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PoliceBeat By LEE HOGAN log cabin staff writer

Among reports recently released by the Conway Police Department: •Vehicle breaking or entering, Martha Drive. A Conway woman says the rear windshield of her vehicle was broken, while parked at her residence in the 2300 block of Martha Drive, sometime between Monday night or Tuesday morning. The 48-year-old victim told police the vehicle was undisturbed the last time she saw it around 6 p.m. Monday. When the victim came out the next morning around 8 a.m., the rear windshield was broken. The victim said nothing was missing from the vehicle, which she claims was locked. Officers were unable to obtain fingerprints from the vehicle. Damage to the windshield was estimated at $300 in the police report.

•Violation of omnibus DWI act, Oak Street. A Conway woman, who told police she was out getting a burger, was arrested Monday night for driving while intoxicated. Police initiated a traffic stop, near Oak Street and Faulkner Plaza, after observing the vehicle had a “defective headlight” and that the vehicle was weaving within the lane. Officers noted in the police report that the 46-year-old woman displayed “bloodshot, watery eyes and a disheveled appearance.” Police also noted the woman had slurred speech and was “fairly dramatic with how she was responding.” When asked to retrieve her driver’s license and vehicle information, the woman told police she was on her way to get a burger. The officer noted the woman seemed as if going to get a burger was “justification for not having those documents.”

When asked a second time by police, the woman stated she had the documents and said “Ta da” when she produced the information, according to the police report. The woman then denied having drank alcohol, the police report states. Police observed the woman was unsteady when she was asked to exit the vehicle, and “remained unsteady on her feet throughout contact with her.” The woman ignored police instructions several times and attempted to return to the vehicle, police said. Officers said the woman gave consent to search her vehicle, and found no contraband. Police said the woman failed multiple parts of the field sobriety test, and stated the woman was “unable to keep her balance” and ignored the rules. The woman was placed under arrest and transported to the police department where she was read her DWI

Yesterdays rights, and agreed to a breath test which yielded a blood alcohol content of 0.10. Police said the woman refused a second test. •Theft of property, Vail Avenue. Southern Fence Inc. says a gate was stolen from its business, located in the 3100 block of Vail Avenue, sometime between Saturday and Monday morning. The owner of the business says the theft occurred between the exact times of 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 6:45 a.m. Monday. The owner says the gate, which was on display in front of the business, was made of wrought iron, and was valued at $3,000. (Staff writer Lee Hogan can be reached by email at or by phone at 505-1246. Follow Lee Hogan on Twitter at To comment on this and other stories in the Log Cabin, log on to Send us your news at www.thecabin. net/submit)

Summer Concert Series with Open Fields at library SPECIAL TO THE LOG CABIN

Summer Concert Series continues with Open Fields at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4, at the Faulkner County Library. Open Fields is a fresh, new, 4-piece band, con-

sisting of Louisiana native, Preston Whittenberg (guitar), and three of Conway’s own: Blake Lefler (keys), Brent Morgan (bass), and Chris Kordsmeier (drums). The primary common denominator of the group is a deep appreciation of The

Beatles’ art. Accordingly, the band’s defining characteristic is, without a doubt, the painstakingly polished, 4-part harmony prevalent in each song. The members’ other influences are many and diverse, yielding a refreshingly original result,

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difficult not to enjoy! Refreshments will be served. All library events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 501-327-7482 or email, facebook and twitter.


75 years ago (1938) The Saturday Bridge Club met Saturday afternoon with Mrs. Fred Gordy at her home on Robinson Avenue. Mixed garden flowers were arranged in the living room, where games of Bridge were played, with Mrs. Frank E. robins winning the high score prize. A dainty salad plate with tea was served at the conclusion of the games.

50 years ago (1963) Mary Jo Simon, 14, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Simon, will leave Aug. 14 for Mobile, Ala., where she will attend a week-long Girl Scout event. Miss Simon is one of four girls from Arkansas who will attend the Alabama Jubilee. She was selected by the Ouachita Girl Scout Council. Miss Simon, a sophomore at St. Joseph High school, is a member of Troop 312. She has been a Girl Scout five years.

25 years ago (1988) The University of Central Arkansas id the winningest NAIA football team over the past 10 seasons, according to statistics compiled by the NAIA office. UCA has posted an 88-17-7 record over the past decade for an .817 percentage. UCA ranks second over the last five seasons with a 51-8-2 mark (.852). UCA coach Harold Horton is second to Dennis Franchione at Pittsburg State on the list of winningest active NAIA coaches. Horton has a sixyear record of 55-10-5 (.821). Franchione is 448-2 (.833).

