Paris teenager complains someone demanded money, stole his skate board

Paris police suburbanA 17-year-old complained to Paris police officers shortly before 2 p.m. Monday that an “unknown young male” demanded money from him and his friends at Paris Skate Park, saying they “had to pay him to skate there.”

“The unknown male produced a knife and took the victim’s skate board and fled the scene,” police department spokesman Curtis Garrett reported.

Also on Monday, a 34-year-old man reported to police that he was walking in approximately the 700 block of Northeast 5th Street on Saturday when someone shot at him.

He told officers he was on his way home about 5:30 a.m. when he walked past two other individuals. A few seconds later, he said, he heard a gunshot and heard the bullet hit a tree near him.

Both reports are under investigation, Garrett said.

Garrett said Paris police officers responded to 97 calls for service on Monday, resulting in three arrests.

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.