From Conway Police Department reports
A couple of beers
It was a drunk guy, police were told, at an apartment on 2nd Street, causing a problem. He was outside, banging around. It was Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 9:56 p.m. when the call came in. Police went to the apartment, spotting a man up on the second floor who matched the description they were given.
Officer walked up to speak with the man, and the one officer, the reporting officer, recognized the man as someone he’d had to deal with earlier in the event (a report was referenced). He told the officer he was at the apartment because there as a woman there he knew and he was looking for her.
The odor of intoxicants, the officer reported, was quite noticeable. As they were speaking, a woman stepped out of a nearby apartment. She didn’t know the man, she told police, and was about to call them regarding the man outside banging around. The officer told the man they needed to continue the conversation downstairs.
He didn’t want to go downstairs, the man, 52, told police, he just wanted to go home. The officer asked, and the man admitted to having had “a few beers” in the course of the evening. Police, again, suggested walking downstairs, and here the man got irate, shouting and cursing at the officers. Police calmed him down (the threat of a disorderly conduct charge helped here) and the man came downstairs with them.
Downstairs the policed explained to the man that due to his level of intoxication (that’s the way they talk in these reports) he couldn’t let the man walk crosstown to his home. Again the irate cursing came forth. The neighbors noticed, the officer reported. And with this, handcuffs came forth and the man was cuffed and stuffed for the charge of public intoxication.
At the jail he proved to be something of a handful, no cooperating and wrestling with officers, at one point kicking one, and spitting in his face. As other officers joined in, the man was put in a cell. There he began kicking, still shouting and cursing, and a second round of wrestling took place as he was put in a restraint chair, after some effort by all concerned, one of whom being spit in the face for his troubles.
For this two counts of second degree battery were added to his charges.
Police were called to a laundromat on Clayton regarding a woman there who was trespassing. It was Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 9:16 p.m.
Officers arrived and met with the laundromat owner, who had called them. He pointed them to a woman out front who he had, the man said, asked to leave. The woman told him originally she were there to do laundry, and was going to start doing so in a little bit. When she didn’t do any laundry he again asked her to leave, and the woman said “no,” police were told.
The reporting officer went out front to speak with the woman, 36. He told her that due to the request for her to leave and her not following it she was going to get a criminal trespass warning. The officer noted here the woman was agitated and not following directions, noting further the “odor of intoxicants” around her. She, to the officer’s question, admitted she had been drinking.
The officer got the woman’s ID and called it in, finding out she had a warrant out of North Little Rock. She was arrested.
At the jail she was charged with Public Intoxication, given a criminal trespass warning and a hold was placed upon her for North Little Rock’s benefit.
(“Washateria” is the alternate name for laundromat. The first was opened in Texas in 1934, with four machines. The steam powered washing machines at the time, while efficient, were priced out of the range of many homemakers. A washateria allowed customers to rent time on the machine without the expense of outright purchase. The census bureau estimates there are over 11,000 laundromats in the United States.)
Machines and dollies
An officer was on patrol at 2:04 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24. As she patrolled she saw a GMC pickup drive by towing a car dolly. The dolly did not have any trailer lights. Blue lights, then, lit the morning sky and the truck was pulled over into the Walmart parking lot on Prairie.
The officer, of course, stepped up to speak with the driver who told her straight away that he had warrants. Dispatch was called and this was confirmed, two misdemeanor warrants, one from Conway and one from Perry County, and a felony warrant out of North Little Rock for back child support. The man was put in handcuffs, and then the situation got more complex.
The license plate on the pickup, it turned out, was for a Plymouth sedan. It was a Plymouth registered to someone with a different name. The sticker on it returned to a different name than the plate, and showed to be for a Nissan. Police ran the VIN on the pickup and it showed to be registered to a man, not the same as the plate or sticker, or the man currently in handcuffs. Police asked the arrested and he said he had bought the truck in February, but hadn’t updated the registration since then.
Police checked the dolly and it had not license information, and its serial number and identifying information appeared to have been scraped off. The truck and trailer both were impounded.
The man was charged with fictitious license plate and plate sticker (two charges), no proof of insurance, failure to register and driving on a suspended driver’s license.
(The 1964 musical “Hello Dolly,” the story of a strong-willed matchmaker, is one of the all-time great stage hits, with 10 Tony awards and a Grammy-winning album. The album reached number one in 1964, but was only that for one week, to be replaced by Louis Armstrong cover of “Hello Dolly.” The musical was made as a film in 1969. Armstrong, whose five-decade career began in the 1920s, was an important cross over artist, his musical innovations being such that his African American race was considered secondary, leading to an acceptance in a nation which still drew race-based social boundaries. He was generally apolitical, but did take a stand opposing segregation during the Little Rock Nine crisis of 1959. He was known for his gregarious and charming personality, along with a unique singing voice and jazz trumpet stylings.)