“On January 17 at 1:30 a.m. I heard a car pull down my street and stop. I got out of bed and noticed two men get out of the vehicle while the driver stayed behind the wheel. I watched one man start to walk down to my neighbor’s house and the other suspect begins to walk up my driveway. I thought, ‘Game on.’ I armed myself and met the fellas outside.”


That’s how Cameron Diller’s story began describing a recent incident unfolding before his eyes in a peaceful neighborhood in Maumelle.


“To their surprise, I was not going to let this happen without a fight,” Diller said. “I gave the man in my driveway a command to get on the ground and show me his hands. He complied at first. But soon, I realized the two men were actually three.


“I felt in my best interests to hold them long enough to get the police out to cuff them. I went hands on with one till I felt the situation could not go any longer without using deadly force. I was able to rip his shirt off in the scuffle. They all ran and got into the car and drove off. No injuries.


“Maumelle police arrived two minutes later and took my report and description of the vehicle and individuals involved.


“The next morning my wife went for a jog. When she got back home she told me that a shirt was in the yard. I went out to the yard and saw the shirt and — better news — a smartphone in the shirt.


“I called Maumelle PD and gave the phone to them. Maumelle police officers were able to obtain an arrest warrant and the suspect was picked up by Little Rock Police and brought to jail.”


Diller’s message to fellow Maumellians: “Though we may not ever get them all, if we are aware of what’s going on in our communities, we can get them one by one. Be safe and remember to call 911 if anything is not looking right. It’s better to make the call and have the police take a look.”


There have been numerous incidents around Maumelle, including thefts at the ball fields and in several neighborhoods. I noticed the police were patrolling the parking lot on a recent ball game night with their blue lights on. Not a bad idea to let the cockroaches know we are watching.


I’m not sure if I’d recommend taking matters in my own hands like Cameron Diller did, but he is to be commended for not allowing his rights to be violated. Let’s keep our eyes open, check on neighbors, let folks know if you’re leaving town, take pictures of suspicious cars or activity and don’t hesitate to call 911. If you see something, say something!


We have a national attention deficit problem


I’ve mentioned it before but it continues to bug the heck out of me: Americans seem so obsessed with their “devices,” we are paralyzed to do much else without one in our hands. There is even a new term, “e-tox,” which is the process to help us rid ourselves of this time sucker and distraction. The process parallels the same steps one would use to detox from a drug or alcohol addiction. The first step is to “admit you have a problem.” Go ahead. Admit it.


Follow the money and you’ll know why everybody’s packin’


Thank goodness, the legislature went home. After it was announced that a new law would allow us to possibly carry a gun to a ball game or concert, the news blew up internationally, with the entire world watching and collectively saying: “What?”


Thankfully, after intense scrutiny, the legislature bowed to the pressure and added a provision that would prevent Hog fans and concertgoers from packin’. This was all about the money. No legislator wanted the National Rifle Association to withdraw either their financial support or endorsement. Being labeled “anti-gun” in Arkansas (or any Southern state for that matter) is certain death for a politician.


Follow the money, you’ll find the truth.


Bits and Pieces


They are moving a lot of dirt on Maumelle Boulevard prepping two lots for the new Sonic and Chick-fil-A. Both restaurants should be completed later this year. Both restaurants will feature playgrounds. Parents of young children will flock there to allow the adults to eat in peace while their kids run amuck.


The Masters (golf tournament) is one of my favorite events of the year. The television coverage is unmatched, featuring the best golfers, commentators and camera work. The course is beautiful and the tradition is the richest in the game. It is a couch potato’s dream. I heard a pastor say that Augusta is a prototype for golf courses in heaven. And it didn’t disappoint with the exciting playoff with Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose.


Had the occasion to take a “behind the scenes” tour of Robinson Performance Center, led by one of the architects of the project. It is an amazing transformation resulting in a state-of-the-art performance hall capable of hosting major touring shows with new comfort and greatly improved acoustic quality. I can’t wait to see a performance.


I noticed the “Skeeter truck” is already at work in Maumelle. I would assume this will be a worse-than-usual summer for the little boogers due to a mild winter. The Centers for Disease Control says that Arkansas is a danger area for the Zika virus and Lyme disease. How many chemicals should we dump in our backyards for protection? Remember, the city says the fumes from the Skeeter truck are not harmful, but recommends you go indoors when it comes by. Hmmm.


See you on the Boulevard.


Neal Moore is a public relations and advertising consultant and freelance writer. If you have a community concern, news tip or if you’re just irritated about something, contact him at neal.moore@sbcglobal.net. Follow him on Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter, @kneelmore.