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Blllllillllmm _ __ l= Page 2A + NEWS Hays Free Press January 5, 2011 The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published week- ly by Barton Publications, Inc., 122 N. Main St., Buda, TX 78610. Periodicals post- age paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing of- rices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., RO. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. ISSN#1087-9323 NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we probably do tool Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 E-mail: newsOhaysfree- Mail: RO. Box 339 Buda, Texas 78610 CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may appear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being I;)rogght to the attention of the publisher. DEADLINES The deadline for display advertising and any contrib- uted news copy in the Hays Free Press is 5 p.m. Friday the week prior to publica- tion. The deadline for Letters to the Editor and classified word advertising in the Hays Free Press is noon Mon- day the week of publica- tion, though we encourage readers and advertisers to observe the Friday deadline. LETi'ERS GUIDELINES We welcome locally written letters to the editor on timely topics of community inter- est. We ask that you keep them to about 350 words in length and that you not in- dulge in personal attacks on private individuals. Letters may be edited for brevity and clarity. All letters should be signed by the author and include a daytime phone number where the author can be contacted for verifi- cation. Letter writers are lim- ited to one letter per month. Letters can be emailed to HISTORY Founded April 10, 1903 by Thomas Fletcher Harwell as The Ky/e News, with offices on the corner of Burleson and Miller Streets in the town's oldest remaining building. It merged into The Hays County Citizen in 1956. The paper consolidated with The Free Press in October, 1978. Dudng its more than 100-year history the news- paper has maintained offices at more than a dozen loca- tions in Kyle and Buda. PHOTO 8Y~Y~ Hays County's newest elected officials swear in Most incoming and re-elected officials were swom to their office before their term began at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 1 but Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Andrew Cable presided over a ceremony before a standing-room-only crowd at the dan. 4 session of the Hays County Com- missioners Court. (From left) 428th District Judge Bill Henry, elected in November to a second full term, Pct. 2 Commissioner Mark Jones, Pct. 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenaut and County Judge Bert Cobb were among those who took part in taking their oaths. Sexual assault of teen reported in Kyle A 14-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by a 17-year-old man while stay- ing at a friend's house in Ryle, police say. Jose Santia- go, of Kyle, was charged with sexual assault of a child, a ltwolrld de~'e felony, on Dec. 19. Kyle police say that Santia- ~@iTIAG0 go was a known acquaintance of the girl. He was released from Hays County Jail on Dec. 21 on a $10,000 bond, records show. Kyle police responded to the call at 6 a.m. on Dec. 18 on the 100 block of Sawgrass Circle in the Amberwood subdivision. Video ram iammm A woman found a video camera recording her while she was in the bathroom of her San Marcos area home, authorities say. Hays County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to an ira- proper visual recording call Jan. 2 at about 2:30 a.m. on the 100 block of Reimer Ave., located outside the city limits near So High Sports and Fitness Performance Center. While on scene, the woman told deputies that she was taking a shower and when she stepped out she noticed a black box, which contained images of her, a sheriff's spokesperson said. No other details were available and the incident is still under investigation. BY SEAN KIMMONS The families of four San Marcos men and a boy who disappeared in Mexico last month still have no answers as FBI officials continue to investigate the missing persons' case. "That was the last thing we heard from him," Frank Heman- dez told the Hays Free Press on Monday. It's been a tough time for the families involved, as the missing men are the main income earners for their respective households, he said. Hemandez said that his cousin Luis Manuel Hemandez, 3g; Xovan6 Gtma r eanfly movad to Carlos Ortega, 48; Nicolas Mu- San Marcos from Chicago to start noz, 32; Ricardo Gomez, 44; and school in]anuary. 14-year-old Xovane Gomez have "There are a lot ofconcems," he been missing since Nov. 27 when said. "There are a lot of things go- they traveled to Laredo to pick up ing through our heads right now." paperwork on a vehicle. FBI officials say that they are Two of the men work for working closely with Mexican au- Heldenfels Enterprises, Inc., a San thorities to solve the case. Two of Marcos-based concrete company, the men are U.S. citizens while the who notified authorities Nov. 30 of others are resident aliens, Vasys their disappearance. Hernandez, said. who has worked at the company "We are working on some leads; for 12 years, is a supervisor, and however, we can't go into detail on Munoz has been a general laborer them," Vasys said Monday. for three years. Ortega's wife also Vasys said that authorities know works at the company, officials that the men crossed the Mexican said. Contrary to published re- border but did not say how. Frank ports, however, the group was not said that the families heard that traveling to Laredo on behalf of there is video footage of their ve- the company, said Special Agent hide crossing the border. ErikVasys, of the San Antonio FBI Authorities are sill] unsure if office, foul play or kidnapping is behind "They traveled to Laredo to pick the disappearance. FBI officials up some paperwork in a personal have not received any ransom de- vehicle, not a company vehicle," mands, Vasys said. saidVasys. "From our understand- "We deal with kidnappings on a ing, they had some extra time and regular basis; this happens far too crossed the border to do some often," Vasys said. "We are con- shopping." cemed for their security because Frank Hernandez, the son of of the conditions in Mexico." Luis Hernandez, said his father Frank Hemandez said his family called after he crossed the Mexican will rely on their strength to get by. border into Nuevo Laredo around "It's part of life. Our family is really noon that day and said that they based on strength," he said. "What- would return to San Marcos by that evening. MISSING IN MEXICO, pg. 4A caucus on BY JENNIFER BIUNDO As the race heats up for the seat of Speaker of the House, Hays County's Rap.