Police beat

From Conway Police Department reports

 

Delta Cats

Calls started coming into police at 7:28 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1 about a abandoned car blocking the road on Prince Street near Shady Valley. The reporting officer checked and found there, parked in the road, a white 1987 Oldsmobile Delta 88 with an antiques license plate.

No lights or markers were showing, the officer reported, nor was there a note or anything explaining why it was parked in the road as it was. There was a misty rain, which may explain why, as the officer gained on the car, he saw another car almost rear-end it, parked as it was.

The call for a wrecker went out. The officer didn’t do an pre-impound inventory, but did note a coat in the backseat and a battery on the passenger side floorboard.

As the officer waited for the wrecker the car’s owner arrived, giving the officer his name. He said his wife had used the car that morning to take the children to school and it broke down on the way home. A belt, he told the officer, had broken.

The officer explained to the man that a wrecker was on the way, nearby even, and he couldn’t allow the car to sit as it was in the road. Meanwhile the wrecker arrived and hooked up to the car. The officer concluded the report stating he thought the car’s owner made arrangements to have the car towed to his home.

(“Rocket 88,” sometimes labeled “Rocket ‘88’” was recorded in 1951 by Jackie Brentson and his Delta Cats, which was actually Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm group - Brentson being the group’s saxophone player. It is generally credited as being the first rock-and-roll song ever recorded. The Buick Rocket V-8 engine was introduced in 1949, replacing the marque’s straight-8 engine. That engine, placed in the Buick 78 body platform, was renamed the Buick 88. Lightweight and powerful, it was successful in early stock-car racing. The “V-8 motor” of “modern design” was touted repeatedly in Brentson’s song.)

The door

It was a fraud alert which gave a man reason to call on police Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 1:21 p.m. An officer met him in the station lobby and recorded the man’s complaint.

He told the officer his car was parked at his parent’s house on Frederick Drive on Friday night, Oct. 24. Somebody late that night had, apparently, broken into it, he said. He found this out when he got some fraud alerts from his bank the next morning at 8:30 a.m.

Several charges, the alert told him, had been made to his debit card account, two in Conway, with additional charges in Maumelle.

His wallet had been in the car’s console, he told the officer.

He was given a report number and encouraged to call police if any additional information became known.

Somebody tell Diogenes

An officer on patrol was flagged down by a man on Halloween, Oct. 31, at 8:30 p.m.

The man told the officer he had found a debit card lying on the ground at the Shell station on Oak Street. He handed the officer the card. The officer tried to find the card’s owner - her name being on the card - but she did not show to have a City of Conway address.

The card was entered as evidence and a report was made.

Oh, well

Police were called to a mobile home community at 10:04 p.m. on Tuesday, Halloween, Oct. 31. A fight, officers were told, was taking place (called “a physical disturbance” in report-speak).

The reporting officer arrived and spoke with the two people there, a man and woman. The woman told the officer she and the man had been arguing about money, but “it was not physical at this time,” the report stated. The woman, to the officer’s request, handed over her ID. The officer called it in, and was told there were no warrants outstanding against her.

Attention then turned to the man of the pair, who agreed that it was “a verbal disagreement about money and that was it,” per the report. He, also, to the officer’s request, turned over his ID. In this case the man was shown to have an outstanding warrant for failure to appear regarding a domestic battery charge. He was put in handcuffs.

The man was then taken, first to police to get a copy of the warrant, then to the jail to have the warrant served.

The warrant was then deleted from records, the report concluded.

 

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