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News in Washington County, Arkansas

Trial Delayed For Man Accused Of Raping Woman Near Devil’s Den
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:04:48 -0800

WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) – The trial was reset Wednesday for a Morrow man accused of raping a woman near Devil’s Den State Park while she was camping with her children. William “Billy” Osburne, 39, was arrested in June on suspicion of rape and first-degree terroristic threatening. The victim told police he helped her get her […]

Arkansas Legislators Reject Pre-K Funding
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:38:09 -0800

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The lack of pre-K funding in the Natural State has left many parents out of options. Pre-K has not seen an increase in funding since 2008. This week, the Joint Budget Committee shot down an extra $14 million in funding for pre-K programs across Arkansas. Two state representatives, who represent parts of Washington County weighed in on the pre-K debate in light of the ...

13 Capital Murder Suspects Awaiting Trial In Northwest Arkansas
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:57:38 -0800

(KFSM)- Currently, there are 13 capital murder suspects awaiting trial in Washington and Benton counties. A capital murder conviction is punishable by death. The capital murder suspects awaiting trial in Washington County are: Stephen Scott Scott is one of three suspects accused in the stabbing death of Gustavo Ortiz-Espinosa on Sept. 6 at the Econo […]

Runoff Early Voting Begins Tuesday
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:45:25 -0800

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- Early voting for the runoff elections starts Tuesday, November 18 across Northwest Arkansas. In Washington County, there's just one race headed for a runoff, for the Ward 1, Position 1 Fayetteville City Council seat. Alderwoman Adella Gray and Paul Phaneuf are both fighting for the spot. In Benton County, seven races will be decided in a runoff. Five of those races are for ...

Judge Doug Martin Censured For Harassing Statements Made During Campaign
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:32:24 -0800

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Washington County Circuit Judge Doug Martin has been censured for harassing statements made during his May election campaign. The Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission on Friday (Nov. 21) issued a letter of censure to to Martin, saying he was “alleged to have committed violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct” during […]

Former Drug Court Counselors Win Lawsuit Over Drug Tests
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:52:40 -0800

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)- Two former Washington County drug counselors have been awarded about $1.5 million after they were fired four years ago for false-positive drug tests. A federal jury awarded $775,000 to Melissa Henderson and $770,000 to Dana Jones last week, according to documents from Tim Snively, who was the attorney for both counselors. Both women […]

Pre-K Funding Rejected
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:57:06 -0800

AROUND ARKANSAS -- The lack of pre-K funding in the Natural State has left many parents out of options. Pre-K has not seen an increase in funding since 2008. On Tuesday the Joint Budget Committee shot down an extra $14 million in funding for pre-K programs across Arkansas. Two state representatives, who represent parts of Washington County weighed in on the pre-K debate in light of the decision ...

Federal Audit After Arkansas-Missouri Railroad Crash
Wed, 12 Nov 2014 03:24:07 -0800

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ark. -- The Arkansas and Missouri Railroad completed its own internal investigation Monday into the train accident near West Fork on October 16th. The crash sent more than 40 people to local hospitals, with five people still being treated for injuries. The Railroad says the cause of the accident remains unchanged. "It was fairly consistent with what we found the day we got ...

Train Passengers Sue Railroad Company for Negligence
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:38:29 -0700

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ark. -- Two passengers injured in the Arkansas Missouri Railroad train crash are now suing the company for negligence. Court documents show Margaret Harkins and Corliss Johnson are suing the railroad company for the physical injuries, medical bills, mental anguish and anxiety they say they sustained following the accident on October 16. The lawsuits claim the following: The ...

Early Voter Surge in Mid-Term Elections
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:39:12 -0700

Northwest Arkansas -- Benton and Washington County officials say the early turnout for this year's midterms has been tremendous, and high profile races aren't the only reason. More than 130,000 Akansans participated in the first week of early voting this year, and the trend is playing out in Northwest Arkansas. 11,235 people cast a ballot by the close of the first week of early voting in Benton ...