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BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — Roughly six years after his arrest, a Rogers man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for possessing more than a dozen files of child pornography.

Larry Johnson, 55, pleaded guilty last week in Benton County Circuit Court to 10 counts of distributing, possession or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child.

Judge Brad Karren also handed Johnson a seven-year suspended sentence that will begin when Johnson is released from the state Department of Correction.

Johnson also will have to register as a sex offender and is barred from any unsupervised contact with minors.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office arrested Johnson in May 2013 after investigators linked child porn being shared online to Johnson’s home, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Investigators searched hardware and software seized from Johnson’s home, finding more than 10 sexually explicit photos of children and four videos of child pornography.

In Arkansas, distributing child porn is a Class C, which are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000, according to Arkansas Code Annotated 5-4-401.

ROGERS (KFSM) – Josh Laymon showed he can win basketball in the smallest classification in Arkansas. Now he’s been tasked to do it in the largest classification in the state.

Laymon was formally introduced as the Heritage girls basketball coach on Wednesday night after a successful run at Norfork, a class A school in the north-central part of the state.

Over the past three seasons alone, Laymon led Norfork to a 119-9 record including a 34-5 mark in the 2018-19 campaign. His Lady Panthers team won 42 games in 2017-18 and reached the state semifinals. In his career, Laymon has a 192-71 record as a head coach with all that coming at Norfork. Laymon also spent time at Centerpoint and Jessieville.

Laymon takes over a Heritage program that went 5-21 last season and just 1-13 in the 6A-West. The Lady War Eagles are looking for their first winning record since the 2012-13 season.


ROGERS, Ark. (KFSM) — The Cathedral of Notre Dame is not only a historical structure but also contains artifacts that are irreplaceable making fighting the fire even more complicated.

“While a Cathedral like that isn`t necessarily in Northwest Arkansas what you do find is within any city our community you have structures that have historic significance,” Chief Tom Jenkins.

Rogers Fire Chief Tom Jenkins said this is why automatic sprinkler systems are very important. He said those sprinklers go off early and in a small area when they detect fire preventing a blaze like in Paris.

“That was a building that not only has such significance historically, but it was a building that was very complicated, that`s not modern construction. That`s not a building that anybody is going to have a lot of experience fighting a fire in,” he said.

Jenkins said newer construction have sprinklers that are essentially like having firefighters on duty all the time.

“Those devices aren’t like in the movies, they don’t all go off at once. If there is a fire near a sprinkler head, it goes off and sends about as much water as you get out of your water head at home. It keeps the fire small and allows us the time we need to get there to extinguish the fire and the building isn’t a total loss,” he said.

He also said fire departments having specialized plans and response procedures is very important.

“That`s a once in a career type of fire and it`s under renovation and so all of those variables really play into what was a terrible day for the Paris Fire Department,” he said.

Crews are still digging through the rubble to determine what precious artifacts were saved and which were destroyed.

Some of the artifacts are being secured at Paris City Hall before being transferred to the louver for preservation.


ROGERS, Ark. (KFSM) — Maze featuring Frankie Beverly with Johnny Gill are bringing an evening of soul and R&B to the Walmart AMP.

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly arrived on the scene in 1977 with a string of hits including “Happy Feelings,” “Lady of Magic,” “While I’m Alone” and “Workin’ Together.”

The band toured as the opening act for Marvin Gaye in the ’70s.

Tickets for the September 8 concert go on sale Friday, April 19 at 11 a.m. Prices range from $30 to $99.50 and can be purchased by calling 479-443-5600 or by visiting

In-person purchases can be made at the Walton Arts Center Box Office in Fayetteville 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon until 4 p.m. on Saturday, or at the Walmart AMP Box Office in Rogers, which is now open for the season. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and noon until 4 p.m. on Saturday.


ROGERS, Ark. (KFSM) — Law enforcement officers will be volunteering at a local restaurant to raise money for our area Special Olympics Program.

Thursday, April 18, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. members of our local law enforcement will be serving alongside Red Lobster’s wait staff during the “Tip-A-Cop” event.

This event is part of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) campaign in support of Special Olympics. It will be at Red Lobster at 1710 S. 46th St. in Rogers.

Click here for more information about Special Olympics Arkansas.

ROGERS, Ark. — Multi-award-winning country music artists Rascal Flatts will be making a stop in Rogers this summer as part of their “Summer Playlist Tour.”

The trio will come to the Walmart AMP on Saturday, Aug. 31, with special guest Morgan Evans as part of the Cox Concert Series.

Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, April 19 starting at 10 a.m., with prices ranging from $30 t $89.50 plus fees.

Tickets go on sale online or by phone, or at the Walmart AMP box office in Rogers from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or noon-4 p.m. on Saturday. They’ll also be available at the Walton Arts Center box office in Fayetteville from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays and noon-4 p.m. on Saturday. 

Tickets can be purchased online at the Arkansas Music Pavillion website or by calling (479) 443-5600.

Rascal Flatts last played at the AMP in 2017.

ROGERS, Ark. (KFSM) — Police arrested a Rogers woman for allegedly punching her infant in the face because he wouldn’t stop crying.

Britney Kierin Joe, 21, was arrested Sunday (April 7) in connection with two counts of second-degree domestic battery — a Class C felony when a person causes physical injury to a family member or someone younger than 12.

Joe’s mother said her daughter told her she punched the 3-month-old boy because he wouldn’t stop crying, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Her mother said Joe didn’t want her to call police because she feared being arrested. However, Joe denied hitting the boy and said she found him with the bruise around his eye, according to the report.

Another person who was with Joe that said she also hit a 2-year-old girl on the head with a cellphone cord and then pushed her from behind.

The boy was treated at Arkansas Children’s Hospital Northwest, where police noticed some darkening and discoloration forming around the top of his eye, according to the report.

Joe was being held Thursday (April 11) at the Benton County Jail on a $7,500 bond. She has a hearing set for May 13 in Benton County Circuit Court.

In Arkansas, Class C felonies are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000, according to Arkansas Code Annotated 5-4-401.

FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Police are on the scene of a shooting at the Braum’s restaurant on Rogers Avenue near Central Mall in Fort Smith.

According to police, around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday (April 9), two people in separate vehicles began to fight in the Braum’s parking lot. Police said one pulled out a gun and began to shoot.

The Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office and Arkansas State Police are still searching for up to four suspects who they say were in a gold Pontiac G6. They say someone in the vehicle shot at a white GMC with several people inside.

There are no reported injuries at this time.

Stay with 5NEWS for more information on this developing story.