Teen arrested in burglary of TV, X-Box in northwest Paris

Bryan Michael Widner

Bryan Michael Widner

An investigation into the reported burglary of a residence in the 600 block of Northwest 24th Street led to the arrest Wednesday of Bryan Michael Widner, 17, of Paris.

Paris Police Department spokesman Curtis Garrett said a television and an X-Box gaming station were reported taken on Wednesday.

Widner, formerly of Heavner, Okla., had been released from the Lamar County Jail just eight days earlier after being incarcerated from Feb. 28 to March 18 on charges of property of theft over $1,500 and credit card/debit card abuse.

Garrett said police responded Wednesday to 79 calls, resulting in seven 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.