By Alex Kienlen
Log Cabin Correspondent
From Conway Police
Not that guy
Wednesday, Sept. 14, and an officer was running a radar gun on Dave Ward Drive at 2:30 p.m. As he did so, he caught an SUV on the road running 62 in a 45 mph zone. Bluelights and the SUV was pulled over.
The officer spoke with the driver, who said he didn’t have ID with him, but, with a reported stutter, gave the officer a name and birthdate. The officer checked, and nobody in Arkansas had that combination name and date. He spoke to the driver about this, asking the driver to step out of the car. A new name and date was given, this for a 37-year-old man with some citations for traffic violations. Once that was confirmed, the officer asked the man how old he was. The man replied he was 31, the report stated.
The officer, and by now a second officer had arrived to assist, asked the man to turn around so he could frisk for weapons before continuing their conversation. The officer felt an ID on the man’s front pocket, and with this the man began to struggle with the officers, then broke free and ran across Dave Ward Drive. A foot chase was initiated.
More officers arrived and the man was caught, after both chasing and wrestling, behind a business and handcuffed. At which point it was found he had a felony warrant in Conway. He was jailed.
A business owner called police Tuesday, Sept. 13, about a theft. An employee, she explained to officers, had stolen a number of scratch-off lottery tickets from her business, the loss being set at $1,762 beginning in July.
This became clear, she told police, after she did an audit of the business’s lottery sales. She checked tickets in the cabinet, the employee being the only other person who had access to them, and found the tickets appeared wrapped, but upon inspection had been opened and then re-wrapped after being scratched off.
As the store’s security camera was on a five-day loop she was not able to provide a video record of the thefts, she said. She was still working to confirm the employee’s address.
The love light
Police were called to a home at nearly 11 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, about a "light nuisance."
There police met the man of the house. He said his neighbor had backyard spotlights that were shining in his window, making it difficult to sleep. He seemed, the report stated, "very frustrated." He said he’d spoken with the neighbor about this in the past, but hadn’t gotten any "consistent cooperation." The man escorted officers into his backyard so they could see how the lights were shining on his windows. He’d already spoken with code enforcement and had contacted police about this in the past, he told the officers.
The officers spoke with the homeowner at the light-shining home. "He immediately came on the offensive and said his lights were not the issue," the officer reported. He then told police he was not going to turn his lights off and "he felt he was being harassed by his neighbor," the report continued, due to this being "the third time" police had come to his home. Previously an officer told him he wasn’t doing anything wrong, he told the officer, the report stated.
The officer had the man fill out a statement, and while doing so checked with dispatch, who told him police had been to the man’s home only once before. The officer noted the statement was worded "slightly different" from what he told the officer when they met.
Officers returned to the man who originated the call, who asked about a harassment complaint to go along with the light complaint. The man’s wife joined in, stating she had been verbally accosted while walking their dog by the spotlight neighbors.
The process of filing complaints with code enforcement was explained.