Leah Seiter is the producer of Wake Up with 5NEWS. She also produces 5NEWS Weekend that airs on both KFSM-5 and KXNW-34.

Leah is new to Arkansas and television news. She has degree in print and online journalism from Missouri State University.

Leah is a huge sports fan, animal lover, and news addict!

Recent Articles
  • Woman Killed in Prairie Grove House Fire

    An elderly woman was killed Wednesday (June 5) in a house fire in Prairie Grove, said Capt. Chris Workman of the Prairie Grove Police Department. The fire started at 201 Kate Smith St. about 8 a.m., police said. Neighbors reported seeing a flash and hearing a boom, indicating lightning might have struck the house, but that has not been confirmed, Workman said. Lynnwood Holloway, a close friend of the victim, identified her as 85-year-old Billie Marie Kidd. “I just can’t get […]

  • EPA Cleaning Up Oil Spill in Fort Smith

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is working to clean up 15,000 gallons of spilled mineral oil from an OG&E transformer that exploded at a utility substation on Cavanaugh Road in Fort Smith Saturday (June 1), said Jeff Turner, Sebastian County emergency manager. Oil spilled into Massard Creek in Oklahoma and flowed nearly 200 yards into Arkansas before crews stopped the downstream flow, said Adam Adams, the EPA’s on-scene coordinator. “There is a significant amount that did leak off [OG&E] property and we […]

  • Hundreds Protest Outside Walmart Home Office

    Striking workers protested outside Walmart’s home office in Bentonville Monday morning (June 3) as associates and shareholders began arriving in town for this year’s annual shareholders meeting. A Walmart spokesman said not all protestors all associates, however the protestors say they are all Walmart employees, and say they are protesting because they want higher wages, better benefits and more respect. A Walmart spokesman said they have competitive salaries and just under 90% of Walmart employees would recommend working for the […]

  • Search Resumes for Missing Game Warden, Scott County Woman

    The search has resumed for Joel Campora, an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife officer, and an unidentified women who went missing Friday (May 31) during severe flooding in the Y City area of Scott County, after heavy rain forced the search to stop earlier Saturday. 12 teams have been formed to search the land around the swollen Fourche River, Sebastian County Investigation Phillip Pevehouse said in an update on the Sheriff’s Department Facebook page Saturday around noon. K-9’s have […]

  • Flooding Forces State of Emergency in LeFlore County

    Due to extensive emergency response efforts and damages to infrastructure, LeFlore County has activated an emergency operations plan and declared a state of emergency, Michael Davidson, the county’s director of Emergency Management said Friday (May 31.) “This request, if granted, will begin the process to formally request state and federal assistance for disaster response and recovery effort(s),” Davidson said in a news release. Flash flooding has caused damages to several county roads bridges and culverts in the Haw Creek, Hontubby, […]

  • Scott County Sheriff Found Dead During Severe Flooding

    The search for Joel Campora, an Arkansas Game and Fish Warden concluded after river boats pulled onto shore. The body of Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter was found around 8 a.m. Friday (May 31) after a major flooding event in Scott County, according to Arkansas Game and Fish spokesman Keith Stephens. Law enforcement officials and volunteers with the Red Cross in Arkansas lined the road as Carpenter’s body was escorted back from where he was found. Joel Campora, an Arkansas […]

  • Van Buren Storm Siren Struck By Lightning

    The Crawford County Department of Emergency Management sent out a notice informing Van Buren residents the emergency warning siren in Vista Hills on Pernot Street is temporarily broken. The department said the siren was struck by lightning during the last storm and parts have to be ordered. The parts will likely not be here in time for the next round of severe weather, according to a news release from the department. 5NEWS urges you to keep it here when severe […]

  • Accused Child Killer Gets Second Mental Evaluation

    Accused child killer Zachary Holly has been approved for a second mental evaluation, with this one to be conducted next month by a Fort Smith psychologist. Holly appeared before Judge Brad Karren on Wednesday (May 29) in Benton County Circuit, where defense attorneys were granted a second mental evaluation. Dr. Patty Walz of Consulting Psychology Western Arkansas is to evaluate Holly on June 21, the judge said. A mental status hearing is set for July 25 at 8:30 a.m. The […]

  • Springdale Infant Killed in One-Vehicle Crash

    An infant was killed in a deadly car accident in Madison County Sunday afternoon.

  • National Weather Service to Survey More Damage

    Thursday (May 23) the National Weather Service will head back to Northwest Arkansas to survey more damage after they have already confirmed three tornadoes touched down here. Wednesday, the National Weather Service determined an EF-1 tornado touched down in the Rocky Branch area near Beaver Lake. The National Weather Service also determined another EF-1 tornado hit the rural areas south of Siloam Springs in northwest Washington County during Monday’s storm. Another team confirmed an EF-0 tornado struck LeFlore County during […]

  • POLICE: Suspicious Items at Bentonville Motel a ‘Mystery’

    Police Chief Jon Simpson said several various, suspicious items were found inside a vacant motel room Wednesday (May 22). Simpson said the reason those items were inside the empty motel is a mystery. Around 7 a.m. Bentonville police officers, along with the  Bentonville Bomb Squad, and the Bentonville Fire Department arrived at the Travelodge motel at 2307 SE Walton Blvd. after multiple suspicious items were found inside an unoccupied motel room. The Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy next door was […]

  • Rogers Police Officer Suspended With Pay After Arrest

    The Rogers Police Department has put Sgt. Jesse Ray on paid administrative leave following his arrest Friday (May 17) on suspicion of choking his wife and threatening to kill her, deputies said. Washington County deputies responded to a report of assault at a home on North Jackson Highway in Lincoln Friday, according to the preliminary arrest report. Patricia Ray complained she had been choked and beaten up by her husband, Jesse Ray,the report states. Deputies said Patricia Ray had visible […]

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