Paris police stopped a vehicle in the 1800 block of Pine Bluff St at 3:17 a.m. on Saturday, July 18, for running a stop-light. The driver, identified as 40-year-old Cornelius Lamont Sims of Paris, was found to be impaired due to consuming alcohol and was arrested. Officers located a pistol as well as a small amount of marijuana inside the vehicle. The pistol was found to have the serial number scratched from it. Sims was charged with driving while intoxicated, tampering with identification numbers, possession of marijuana. He was later found to be a convicted felon and was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. Sims was booked and transferred to the Lamar County Jail.
On Sunday, July 19 at 12:24 a.m., Paris police observed a vehicle that was occupied by two people parked at a place of business. The vehicle was backed up to the back door of the business when the officer made contact with the driver and observed a rifle in the back seat. The driver was asked to exit the vehicle. The officer observed what appeared to be marijuana in the driver’s pants pocket. The driver identified as 60-year-old Jeffery Malone, of Paris, was placed under arrest. Inside the vehicle, officers located a handgun and a small amount of methamphetamine. Malone was charged with possession of marijuana, unlawful carrying a weapon, and possession of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone. He was later placed in the Lamar County Jail.
Jason Don Prunty, 37, of Paris, was arrested in the 100 block of NW 7th St at 10:32 p.m. on Sunday, July 19. Prunty was observed by officers driving a vehicle and knowing that he had outstanding felony warrants. Prunty was stopped by officers and arrested on two felony bond surrender warrants for possession of a controlled substance and an evading arrest or detention with a vehicle charge. He was later transferred to the Lamar County Jail.
Paris police responded to 253 calls for service and arrested 14 people over the weekend ending at midnight on July 19, 2020.