Paris police make seven arrests Thursday, including driver who left the scene of an accident on the loop

Paris police suburbanParis police officers responded Thursday to 87 calls for service, resulting in seven arrests, Police Chief Bob Hundley said.

  • Antonio Rodriguez, 26, of Paris was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident in the 1800 block of Northeast Loop 286. Witnesses at the scene said the driver of one of the vehicles involved in a crash pulled into a mobile home park close by. Officers found the vehicle and made the arrest.
  • An 18-year-old was arrested after police officers responded to a security check call that reported someone was beating on the outside of a house and screaming for help. When officers arrived, they discovered the youth had actually gone inside the residence and reportedly assaulted a person inside. At first, the complainants declined to file charges on the unlawful entry, but the individual was arrested and investigation is continuing. Hundley said the initial charge of disorderly conduct may be enhanced.
  • A person was taken into custody on a Class A misdemeanor for taking to the checkout stand a $134 article of clothing whose price had been changed to $16.24.
  • A second person was also arrested for shoplifting — a Class B misdemeanor charge of theft under $500.
  • Two people were arrested for public intoxication in unrelated calls.
  • One person was arrested for four outstanding Municipal Court class “C” warrants.

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra

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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.