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Graffiti could put youth curfew in place


Taking a look's hard to miss. Buildings in and around Downtown Palestine have been plagued by a recent storm of graffiti.

"I don't feel good about it at all. There's vandalism all around," said First Resource Center Director Harold Pettit.  His resource center helps those in need in Palestine.  The building's walls and stairs are covered in graffiti.

Residents told KLTV that graffiti is no stranger to Palestine. But, in recent times, the problem has grown worse. City officials are now hoping that a curfew could be the solution.

Currently, an ordinance is being proposed that would put the city's youth under a curfew.

"This time they're at least going to take it before council. It's going to be strongly considered. And, if it passes...there will be a curfew for juveniles. Anybody under the age of 17," said James Muniz with the Palestine Police Department.

The curfew would be in effect from 11pm to 6am Sunday through Thursday and from 12am to 6am Fridays and Saturdays.

The issue will be open for discussion during the next city council meeting. The meeting will be Monday, March 12 at 5:30pm at the Palestine City Hall.

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