CRIME & SAFETY
Search for missing 20-year-old man from Hot Springs continues; arrests made in Fort Smith
A 20-year-old man from Hot Springs remained missing Tuesday following the arrests of three people in Fort Smith on kidnapping charges. Amir Ellis was reported missing to the Hot Springs Police Department. Interviews with friends and family members led investigators to three persons of interest in the case. ...
Patient evacuated by helicopter after Natural Dam motorcycle crash
NATURAL DAM, Arkansas — According to the Natural Dam Fire Department (NDFD), a motorcycle crash on State Highway 59 has led to one patient being transported by air evac. Crawford County District 4 reportedly met with air evac services at the Grandview Church, where one patient was transported. 5NEWS...
Three suspects arrested in alleged kidnapping of Hot Springs man
Three people suspected of allegedly kidnapping a Hot Springs man were arrested Saturday.
UPDATE: Missing Fort Smith man found safe
Fort Smith Police are looking for a missing 41-year-old last seen leaving Mercy Hospital.
Police: No injuries reported after train derailment in Fort Smith
FORT SMITH, Ark. — According to the Fort Smith Police Department (FSPD), police responded to a train derailment between Kelly Highway and North 6th Street. No injuries are reported at this time and no other vehicles were involved according to authorities. FSPD says that North 27th Street is impassable...
Van Buren police officer gets a visit from local Dairy Queen
VAN BUREN, Ark. — Van Buren is getting a Dairy Queen and the police department got a first taste ahead of the store's grand opening. Dairy Queen visited the Van Buren Police Department on Thursday, May 25 after getting word about an officer who is a big fan of the chain.
Missing Woman Found Dead In Remote Area, Boyfriend Arrested
Police have arrested a 24-year-old man on murder charges more than a week after his girlfriend disappeared, leaving behind a few personal items. Madeline Pantoja was reported missing and was last seen the day before. Midland Police Chief Seth Harman said the department had filed a missing person report and...
Fort Smith police chief reports on benefits of ‘community policing’
Fort Smith Police Chief Danny Baker believes members of the Fort Smith Police Department have made a real difference in the community. He outlined department activities in the past year during his annual report to the Fort Smith Board of Directors at its May 24 study session. “Our commitment to...
No evidence of foul play in case of Frank Gruben, missing from Fort Smith, N.W.T.
The N.W.T. RCMP say their plea for information last week about the disappearance of Frank Gruben has not led to any developments in the case, and there's still no sign of foul play. Gruben, 30, was last seen in Fort Smith on May 6. Community members have been leading search...
Sebastian Co. sheriff says existing sales tax is critical to public safety
SEBASTIAN COUNTY, Ark. — "That tax is imperative for the operations of public safety and all Sebastian County," Sebastian County Sheriff, Hobe Runion, said. "If we move backward, it would almost be catastrophic to the operation of the jail and county law enforcement." On Aug. 8, voters will decide...
Van Buren Police looking for a robbery suspect
The Van Buren Police Department is looking for a man who stole money from La Huerta.
Hear from former inmate and Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office on alleged drug trafficking conspiracy
A former inmate of Sebastian County recounts what he saw as investigations continue. The sheriff's office said more arrests could be made.
Arrest Reports 5/21
Arresting agency – Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office:. Bryan Mark Beachem of Greenwood was booked into the Sebastian County Detention Center on May 25 at 6:52 p.m. and remains at the SCADC. Beachem was charged with Failure to Appear – Class B Misdemeanor, and Failure to Appear – Class C Felony.
Runaway Adolescents in the Fort Smith Area
Why are there so many runaways in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and why are they all mostly young teenagers?. In the first few months of this year (2023) there have been multiple runaway kids. In the last school year of 2022-2023 there have been many reports of kids missing from elementary to high school. In April, there was a 12 year old kid missing report. On February 9th, there was a 14 year old missing kid. Multiple news stories alerts about missing children or young adults have been going around through different apps. Most of the time, parents tend to see the alerts come from Facebook. These alerts tend to be in detail or just simple. Sometimes they even give away the houses they could be seen around, to even their closest friends.
Doing Good: True Crime Fest shines light on Fort Smith cold case
ROGERS, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — People around the region are learning more about area cold cases thanks to a Northwest Arkansas non-profit, All the Lost Girls. A first-of-its-kind event, True Crime Fest NWA took place over the weekend. “Our goal today and tomorrow is to be able to bring the public together, law enforcement, podcasters and […]
Child dies after hit by vehicle in Fort Smith, police say
FORT SMITH, Ark. — Fort Smith Police (FSPD) are responding to a traffic incident that left one child dead on Monday, May 22. According to FSPD, the child was hit by a car on private property near the intersection of 3200 Wheeler Ave. in Fort Smith. The child allegedly died on the scene.
Medical helicopter at scene of crash on I-540 near 64 interchange
CRAWFORD COUNTY, ARKANSAS, Ark. — The Arkansas Department of Transportation alerted travelers to all southbound lanes being blocked on May 22 after a crash on I-540 near the 64 interchange. The first update came from ARDOT at 2:12 p.m. about a crash blocking all southbound lanes at Exit 2A...
Fort Smith Public Schools police chief talks current and future safety measures
FORT SMITH, Ark. — "I don't know if you ever can do enough, but I think it's our responsibility to make sure that we're prudent with this money and make sure that we apply it in the best ways we possibly can to keep our students and our staff safe," Fort Smith Public Schools police Chief, Bill Hollenbeck, said.
Man Dies From Injuries Sustained In Crash Along I-244 In Tulsa
Tulsa Police say a man has died from injuries sustained in a crash along I-244 on Wednesday, May 17. According to Tulsa Police, 41-year-old Waylon Day, of Van Buren Arkansas, died around 6 p.m. on Friday from injuries he sustained in the crash. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the crash...
Jail detention officer arrested, two others fired in meth, fentanyl investigation
Two Sebastian County jail detention officers have been fired and one officer has been arrested amid an ongoing investigation into fentanyl and methamphetamine trafficking into the jail, the sheriff's department said Monday. Dalton Johnson and Michael Fletcher were terminated from their positions as detention deputies for policy violations, the sheriff's office said Monday. Daniel...
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