Weekend traffic stop in Paris results in weapons charge against two out-of-town men

Paris police responded to 289 calls for service over the weekend, resulting in 23 arrests, police department spokesman Curtis Garrett said.

Police Department Fire Car_SliderRandy Laval Wooten Jr., 25, of Paris has been jailed on a total of $60,000 bond in connection with reports he choked his girlfriend and threatened her with a knife, police department spokesman Curtis Garrett said.

The arrest came on Saturday after police officers responded to a disturbance call to the 900 block of Pine Bluff Street.

According to jail records, Wooten is shown as living in the 600 block of East Cherry Street.

Late Friday night, police arrested Jay Howard Pack, 46, of Garland and Donald Lee Buchheit, 22, of Gun Barrel City after a traffic stop in the 700 block o f Church Street.

Police department spokesman Curtis Garrett said the driver gave permission to search the vehicle, which was also occupied by two other men. Garrett said officers found marijuana and hand guns inside the vehicle.

Pack was charged with possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana and with unlawful carrying of a weapon. Buchheit was charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon. Bond was set at $2,000 on the weapon charge and $1,000 on the marijuana charge.

Both men were booked into jail about 3 a.m. Saturday and were released on bond about six hours later, jail records show.

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.