From Conway Police Department reports


It was night, 9:23 p.m., Friday Sept. 8, when police were called to the Bears Den gas station on Oak Street to "check on the welfare" of a woman there. The woman was, police were told, inside the store, her shirt was unbuttoned and she kept falling "all over the floor." Worse, the caller reported the woman had a small child with her.

As police were on the way, a second call came in about the woman that she was now outside the store by a silver Mazda Tribute.

The reporting officer arrived and found a second officer already on site, now in the parking lot speaking with a woman, 23, who matched the description of the woman of the initial call, standing next to a silver Mazda Tribute. In the back seat of the car, strapped in a child’s seat, was a little girl.

Another woman was driving the car. She told the reporting officer the woman with her had been drinking but they were now all on their way to her home, which was nearby. The officer noted a half-consumed can of beer in the car’s console cup holder. Meanwhile the second officer finished his conversation and turned his attention to the woman in the driver’s seat. The reporting officer, in turn, turned his attention to the woman standing outside.

She, sporting bloodshot and watery eyes, slurred speech and the "odor of intoxicants" told the officer she wanted her mother’s phone number "in the log book." The officer told her that he didn’t know what that meant. This upset her and she began yelling and cursing at the officer, he reported.

She then sat down on the ground, and told the officer it was [redacted] that she should have to sit on the ground. She did not have to sit on the ground, the officer responded, she had done so by her own choice. She got more upset, yelling expletives.

The woman with her got out of the car and walked over, telling her to "shut up," the officer reported. The woman quieted down for a couple of minutes. Then yelled that it was all [redacted] and she should be arrested. Out came the handcuffs and she was cuffed and stuffed.

The second officer waited as the car’s owner, the arrested woman’s mother, came to pick up the car and her granddaughter from the back seat.

Meanwhile the woman was taken to jail. There she, to the officer’s booking questions, suggested anatomically impossible acts. She wrestled with officer, unsuccessfully, as she was placed in a cell, charged with public intoxication.

Hot to handle

A man called police Sunday, Sept. 10 at 11:18 a.m. Overnight, he told the reporting officer, somebody got in his yard and pulled up several of his jalapeno plants, destroying them.

No further damage was noted and there were no suspects.

Then this happened

An officer reported stopping at the Kum and Go on Old Morrilton highway Friday, Sept. 8 for a comfort stop at 7:27 a.m. (We choose not to parse the term "comfort stop" at this time.)

While inside, the officer noticed the store’s manager trying to get his attention, despite her being some distance from him. He could tell, he reported, she did not want him to leave the store.

And with that, she ran out the door, apparently chasing someone. The officer went out the store’s other door, meeting the woman at the corner of the store where there was a second woman. The manager told him the second woman was trying to steal things from the store.

The officer asked the second woman for ID and she replied it was in her car, which she then walked toward. The officer told her not to get in the car, but the woman kept moving, reaching for the car’s door handle. The officer grabbed her wrist, the woman screamed, and a struggle ensued. As the struggle continued, the officer gained the woman’s other wrist and put her in handcuffs as she was still screaming.

Backup units arrived. With that, the officer went back inside the store and spoke with the manager. She told him she saw the woman grab some things and start to walk out the door without paying for them. When the woman realized the manager was watching her, she dropped the items and ran out the door. That is when the officer arrived on scene. The manager said she understood that, with no evidence, charges were unlikely, but she wanted the woman trespassed from the store.

The officer went back outside, issued the trespass warning and released the woman from custody.