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

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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.