Among reports recently released by the Conway Police Department:
• Possible possession of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia at the 100 block of South German Lane.
Past 11 p.m. on Wednesday, an officer noticed a vehicle being driven “at an extremely slow pace” down Torreyson Street and then back again, turning onto South German Lane. At the next intersection, the driver “pulled up to the intersection, activat(ed) the right turn signal and turn(ed)” on to Robins St. “Due to the driver failing to signal the turn 100 (feet) prior to the intersection, I initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle.” Any violation of traffic law, however minor, may permit an officer to stop the vehicle for the purpose of investigating the offense committed. However, events during the course of the stop may broaden the scope of the investigation. According to the report, the driver had a suspended driver’s license and the passenger misidentified herself — a ploy discovered when a picture of the person with the name and date of birth given pulled up a very different-looking person on the officer’s in-car computer. The passenger gave another name and identifying information, which pulled up an out-of-county warrant. A third identity was given by the passenger at the Faulkner County Detention Center with more than one warrant attached to it, one out of Conway. A glass smoking device and an amount of suspected controlled substance was also found secreted about her person by jail staff, according to the report.
• Possible possession of drug paraphernalia in the area of Harkrider Street and 6th Street.
At about 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday an officer noticed a vehicle driving with an expired registration sticker. According to the report, the officer states that he noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle and told the driver that he would be conducting a search of the vehicle based on probable cause that it contained contraband. The driver questioned the validity of the search, the officer states in the report, and the officer “told him that I could and that I would be.” A sort of lock-box was found in the spare tire compartment and opened by the officer with a key on the vehicle keyring, which had already been seized. Inside were a number of empty plastic baggies, a digital scale, and two smoking devices. The driver was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia.
• Vehicle breaking and entering at the 300 block of S. Donaghey Ave.
A man reported that at some point between late Monday night and early Thursday morning a thief or thieves broke into his car’s trunk and stole a Guild GAD-series D-150 “Dreadnaught” styled acoustic guitar in a Schecter-brand “gig” bag and a Fender Banjo in a hard case. The Guild has star inlays, a pick holder on top, a Batman sticker on the front, and two blemishes on the back. The banjo is a non-resonator cap model with a custom sliding bar.
• Breaking or entering/theft of property at the 1300 block of Harkrider Street.
A man reported that at some point between Friday and Wednesday night a thief or thieves broke into a storage building and stole a game camera and a Lincoln welder. Whoever had stolen these items also, for some reason, cut off the negative battery terminal of a vehicle in the storage building, the person told police.
• Vehicle breaking and entering at the 1600 block of Middle Road.
A man reported that at some point between Sunday evening and 5 a.m. on Wednesday a thief or thieves stole a left-handed Hoyt compound bow with quiver from his vehicle.
• Vehicle breaking and entering at the 600 block of 6th Street.
A man reported that at some point prior to noon on Thursday a thief or theives had broken into a travel trailer and stolen an LG flatscreen TV, a DVD player, a DirectTV satellite receiver and the title to the trailer.
• Possible possession of a controlled substance at 700 block of Mitchell Street.
Officers assisting in evacuating apartments noticed what looked to be a bong, some glass smoking pipes and a grinder inside an apartment unit and, according to the report, “visible from the outside.” A warrant would normally be required before officer could seize suspected contraband from a residence, but a “plain view” exception may apply when the contraband is in plain view of an officer legally standing where they can see it.
• Criminal mischief/gasoline thieves at Hogan Lane.
At least two people have reported gasoline thievery on Hogan Lane. In one instance, presumably the first, the thief or thieves apparently tried to siphon the gas using a clear plastic hose. This is suspected because they left it sticking out of the vehicle when they just cut a gas line in an attempt to get at the fuel (about $400 to fix, labor included, the victim told police). A second car also had its fuel line cut on Hogan Lane at around the same time.
• Suspected hit-and-run/DWI at the 3000 block of Salem Road.
Officers responding early Sunday morning to reports of a driver who fled on foot from an injury accident found a man identified as the driver near the scene of the crash. According to the report, the man approached police when they told him he’d been spotted, admitted to having had at least a dozen beers and some shots, and said that he’d made a mistake. The man was arrested on suspicion of DWI, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and reckless driving.