A father arrested, a S.W.A.T. team standoff, and a Fashion Week finale weekend. These are the seven stories you need to know about on this Friday, March 15th.
A Springdale father isbehind bars after police say he killed his two infant sons over the past year-and-a-half. 24-year-old Travis Fox faces two counts of murder. Detectives say back in 2011, the death of fox's six-month-old son in West Fork was ruled suspicious and that Fox remained a person of interest. Then, Wednesday, Springdale police responded to a report of a seven-month-old who died at the hospital under suspicious circumstances. Investigators say Fox confessed to shaking both babies and throwing them down on a couch. He also told them he was intoxicated during both incidents and that he needed "anger management" help.
A S.W.A.T. standoff is over this in Benton County but deputies say the man inside this home didn't come out easily. It all happened when deputies tried to serve a warrant for 53-year-old Mark Sweiter at a home on Stoney Hollow Road. But as they approached Sweiter outside of the house, deputies say he ran back inside, warning that he wasn't coming out alive. The arrest warrant stemmed from a recent domestic dispute between Sweiter and his wife. After about three hours, the S.W.A.T. team went inside and arrested Sweiter, who was found with a shotgun.
Washington county deputies searched a convicted felon's home Wednesday and found child porn and about 50 guns he wasn't supposed to have. 64-year-old Francis McCourt faces 10 counts of possession of child pornography and more charges are expected. Deputies say he admitted to downloading nude photographs of children from a website. McCourt was previously convicted on a felony stolen property charge.
New information, from a shooting over the weekend. Marcos Mendoza now faces an attempted capital murder charge after Springdale police say he tried to shoot and kill a man. According to reports, Mendoza shot the man in the leg over accusations of "infidelity" with Mendoza's wife. Police say Mendoza then put the gun to the victim's head and threatened to kill him. The victim was able to escape as a second shot was fired.
A Rogers native is among thousands stranded on the island of St. Maarten after another problem with a Carnival Cruise Ship. Katie Fehlig says the "Carnival Dream" was supposed to leave St. Maarten Wednesday to head back to Florida but the generator failed. Fehlig says at one point the cruise director asked people not to use the restroom or elevator as the crew tried to make repairs. Passengers have been told they will all be flown back to Florida sometime today. Carnival is offering to partially reinburse passengers and give them 50 percent off another cruise.
Har-ber high and AT&T are working together to reverse a deadly trend. Friday, the wireless provider was be at Har-ber High to give students a chance to use a texting while driving simulator. It re-creates the eyes-off-the-road and hands-off-the-wheel experience of texting while driving. It's part of AT&T's "it can wait" movement. Students will also share a documentary they made about the dangers of texting behind the wheel.
We've been telling you about it all week and this weekend it's Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week's grand finale. Friday night at the Chancellor Hotel in Fayetteville local boutiques took the runway. Saturday is the last of the runway shows. Thursday night, local designers and artists showed off their work. The big event also did some good in the local community. Last year, Fashion Week raised more than $30,000 for local non-profits. This year, organizers are hoping to do even better.