From Conway Police Department reports


An officer on patrol saw a blue Toyota Yaris driving down Oak Street with no license plate Tuesday morning, Aug. 22. It was 10:19 a.m when the car was spotted.

The officer went blue lights and pulled the car over. The man driving was "aware of the problem," the officer reported, as the driver told the officer his wife had gotten a citation for the same issue in "another jurisdiction." The officer asked for the man’s license and insurance info.

As the man was searching the car for the paperwork the officer had the time to note "an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle." The officer told the man this, that he could smell marijuana, and the man admitted to having smoked marijuana in the car the night before. The officer called for a second officer, and told the man he was about to search the car. The officer asked, at that point, if there was any marijuana in the car.

He was not sure, the driver replied, but did not think the car had any marijuana in it. He then handed over an expired insurance card for the vehicle. The second officer arrived and the search began.

The officer had the man get out of the car and, with the man’s permission, searched him. In the man’s pants pocket was a small bag of marijuana. He had forgotten it, the driver told the officer. The officer had the man step back to the officer’s patrol car while he searched the Yaris, finding nothing.

The man, 31, was ticketed for failure to pay registration, no insurance and no proof of insurance. He was not ticketed for possession of marijuana, which was, however, taken and entered into evidence.

(Toyota stated in a 2014 press release it came upon the name "Yaris" by a hybridization of words from Greek mythology and German. In mythology, "Charis" was a symbol of beauty and elegance. Dropping the "Ch" for "Ya," the German "Yes," created the word Yaris - focused as it was on the car being marketed in the European market.)

(Marijuana is widely, though not universally, considered a factor in cognitive decline among heavy users. The heaviest abusers of marijuana, according to NIH data, was young people, although 3 percent of the world’s population is expected to have abused marijuana at some point. It is unknown just how great the decline is, and its permanence, according to a 2011 study.)

Pocket chicken

Police were called to the Harp’s on East German Lane at 8:50 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21, about a food theft. The officer arrived and spoke with a manager there.

She told the officer of a man who came into the store and ordered a chicken entree plate. He then stepped back and waited as deli staff put the order together. Once ready, the man was handed his order. We walked to the front to checkout.

By the time the man reached the register, however, he had put the entree in his pants pocket and, holding only a cold drink, paid for the drink and left the store without paying for the food, the report stated.

The manager said she went outside after she realized what happened, but was not able to find the man, who left on foot.

The manager was issued a report number.