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Richard Perry, 42, and Carol Lane, 50, both of Paris, were arrested Tuesday on drug charges during an investigation of a vehicle stopped in the middle of the road, Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley said.
Perry was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, and Lane was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine.
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra
The zone outside restaurants and areas where smoking will be prohibited in Paris under a new, more restrictive city ordinance has been increased from 20 feet to 30 feet.
That and several other changes were recommended Monday afternoon by a citizens task force that began at 4:30 p.m. Monday and lasted until 5:15 p.m. — 15 minutes before a meeting of the Paris City Council.
With those revisions, City Attorney Kent McIlyar will bring the proposed ordinance, which prohibits smoking in and around restaurants and sports arenas or playgrounds, back to the next meeting of the Paris City Council on March 24 for action.
The changes will go into effect immediately upon adoption, with a 30-day grace period for enforcement.
District 4 Councilman Richard Grossnickle, who favors a prohibition that would include bars, urged his colleagues to adopt the ordinance as originally proposed, before it was sent to a citizens’ group for input.
Mayor AJ Hashmi said: “We appointed a committee. We should back up what the committee says.”
Task force members Jeff Martin (for a total smoking ban) and John Kruntorad (against telling a merchant he can’t allow amoking) urged the council to go along with the group’s recommendations.
“I don’t think either siude will ever be completely satisfied or happy with the way it ended up. However, I think a lot was achieved, and I think a great ordinance is going to be place in front of you,” Martin said.
The 10-member task force was comprised of five members who wanted a total city-wide smoking ban and five members who opposed regulations that would prohibit the owner of a bar or restaurant from allowing smoking in his establishment.
Grossnickle said he felt most Paris residents favor a smoking ban and said he would have been happier had the task force had perhaps eight who favored the ban and two who opposed it. Grossnickle was the only “no” vote when the council agreed to the mayor’s suggestion that a citizens task group study the proposal.
Knowing that the council was prepared to adopt a total ban, those on the task force who opposed that compromised by prohibiting smoking in restaurants but allowing smoking in bars, so long as they do not open into “a food establishment, hotel, motel, or any other establishment in which smoking is prohibited.”
A further compromise was reached Monday. Some members wanted to extend the “no smoking” area outside a restaurant or other public building from 20 feet to 100 feet. The committee compromised at 30 feet.
“That would be difficult for a small business to have their employees go that far away to smoke, or to have their customers go that far away,” Kruntorad said in summing up what the task force agreed upon Monday.
“Overall, those of us who opposed the ordinance thought that the language that will be in the final version is impractical for the business owner, and cumbersome for enforcement,” Kruntorad said.
“Partially because an offender, by the time police arrive, has finished the cigarette and has put the butt out, and is gone,” he said.
“People on the other side, I believe their intent was to have a total smoke-free Paris, and I understand their position. I just don’t want to impose that position on our citizens.”
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra
Brittany McIntire, 22, of Paris, was arrested at her residence on felony credit/debit card abuse. A second suspect, R.J. Diggs, 24, also of Paris, who fled when he saw officers looking for him, was also charged with the same charge.
After a foot pursuit with the suspect that ended in an arrest inside the suspect’s residence, Diggs was also charged with evading arrest.
Nine people were arrested in the 24 hours of March 10, while officers investigated 104 calls for service, Hundley said.
“Preliminary investigation indicates that the tractor was being driven by the victim onto a flatbed trailer,” Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley said. “The left front wheel went off the left side of the trailer causing the tractor to roll off that side and onto the victim.”
Pronounced deceased at the scene was Richard Peter.
Paris Junior College’s Region XIV champion men’s basketball team (26-7) hasn’t played anyone they couldn’t score points on in a hurry this season — and that includes defending national champion South Plains College, which was ranked as high as No. 1 during the season before finishing the season at No. 5.
The two teams met on Nov. 2, 2013, in the Collin Classic tournament at Plano — the opening game of PJC’s 2013-2014 season. Paris’ Dragons led South Plains with less than three minutes to go before eventually losing 69-65.
The Texans of Levelland, Texas, are likely the Dragons’ opponent at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the NJCAA men’s junior college championships at Hutchinson, Kan. PJC is the No. 8 seed with a first-round bye and will play the winner of Monday’s first-round game between No. 9 seed South Plains (27-5) and No. 24 seed Cape Fear (19-13).
The Texans won their first 13 games this season before losing 73-72 to Monroe. They ran their record to 20-1 before losing 76-56 to Odessa and 81-70 to Western Texas in back-to-back games to fall to 20-3. They won two more and then lost 105-94 to Clarendon. Then they won five in a row before losing 86-51 to Hill College in the semifinals of the Region 5 tournament on Friday at Lubbock.
Here’s a look back at that Paris-South Plains game four months ago:
PLANO, Texas — Billydee Williams, a 6-5 sophomore guard, knocked down two slam dunks during an 11-2 run for South Plains College that opened up a 10-point lead over Paris Junior College in the first half.
South Plains, ranked No. 9 nationally in the preseason junior college poll, led PJC’s Dragons 39-29 at the half.
But Paris scored the first nine points of the second half to cut South Plains’ lead to 39-38.
Delvin Dickerson led a 10-2 run that finally got the Dragons a 68-66 lead with three and a half minutes to play.
