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  • Fort Smith School Bus Abuse Case Forwarded To DHS By Police

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A case of alleged child abuse on a Fort Smith school bus has been reported to police and forwarded to the Arkansas Department of Human Services. Bridget Burkett filed a report with the Fort Smith Police Department on Feb. 5, alleging her son was the victim of a case of child abuse on Orr Elementary School’s Bus #62 by another child. The police department looked into the case and forwarded it to the state Department of […]

  • Fort Smith Workers Replace Stoplight Knocked Over By Suspected Drunk Driver

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Fort Smith Street Department workers Tuesday morning replaced the stoplight that was knocked over by a suspected drunk driver last week. City administrators ordered the traffic pole from Oklahoma City. The signal arrived Tuesday morning and was carted straight to the intersection of Phoenix Avenue and 74th Street, they said. Workers spent a few hours installing the stoplight. It was functional by early afternoon. The Street Department partially shut down traffic while they put up the […]

  • Doctor Nabbed In Underage Sex Sting Appears In Court In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) –A southern Missouri doctor arrested in a Fort Smith undercover sex sting appeared in court Monday on suspicion of soliciting a four-year-old girl for sex. Donald W. Lamoureaux, 68, was arrested Friday (Feb. 6) by federal and local authorities on suspicion of online enticement of a minor and traveling to meet a minor. He is being held without bond in the Sebastian County Detention Center, according to the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office. Lamoureaux appeared in front of […]

  • Surveillance Cameras Weren’t Rolling During Fort Smith Armed Robbery

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Surveillance video of a Fort Smith armed robbery from over the weekend was not recorded, despite the gas station being outfitted with cameras, according to police. Fort Smith police said a man walked into the Sunshine Store at 4101 Kelley Highway on Saturday morning and brandished a black handgun. He demanded money from the female clerk at the gas station and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. The Sunshine Store was outfitted […]

  • Suspects Arrested After Getting Shot In Fayetteville Pharmacy Robbery

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) –Two suspects are behind bars after being shot while robbing a Fayetteville pharmacy over the weekend, according to police. Hendrik and Melanie Hornsveld, both 39, were arrested on Sunday (Feb. 8) on suspicion of aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, engaging in a continuing crime gang and second-degree false imprisonment. Both remain in the Washington County Detention Center awaiting bond hearings, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Fayetteville police said Hendrik Hornsveld and an unidentified juvenile male robbed Medicap Pharmacy […]

  • Stoplight Knocked Over By Suspected Drunk Driver To Be Replaced Tuesday

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A Fort Smith stoplight knocked over by a suspected drunk driver is expected to be replaced by Tuesday (Feb. 10), according to the city’s Streets and Traffic Control Department. Police had feared it could take weeks to replace the traffic signal, which was knocked over around 12:30 a.m. Thursday. A Fort Smith police report states a drunk driver lost control and smashed into the pole. City workers replaced the light with four stop signs Thursday, which […]

  • Fort Smith Undercover Officer Nabs Doctor In Underage Sex Sting

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Fort Smith police and federal authorities arrested a Missouri doctor Friday after he allegedly set up a meeting to have sex with a four-year-old girl. Donald W. Lamoureaux, 68, was arrested on suspicion of federal criminal charges, including online enticement of a minor and traveling to meet a minor, according to the Fort Smith Police Department. Lamoureaux, of Ash Flat, will be held without bond in the Sebastian County Detention Center after he is transported to […]

  • Man And Dogs Escape Fort Smith House Fire

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A fire damaged a Fort Smith house Friday afternoon, but those inside made it out safely, according to the Fort Smith Fire Department. Firefighters responded to 1001 N. J. St. just after 1 p.m. in reference to a house fire at the location. A man and two dogs were inside at the time, but they escaped the fire without injury, according to the fire department. By the time crews were able to extinguish the fire, it […]

  • Deputies Make Drug Arrest On Way Back From Drug-Investigation Class

    SCOTT COUNTY (KFSM) – Three Scott County deputies arrested a couple on suspicion of drug charges during a traffic stop, as the deputies were on the way back from a criminal justice class in Little Rock. Roy “Bo” Rogers and Sonja Barton were arrested Thursday (Feb. 5) on suspicion of several felony drug charges and booked into the Scott County Detention Center, according to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office. Three deputies who attended a Criminal Justice Institute class on drug […]

  • LeFlore County Man Ejected, Dies In Fiery Crash

    LEFLORE COUNTY, Okla. (KFSM) – A Heavener, Okla., man was killed early Friday morning in a fiery crash after being ejected from his vehicle, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Shae D. McLaughlin, 27, was driving westbound on Lovings Road near Hodgen in LeFlore County when his vehicle left the roadway and hit a concrete bridge abutment, according to a highway patrol fatal crash report. The report states the vehicle partially rolled, and McLaughlin was ejected during the crash. The […]

  • Police Say Drunk Driver Knocked Over Stoplight; Stop Signs Placed At Busy Intersection

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Fort Smith administrators say a man driving a pickup drunkenly drove into and knocked over a signal pole at Phoenix Avenue and 74th Street overnight, forcing officials to put up stop signs at the busy intersection. The collision damaged the pole enough that a new pole must be put in its place, although city officials must wait until a replacement is shipped to them. Police said that could take up to six to eight weeks. “We […]

  • LeFlore Schools Out Friday For Illness; Classes To Resume Monday

    LEFLORE, Okla. (KFSM) – The LeFlore School District canceled classes for Friday because of the large number of students and staff who have missed school this week due to illness. LeFlore school administrators made the decision mid-day Thursday after the number of absences increased each day throughout the week because of several illnesses, including the flu, an administrator told 5NEWS. Officials plan to resume classes Monday. LeFlore is a small town of 190 residents in western LeFlore County, Okla., according […]