Dispatch Desk

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

August 15

8:43 a.m. -- A caller reported a large black dog running loose near Swiss Villa apartments. In British folklore, a black dog is essentially a nocturnal apparition, often said to be associated with the Devil, and its appearance was regarded as a portent of death. Plus there's the Led Zeppelin song. In this case, Animal Control followed the apparition home and issued a warning to its owner about leash laws in the city.

4:02 p.m. -- An anonymous caller on her way to Holiday Island advised she saw a horse on the side of the road without an owner present. The call was transferred to the Carroll County Sheriff's office because it was outside the Eureka Springs city limits.

2:09 p.m. -- A woman came into the police station to report someone was coming into her hotel room while she wasn't there and messing with her stuff. A report was taken.

6:50 p.m. -- A caller warned of a water leak near Martz Circle. Public works was notified.

11:08 p.m. -- A caller reported suspicious lights on in a local Main Street gallery and a white pick-up in the drive while the owners were out of town. Turns out friends of the owner were staying the night. No harm no foul.

August 16

2:35 a.m. -- A false alarm at a local Mexican restaurant high up on Planer Hill sent an officer to discover all was well after all.

10:46 a.m. -- A caller reported not being able to get help with a problem regarding a recent purchase at a shop up on the highway. An officer verified the store is still in business but nobody was there when he checked.

12:13 p.m. -- A caller on Ecols St. reported a trash truck blocking "the entire road" and tangled in power lines. The officer responding to the call reported no truck but a dumpster blocking the road, which he was unable to move by himself.

2:12 p.m. -- An officer arrested a Boone County resident on an outstanding warrant during a routine traffic stop.

4:50 p.m. -- A caller from East Van Buren Avenue reported a deer hit by a car in his yard. He was advised to call Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge to see if they want it because Public Works does not dispose of deer in resident yards.

10:28 p.m. -- A caller called to complain about noise problems with some children in his apartment complex. He said the manager had already warned them to keep it down between 10 and 6. The officer contacted the mother to rein in her brood. People are not meant to live in apartment complexes.

11:45 p.m. -- Officers attempted without success to track down a green Pontiac Sunfire being driven in an intoxicated fashion between Berryville and Eureka Springs, according to Carroll County Sheriff's dispatch.

August 17

0:14 a.m. -- A caller advised that his truck had broken down on Ark. Hwy 23 N right after the small bridge. He advised that his truck was half way in the ditch and half way in the road. He was given a tow truck number, and the officer responded and helped him get his truck out of the roadway.

1:51 p.m. -- An unsuspecting truck driver was reported turning onto the Historic Loop off US Hwy 62 by the high school. The officer made contact with the semi and its driver near Vintage Cargo and gave him careful directions on how to get out of what was about to be a very unpleasant afternoon if he got that truck stuck in the Loop.

5:38 p.m. -- An unhappy caller reported he was being scammed by a local motel. The officer checked with the motel and the matter was sorted out civilly.

5:52 p.m. -- A caller from Lake Leatherwood reported a deer with a badly broken leg stuck in the mud in the Black Meadow camping area. The officer dispatched the poor thing due to injuries.

6:58 p.m. -- The owner of a popular restaurant downtown called because of two individuals who were beginning to cause a disturbance at his place of business. The subjects left intoxicated before the officer's arrival in a black Nissan with California tags. No trace of them was found.

11:34 p.m. -- A caller from a local joyous lodging facility called to report a banjo party going on in one of the rooms. An officer negotiated with the bluegrass guests and got things under control.

August 18

2:41 a.m. -- A caller from Spring Street reported a male beating on the door to get into her apartment complex despite her telling him he had to have a key or get buzzed in. Eventually he seems to have gotten a clue and was no longer around when the officer arrived.

1:15 p.m. -- A caller reported a white sports bike being driven extremely fast headed into town and passing on the double yellow. In an attempt to help, the caller had blocked in the motorcyclist as well as blocking traffic on US Hwy 23 N. Police advised the caller he couldn't block in the driver, and to let him go. The call was forwarded to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office because the incident took place outside city limits.

2:44 p.m. -- Police responded to a report of a domestic quarrel in progress on Kingshighway. The male advised officers "they fight all the time." The female, who had broken his windows, had hurt her neck. No EMS was necessary but the officer took a report.

3:13 p.m. -- A caller advised while shopping at a local discount store her GMC white van was stolen from their parking lot. Funny thing is, just about that time the caller got a call from the owner of another white van, who had, yes, left his in the parking lot and driven off in the wrong vehicle. A switcheroo was made and everybody left happy.

4:53 p.m. -- A caller from a local inn called to report a vehicle parked out back that wasn't supposed to be there. He then called back to say the couple in the vehicle had been trying to find some "alone time" and went on their way once he spotted them.

5:17 p.m. -- A caller from a downtown hotel called to report half dozen teens and five pit bulls downtown in the park, with the teens abusing the dogs and yelling at people around them. They were, of course, long gone by the time an officer could get there.

6:31 p.m. -- The owner of a downtown leather shop called to report a dog wandering in his shop. Animal Control took it away to the pound.

7:29 p.m. -- In a possible follow-up to an earlier report (or 2), a Main Street gallery owner called to say several customers had complained about kids in the park with large dogs begging for money. The kids were confronted and denied involvement. They were given a warning and told further complaints would lead to serious action being taken.

9:52 p.m. -- A caller from a popular North Main Street convenience store called to report a couple fighting. They resolved their issues at least temporarily by the time the officer arrived.

August 19

0:55 -- On routine patrol, an officer arrested an individual downtown near the courthouse for public intox.

3:32 a.m. -- A caller from a local motel called to ask for help with a male individual who was possibly vandalizing the snack machine. The officer responded but the individual was gone by the time he arrived, and he could find no damage to the snack machine.

4:10 a.m. -- An officer responding to an alarm from the high school found an open door. Someone had entered and written on the white board before discharging a fire extinguisher. A report was taken.