Paris Police stopped a vehicle at 2:56 P.M. on November 18, 2022 for a defective brake light. During the stop, the officer smelled marijuana emitting from the vehicle. The driver, 33 year old Justin Rashad Thompson, of Paris, admitted to possessing marijuana and admitted that it was inside a backpack in the vehicle. Upon a search of the vehicle, the officer located more than 2 ounces of marijuana and several boxes of THC syringes. Thompson was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance of more than 4 grams and possession of marijuana of more than 2 ounces. Thompson was booked and later transferred to the Lamar County Jail.
Paris Police responded to an assault in the 2400 block of Simpson St at 11:24 P.M. on November 18, 2022. Two females reported that a known 31 year old male had choked them but had left the scene before the officers arrived. The incident is under investigation.
Paris Police responded to a disturbance in the 2900 block of Clarksville St at 9:15 A.M. on November 19, 2022. Officers determined that no assault had occurred but one of the persons involved, 31 year old Kimber Michelle Weathersby, of Paris, was found to have an outstanding Bell County felony probation violation warrant on an obstruction or retaliation charge. Weathersby was arrested and later transferred to the Lamar County Jail.
James Edward Wallace, 54, of Paris, was observed in the 2700 block of NW 19th St at about 1:48 P.M. on November 19, 2022 and the officers knew that he had an outstanding warrant out of Lamar County charging him with fail to identify as a fugitive by giving false information. When the officers attempted to stop and detain Wallace, he ran from the officers. After a short footchase, Wallace was apprehended. It was later learned that Wallace has had at least two prior convictions for evading arrest so this charged was enhanced to a felony. Wallace was later transferred to the Lamar County Jail.
At 2:49 P.M. on November 19, 2022, Paris Police responded to a disturbance in the 2600 block of N Main St. Officers contacted 22 year old Eric Gabriel Basham, 36 year old Christopher Stefan Russell, and 27 year old Ashley Debrah McAdams, all of Paris. McAdams advised officers that she and Russell had let Basham stay with them for a few days and they had had an argument and they wanted Basham to leave. Basham was found to be in possession of methamphetamine. Basham advised that he got the narcotics from their room. A search warrant was obtained and officers located methamphetamine, cocaine, fentanyl, pills, and assorted paraphernalia inside the room. All three were arrested on numerous felony charges and were later transferred to the Lamar County Jail.
Paris Police responded to a disturbance in the 700 block of NW 5th St at 2:50 A.M. on November 20, 2022. Officers arrived and recognised 40 year old Mary Joyce Leeks, of Paris and knew Leeks to have outstanding warrants out of Lamar County. Leeks was found to have two felony bond surrender warrants charging her with abandon or endanger a child by criminal negligence and possession of a controlled substance of less than 1gram. Leeks was arrested and later placed in the Lamar County Jail.
Paris Police responded to a disturbance in the 3000 block of NE Loop 286 at 9:32 P.M. on November 20, 2022. Nursing staff reported that a patient was suspected of being under the influence of some type of unknown narcotic and disturbing other patients. When officers made contact with the patient identified as 37 year old Joel Thomas Searls, of Paris, Searls removed his IV needle and held it like a knife. Searls then advanced towards the officer in an aggressive manner. Searls was subdued and arrested. After being medically cleared, Searls was transported to the Police Department where he was booked. He was charged with assault on a public servant. Searls was later placed in the Lamar County Jail.
Paris Police responded to 177 calls for service and arrested 22 persons over the weekend ending at midnight on November 20, 2022.