Among reports recently released by the Conway Police Department and other agencies:
1. Animal attack at 1100 block of Ash Street. Shortly after 2 p.m. Friday, police were called to reports that a Conway Corp. employee had been attacked by several dogs he described as pit bulls. Police and members of the Conway Animal Welfare Unit arrived and found three dogs appearing to be the pit bulls in question milling about the area. Two were captured by animal welfare officers at about 2:45, and police and animal welfare officers were looking for the third. According to the victim, David Vint, he was walking behind a home to check the meter when three dogs approached him. "I backed up and backed up, and finally sort of fell down and the gray dog started going after me," Vint said. According to Vint, the mauling could have been worse had it not been for a white-colored dog that seemed to attack the gray dog as it started attacking him as though it were protecting the man, who was able to scramble to safety sustaining only two minor puncture wounds to his leg that didn’t require immediate medical attention. The dog that attacked Vint was captured taken for 10-day quarantine and its owner cited for failure to confine an unaltered animal and for keeping a hazardous animal, according to CPD public information officer Sharen Carter. Another resident of the same address as the owner of this dog was cited for two counts failure to confine an animal and was issued another citation for keeping too many animals, Carter said. All five of the dogs at this address were current on their rabies vaccinations and city registration, Carter said.
2. Update on victim of accident on Highway 25 near Wooster. It was reported on Thursday that the woman driving a vehicle that was struck by a vehicle driven by 19-year-old Kenneth Burris of Greenbrier in an accident that claimed Burris’ life was treated and released at Conway Regional, along with a child that was in the woman’s vehicle. According to a family member, a second 7-year-old child that was in this vehicle was taken to Arkansas Children’s Hospital where emergency surgery for internal injuries was performed. This child remained in stable condition Friday night, according to the family member. An Arkansas Children’s Hospital spokesperson said that the child was "not in our system." Typically, this can mean either that the patient was not admitted to the hospital, has been discharged from the hospital, or that information pertaining to the patient cannot be released as per a provision of The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The family member said that the driver’s leg was broken in three places, but she was able to pull both children from the car fearing that spilled gasoline might ignite. The other passenger, a 1 1/2 year-old, sustained bruising and swelling to the head according to the family member, who said the three’s survival was "a miracle."
3. Update on victim of accident at Union Pacific Railroad and Bruce Street. Marco Antonio Hernandez of 1900 Dave Ward Drive, Conway, remains at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock after being struck by a train on Thanksgiving Day. He was listed in fair condition on Friday afternoon, according to a UAMS spokesperson.
4. Motor vehicle theft at 1003 North Museum Road (Crain Buick Pontiac GMC). On Dec. 7 a woman wrote a $36,000 check and drove away in a black 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-class. On Monday the check was returned and dealership management called police. A CPD detective contacted the woman who had written the check by phone in an effort to recover the Mercedes, according to the incident report, and was told by the woman that the car was in Missouri and that she would bring it back the next day. "The next day I called her back and she told me that she can’t make it and the car is now with a friend," the detective’s report states. The woman "made up several excuses not to bring me the car and finally stopped returning my calls. In the course of the investigation it was determined that the check was for a joint account opened by the woman and an ex-boyfriend that had been closed six months ago. The vehicle was entered in the Arkansas Crime Information Center as stolen.
5. Possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver at 500 block of Salem road. An officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by a man who was observed by the officer to be not wearing a seat belt. In the course of the traffic stop the driver was arrested for a North Little Rock misdemeanor warrant and his passenger, 23-year-old Eric Lamont Jackson of 115 Beryl Road, Conway, after five bags of suspected marijuana totalling about an ounce in weight were found in the vehicle. Jackson claimed ownership of the drugs, and was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
6. Shoplifting at 1627 East Oak St. (OK Corral western store). On Thursday, store management called police after observing 23-year-old Jennifer Leigh Phillips of 36 Dolphin Cove, Mount Vernon, allegedly take eight articles of Cruel Girl-brand clothing and a youth jacket into a dressing room and come out carrying only one item. These items, valued at more than $400, were found by police stuffed into Phillips’ purse and in the pockets of a stroller she used to bring her 2-year-old son into the store. The officer waited to handcuff and arrest Phillips on suspicion of shoplifting until after her son had been picked up by a relative.
7. Residential burglary at 10 block of Echo Lane. Victim reported that at some point between Sunday and Tuesday someone entered a residence through unknown means and stole items including gold and silver necklaces, a gold ring with three diamonds, Xbox and PlayStation 2 game consoles, two TVs and a cordless drill in a cast. Total value of items stolen is listed in the report as $1,490.
8. Residential burglary at 5200 block of April Drive. Victim reported that at some point between Tuesday afternoon and early Wednesday morning someone entered a residential garage and removed — but did not steal — a vehicle radio and stole 10 1-pound packs of hamburger meat from a freezer and a 20-pack of Miller High Life from a refrigerator, also stealing a duffel bag presumably to carry these items away.
(Those with information pertaining to these reports or any unsolved crime are urged to contact the Conway Police Department at 450-6120. Staff writer Joe Lamb can be reached at 505-1238.)