Among reports recently released by the Conway Police Department:

• A biology professor with the University of Central Arkansas contacted police on Tuesday after he discovered someone had stolen turtle nets belonging to the university from Lake Carol-Dan at 1300 Padgett Road. According to a police report, students set the nets in the water on Monday, and when he returned to check the nets on Tuesday afternoon, they were missing. The man said a total of five nets and their poles had been taken from the lake. The case is active and ongoing.

• An employee of Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen contacted police on Tuesday to report that someone had called the restaurant requesting bond money for another employee. The man said the caller claimed to be an employee of the Faulkner County detention center and was requesting a money order in the amount of $1,708 to free another employee from jail. The man said he thought it sounded suspicious and called the allegedly-detained employee, who answered the phone and told the man she had not been arrested. The call was placed from a blocked phone number, but the employee used *69 to call the number back, which returned to (501) 548-4340. The man was advised to contact police if he received any other similar phone calls.

(Megan Reynolds is a staff writer and can be reached at 505-1277 or by e-mail at To comment on this story and others, visit