Lamar County Sheriff’s Dept. arrests & bookings during the period of April 9 – 10

sheriffHenry Unger, 20, Driving w/ License Invalid w/ Previous Conviction/Suspension w/o Fines Resolved

Tevin D. Moffitt, 20, Possession of Marijuana <2oz, Traffic Offense (Expired Motor Vehicle Registration)

Devin Wade Hocutt, 42, Waste of Game, Possession of Illegally Killed Game

Dustin Lee Morgan, 34, Theft of Property >=$500 <$1500

Justin Roy Coatney, 27, Public Intoxication w/ 3 Prior Convictions

Paris PD arrest three on Tuesday; Adult Arrests – April 9

Police DepartmentKathy Denise Johnson, 45, Urinating in Public

Billy Joplin, 76, Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility, Expired Motor Vehicle Registration, Failure to Appear (Non-Traffic)

Robert Dewayne Smith, 31, Possession Controlled Substance PG 3 <28g Drug Free Zone, Public Intoxication

Lamar County Sheriff’s Dept. arrests & bookings during the period of April 8 – 9

sheriffKanesha Yates, 29, No Safety Belt

David Glenn Morrison, 43, Criminal Trespassing

Michael Lynn Tillery, 36, Assault Causing Bodily Injury – Family Member

Aaron Daniel Shehan, 22, Forgery Financial Instrument

Jill Ann Petkus, 34, Possession of Controlled Substance PG 1 <1g, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Danny Lee Holloway, II, 40, BW/Ex Parte

 

Paris PD adult arrests made on Monday, April 8

Police DepartmentDeanna Lanette Clark, 31, Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility

David Glenn Morrison, 43, Criminal Trespassing

Aaron Daniel Shehan, 22, Forgery Financial

Michael Lynn Tillery, 36, Bond Surrender Warrant

Michael David York, 32, Reckless Damage, Failure to Appear (Non-Traffic)

New burglar alarm ordinance seeks to reduce number of false alarms in Paris

Zach Blount, owner of Advance Alarm in Paris, tells the Paris City Council the new burglar alarm ordinance is one he thinks "everybody can actually work with." Shown on the right is police chief Bob Hundley. (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)

Zach Blount, owner of Advance Alarm in Paris, tells the Paris City Council the new burglar alarm ordinance is one he thinks “everybody can actually work with.” Shown on the right is police chief Bob Hundley. (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)

A new burglar alarm ordinance will go into effect on June 1 for the City of Paris.

It amends an ordinance that was enacted in 1985 but was unpopular with the business community from the start “and there has not been any enforcement of the ordinance for the past 25 or so years,” police chief Bob Hundley told the Paris City Council.

Consequently, the police department has been responding to about 2,000 burglar alarms a year – 95 percent of them false alarms, Hundley said. He said “three or four” businesses have been responsible for most of the calls.

The ordinance was hammered out on March 7 in a committee chaired by District 6 council woman Cleonne Drake, who said as a former member of the police department she answered many of these types of calls herself.

Also on the committee were Hundley; assistant police chief Randy Tuttle; Zach Blount, owner of Advance Alarm; and Jeff Martin, owner of Subway in Paris.

Here is a list of bullet points of the revised ordinance that was worked out in the March 5 committee meeting and included in the final language the council approved Monday night:

  • Alarms are required to be registered with the police department, but no fee is charged. (No Change)
  • There are exceptions for false alarms that include severe weather induced alarms, actual criminal activity, power surges and if the alarm is cancelled before police units arrive on the scene (rather than if canceled before police units were dispatched).
  • The alarm registration holder is allowed twelve (12) false alarms in a 12-month calendar period not including any of the excepted false alarms. (Changed from five, and to a calendar year instead of a “rolling 12 month period”.)
  • Upon the 13th false alarm response, the alarm site is declared a nuisance alarm and the alarm registration holder is notified of the designation. (Changed from 10.)
  • A response fee of $50 is charged for the 13th alarm and for each alarm thereafter until the total number of false alarm responses reaches 20, or until the alarm permit holder fails to pay any assessed fee. At that point, the individual or business would be summoned to answer the complaint in Municipal Court. (The different fees for commercial vs. residential have been changed to a $50 fee for either, along with the determination of a nuisance alarm being at 20.)

New additions/deletions to the ordinance:

  • Robbery Alarms have been removed from the ordinance in totality. (These alarms average 80 per year and are not a significant waste of resources vs. the propensity for violence against a person.)
  • Alarm permit holders may appeal a false alarm to the police chief.
  • Weekends were added when an alarm is malfunctioning. (More than one alarm on the same day or on a weekend will be considered as a single false alarm.)
  • Effective date of June 1, 2013, allows for notification of alarm holders – “kind of a figure-it-out period,” Hundley said. “It’s going to be very hard for anybody to get over that before the end of the year, and it gives us time to get our letters out and get everything the way it should be.”

The ordinance calls for the council to evaluate the ordinance in two years to determine if it’s working as intended to reduce false alarms and whether any changes are needed.

Hundley asked that the fees generated from the ordinance go toward the police department’s personnel costs.

“There will be additional work for the department” as a result of the new ordinance, Hundley said, but he said he anticipates the additional duties will be absorbed by existing personnel.

“We are hoping that the consequences of allowing multiple false alarms will limit the number of alarm sites that the department has to contend with,” he said.

“I just want to thank Bob for working with us. We have come a long, long way in two years, and I think we’ve got an ordinance everybody can actually work with,” Blount told the council.

Drake added:

“I would like to thank Mr. Blount and Mr. Martin for taking time out of their busy schedule to come together with myself and Chief Hundley and Assistant Chief Tuttle. We had a long, rather lengthy meeting that day.  Everybody was willing to give and take to come up with this ordinance.”

District 5 councilman Matt Frierson said: “I’m glad to see everyone work together to come up with an amicable solution. There are some pros and cons, but that’s true of just about everything you do. This has been a cooperative effort.”