CodeRED alert canceled after missing Paris man is located in Greenville

A 72-year-old Paris man for whom a CodeRed Alert was issued on Thursday has been located in Greenville, Paris police chief Bob Hundley says.

The son of Morris Wayne Smith had called police and reported that his father – who he said suffers from dementia — had driven away from his residence in the 2000 block of Bella Vista and had not returned.

A statewide missing person’s alert was issued.

In Greenville, police were told that a man had locked himself out of his vehicle at a gas station. When the volunteer Citizens on Patrol unit entered the vehicle’s registration number into a statewide system, the computer return revealed a Silver Alert had been placed on the vehicle.

Smith was taken to the Greenville police station to await transportation back to Paris.

In other police activity in Paris on Thursday, a 24-year-old man told police that he was stopped in the 300 block of Southwest 3rd Street by two masked men in a dark-colored vehicle who pointed a gun at him and ordered him to get inside.

The man told police they drove to about the 1500 block of Old Jefferson Road and demanded everything in his pockets. His captors then left him there, he said. He called police after walking to another location, he said.

The incident, which was one of 98 calls responded to on Thursday, is under investigation, Hundley said.

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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.