The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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October 18, 2013

Our Town: Local couple aids crime victim


Palestine residents Michael Wells and fiancée Arista Brumley had an unusual experience while going to the Texas State Fair this week.

While stopped at a stop light near a restaurant in Mesquite, Brumley heard a woman screaming.

“I had my window down enjoying the breeze when we heard a woman screaming. I turned around and saw a young male run across the road with a purse, and a petite Hispanic lady running and screaming behind him, with two young children following,” Brumley said. “I started screaming while at the red light to Michael, my fiance, that a kid had stolen a lady's purse.”

At that moment, the light turned green and they sped into the next parking lot. Wells and the male driver in a car behind them both exited their vehicles and took off after the teen.

Brumley called 911 and stayed back to watch Wells' children in their vehicle and the children in the other man's car during the pursuit.

“I described every move to the dispatcher as my fiance and the other man — that we only know as Mr. Lewis — apprehended the boy, and retrieved the purse and money he had taken out and put in his pocket,” Brumley said. “As I was watching Mr. Lewis' children, the victim came around the corner crying and ran up to them. She was so upset she became physically ill.”

About that time, the Mesquite Police Department officers arrived on the scene and took the teen into custody — thanks to the assistance of the two Good Samaritans.


Chili cook-off and Christmas drives set for weekend

Today, Dogwood Trails Assisted Living & Memory Care will work in conjunction with several groups to host its second annual chili cook-off — raising funds for a “Senior Christmas Drive.”


Judging will start at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon. Admission will be a donation to the “Senior Christmas Drive.”

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