Marty came to 5NEWS as the Northwest Arkansas weekend assignment manager in October 2012 after nearly 15 years as a sportswriter with a local newspaper. He was born and raised in Shreveport, La., and graduated from Missouri with a Bachelor degree in journalism with a minor in history. His wife, Jennifer, raises three daughters exceptionally well while Marty desperately tries to stay out of the way without messing anything up. He is usually in timeout.

Recent Articles
  • Four Men Face Possession Charges After Arrests in Rogers

    ROGERS (KFSM) – Four Benton County men face felony charges of possession of drug paraphernalia after being arrested by the Benton County Special Operation Division Gang Unit on Saturday morning. A fifth man was taken in custody and found to have felony warrants, officers said. Omar G. Martinez, Ronald Carranza, Hector Vega Torres and Omar Martinez was booked in the Benton County Detention Center on Saturday. Omar G. Martinez, 21, has a bond of $3,500, while Carranza, 22, and Vega-Torres, […]

  • Domestic Battery Case Dismissed Against Springdale Man

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – A domestic battery case has been dismissed against a Springdale man accused last year of aggravated assault on a family member, records show. In April 2013, Derek Van Voast entered a guilty plea to a charge of third-degree domestic battery without an attorney present in Springdale District Court, records should. Springdale District Judge Jeff Harper signed an order in July 2014 dismissing the case. The order states that evidence shows the guilty plea should not have been […]

  • Live-In Boyfriend Arrested After Woman Said He Brandished Gun

    Ed. Update: Charges have been dropped against the suspect in this case. Click here to read more on the dismissal. A Springdale man faces two felony charges after his live-in girlfriend told police he waved a gun and threatened to kill anyone who came in the house Saturday night (April 6). Monte Jordan, 46, was booked in the Washington County Detention Center on Sunday morning and has a $5,000 bond, according to the Sheriff’s Department website. Jordan faces felony charges […]

  • No T-Shirt Cannon At Razorbacks Game Following Intern’s Hospitalization

    The University of Arkansas will not use a T-shirt cannon in the football team’s next game, after an intern was injured by a T-shirt launcher during the Razorbacks’ home-opener Saturday in Fayetteville, according to a statement released Tuesday. Arkansas officials said an intern in the school’s marketing department was hospitalized after a T-shirt air cannon malfunctioned at Razorback Stadium. The intern was treated and released from a local hospital, according to the university. “At the time of discharge, the launching […]

  • Family Members Released From Jail After a Bella Vista Pot Bust

    Three family members were arrested Saturday (Aug. 31) in a drug bust in Bella Vista, officials said. They were released on bond from the Benton County Jail Monday (Sept. 2). Those arrested are Eliseo and Sarah Alvarez, both 24,  and Michael Bidwell, 52, according to a news release from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. All three are in the Benton County Jail and are currently being held without bond after being booked. The Alvarezes are married and Bidwell is Sarah Alvarez’s father, […]

  • Pickup Truck Crashes Into 18-Wheeler in Springdale

    Springdale police and fire department personnel responded to a two-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon on the 4200 block of South Thompson Street. A green pickup truck collided head-on with an 18-wheeler with the front end of the truck getting wedged underneath the front bumper of the 18-wheeler. A 5NEWS reporter said the driver was still in the pickup truck and a stretcher was seen right next to the pickup truck as personnel worked the scene. “Looks like he’s pinned in the […]

  • Police: Supervised Sex Offender Threatened to Kill

    Crawford County Sheriff deputies arrested a Level 4 sex offender after he slipped out of a house where he supposed to be supervised 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Dry Ice Accident Forces Evacuation, Sends 34 to Hospital

    A Siloam Springs plant was evacuated Saturday morning after an accident involving dry ice caused a carbon dioxide gas cloud.

  • Ammonia Leak Empties Tyson Plant in Rogers

    An ammonia leak in a Tyson Foods facility caused the plant to be evacuated and a precautionary “protection in place” order to be issued by the city’s fire department. Fire department personnel responded to the facility at 400 West Olrich St. at approximately 8:15 p.m. Officials said a safety pressure valve released due to a build up of pressure, causing the leak. Neighbors complained of the smell of ammonia. Rogers Fire Chief Tom Jenkins said the order, which asks residents […]

  • Arkansas Rolls In Bielema’s Debut

    Williams, Collins each break century mark on ground in 34-14 win

  • Air Cannon Mishap Injures UA Intern During Game

    Arkansas officials said an intern in the school’s marketing department was injured when a T-shirt air cannon malfunctioned during the Razorbacks’ season-opening football game against Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday. The accident happened in the first quarter of the game when the intern was attempting to fire a T-shirt into the crowd at Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The cannon exploded for some reason and injured the man’s leg. Officials said he was transported to Washington Regional Medical Center for treatment and the extent […]

  • Woman Faces Child Sexual Indecency Charge For Facebook Photos

    A 21-year-old Fayetteville woman faces a felony charge of sexual indecency with a child after a 14-year-old juvenile told police the two had exchanged explicit photographs on Facebook. Taasha Yoakum was booked in the Washington County Detention Center on Friday evening and has a bond of $5,000, according to the Sheriff’s Office website. Yoakum has a Sept. 16 court date. A preliminary police report said an investigation was started after a person called police Wednesday to tell officers about explicit […]

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