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April 29, 2014

Palestine woman jailed for assault of husband, deputy


A Palestine woman remained in the Anderson County Jail on Monday after a domestic dispute in which she assaulted her husband and injured a sheriff's deputy while resisting arrest over the weekend.

According to Sheriff Greg Taylor, the disturbance occurred at about 9:30 p.m. on Saturday in the 4000 block of Texas 155, with reports that a female had assaulted her husband.

ACSO Deputy Russell Wesson responded to the call, and upon arrival on the scene found that the suspect — Lola Anne Willard, 37, of Palestine — was not there.

“She returned a little while later,” Taylor reported. “When the deputy attempted to arrest her, she resisted and used her keys to stab the deputy's wrist, causing him to bleed.

“The subject resisted until another officer arrived to assist.”

According to reports, Willard had apparently became angry when she discovered that her husband had used some money to purchase food when she wanted him to buy pills.

“She assaulted him and attempted to choke him,” Taylor said. “The couple's teen-aged daughter, who was in the residence at the time of the incident, had helped to get her mother off of her father, who (was reported to have) medical problems.”

Willard was arrested and charged with assault on a public servant, $10,000 bond; assault of a family member with attempt to impede breathing, $5,000 bond; and resisting arrest, $7,500 bond. The assault charges are both third degree felonies, while resisting arrest is a Class A misdemeanor.

Taylor reported that the injuries to Deputy Wesson were minor, with only basic first aide required to tend to the wound.

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