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Fayetteville, AR, United States

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Local Firefighter Arrested For Online Enticement Of Minor

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- A local firefighter is accused of trying to meet who he thought was a 14-year-old girl for sex. Scott Royal was arrested Tuesday (Sept. 24) by agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in connection with attempted online enticement of a minor. → Read More

Bethel Heights Avoids Criminal Charge Over Wastewater Issues — For Now

BETHEL HEIGHTS, Ark. (KFSM) -- The Benton County prosecutor has, for now, declined to pursue criminal charges against the city of Bethel Heights regarding its ongoing issue with wastewater disposal. → Read More

Farmington Foster Parents Arrested After Boy Found Frail, Malnourished

FARMINGTON, Ark. (KFSM) — Police have arrested two foster parents accused of leaving a 7-year-old boy extremely malnourished and denying him doctor's visits for nearly a year. Brien Reed Hall, 40, and Veronica Lynn Hall, 39, were arrested Tuesday (Aug. 27) in connection with first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor -- a Class D felony. → Read More

Fayetteville Woman Ordered To Repay More Than $400,000 Stolen From Springdale Church

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- A Fayetteville woman was sentenced Friday (Aug. 23) to 20 years probation and ordered to repay more than $400,000 she embezzled from a Springdale church. Andra Smith, 41, pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court to theft of property after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors. → Read More

NWA Orthodontist Indicted In Fraud, Bribery Scheme Involving Former State Senator

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- A former Northwest Arkansas orthodontist has been indicted in a bribery and fraud scheme involving former state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson. Staring in February 2014, Hutchinson and Dr. → Read More

Crews Working To Remove Semi-Truck From Petit Jean River In Yell County

OLA, Ark. (KFSM) — Crews are working to remove a semi-truck that's been submerged in the Petit Jean River since February, when the driver tried to cross a historic bridge and destroyed the nearly 90-year-old structure. → Read More

Bentonville Pot Dispensary First In NWA To Seek State Inspection

BENTONVILLE (KFSM) -- Arkansas Medicinal Source Patient Center is the first dispensary in Northwest Arkansas to reach out to the state alcohol control board for an inspection, the final hurdle a dispensary must clear before opening. → Read More

Alleged Van Buren Bank Robber Will Undergo Mental Health Evaluation

VAN BUREN, Ark. (KFSM) — A Van Buren man accused of robbing an Arvest Bank will undergo a mental health evaluation after his defense attorney raised concerns that his client isn’t fit to stand trial. → Read More

Gov. Hutchinson Seeks Federal Disaster Declaration For River Valley Counties Affected By Historic Flooding

LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) -- Gov. Asa Hutchinson has submitted a Federal Disaster Deceleration request for eight counties affected by last month's historic flooding, including Crawford, Sebastian and Yell counties. → Read More

Former Pocola Teacher Charged With Rape Had Previous Indecency Conviction Involving Student

POCOLA, Okla. (KFSM) -- A former Pocola High School teacher accused of having sex with three different students had a previous conviction for sexual indecency with another student in a different district in 2010. Janet Kaye Barnes, 44, was arrested Monday (May 20) in connection with two counts of second-degree rape and sexual battery. → Read More

First Look: Walmart’s New Home Office In Bentonville

BENTONVILLE (KFSM) -- Walmart unveiled design plans on Friday (May 17) for its new home office, with renderings that show a sprawling campus that blends trails, restaurants and workspaces. The new home office will be built on roughly 350 acres of land east of J Street between Central Avenue and 14th Street, where the retailer operates a distribution center and other offices. → Read More

Bentonville Asks Judge To Weigh In On Lake Bella Vista Issue

BELLA VISTA (KFSM) -- The city of Bentonville has asked a Benton County judge to decide what it can do to move forward with Lake Bella Vista in possibly repairing or removing the lake's old dam. → Read More

Documents Show Centerton Police Altered Accident Report Involving Bentonville Officer’s Daughter

CENTERTON (KFSM) -- At the behest of Bentonville police, Centerton police altered an accident report involving a Bentonville police officer's daughter, which has led to an arbitration issue with the other driver's insurance. Centerton Lt. → Read More

Texas A&M System Administrator Recommend As Next UAFS Chancellor

FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Dr. Terisa Riley, senior vice president for student affairs at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, has been tapped to be the next chancellor for the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith, according to a news release. → Read More

Fayetteville Man Gets 6 Years In Prison For Stabbing Girlfriend, Kidnapping Infant Daughter

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — A Fayetteville man was sentenced Wednesday (April 11) to six years in prison for stabbing his girlfriend and then kidnapping his infant daughter, which prompted a two-day manhunt across Northwest Arkansas. Danny Barrows, 39, pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court to first-degree domestic battery and kidnapping. → Read More

UA Student Suing Over False Arrest That Led To Night In Jail

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- A University of Arkansas student is suing a former student for a false accusation that led to her arrest and spending a night in the county jail, according to a lawsuit filed in Washington County Circuit Court. → Read More

Alma Woman Won’t Be Charged In Shooting Death Of Boyfriend

ALMA, Ark. (KFSM) — Prosecutors won't charge an Alma woman in the shooting death of her boyfriend after determining she was justified in using deadly force. Miranda Resinos, 36, was arrested last month in connection with first-degree murder for shooting Kevin Gettridge. → Read More

Sexual Assault Case Dismissed Against Former Highfill Mayor

BENTONVILLE (KFSM) -- Former Highfill mayor Stacy Digby's sexual assault case was dismissed Monday (April 1) in Benton County Circuit Court after the victim declined to cooperate with prosecutors. Nathan Smith, Benton County prosecutor, said he respects the woman's decision. → Read More

Judge Dismisses Wendt Lawsuit Against Fayetteville School District

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- A Washington County judge on Wednesday (March 13) dismissed a lawsuit brought against Fayetteville schools by former superintendent Dr. Matthew Wendt, who sued the district last year over claims he was wrongfully terminated for sexual harassment allegations. → Read More

Former Dardanelle Teacher Gets Probation For Sex With Student

RUSSELLVILLE (KFSM) -- A former eighth grade teacher in Dardanelle was given six years probation for having sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy last year. Chrystal Estella Vega, 40, pleaded no contest last month in Pope County Circuit Court to first-degree sexual assault. → Read More