Among reports recently generated by the Conway Police Department:
1. First-degree battery at 2300 block of College Avenue. A 25-year-old Conway woman left her two-year-old daughter in the care of her boyfriend Saturday night while she worked overnight. When she returned early Sunday morning, she found that the toddler had sustained injuries to her head. The boyfriend claimed nothing was wrong with the child. The girl was taken to Conway Regional Medical Center and then to Arkansas Childrens’ Hospital. The boyfriend was identified but hadn’t been located as of Monday morning. He was set a pretrial for Thursday in relation to a second-degree battery charge for his arrest after a June 18 stabbing. The Arkansas State Police were notified of the possible child abuse.
2. Possession of a controlled substance in the area of Ingram and Willow streets. An officer searching for the Tobacco Superstore robbery suspects Friday night came across DeCarlos LaRay Forte, 25, of 411 Willow St., Conway. Forte wasn’t found to have had anything to do with the robbery, but was allegedly in possession of crack cocaine. Forte was arrested on suspicion of drug possession and for a felony warrant. He was charged with class-Y felony possession of a controlled substance as an upper-level habitual offender. When the four tobacco store robbery suspects were found, three of them were also allegedly in possession of crack cocaine.
3. Forgery at 2280 Sanders Street (Tractor Supply Co.) and 201 Skyline Drive (JC Penney). Workers were duped by counterfeit U.S. currency Thursday or Friday. A fake $100 bill, apparently made by bleaching a $5 bill and reprinting it as a greater-denomination bill, was accepted Friday by a JC Penney worker who later noticed the word "five" printed on the bill’s security strip. The worker said a heavyset black female paid with the bogus $100. A fake $10 bill was found by Tractor Supply Co. workers Saturday, who didn’t know who had paid with it on Thursday or Friday.
4. Shoplifting at 1155 Skyline Drive (Walmart). 27-year-old Keisha N. Jones of 46 Bridewell Manor, Morrilton, and 19-year-old Gatlin Hunter Henson of 82 Hartman Lane, Houston, Ark., were arrested Friday morning after a Walmart loss prevention officer noticed them carrying Coleman camp fuel, four cases of matches, hypodermic needles, plastic tubing, nail polish remover, coffee filters. Suspected ephedrine was found in the vehicle they were about to leave the store in. Jones was taken to Conway Regional Medical Center after telling officers that she was terminally ill and having trouble breathing.
5. Breaking or entering at 800 block of Nutter Chapel Road. At some point between July 24 and Friday, someone stole a .40 caliber Glock Model 22 from under the seat of a woman’s Ford Ranger pickup.
6. Third-degree battery at 300 block of Helen Street. A woman in her 20s called police early Friday morning to report that an unknown person described as a black male about five-and-a-half feet tall had assaulted her at her home. The victim said she had been walking along Helen Street when the man approached and asked her if she would care for some marijuana. She accepted, and smoked the drug at her home by herself, she told police. After the marijuana had been smoked the man knocked on her door and demanded payment for the drug, she said, so she, the man, and her four-year-old son got in a car and travelled to an ATM, but she had forgotten her debit card. After the three arrived back at the woman’s house the man grabbed her by the throat and threw her to the ground, she said, injuring her slightly.
(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.)