Paris police stay busy on New Year’s Eve, but nothing major

Paris police officers responded to 85 calls from 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve through 6 a.m. Wednesday, making five arrests — but none were for fighting or for driving while intoxicated, Police Chief Bob Hundley said.

“Family disturbances, motor vehicle crashes, fireworks disturbances, gunshots heard and suspicious activity or vehicles were the main fare for the calls for service,” Hundley said.

Brandi BallardOfficers went to a local motel and arrested Brandi Leona Saunders Ballard, 33, of Sumner on outstanding felony warrants for burglary of a building, theft of a firearm, theft over $1,500, and a misdemeanor warrant for burglary of a vehicle.

She spent a week in jail — starting on Saturday before Thanksgiving — on the charges, for which bond was set at a total of $12,000 ($3,500 each on three of the charges and $1,500 on the vehicle charge).

Otherwise, one individual was taken to a local hospital for emergency detention, one arrested for public intoxication, one for misdemeanor traffic warrants and one for failing to identify.

An individual called 9-1-1 to report that an individual had just fled with two bottles of wine from a convenience store. Investigation is continuing with a known suspect in the case, the police chief said.

Prior to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Paris police officers responded to 65 calls, resulting in six arrests, Hundley said.

About 9:30 a.m., officers responded to a reported aggravated robbery. An individual reported he willingly went with two men to an apartment in Reno and got into an altercation with them after returning to Paris.

Approximately at the intersection of Northwest 7th and Graham streets, he was struck repeatedly with a baseball bat while being robbed of $150, he said. But police officers and EMS personnel could not locate any visible injuries in the areas of his body where he reported being struck, Hundley said.

Officers did note that the victim appeared to have been drinking. Investigation is continuing as the suspect was with another individual that the victim knew, Hundley said.

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra


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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.