Woman accused of setting two fires at house where she lived near Reno

A woman living in a house two miles northeast of Reno has been arrested in connection with two fires on Thursday – one at the rear of the residence and another in an enclosed porch.

Karen Bramlett

Karen Bramlett

The Blossom and Reno fire departments responded, but the homeowner had extinguished the fires before fire personnel arrived, Lamar County Sheriff Scott Cass said.

On further investigation, Cass said, deputies learned that 53-year-old Karen Bramlett, who lives on the property was suspected of starting the fires.

Deputies found that several items had been set on fire inside the enclosed porch, causing the structure to ignite. The owner of the house told officials about the other fire at the rear of the house.

The residence was occupied at the time of the fire. After interviewing witnesses, deputies arrested Bramlett on charges of arson with intent to damage a habitation. Bond was set at $15,000.

Earlier Thursday, Cass said, deputies were dispatched to the residence in response to a complaint by Bramlett that her boyfriend and others were causing a disturbance.

Damage to the residence as a result of the fire was minimal, officials said.

An investigation is continuing, Cass said.

 By Charles Richards, eParisExtra

Search warrant on Paris residents yields marijuana, drug paraphernalia

A 24-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were arrested Thursday after Paris police officers discovered marijuana and drug paraphernalia while serving a search warrant on a residence in Paris.

paris police carJustin Dewayne Thomas and Katie Michelle Mabry were taken into custody about 4 p.m. Thursday on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, police department spokesman Curtis Garrett said.

Lamar County Jail records indicate Thomas was arrested earlier this month on assault (threat) charges. He was released from jail the following afternoon. His address is listed in Lamar County sheriff’s department records as 1590 County Road 15390, Deport.

In a separate incident, Scott William Young, 37, of 1546 Hearon St., was arrested late Thursday when it was found that he had an outstanding parole warrant. Young was in Lamar County Jail for 45 days in October and November for violation of parole on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Paris police responded to 121 calls for service on Thursday, arresting nine people, Garrett said.

Garrett cautioned Paris residents to remove valuables from their vehicles before leaving the vehicle unattended, even while locked.

“Paris police have continued to take numerous reports where people are becoming victims of opportunity,” Garrett said. “Thieves take opportunities to look into vehicles to locate valuables. Paris police urge you to not become a victim of opportunity.”

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra

Paris PD adult arrests made on Thursday, July 25

Desmond Montel Baldwin, 24, Failure to Control Speed, Failure to Display DL

Police-DepartmentRandy Don Bradberry, 63, Public Intoxication

Ashley Blair Easley, 30, Seat Belt Violation, Violate Promise to Appear

Katie Michelle Mabry, 19, Possession of Marijuana <2oz, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Demetric Jajuan Sanders, 26, Motion to Revoke Probation

Justin Dewayne Thomas, 24, Possession of Marijuana <2oz, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Scotty William Young, 37, Parole Violation Warrant

Lamar County Sheriff’s Department arrests, bookings July 24-25

sheriffHeather Weathers, 32, Credit or Debit Card Abuse

Tawana Hicks Blackshear, 36, Credit or Debit Card Abuse, Theft of Property >=$50 <$500

Carlos Wayne Bowden, Jr., 51, Assault Causing Bodily Injury – Family Member

Brian Scott Shannon, 49, Indecency w/ a Child – Sexual Contact

Paris PD adult arrests made on Wednesday, July 24

Mickey Lee Bates, 54, Violate Promise to Appear, Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility

Police-DepartmentCarlos Wayne Bowden, 51, Assault Family Violence Class A

Perry Wayne Hanley, 54, Assault (Threat)

Tawana Jeanne Hicks, 36, Credit or Debit Card Abuse, Theft of Property >=$50 <$500

Luke Byron Pool, 30, Theft Under $50

Tina Marie Silva, 35, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia