Hundley updates council on efforts to stop flow of drugs into Paris

Police Chief Bob Hundley

Police Chief Bob Hundley

Police Chief Bob Hundley gave the Paris City Council a report Monday night on a citizen committee’s discussions regarding what can be done to curtail drug trafficking and usage.

Hundley said there is an interest in shifting the emphasis from arresting people using the drugs to stopping the flow of drugs into the city.

The committee has been made aware of a successful anti-drug program in Greenville, and Hundley said a leader of Drug Free Greenville has been invited to provide insight into that community’s successful initiative.

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.