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Paris Police Department Adult Arrests June 18, 2012

Teddy Wayne, 76, Theft of Material 50%

Brian Anthony Black, 35, Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility, Violate to Promise to Appear, Fail to Display DL, Reckless Damage

Crystal Renee Dicken, 29, Speeding, Violate of Promise to Appear

Michael Deshawn Howard, 34, Public Intoxication

Joshua Cherry Jones, 27, Forgery Financial

Kimberly Michelle Thomas, 47, Aggravated Assault w/ Deadly Weapon

Lamar County Crime Stoppers ask for help solving the Burglary of a residence in Powderly

The Lamar County Sheriff’s Department is asking for you help in solving a burglary of a residence that occurred in the Powderly area.

On June 11, 2012, it was reported to the Lamar County Sheriff’s Department that an unknown person or persons entered a residence through the roof in the Powderly area and stole several guns. Listed were a Savage Edge 22-250 rifle with a 3x9x40 scope, a Marlin 30-30-rifle, a Taurus PT100 stainless .40 cal pistol, a Remington 870 Express camo dipped shotgun and a Henry lever action .22mag rifle.

If anyone has any information on this crime, they are urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

Persons with information about this, or any other crime can contact Crime Stoppers 24 hour’s day- 7 days a week now 4 different ways and remain anonymous…

  1. By phone at (903) 785-TIPS (8477)
  2. By going online and logging into www.785-tips.com and submitting a tip there.  Persons can also get more information about other featured crimes.
  3. By text message – add ‘tip120′ in front of your message and send it to ‘CRIMES’ (274637).
  4. And now smart phone users can submit a tip by downloading and using our new mobile app call TipSubmit.  Visit our website for details.

Obituaries Wednesday June 20, 2012

Claudine Marie Smith, 79, of Detroit, Texas passed away Tuesday June 19, 2012 in Paris Regional Medical Center South.

She was born in Hugoton, Kansas a daughter of Walter and Edith Hodges Drake. She married Alden Smith on May 28, 1949 in Dumas, Texas. Claudine was a homemaker, avid fisherman and a member of the Red River Valley Mennonite Church. She loved to travel, with her favorite place being Port Aransas, Texas. Before moving to Texas from Colorado in 1980 she had a foster home full of boys for several years. She loved her Lord and her church family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Alden Smith, son James Smith, Grandson Kenneth Brandonberg Jr., and a grand-daughter Roberta Smith.

Mrs. Smith is survived by her children Janet Dickerson and husband David of Paris, Glenda Drake of Montana, David Smith and wife Maggie of Paris, and a daughter-in-law Susie of Detroit; grandchildren Michael Alberts Jr. and wife Brenda, Scott Alberts and Toni, Ben Smith, Curtis Smith, Walter Smith, Samuel Smith, Robert Smith, Kendra Farmer and husband Jeff, Vince Seta and wife Kaylee, Amanda Seta, Sara Seta, Jacob Smith, and Dusty Smith; 17 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. Thursday in the Red River Valley Mennonite Church with Ed Yost and Nelson Stoll officiating. Burial will follow in the Red River Valley Mennonite Church cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M. till 8:00 P.M. Wednesday at the Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Unruh, Dave Ensz, Joe Cannedy, Rodger Smith, Don Ratzloff, and Curtis Smith.

Online condolences may be made at www.fry-gibbs.com.


Police arrest woman for assault with a deadly weapon

On June 18, 2012 at approximately 2:25am, officers were dispatched to an aggravated assault with the use of a deadly weapon.

It was reported to officers that the victim and his girlfriend, 47 year old, Kimberly Thomas of Paris, had started arguing about money.  The disagreement then escalated to her cutting him on the arm with a knife and police were called.

She was arrested on charges of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

Small Business Development Center at PJC offers free seminar and workshop in July

The Small Business Development Center at Paris Junior College will offer a workshop and a free seminar as well as free counseling for current and prospective small business owners in the Paris area during the month of July, according to Director Bradley Gottshalk.

Create Your Own Job – Start Your Own Business will be offered from 9-11 a.m. on Friday, July 6. This free workshop will include information needed to start a small business. Topics will include legal requirements, the different forms of business organization and their advantages and disadvantages, conducting a feasibility study, writing a business plan, getting a sales tax permit, types of financing available for a start-up business, and what lenders want to know, as well as information on SBA guaranteed loan programs.

A QuickBooks Level 1: Basic Skills class will meet from 1-5 p.m., each Monday, July 2-16. Small business owners and entrepreneurs will learn how to manage QuickBooks files; work with customer and vendor transactions; and handle banking with QuickBooks.

The courses are held at the Bobby R. Walters Workforce Training Center on the north side of the PJC campus.

Free, confidential counseling to start or expand a small business is available by appointment between 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Call 903-782-0224 to make an appointment.

Free training for small businesses is now being offered through two grant programs from Texas Workforce Commission.

Through the Skills for Small Business Grant, owners and their employees can apply for free tuition to take any Paris Junior College course, credit or non-credit (limited to $1,450 for new employees and $725 for existing employees).

Through the Entrepreneurial Training Grant, business owners or persons interested in starting a new business can apply for free training (limit of $500 per person). Call the Paris Small Business Development Center at 903-782-0224 for details on how to take advantage of these limited-time training grant programs awarded by the Texas Workforce Commission.

The Small Business Development Center is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of Texas, and Paris Junior College.