Dispatch desk

Thursday, October 4, 2012

September 26

10:56 a.m. -- A caller from the hospital asked officers to check on the welfare of the owner of a vehicle that had been parked for awhile in the parking lot there. The officer checked the owner's last known address but found she didn't live there anymore. The officer advised they could have the vehicle towed.

11:12 a.m. -- A caller from Pivot Rock Road requested Animal Control for a sick animal. Animal Control responded and found the animal was a cat and wasn't sick. He explained the city can't take custody of cats and referred the caller to the shelter.

4:16 p.m. -- A new employee training at the tallest hotel in town accidentally dialed 911. False alarm.

4:23 p.m. -- A commercial burglary alarm going off at a local beaver-themed eatery proved another false alarm. Must be something in the air.

4:36 p.m. -- A caller advised of a possible traffic accident between Thorncrown Chapel and the Razorback Gift Shop on US Hwy 62 West. The reporting officer was unable to find a vehicle, although he did find a batting cage and car debris near the scene. A batting cage?

7:24 p.m. -- A caller reported a frightened but friendly beagle in her front yard. The pooch was hauled off to doggie jail.

10:25 p.m. -- An anonymous caller from a local nautical-themed bar called to advise a drunk young man was spitting on people in front of the establishment. The bar's owner and manager advised there was no problem and the individual had a ride coming to get him.

September 27

12:25 p.m. -- An elderly caller advised her daughter was in her front yard "yelling and screaming" despite a no-contact order currently in place. The responding officer arrested the daughter for violation of the no-contact order and disorderly conduct.

1:18 p.m. -- A caller reported a semi truck headed downhill from the East Mountain Lookout. The responding officer quickly located the truck and discovered it was a delivery truck and would be returning the way it came. I still don't see how it got back out.

4:24 p.m. -- A caller reported her iPhone stolen from a local gas station.

7:58 p.m. -- Carroll County Sheriff's Office advised of a one vehicle accident on upper Hillside Avenue involving a female who hit her head. EMS responded. She refused their services and a report was taken.

11:59 p.m. -- A caller advised she saw a man passed out on the side of the road between Rapid Robert's and Land o' Nod. She advised the male's head was almost on the white line of the road. The responding officer responded found male subject and requested EMS for the subject. They took him to the hospital.

September 28

12:16 p.m. -- An officer assisted with a funeral procession from Hwy 23 South.

12:49 p.m. -- A caller advised the the change-maker in a downtown parking lot wasn't working. The responding officer fixed it.

1:26 p.m. -- A caller reported multiple motorcycles disregarding traffic signage at the intersection of Spring and Main Streets. An officer responded to monitor traffic in the area.

1:45 p.m. -- A caller from East Mountain Street asked for a welfare check for an elderly female neighbor after not seeing her in the last two days. Her mail had not been checked either. The responding officers located a phone number for the lady's sister, who advised she had been in the Eureka Springs Hospital since Monday.

1:55 p.m. -- A clerk from a downtown leather shop reported a male subject "walking up and down Spring Street in front of the store screaming at the crowds." The responding officer could not find anyone screaming or otherwise causing a problem.

3:02 p.m. -- A caller advised police that two local fine dining establishments had vendors in their parking lots without permits for outdoor sales. Also they were blocking Armstrong Street. Police responded the T-shirt sale was on private property therefore permitted, Armstrong Street was in fact open to traffic, and the other eatery had no vendors in its parking lot.

4:53 p.m. -- The owner of a fine downtown eatery and bar asked for police assistance dealing with a pie-eyed customer who refused to leave despite multiple requests.

5:07 p.m. -- A female caller explained her mom was supposed to have come two hours earlier but never showed up. She had left from downtown Eureka headed toward Holiday Island. The daughter was advised to call area hospitals and make a missing person's report if she could not be found. Finally, the daughter called back to say she'd made it home. Phone dead, Mom alive.

5:11 p.m. -- A caller from Benton Street called to say he thought there ought to be an officer controlling motorcycle noise and traffic. He was advised of extra patrol efforts being made on Planer Hill and at bars this weekend.

6:14 p.m. -- Carroll County Sheriff's Office advised of a traffic accident involving a motorcycle and a Toyota Prius in front of a local candle-themed inn. No injuries were reported and the busted car was towed away.

6:54 p.m. -- A caller from Hillside Drive called to report spotters in the area shooting deer on private property and that she has had deer shot in her yard. A report was taken.

7:34 p.m. -- A caller from a shop on Main Street called to report the public restrooms by the Auditorium were locked. The caller was advised "They are locked because we just locked them." Bathrooms to be locked at 6 p.m. nightly per chief.

8:07 p.m. -- A caller from a shop up on the highway reported a verbal conflagration with his son which included fighting and verbal threatening of life, but no weapons. Dad ended up going to the bar to watch for the officer. Ultimately he was told it was a civil matter. The officer offered to talk to the son if he was still around. Don't you always wonder how these things come out later?

8:35 p.m. -- A caller reported an erratic driver headed toward Eureka from the Berryville direction. It was a flatbed truck "with lots of lights" passing on the double yellow and speeding. Officers followed the vehicle from Planer Hill north to the sewer plant but found no reason to pull it over.

11:09 p.m. -- A local gas station reported a passing car threw eggs at a motorcycle in their parking lot. Everybody's a critic.

