Joint police/Child Protective Services investigation leads to marijuana discovery in Paris residence

Paris police and EMS - CopyTwo Paris men were arrested shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday when officers with a search warrant went to a residence in the 200 block of Southeast 13th Street and discovered marijuana in various locations inside.

Police department spokesman Curtis Garrett said officers went to the location as the result of a joint investigation with the Texas Department of Child Protective Services indicating that marijuana was in the residence.

Tiquinna Keat Johnson, 31, and Aarion Lendell Johnson, 24, were transferred to the Lamar County Jail.

Garrett said police responded Monday to 104 calls, resulting in five arrests.

About 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to a one-vehicle accident in the 5000 block of Lamar Avenue. a 2010 Toyota Ray 4 driven by Michelle Burleson, 48, of Arthur City had left the roadway and struck a tree.

Garrett said she told officers she was on her cell phone and had run off the road. She was transported to Paris Regional Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.

Further investigation revealed that Burleson had been drinking just prior to the accident, Garrett said.

An investigation continues.

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra

Paris police investigate reports of stolen vehicles

Paris police suburbanSomeone picked on the wrong vehicle to steal Monday afternoon in Paris.

Shortly after 5:30 p.m. Monday, Paris Police responded to the 800 block of Northwest27th Street, where an individual told officers he was visiting a friend and when he walked back outside, the vehicle was missing, police department spokesman Curtis Garrett said.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is, the car lot that the vehicle was being purchased from had a tracking device in the vehicle. The vehicle was stopped in Oklahoma and was found to have three subjects inside.

Another investigation continues after a four-wheeler was stolen from a business in the 2000 block of Northwest Loop 286 on Friday.

One or more persons reportedly their way into the business and took several items, Garrett said.

Officers were told that the four-wheeler was driven from the business to another location and loaded it into a vehicle.

Garrett said both incidents remain under investigation.

Over the holiday weekend from Friday through Monday, Paris police responded to 378 calls, resulting in 21 arrests.

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra


2 guns reportedly taken in weekend armed robbery of Swaim Hardware

Paris police suburbanOfficers are investigating an armed robbery over the weekend at Swaim Hardware in the 200 block of Southwest 1st Street.

A store employee said a man came into the store about 4 p.m. and asked to see a handgun.

The employee said he placed one gun on the counter, and while he was getting a second gun for the person to look at, the suspect displayed another handgun and told the employee to get on the ground.

The suspect then ran from the store with the two handguns, the employee told police officers.

The suspect was described as a black male, six foot tall, 150 pounds, and wearing a yellow hat, brown jacket, with sagging blue jeans and black shoes, Police Chief Bob Hundley said.

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra


Man taken into custody in weekend assault of woman alongside Paris’ northwest loop

A Paris man is in custody on aggravated assault charges following a weekend attack of a 26-year-old woman.

Albert Padilla

Albert Padilla

Police Chief Bob Hundley said officers were dispatched to the 1800 block of the city’s northwest loop regarding a report of a man assaulting a woman on the side of the road. Two witnesses told officers they saw the man striking the woman in the head with some type of blue bag.

When Paris EMS arrived on the scene, they were told the woman had been in and out of consciousness and had lost feeling in one leg.  A medical helicopter transported the victim from the scene to a hospital in Tyler.

Albert Padilla, 45, of Paris was arrested on aggravated assault charges and other non-related warrants.

Officers responded to 277 calls for service from Friday through Sunday, resulting in 16 arrests.

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra

Sheriff’s Dept. releases composite sketch of East Post Oak armed robbery suspect


Composite sketch of the East Post Oak community armed robbery suspect. Click to enlarge. (Sheriff’s Dept. photo)

The Lamar County Sheriff’s Department continues to search for the robbery suspect that robbed two women at knife point on Thursday in the East Post Oak community and then fled on foot.

The sheriff’s department has released a composite sketch of the suspect and encourages the public with any information on this individual or his whereabouts to please contact the Lamar County Sheriff’s Department at 903-737-2400 or Crime Stoppers at (903) 785-TIPS.

The sketch is not a true depiction of the suspect, only a likeness. The victims described him as a light-skinned black male, approximately 6′ tall or a little taller, 25 to 30 years old with no or very thin facial hair, and a muscular build. His nose was straight with no flare in the nostrils. He has short black hair and a round face, with tattoos covering both arms and a tattoo on the left side of his neck. The victim was adamant about the tattoo on his neck having a lot of red ink in it, authorities said.

On Thursday at around 11 a.m., the sheriff’s department received a call reporting the armed robbery in the East Post Oak community in eastern Lamar County. The suspect allegedly surprised two women as they were on their way into a residence, brandished a knife and demanded money. The two victims complied and gave the suspect money, and he then fled on foot, according to officials.

At the time of the robbery, the suspect was wearing a short sleeve, pull over type shirt that was orange in color and dark pants, possibly riding a bicycle and armed with a knife.

Please contact law enforcement if you have any information on this person or his whereabouts. The suspect is still at large.

By Josh Allen, eParisExtra