Paris police arrest 17 over Friday-Sunday weekend

Paris police suburban - CopyParis police officers responded over the Friday-Sunday weekend to 269 calls, resulting in the arrests of 17 individuals, police department spokesman Curtis Garrett said.

  • About 1:15 p.m. Friday, police officers were called to the 2000 block of Bonham Street regarding a burglary in process. Officers said they saw a man outside a shed talking to a man inside the shed, the doors of which were secured with a chain and padlock. Then the man inside threw a metal lamp shade through a hole in the roof. Cordell Dunbar, 46, was ordered to come out of the shed, at which point he was arrested and charged with burglary of a building. The incident remains under investigation.
  • At 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Cynthia Louise Jones, 51, of Paris was arrested after personnel of a business reported seeing her leaving the store without paying for items she was seen concealing on her person. She was taken to the police department, where it was discovered during the booking process that she had at least two prior convictions for theft, which enhanced Saturday’s offense to a felony.
  • At 10 p.m. Saturday, Paris police, EMS and fire personnel responded to the 2600 block of North Main Street, where a 51-year-old man attempting to cross the road was struck by a 2001 Dodge Ram pickup driven by a 22-year-old Sulphur Springs man. The pedestrian was taken by air ambulance to Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, where he was reported in critical condition with multiple injuries. The driver was not injured.
  • Kevin Ray Kenemore, 35, of Paris was arrested after he attempted to leave Home Depot with a plumbing tool that set the sensor alarm off.  Store personnel reported seeing Kenemore attempting to enter a dark-colored SUV, but the driver of the SUV left the scene, leaving Kenemore on foot. Kenemore was gone when police officers arrived, Garrett said, but officers located him in the 3300 block of East Center Street. Garrett said Kenemore ran from officers but was caught after a brief chase. He was charged with theft and with evading arrest. Garrett said it was later determined that Kenemore was wanted on an outstanding warrant for a probation violation.

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.