11:38 p.m. -- A caller from Howell Street reported receiving a text from a friend who was suicidal, drinking wine and taking pills. Said she was no longer answering the phone. Police did a welfare check and found the individual okay.

11:42 p.m. -- A caller reported a brawl between a male and female going on in the parking lot below a local bar. Police responded and arrested the male for 3rd degree domestic battery. He was checked out by EMS for a broken hand. He hung out with local police until they transported him to jail in Berryville. Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes the bear eats you.

September 29

1:04 a.m. -- A caller from Nova Street filed a complaint against a local bar where she said a patron had spat alcohol on her. She said when she complained to management they threatened to call police on her. When the dispatcher recommended she call back during business hours and speak to a supervisor, she hung up on her. Nothing good happens after midnight.

1:16 a.m. -- The hanger-upper from Nova Street called back to insist on filing a complaint against the bar where she'd had a bad night earlier; when the responding officer arrived to take her report, she slammed the door in his face. It appeared she had been drinking.

2:11 a.m. -- Okay, keep reading. There's no way to make this stuff up. The angry caller from the last two reports drove to the police station on Passion Play Road to follow up her earlier complaint. I quote the report: "[name deleted] came into the police department extremely intoxicated to file a complaint about [the bar] where she had alcohol spewed on her. An officer started to take the report, but when she found nothing was going to be done tonight, she walked out of the PD and advised she would speak to the chief on Monday. She then sped out of the police department parking lot in a white Mustang. The officer then stopped her at Exxon, where she was arrested for DWI, refusal to submit, and careless and imprudent driving."

8:39 a.m. -- A complainant complained of a banner flying on a Spring Street store that violated code and wanted it removed. Police had it removed.

3:56 p.m. -- The fire chief advised vehicles needed to be removed from Armstrong Street so that emergency vehicles have access if needed. Officers were able to get the vehicles moved without incident.

3:57 p.m. -- Police were unable to locate an orange Honda Element driving recklessly eastbound into town before reaching Kings Highway.

4:50 p.m. -- A caller from a downtown café reported a female in a red shirt making a scene and refusing to leave. She was already gone by the time help arrived, heading north in a maroon pickup. Police kept an eye out for her after that.

9:09 p.m. -- A juvenile female called in to report her boyfriend had been physically abusive to her. A report was taken.

10:55 p.m. -- A good samaritan dropped by the police department to bring in a yellow and gray duffel bag he had found on the side of the road near a local hoe-down. The bag contained clothing, shoes, books, vitamins and eyeglasses. The non-emergency number for the police is 479-253-8666 if this sounds familiar.

10:57 p.m. -- A caller complained of a group of drunk people on the porch of a local roadhouse cussing and yelling at passersby. The responding officer found the individuals in question "very friendly and not yelling at cars."

11:07 p.m. -- Police received a call about a possible drunk driver headed into town on Hwy 23 South. The responding officer made a traffic stop and found the driver under the legal limit for intoxication. The subject found a ride home and had a sober friend take over the car.

September 30

1:07 a.m. -- An employee at a local inn called to advise there were 15-20 noisy people outside the rooms whooping it up. He asked them to calm down to no avail. When officers arrived, however, they were all sweetness and light. And back in their rooms.

4:59 a.m. -- A caller from South Main Street called for help due to loud noises, either an animal or a person screaming, coming from the woods across the street. The noises had stopped by the time the officer arrived. Traditionally, the Sasquatch or "Skunk Ape" as it is known Down South makes similar noises. As do panthers. Just sayin'.

9:35 a.m. -- A caller reported a suspicious male parked in front of a local herbacy without paying and then "went into the woods." A report was taken.

10:29 a.m. -- A caller from Bentonville reported she could not locate her son. He was up visiting from Texas and was alone in Eureka Springs. His cell phone was dead. All units were on the look out for him.

11:02 a.m. -- A caller reported illegal roofing going on on Sundays. Yes, illegal roofing. In our town. Responding officers found a building permit on the door of the house in question. No permits are required for simple repairs. The caller was advised to follow up with the city building inspector on Monday if the entire roof was being replaced. Having said that, no power tools can be used on Sundays between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m.

11:18 a.m. -- A caller reported a "small black mutt" wandering alone in Basin Spring Park.

11:26 a.m. -- A caller from near H & R Block up on Hwy 62 reported a year-old baby on the highway chasing a puppy. Said the baby had the pup in his arms at the moment. Fortunately for all, his older brother came and claimed him. He'd looked away for a moment when the little boy had chosen to make a break for it.

1:42 p.m. -- A caller from near the Little Chapel reported two dogs running loose.

2:56 p.m. -- A complainant reported a laptop wasn't returned when they had picked up their property after being kicked out of their trailer by the renters they were staying with. The caller was advised to bring in information on the computer so it can be reported and not to go to the residence and confront the other party.

6:55 p.m. -- A caller from a local inn reported a female who had been drinking and would be leaving in about 20 minutes. She was driving a white Nissan Altima with a Kansas vehicle tag. Officers checked the are without success.

8:43 p.m. -- A caller from Pivot Rock Road reported his dog has been attacked by neighbor dogs, which were not on a leash. Police could not locate the owner of the dogs but info was left with Animal Control to follow up.