Incident with 10 offenders and two victims started at one Paris club, continued at another, police say

Paris police responded on Friday to the Razz-Ma-Tazz Club in the 1200 block of Fitzhugh Avenue, where a large plate glass window in the front of the building had been broken.

Paris police and EMSA woman with several cuts to her leg said she was pushed through the window during an assault, and police officers said their investigation of her complaint led to two victims and 10 offenders in an altercation that reportedly initiated at Crosswire in the 3300 block of Northeast Loop 286.

That incident, which is under investigation, was one of 283 calls made by local police over the three-day Friday-to-Sunday weekend, in which officers made 28 arrests.

A 32-year-old Paris man is in Lamar County Jail after he tried to cash a check Friday that had been reported stolen. Kenji Demond Barr of 520 Deshong Drive, Apt. 30, originally gave his name as that of a man already incarcerated in jail. Barr got in further trouble when a white powdery substance was found on him. He is being held on a total of $27,500 bond on four charges – forgery, possession of a controlled substance, failure to correctly identify himself to law enforcement officers, and fraud while using another’s identity.

Sunday, police were investigating a reported burglary in the 900 block of East Cherry Street when a man came to the house with items he said he had taken from the residence previously. He said he was returning them. Robert Gene Runnels, 68, of 750 Bonham St., Apt. 60, was arrested and charged with burglary of a habitation.

Also Sunday, Terry Don Booker, 56, of 909 Pine Bluff St., was arrested after police answered a call in the 600 block of Northwest 11th Street, where it was reported a man had pointed a shotgun at someone during an altercation. Booker was also charged with possession of marijuana.

Saturday, police responded to Paris Regional Medical Center’s emergency room, where a 27-year-old man was being treated for four stab wounds in the back. The man told officers he was attacked in the 1300 block of Northeast Eighth Street while walking home from a friend’s house. The incident is under investigation.

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.