Michael joined 5NEWS as an assignment editor in November 2017. He is an Arkansas native and a proud graduate of the University of Arkansas. Have a story idea, tip or just want to get in touch? Call him at (479) 783-1191 or if you like to email michael.morrison@kfsm.com


Recent Articles
  • Sebastian County Inmate Death Leads To Investigation

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an inmate’s death after he was found unresponsive. The inmate was found not breathing in the early morning hours on July 24 (Tuesday) during a routine cell check, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies began emergency procedures, and the man was taken to Sparks Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead by medical staff, the sheriff’s office said. The name of the inmate is not being released at […]

  • LeFlore Fatal Wreck Closes Part Of Highway 59

    LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM) — A section of Highway 59 between Howe and Heavener closed on Thursday afternoon (June 14) after an accident killed two people. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP), the crash involved a blue pickup and a white work truck. Both drivers were killed — Don Mayes of Gore, Oklahoma, and Walter Fanning of Miami, Oklahoma. There were no passengers, Highway Patrol said. OHP said the crash happened about half-a-mile north of Heavener. Troopers said Mayes was […]

  • Car Fire on Interstate 540 In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)- The Arkansas State Police are responding to a car fire on Interstate 540 in Fort Smith. State Police say that the car is on the shoulder of the southbound lane and is causing a slowdown in the southbound lane. Dispatchers say that Arkansas State Police and The Fort Smith Fire Department are working this scene. Stay with 5NEWS for the latest information.

  • Fort Smith Aldi To Close For Remodel

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The Aldi grocery store in Fort Smith is scheduled to close in late April or early May for a remodel, according to Olathe division vice president Mark Bersted. The store located at 8400 Phoenix Avenue is scheduled to reopen early this summer. It is part of a nation-wide $1.6 billion remodel that includes more than 1,300 stores. Aldi opened in Fort Smith March 30th of 2006.  

  • Power Restored To 2,800 In Booneville

    BOONEVILLE (KFSM)– UPDATE The power was restored to customers just after one this afternoon. 2,800 SWEPCO customers in Booneville are without power because of an issue with a substation that serves the area. Peter Main with  SWEPCO said that the power went out at 10:40 a.m. and that the cause of the outage is unknown at this time. Main also said that SWEPCO does not have an estimated timeline at the point on when the power will be restored. According to […]

  • Muldrow Assistant Chief Administratively Cleared In Shooting, OSBI Investigation Continues

    MULDROW (KFSM) – Muldrow Assistant Police Chief Tim Keith was administratively cleared of any police violations in his involvement in a shooting that happened on the 8th of this month according to the police department Facebook page. Keith responded to a call at the Executive Inn at Maine and I-40. Police Chief George Lawson cleared Keith to go back to work Monday (Feb. 12) afternoon after review of the Muldrow Police Department’s policies. A stand-off with negotiations occurred for almost […]

  • Arkansas Department Of Health To Offer Free Flu Shots

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The Arkansas Department of Health announced a program to offer free flu shots at local health units. The Health Department said “there will be no out of pocket cost for patients, regardless of their insurance status”. To see a full list of local health departments, click here. So far, 125 people have died from the flu.

  • Three Men Facing Murder Charges In Johnson County; Victim Identified

    JOHNSON COUNTY (KFSM) — Three men are facing first-degree murder charges, according to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. Phillip Raible, 29, Brian White, 21, and Isaac Vaughn, 20, were booked into the Johnson County Jail this weekend. Each suspects bond has been set at $750,000. The sheriff’s office said the arrests are the result of an investigation that lasted over three weeks. A body was found on Jan. 22 off of Highway 123, in the northeastern part of the county. […]

  • Vehicle Drives Off Highway 71 Bridge In Sebastian County

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) – Arkansas State Police worked an accident that happened on Highway 71 at Vineyard Creek just after 5 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 2). The Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office tells 5NEWS that the vehicle drove off the bridge and started to smoke. State Police said the man driving was the only person in the Toyota 4Runner. He was taken to Sparks in Fort Smith, but police expect him to be OK.  

  • Fort Smith Police Officer Rescues Owl

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – An owl is recovering nicely after Officer Gray with the Fort Smith Police Department rescued the animal after it was hit by a vehicle, according to a post made Monday (Jan. 1) on the department’s Facebook page. The department said it contacted Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and it’s responding to the incident. The department congratulated Officer Gray for his good work rescuing the owl and says the owl appears to be okay.

  • Fort Smith Police Searching For Aggravated Robbery Suspect

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The Fort Smith Police Department needs your help identifying the suspect involved in an aggravated robbery. The robbery happened at the Pic-N-Tote on 31 Street and Zero. The incident happened Wednesday (Dec. 20). In the video, you can see the suspect opening the safe and getting money out. Police said the suspect was armed with a knife, and is described as a black man with a medium build between the age of 20 and 25. According to […]

  • One Injured In Three-Car Crash In Fayetteville

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A  three-car accident is blocking part of College Avenue in Fayetteville. The collision happened near the Hobby Lobby and just south of the flyover. The south bound lane of traffic is blocked. A woman was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. Stay with 5 NEWS for the latest information.