From Conway Police Department reports

Woman charged after meth falls out of her pants

A woman who allegedly tried to hide meth in her pants during a Sunday traffic stop faces felony drug charges.

Conway Sgt. Matthew Tucker was patrolling along Salem Road on Sunday when he noticed the man driving a green Chevrolet Silverado swerve over the fog line, according to an incident report.

After watching the truck drive over the fog line, Tucker pulled over the Chevrolet.

While running both the driver and passenger’s information through the Arkansas Crime Information Center, when officer Jonathan M. Vince saw the passenger “reaching into her pants.”

At this point, authorities asked the driver to step out of the truck. The driver gave police the OK to search his pockets as well as his vehicle. After searching the man’s pockets, Tucker walked over to the passenger side of the vehicle to ask 39-year-old Katherine Sue Stearns to get out of the vehicle so they could search it when he saw “placing something in her pants.”

Tucker questioned Stearns about what she put in her pants but she denied hiding anything and claimed she “was bleeding.” However, according to the report, there were no “signs of blood in the seat or on her pants.”

As police searched the vehicle, they found a bag that had methamphetamine residue in it in Stearn’s purse, the report states. Police also found “a pink multi-colored bag” next to the passenger seat that had “a syringe and another bag that contained suspected methamphetamine residue.”

Once officer Brittany Byrd tried to search Stearns, the 39-year-old began “moving around a lot and attempting to adjust her pants.” Eventually, “a bag of suspected methamphetamine fell out of Katherine’s pants,” according to the report.

Stearns was ultimately arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia following the traffic stop.

Police alerted of suspicious driver

A Conway County woman called police late Tuesday after noticing a man who has reportedly been following her for months was behind her in a parking lot.

According to an incident report, the 20-year-old Oppelo woman called police just after 11 p.m. Tuesday after noticing a red, lifted 1986 Chevrolet Silverado drive the Walmart parking lot on Dave Ward Drive.

The woman said she “recognized the vehicle as the suspect vehicle driven by the offender that has been following her for months.”

While the woman did not know the man’s name, officer Jason Case learned the suspect was Marcus Robert Dortch Sr., 49, of Little Rock based on past complaints.

According to the report, the woman was headed into the store with her boyfriend when Dortch drove past them.

After speaking with the woman, Case searched the nearby area but did not find the suspect.

Fake money used at Academy Sports

An unknown suspect used a counterfeit $100 bill at Academy Sports on Wednesday.

According to an incident report, a store manager called police Wednesday afternoon after learning a woman used a fake $100 bill to purchase items.

At the time the report was filed, the store manager was unsure of exactly what was purchased with the counterfeit bill but said he would call the police department once he had video footage and the receipt of the suspect’s purchase, the report states.