Among reports recently released by the Conway Police Department and the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office:
1. Possession of a controlled substance, obstructing government operations at 100 block of East Oak Street, Conway. At about 1:30 a.m. Thursday an officer noticed a vehicle in front of him turn into a shopping center and then emerge behind him apparently continuing its original direction of travel. Considering this suspicious, the officer maneuvered back behind the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop for failure to signal a lane change. The driver, later identified as 23-year-old Robert Alexander of 627 Fifth Ave., Conway, initially gave officers a false name, according to the report, and when another officer was searching Alexander’s person, “a tiny crumpled-up brown bag fell out of Alexander’s left pants leg.” The bag contained “nine individually packaged rocks of what appeared to be crack cocaine” the street value of which was estimated on the scene by a CPD lieutenant as $20 each, though the suspect “spontaneously stated ‘no, they are only $10 rocks,’” according to the report.
2. Shoplifting at 2125 Harkrider St., Conway (Bestway Rent-to-Own). An officer was dispatched Wednesday afternoon to a report of a man stuffing a laptop computer down his pants and walking out with it. According to the report, “Bestway was able to track the laptop, and while on scene it tracked to North Little Rock and shortly after tracked it to (the University of Central Arkansas). UCA police located the laptop in a dormitory room and arrested 21-year-old Cheston Smith of 28 Hazel St., Chambersburg, Penn., on suspicion of theft of property.
3. Recovered stolen vehicle at Buena Vista Cove (several miles southeast of Vilonia). Deputies were called on Tuesday afternoon to reports of an abandoned vehicle to find a silver Chevrolet Silverado pickup with its hood up and missing its wheels. The vehicle had been reported stolen from Pulaski County.
4. First-offense DWI at 1200 block of Thomas G. Wilson Drive, Conway. Police responding to a vehicle accident late Thursday night found alleged driver Jason Dwayne Stegall, 20, of 309 Northwest Fourth St., Checotah, Okla., allegedly intoxicated. Stegall was arrested on suspicion of first-offense DWI and careless/prohibited driving.
5. Third-degree battery at an undisclosed Conway location. A mother reported taking her 10-year-old daughter to Conway Regional Medical Center after she was punched in the face by a 12-year-old boy on her way back from school on Thursday. The girl had a swollen and bruised eye, according to the report.
6. Possession of a controlled substance at 2300 Prince St. (Conway High School West). At about 8:18 a.m. a school administrator came across a bag containing about .3 ounces of suspected marijuana and called an officer to assist in reviewing the school’s security camera footage to see who may have misplaced it. According to the report, the video showed a student “wearing a distinct jacket drop the baggy as he walked toward the office” and the administrator “discovered the baggy approximately seven seconds after it was dropped. The student was identified, according to the report.
7. Burglary at 100 block of Tanyard Road (several miles northwest of Mount Vernon). Deputies responded on Oct. 14 to reports of a church burglary. According to the report, someone had smashed a window with a rock and rummaged through the church office, but didn’t seem to have taken anything.
7. Residential burglary at 2000 block of Meadowlake Road. Victim reported early Wednesday afternoon that at some point Tuesday night or Wednesday morning someone had broken into his residence. The only thing the burglar seemed to have disturbed was a coffee table, which appeared to have been set on fire.
8. Criminal mischief at 200 block of Chapel Creek Drive. Victim reported that at some point between 10 a.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Tuesday, a vandal or vandals took to the controls of a Case 580 Super K backhoe and rammed it backwards into a bulldozer. According to the report, “the majority of the damage was to the dozer.”
(Those with information pertaining to these reports or any unsolved crime are urged to contact the Conway Police Department at 450-6120 or the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office at 450-4914. Staff writer Joe Lamb can be reached at 505-1238.)