Woman arrested for theft of copper from downtown establishment

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Workers are shown here several weeks ago laying the groundwork for a bar and bathroom inside an open-air beer and wine garden that was under construction at 107 Grand Ave. and scheduled to open later in December. (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)

Wednesday morning, Paris police officers were investigating a break-in in the 100 block of Grand Avenue, where someone had ripped copper piping out of the bathroom and bar area of a beer and wine garden under construction.

Interestingly, police department spokesman Curtis Garrett said, as officers were looking into the break-in, another call came into police dispatch — from Paris Iron Metal at 701 W. Center St. concerning a woman’s attempt to sell them numerous pieces of copper piping.

By comparing serial numbers from the copper pipes, officers determined the piping was the same that had been taken in the reported burglary.

Hettie Marie Gilbreath, 25, who is shown by Lamar County Jail records to have a residence in the 300 block of Northwest 9th Street, was arrested and taken to jail on a felony charge of burglary of a building.

The investigation continues, Garrett said.

Jail records show that Gilbreath was jailed on July 6 on seven counts of possession of a dangerous drug, each of which carried a $2,000 bond. She was released on July 7 after making bond.

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.