‘No tolerance’ new rule for speeders
By Frank Scott
Drivers used to “fudging” on the speed limit as they drive through DeWitt will face a rude awakening Aug. 1.
That’s when the city will invoke its new “no tolerance” rules for speeding enforcement.
“After Aug. 1, we will start writing tickets for anyone who drives even one mile per hour over the [posted] speed limit,” DeWitt Police Chief Bob Paxton said last week.
Paxton said the idea for the “no tolerance” policy came from District Court Judge Claude Jenkins and DeWitt Mayor Aubrey McGhee.
“Judge Jenkins talked to the mayor and me about it, and the mayor directed me to write a memo to the officers saying we will enforce the speed limit to the letter,” Paxton said.
DeWitt Police also reported answering the following calls July 12-20:
July 12 — A 1997 Honda Accord and a a 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier were traveling west on 13th Street. The Honda was turning left onto South Harrison Street, and the Chevrolet struck the Honda causing damage to the driver’s door of the Honda and to the right front bumper of the Chevrolet. Damage to the Honda was estimated at $1,500; to the Chevrolet at $2,000.
July 15 — Police were called to 23 N. Cedar Circle. When Patrolman Jody Chapman arrived, he spoke with a woman, who said a second woman had threatened ��her. her. When Chapman spoke with the second woman, she said the first woman had hit her with a cane and showed him the mark on her left side. When asked, the first woman admitted she had hit the second woman. During this time, the second woman kept yelling that she was going to get the first woman back and would not calm down. Chapman called for assistance. When Deputy Randy Bateman arrived, he transported the first woman, Whitney Frye, to the Arkansas County Detention Center and charged her with Battery III. The second woman, Brandi Bradford, was taken to the DeWitt Police Department, where her injury was photographed. She then asked to be taken to DeWitt Hospital to have the injury checked. When the doctor released Bradford, Chapman took her to the jail and charged her with disorderly conduct. She was also served with a warrant for harassment.
July 16 — A woman reported to police that she had been harassed by a second woman who was screaming profanities at her on the street. The first woman said she wanted to press charges for harassment and would also appear in court the next day to ask for a no-contact order against the second woman.
July 16 — Police were dispatched to Razorback Body and Glass Shop on East Second Street about a break-in. Upon arrival, police were told that the break-in occurred at the house directly west of the shop, 300 E. Second St.. The window on the west front end of the house was broken by a cinder block. The cinder block was still lying on the floor just inside the window. A chair had been torn up, and a guide wire was lying out in the street. Green tomatoes and potatoes were also found lying in the east side yard.
July 16 — Police were dispatched to 23 Fairview. The resident told police someone came into her house and took $10 from her wallet that was lying on the coffee table in the living room. The woman said she was sleeping in her bed when this occurred. The neighbor woke the woman up and told her someone had been in her house. She didn’t see the intruder; she just heard the door. The resident told police she had left her door unlocked because she expected someone to visit her. There was no forced entry.
July 17 — Police were dispatched to DeWitt Flea Market, 209 S. Main St.,where the owner reported the store had been broken into again. Entry was gained through an exit door on the south side of the building. The door had been pried open. A display case at the front of the building was opened. A small canister of change and rolled change was taken. A knife display case was entered and a few knives were taken.
July 18 — Police were dispatched to Sonic. A worker had found the back door had been broken into when he arrived for work. Hardware screws were removed, a window was broken out and entry had been gained. There was ice cream on the floor. The cash drawer had been opened by force and $10 in change had been taken. Bank bags were on the floor, there was no money in them. A computer screen and keyboard were hanging off the desk. Cooking equipment had been tampered with. The walk-in cooler had been entered, and containers were on the floor.
July 19 — The driver of a 2005 Nissan Altima was parked in front of the post office. She was sitting in her car when the driver of a 2002 Chevrolet SK1 hit the side of the Nissan. The driver of the Chevrolet said he was backing out from the post office and started turning too soon and turned into the Nissan. The driver of the Chev-rolet said he did not see the Nissan because it was lower than the truck bed. Damage to the Nissan was estimated at $1,000; the Chevrolet was not damaged.
July 19 — Police were called to 717 S. Jefferson St., where the resident told them someone had cut two tires on a truck his son drives. One tire had a two-inch cut through the sidewall. The cut in the second tire appeared to be the width of a knife blade. It was reported that the truck had been in the yard for about two weeks because someone had cut the brake line, and it had not been repaired.
July 20 — Police were called to Kroger parking lot, where the driver of a 2004 Toyota pickup had backed out of a parking space, forgot about the lumber sticking out the back and backed into a parked 2006 Mazda M6S. Damage to the Mazda was estimated at $1,000; the Toyota was not damaged.
Lucille Dumond contributed to this report.