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Paris police respond to 87 calls for service, arrest 6 on Monday

Cody Liles Porter, 27 (Police dept. photo)

Cody Liles Porter, 27 (Police dept. photo)

The Paris Police Department arrested six individuals on Monday, while responding to 87 calls for service, according to the department’s public information officer, Curtis Garrett.

Paris police responded to a call of a burglary of a business in the 900 block of NW 34th St. at about 8:19 a.m. on Monday, July 21. It was reported that someone had damaged a door to enter the business. Fingerprints were found at the scene. It is undetermined at this time what may have been taken from the business, but the estimated damage to the door was about $500. The investigation continues.

27 year old Cody Liles Porter, of Reno, was arrested at about 4:27 p.m. on Monday for possession of a controlled substance. Porter was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for a traffic violation. The driver was arrested when they were found to have outstanding warrants. A small zip-lock baggie was located inside the vehicle where Porter was seated, and the contents tested positive for methamphetamine. He was later transferred to the Lamar County Jail.

Paris Police Department adult arrests on July 21

Police-DepartmentDaniel Joseph Blake, 28, Possession/Delivery of Drug Paraphernalia

Lanetta Yvonne Mason, 41, Open Container

Cody Allen Moore, 22, Disorderly Conduct

Cody Liles Porter, 27, Possession of Controlled Substance PG 1 <1g

Bridget Nicole Ray, 26, Expired Motor Vehicle Registration, Failure to Appear (Non-Traffic)

Lamar County Sheriff Bookings; July 21-22

sheriffHargie Smith; Delivery of Controlled Substance PG 1 <1g

Xavier Lee Montgomery; Fleeing Police Officer

Jerry Octabia Montgomery; Resisting Arrest/Search/Transport

Jack Howard Daniel; Motion to Revoke-Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon

Jason Thomas; Theft of Property >=$50 <$500

Justin Allan Rainey; Possession of Marijuana <2oz

Cody Liles Porter; Possession of Controlled Substance PG 1 <1g

Jose Martin Garcia; Driving While Intoxicated/Open Alcohol Container

Linda Gail Childres; Possession of Marijuana <2oz, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Obituaries for Tuesday, July 22

simpsen001Irvin Henry Simpsen, 82, loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and brother passed away in Paris, Texas, on July 21, 2014. One of four children of Henry and Hazel Mae Simpsen, he was born in Colfax, IL. He was baptized into the Christian faith and celebrated his Confirmation at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Anchor, IL.

Irvin worked on the family farm until graduating in the last class at Anchor High School. His working career started with jobs as a cemetery superintendent, pin-setter at a bowling alley, and as a foreman at General Electric. He enlisted in the US Air Force and served as a flight engineer on the B-26 Marauder during his tour of duty in the Korean War. He completed his aviation education at Parks College of Aeronautical Technology in St. Louis, MO and worked as a mechanic for several airlines in Illinois, Iowa, and Texas.

He was married to Marjory May Brown for 48 years. In 1973 he moved his family to Paris, TX as owner of Holiday Mobile Homes Park and Sales. He loved travel and spending time with his family, and was happiest when he could combine the two. Summer weekends were shared with family and friends with cocktails and grilled steaks by the pool. He was preceded in death by his wife Marjory and by his granddaughter Heidi.

Irvin is survived by Sharon and Jay McKiever, Lisa and Wendell Hubbard, Bruce and Paige Simpsen, Carl and Rosmarie Chambers, Randy and Crystal Daniels, ten grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, brother Donald of Cazenovia, WI, brother Gerald of Bloomington, IL, and sister Mary Ellen Schoon of Bloomington, IL.

Friends are invited to join the family for visitation at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home in Paris, TX, on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. A funeral service will be held on Friday, July 25, 2014, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Anchor, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to The Heimerdinger Foundation, 4004 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 223-B, Nashville, TN – www.heimerdingerfoundation.com.

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


Merrell Boyd, 92, of Paris, passed away on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Heritage House of Paris surrounded by his loving family. Funeral services will be held in Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home chapel at 11:00 AM, Saturday, July 26, 2014 with Rev. James E. Barnes officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until service time on Saturday prior to the service. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park near Sulphur Springs. Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Boyd was born July 17, 1922 in Yantis, Texas, the son of Jacob P. and Lula M. Bevill Boyd. He enlisted in the US Army in 1942 and served proudly until 1944. After his honorable discharge, He attended Hardin College where he graduated with an associates degree in watch repair. He started a career in 1953 at B&W where he retired in 1983. During this time he had a career at Boyd’s Jewelry Store where he did watch repair until their closing. He was a proud member of First Baptist Church in Paris for nearly 60 years.

Mr. Boyd is survived by his wife, Virginia Boyd; daughter, Cynthia K. Powell and husband, Rhett; grandson, Austin Powell; and his sister, Francis Simmons. His loving extended family included Richard and Shay Persinger, Mickie and Bob Powers, and LuAnn and Verg Ables; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his six brothers and one sister.

Online condolences may be made to the Boyd family by visiting www.fry-gibbs.com.

Four-week investigation into numerous ATV thefts ends with the arrest of two juveniles

A four-week long, multi-agency investigation into ‘a rash of ATV thefts in the Blossom and Cunningham communities’ — totaling almost $10,000 in property stolen — ended with the arrest of two teenage juveniles, according to Lamar County Sheriff Scott Cass.

The investigation by the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office, Lamar County Constable Precinct One, and the Northeast Texas Auto Theft Task Force concluded on Saturday, after receiving four reports of ATV thefts and one report of an attempted theft in the nearly month long investigation. All four of the stolen ATVs were recovered by officers.

Detectives find stolen ATVs in the woods (Sheriff's dept. photo).

Detectives find stolen ATVs in a wooded area of the Blossom community (Sheriff’s dept. photo).

On Saturday, July 19, the investigation led Lamar County Sheriff Deputies and Precinct One Constable Travis Rhodes to a residence in the Blossom Community, where the sheriff’s office was investigating a report of a runaway juvenile, as well as another reported stolen ATV in Blossom.

“Deputies located the said juvenile, along with another male juvenile who were both covered in mud,” the sheriff said. “Subsequently, officers spoke with the juveniles in reference to the recent ATV theft and were led to three stolen ATVs hidden in wooded areas of the Blossom Community.”

Sheriff’s deputies and Constable Rhodes recovered three confirmed ATVs reported stolen, after previously recovering the forth ATV in the Cunningham community, and had released it back to the owner.

“Both male juveniles, 15 and 16-years old, were also identified as the male subjects responsible for eluding deputies in the Deport area on stolen ATV’s on July 10,” Cass said.

Both juveniles were arrested and transported to Hunt County Juvenile Detention Center. No names are being released at this time.

The estimated value of the thefts was $ 9700.00 dollars.

Time Frame:

ATV thefts_02June 27, 2014 – ATV stolen out of the Blossom Community
July 6th-9th – ATV stolen north of Blossom, TX.

July 10 – Male subjects flee from Deputies on ATV’s in Deport Community

July 10 – ATV stolen out of the Cunningham community
July 10 – ATV attempted theft in the Blossom Community
July 19 – ATV stolen out of the Blossom Community

July 19 – two male juveniles arrested and detained for the thefts