-Elect Jason Isaac announced last week that he supports holding a caucus to select a Republican can- didate for the speaker's seat. Isaac has thus far resisted pressures to publicly pledge his support to a speaker can- didate, saying he needed time to get up to speed on the issues; remaining neutral even after the Hays County GOP precinct chairs passed a resolution urging Isaac to support anyone but Straus in the speaker's race. "Many of my constituents have contact- ed me expressing their support for a caucus meeting, and I agree that this is ~e best venue to discuss the speaker's race, Isaac said. "This will give us an opportunity to talk candidly about our thoughts and con- ceres and ultimately unite behind the best Republican candidate." When the Texas legislature convenes on Jan. 11, one of its first tasks will be selecting a Speaker to preside over the House. Incum- bent Speaker Joe Straus, who won the seat two years ago with crossover support from Democrats, says he easily has the votes he needs to win a second term as speaker. But following overwhelming GOP victo- ries at the November polls, some Republi- cans say that the house should be led by a stauncher conservative. Representatives Warren Chisum (R-Pampa) and Ken Pax- ton (R-McKinney) are challenging Straus for the speaker's seat. Chisum has success- fully called f0r a on lan, ]0, which could result in the speaker being chosen by a majority of the 101 Republican House members, and shutting Democrats om of the equation. One former six-term representative, Ray- ford Price, who won the speaker's seat in 1972 with crossover support from Republi- cans, sent a letter to House members oppos- ing the caucus selection, noting that such a system has never been used in the five de- cades that he's observed or participated in speaker's races. "This coming session there will be 101 Republican and 49 Democrat members," Price wrote. "Under this caucus proposal, 51 Republican votes in the Republican caucus would have the ridiculous effect of electing the next Speaker even though 99 members may prefer someone else as Speaker." The coming session promises to be chal- lenging, with a monumental budget short- fall that could reach as high as $25 billion, a challenging redistricting mandate and thorny immigration issues facing the 82nd Legislature. "While facing so many difficult issues this session, we will need to work together un- der strong conservative leadership in order to accomplish all we can for our state," Isaac said. "I hope that this caucus meeting will help to unify the members and put us on the right path towards fulfilling our conser- vative goals. The voters have placed an in- credible amount of trust with Republicans in the State Legislature this session and we must live up to their expectations." Insanity Evaluation: Psych exam requested in Buda murder case Continued from pg. 1A Simmons was extradited and has citing her office's policy of not dis- trieve food and use the restroom, ered his small arsenal of handguns, been held at the Hays County jail cussing pending criminal cases. "I have been denied food and silencers and pipe bombs. He told on a $300,000 bond since August. His mother, Wanda Simmons, has drink for two days now. I have had police on the scene that he was a No trial date has been set but pre- trial motions are scheduled for Feb. 1 before 22nd District Judge Charles Ramsay. In filings last month, lawyer Tamara Needles asked a state district court judge to have her client psychologi- cally examined under the state's code of criminal procedures. On the same day, Needles filed an affidavit in sup- port of an insanity finding, which could be presented to jurors for con- sideration if the case goes to trial. "Mr. Simmons has on several oc- casions mentioned that he has been stalked and harassed by the Federal Government," Needles wrote. "In or- der to proceed in advising Mr. Sim- mons it appears that a competency review is prudent." District Attorney Sherri Tibbe would not comment on the filing, told reporters that her son was a par- to result to urinating in my former racist and didn't like black people. anoid schizophrenic not currently cup and tossing it into the shower," "Simmons spoke about how he medicated. Days before the murder, Simmons wrote. "... I feel I am being was a racist and then about how the Simmons traveled to his mother's punished for having a bad back." white race needed to start preparing Rockport home and stole her car, the Elsewhere in his missive, Sim- for the war. Simmons stated the rea- same one located by Branson police, mons alleges that Latino inmates are son why he had the guns on him was authorities say. treated better than their white coun- because he was being prepared," ac- Also last month, Simmons sub- terparts and says he has been denied cording to a police report uncovered mitted a five-page handwritten let- access to the facility's legal library, in Btazos County court records. ter addressed to District Judge Gary as state law requires. Hays County Sheriff Gary Cutler Steel in which the inmate claimed "This total disregard for the law on Tuesday denied Simmon's al- he was being mistreated at the Hays on the part of the Hays County jail is legations and said the defendant, County jail since his incarceration evidence of the way things are done currently being housed in the jail's began, here. I try to stand up for the basic infirmary with other inmates, is not In the wide-ranging diatribe, Sire- rights so many souls have been suf- being mistreated. The Texas Com- mons describes a back condition that fered to afford me but without the mission on Jail Standards has in- has been aggravated by frigid tem- officials and those in authority over vestigated Simmons' complaint file peratures in the jail. Because of the them, the entire system can become and found no substantiation for his disability - which he says has been corrupt," Simmons wrote, claims, Cutler said. treated with' 25 to 29 major orthope- In May 1997, Simmons was arrest- "It was basically unfounded and dic surgeries" - Simmons wrote that ed and received 10 years probation they are not taking any action," the he has to crawl around the cell to re- after College Station police uncov- sheriff said. + Please find the complete list of strategic issues at >> POWER OF COMMUNITY PEDERNALES ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE