycle was taken to the hospital. That person’s condition is unknown. No other injuries were reported.