Crime Stoppers’ Crime of the Week: Who set Prairiland’s school buses on fire?

crime-stoppersAnyone with information on the destruction of four Prairiland school buses the night of Saturday, Nov. 23, is urged to contact Lamar County Crime Stoppers with that information.

It’s the Crime Stoppers’ “Crime of the Week.”

The buses were parked on the back parking lot, just to the west of the Prairiland High School football field. An investigation by the Lamar County sheriff’s department indicates that the buses were set on fire sometime between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.

“If you have any information regarding who may be responsible or if you may have seen any vehicle or person acting suspicious around the listed times, you are urged to contact Crime Stoppers with that information,” Crime Stoppers coordinator Curtis Garrett said.

“If the information that you give leads to the arrest and/or indictment of the person(s) responsible, you could be eligible for a cash reward and you will remain anonymous,” Garrett said.

Persons with information about this, or any other felony crime can contact Crime Stoppers 24 hours a day, seven days a week four different ways and remain anonymous:

  1. By phone at (903)785-tips (8477)
  2. By going online and logging onto and submitting a tip there. Persons can also get more information about other featured crimes.
  3. By text message- by adding “tip120” in front of your message and sending it to “crimes” (274637).
  4. And now, smart phone users can submit a tip by downloading and using a new mobile app called TipSubmit. Visit the website for details.

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.