Paris police officers arrest 26 over weekend

Paris police suburbanParis police officers responded to 267 calls over the weekend, resulting in 26 arrests, police department spokesman Curtis Garrett said.

  •          Shortly before noon on Saturday, a vehicle was stopped in the 2400 block of North Main Street for speeding. The driver was released after receiving a warning, but two passengers – Mason Lee Freeman, 28, and Donald Lee Stewart, 31, both of Paris – fled the scene and were taken into custody. Freeman was found to have a probation violation warrant out of Delta County. Bond for both was set at $2,500.
  •          About 5 p.m. Saturday, Sarah Michelle Watts, 31, of Durant, Okla., was arrested after an off-duty officer said she nearly ran over him as she entered a parking lot in the 3900 block of Bonham Street. She was said to be extremely intoxicated. She was charged with two counts of assault on a public servant, one count of possession of a prohibited substance in a correctional facility, and one count of evading arrest.
  •          About 1 a.m. Sunday, Fancy Woods Boss, 38, was taken into custody by officers responding to a domestic violence report in the 2900 block of Mahaffey Lane. Officers were advised she struck her husband with a piece of wood that had nails sticking in it. Officers said her husband had blood on his nose and his short was torn at the collar. She was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and taken to jail.
  •          Derek Lane Armstrong, 24, of Powderly was arrested Sunday on an outstanding traffic warrant when he was found to be a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for failing to use a turn signal while making a left turn. An officer found marijuana in Armstrong’s jacket pocket, and he admitted having a hand gun in the glove compartment and ammunition and magazines under the seat. He was charged with possession of marijuana and unlawfully carrying a weapon.
  •          About 5 p.m. Sunday, in response to a call about an intoxicated person  in the 500 block of Southeast 13th Street, police located and arrested Scott Allan McDonald, 31, of Paris. Upon searching McDonald, officers found marijuana and methamphetamine on him. He was later charged with criminal mischief for destroying a mattress inside a jail cell.

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.