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  • Van Buren Man Wins $1 Million From Lottery Scratch-Off Ticket

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) – The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery announced Friday (Feb. 27) its latest $1 million winner is a man from Van Buren. Lottery officials said Driton Krasniqi bought his winning ticket at the Flash Market Store in Van Buren. It happens to be across the street from Frank’s Italian Restaurant & Grill, where Krasniqi serves as the general manager.  He won the $1 million prize from a $20 Arkansas Fifth Anniversary Millions scratch-off ticket. Tammy Busbee has worked at […]

  • UAFS Shuts Down Because Of Snow

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Rapid snowfall caused the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith to shut down classes for the rest of the day, the school announced Friday afternoon. Stay with 5NEWS for more on your local weather coverage.

  • Teen Accused Of Beating Ex-Mayor Dad With Ax Handle Gets $20,000 Bond

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) – The Mountainburg teen accused of beating his ex-mayor father with an ax handle appeared in court Friday morning and had his bond set at $20,000, according to the Crawford County Prosecutor’s Office. Randy Bryant, 17, remains in the Yell County Juvenile Detention Center in Danville and may be charged in the near future with attempted murder. He appeared Friday morning in Crawford County Circuit Court. Bryant’s arraignment is set for March 11, according to the prosecutor’s […]

  • Truck Propped Up On Large Rock After Crashing Into Fort Smith Front Yard

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – No one was hurt Friday morning in a wreck that left a pickup propped up on a large rock in someone’s front yard in Fort Smith. The black Chevrolet pickup was traveling along Hendrix Boulevard at 7:59 a.m., when it left the roadway and crashed into the front yard of a nearby house. The vehicle sustained some damage to the front and undercarriage, as it came to rest at an inverse angle on a large rock. […]

  • Passenger Hospitalized After Cars Collide In Fort Smith Parking Lot

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) -A two-car crash in a Fort Smith parking lot sent a passenger to the hospital Friday morning, according to the Fort Smith Police Department. Police say two cars were driving through the Phoenix Expo Center parking lot near Phoenix Avenue and Towson Avenue around 6:30 a.m., when the two vehicles collided. The passenger in a Chevrolet Malibu was transported to the hospital with heck and neck pain, police said. A Toyota Camry was the other car involved […]

  • State Appeals Court Upholds Fort Smith Rapist’s 140-Year Sentence

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The Arkansas Court of Appeals this week upheld the 140-year prison sentence for a Fort Smith man convicted of raping a pre-teen boy several times. A Sebastian County jury in 2013 found Robert Lee Sandrelli guilty of four counts of rape, after which Sandrelli was sentenced to four 35-year prison sentences to run back-to-back. Sandrelli appealed the conviction to the state, claiming there was insufficient evidence in the case because the victim’s testimony was the only […]

  • $695,000 Approved For Fort Smith Homeless Clinic

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A state agency has approved $695,000 in grant money toward the building of a homeless clinic in Fort Smith, project organizers announced Wednesday. The Arkansas Development Finance Authority signed off on the grants to the Old Fort Homeless Coalition for the construction of the Riverview Hope Campus. The facility is set to include a 75-bed emergency shelter, cafeteria, showers, classrooms, counseling rooms and other features for low-income or homeless patients who need mental or medical care. […]

  • Son Arrested After Former Mountainburg Mayor Beaten With Ax Handle

    MOUNTAINBURG (KFSM) – Former Mountainburg Mayor Ralph Bryant remained in critical condition Wednesday, a day after police say his teenage son beat him with an ax handle. Mountainburg emergency crews responded Tuesday to the 900 block of Cedar Street in reference to an injury. Bryant, former mayor and police chief for the city, was flown to Washington Regional Medical Center in serious condition, with multiple lacerations and a broken eye socket, a family member told 5NEWS. Police on Wednesday said […]

  • Barling Officer Pulls Woman From Fiery Wreck After Boyfriend Runs Off, Police Say

    BARLING (KFSM) – A Barling officer rescued a woman from a fiery crash early Saturday morning. Police say the woman’s boyfriend ran from the wreckage. The Barling Police Department received a call at 2:26 a.m. of a single-vehicle crash at the 1500 block of Church Street. The responding officer, Richard Dyer, noticed a mangled car upside down on the side of the road, according to police. Police said Dyer grabbed a woman who was inside the overturned car and pulled […]

  • Opt-Out Bill Likely Wouldn’t Change Fluoride Addition In Greenwood; Fort Smith Unsure

    FORT SMITH AND GREENWOOD (KFSM) – A proposed opt-out bill making its way through the state Legislature may not stop some local River Valley cities from adding fluoride to their water supply, according to city officials. House Bill 1355 passed the Arkansas House of Representatives on Feb. 19 and now heads to the state Senate. It would allow water suppliers to opt out of a previous law that required Arkansas cities to add fluoride to their water if they supply […]

  • Several Wrecks Along I-540 In Fort Smith As Snow Falls

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) -Fort Smith police and medical crews worked several crashes Monday morning as snow fell in the area. Arkansas State Police and Fort Smith emergency crews responded around 10:30 a.m. to I-540 northbound lanes near the Rogers Avenue exit in reference to a Jeep Liberty that had overturned on the side of the roadway. An eyewitness told 5NEWS he saw the vehicle slam on its brakes on the wet road before hitting the guardrail and flipping over. Emergency […]

  • 3 Sex Offenders To Move Into Van Buren

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) – Three sex offenders are moving to Van Buren after being released from prison on parole, according to Crawford County Prosecutor Marc McCune. Chad Nason, Jamie Reyes and John Anderson are moving into separate locations in Van Buren, prompting the prosecutor to send out a notification about their residency change. Nason was recently paroled after being convicted of sexual indecency with a child in 2004 and indecent exposure in 2006. Anderson was paroled following a 2000 conviction […]

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