10 years ago (2003) Russ and Mary Hooper of Conway will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on Aug. 5. Their children will host a barbecue in their honor on Saturday at Toad Suck Park. They are parents of four children, Mike, Candice, Jessica and Laura Hooper, and also have two grandchildren.

Q&A: Tracking the source of stomach bug outbreak By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Is an outbreak of a nasty stomach bug over? Depends on who you ask. Iowa officials say that

almost 150 cyclospora infections in their state were linked to a bagged lettuce mix and the threat is over. Federal officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food

and Drug Administration aren’t so sure, saying it is too early to say if the outbreak is over. There are almost 400 illnesses total in 15 states. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about the infections and the outbreak: Q: What are cyclospora infections? A: Cyclospora infection, or cyclosporiasis, is caused by parasites that are spread when people ingest food or water contaminated with feces. People who are exposed usually become sick after about a week and have bad diarrhea and other flu-like symptoms that can last from a few days to a month or longer if untreated. It’s common to feel tired and relapse is possible. It’s not generally contagious and can be treated with antibiotics. Deaths from the infection are rare. Q: Who is usually at risk? A: People who live or travel in tropical or subtropical countries are most at risk, according to the CDC. The infections are rare in the United States but have been linked in the past to imported fruits and vegetables. Q: I heard it is linked to bagged salad. Should I stop eating bagged salad? A: It’s not clear. The illnesses are in 15 states, but only two of those states, Iowa and Nebras-

ka, are saying that it is linked to bagged salad mix. The CDC and FDA say they don’t yet have enough information to say what is causing the illnesses. Iowa officials have said they believe the affected salad has already spoiled and is no longer in the supply chain. They have said they believe the salad was served in restaurants, was in the food service chain and also sold at stores, but they won’t say where the salad mix came from. Nebraska officials said the salad mix in question included iceberg and romaine lettuce, along with red cabbage and carrots that came through national distribution chains. Q: Am I at risk in this current outbreak? A: Probably not, but federal officials aren’t ready to declare it over. The state officials say it appears to have passed, but a CDC spokeswoman says “it’s too early to say for sure whether it’s over, and thus too early to say there’s no risk of still getting sick.” María-Belén Moran of the CDC says the agency “is still conducting an investigation and working to determine if the conclusions from Iowa and Nebraska help explain the increased numbers of cases in other states.” The last reported illness began July 18, and there have only been seven reported illness-

es since July 6. Fifteen states have so far reported illnesses: Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin. Q: How does the government trace the source of illnesses like this? A: It takes a lot of legwork and coordination between states and the federal government. Cases are confirmed when a sick person gives a sample to his or her doctor and that sample is tested. If it is positive, it will eventually be reported to a state health department. The states then gather that data and coordinate with the CDC to look for common strains that could link the illness to a specific product. State and federal officials interview the victims and closely question them about what they ate around the time they fell ill — often a difficult task, as it is hard for most people to remember everything they ate over an extended time. Q: Why is this particular outbreak so hard to trace? A: Cyclospora infections are rare in this country so state health departments aren’t as accustomed to tracing them as they are more common U.S. foodborne illnesses like salmonella and E. coli. It is also difficult because cyclospora usual-

ly doesn’t show up until a week after a person has eaten the tainted food, so it’s harder for people to remember what they ate. In this outbreak, the Food and Drug Administration says its investigators have been trying to trace the paths of the food eaten by those who fell ill. Food often goes through several stops — potentially in several countries — before it reaches a grocery cart, and the FDA said the process is “labor-intensive and painstaking work, requiring the collection, review and analysis of hundreds and at times thousands of invoices and shipping documents.” The agency said it has a seven-person team in its Maryland headquarters and specialists in 10 field offices across the country working to identify the source of the outbreak. Q: What else do we know about this outbreak? A: Not much. Iowa officials have said the salad mix wasn’t grown in Iowa or Nebraska but won’t say where it was grown or sold. The Iowa officials say that because there is no immediate threat, they are not required to say where the food came from. Food safety and consumer advocates disagree, saying the public has a right to know the source even if the tainted food is out of the commercial chain.

Home School Fair to be held at Antioch Aug. 6 SPECIAL TO THE LOG CABIN

A Home School Fair will be held 6-8:30 p.m., Aug. 6, at Antioch Baptist Church, 150 Amity Rd. Guest speaker will be Michael Smith, pres-

ident and co-founder of Home School Legal Defense Association. He will be speaking about the current political climate of homeschooling and the future of homeschooling. The event will also

include a kid’s program - Christian Home Educators Fellowship, and Education Alliance Homeschool Vendors and fellowship. Discounted memberships will be offered for HSLDA and CHEF, and

homeschool ID cards will also be available. For more information and to register for the free event, visit:, www.hslda. org, or www.chefar. org.