Every time Paris threatened, Williams — not even a starter, then or now — answered with a 3-pointer. He had six 3’s, five of them the second half.
Williams scored 27 points and pulled down 12 rebounds.
Joe Haynes had 18 points, 3 steals and 2 assists for Paris, and Dickerson had 17 points and 6 rebounds.
“Yeah, we kept coming back, but the thing is, when you come back, you can’t keep stubbing your toe,” PJC head coach Chuck Taylor said at the time.
A PJC player stepped out of bounds on the in-bounds pass at a crucial time in the final minute, and the Dragons didn’t seem to be in as much of a hurry as Taylor would have preferred during the last couple of minutes.
“I’ve got young guards, and unfortunately, in this league, they’ve got to grow up in a hurry. They know A, B and C, but they don’t understand yet the other things you have to do to get to D, E and F, and make those work as well,” Taylor said.
Taking advantage of five early SPC turnovers, Paris took an early 4-0 lead in the game, including a goal and a free throw from Haynes. But that was the Dragons’ largest lead of the game.
Williams’ only 3-pointer of the first half gave the Texans a 12-12 tie with 12:45 before intermission,
Nouhoum Bocoum, a 6-9 sophomore from Harlem, N.Y., came off the bench kept pace with four straight baskets inside for Paris, but South Plains’ 6-2 guard, Andre Spight, made a 3-pointer and two free throws to start a 14-4 run for a 26-18 lead.
The Texans’ advantage grew to 11 points – their largest lead of the game — at 34-23 with 5:34 left in the first half. The score was tied three times – at 12-12, 14-14, and 66-66.
The lead changed hands five times – once when South Plains finally went ahead at 19-16 midway through the first half.
Paris reclaimed the lead at 51-50 on Haynes’ 3-pointer with 11:34 to play, but Williams answered with his own 3-pointer, starting a run of eight straight points for a 58-51 South Plains lead.
Dickerson scored twice as the Dragons closed the gap to 58-56, and Paris twice missed baskets inside that would have brought them even.
Williams hit 3-pointers his next two trips down court, increasing the lead to 64-58 in the span of 34 seconds.
Dickerson hit a 3-pointer and added three free throws, and Haynes scored a basket that tied the game at 66-66 with 4:20 to play.
Phil Roberts gave the Dragons a 68-66 lead at 3:29 with a pair of free throws, but Williams came back with another 3-pointer moments later, and PJC was unable to overcome a very talented South Plains team.
“They’re a good team, and it was a tough game, but I’m proud of our resiliency, the way we hung in there,” Taylor said.
“But this is going to help get us ready for our league. We did a lot of good things, but we did some bad things as well, so we’ve got to do better. We made 18 of 24 free throws – 75 percent. Unfortunately, they got to the line 42 times (making 26).”
Taylor said the Dragons “are about where I thought we would be” at this point. They won five of six scrimmages they played in October, losing only to Texas A&M-Commerce.
“We’ve still got to get better, but we’re definitely on track,” Taylor said. “There’s not any question about that. We’ve just got to keep working.”
SOUTH PLAINS 39-40—79
PARIS – Jovan Austin 1-4 6-8 8, Delvin Dickerson 7-15 3-4 17, Trevon Seymore 4-10 1-2 9, Joe Haynes 7-12 1-2 18, Ronnie White 3-7 2-2 8, Brandon Scott 0-2 3-4 3, Keith Shivers 1-4 0-0 2, Xavier Dupree 0-2 0-0 0, Terrell Colbert 0-0 0-0 0, Qua Doster 0-1 0-0 0, Phil Roberts 0-0 2-2 2, Henoc Bienne 0-1 0-0 0, Nouhoum Bocoum 4-7 0-0 8. Totals: 27-65 18-24 75. 3-Pointers: 3-13 (Dickerson 0-4, Seymore 0-1, Haynes 3-4, Scott 0-1, Dupree 0-1, Doster 0-1, Bienne 0-1). Fouls: 28 (White 5). Rebounds: 31 (White 8). Assists: 8 (Seymore 3). Turnovers: 11. Blocks: 3 (White 2, Roberts 1). Steals: 5 (Haynes 3). Record: 0-1.
SOUTH PLAINS – Emmanuel Omogbo 4-6 4-7 12, Sekou Harris 1-4 7-10 9, Malik Nichols 1-5 1-4 3, Roderick Lawrence 1-9 3-4 5, Brandon Neal 4-7 4-8 12, Andre Spight 2-7 4-4 9, Billydee Williams 10-18 1-1 27, Darrel Lucky 0-0 1-2 1, Clayton Jones 0-0 1-2 1. Totals: 23-56 26-42 79. 3-Pointers: 7-27 (Omogbo 0-1, Nichols 0-1, Lawrence 0-7, Neel 0-1, Spight 1-5, Williams 6-12). Fouls: 22 (Harris, Nichols, Spight).Rebounds: 45 (Williams 12). Assists: 11 (Harris 5). Turnovers: 20. Blocks: 1 (Harris). Steals: 6 (Neal, Williams ). Record: 2-0.
By Charles Richards, eparisExtra
Nouhoum Bohoum (in yellow) scores one of his four straight baskets in the first half as South Plains’ Roderick Lawrence (20) defends.
Billydee Williams (2) hits a 3-pointer to put South Plains ahead to stay, 69-68, with 3:15 to play.