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Page 2A NEWS Hays Free Press January 9, 2013 + The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 122 N. Main St., Buda, TX 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., RO. Box 339, Buda, rx 7861 o. ISSN#1087-9323 NBNS TIPS If you think it's news, we probably do too! Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 E-mail: news@ Mail: P.O. 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 br ought to the attention of the publisher. DF~DUNF~ The deadline for display advertising and any contributed news copy fn the Hays Free Press is 5 p.m. Friday the week prior to publication. The deadline for Letters to the Editor and classified word advertising in the Hays Free Press is noon Monday the week of publication, though we encourage readers and advertisers to observe the Friday deadline. LETTERS GUIDELINES We welcome locally written letters to the editor on timely topics of community interest. We ask that you keep them to about 350 words in length and that you not indulge 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 verification. Letter writers are limited to one letter per month Letters can be emailed to csb@ HISTORY Founded April 10, 1903, by Thomas Fletcher Harwell as The Kyle 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. During its more than 100-year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. BY VERONICA GORDON Residents in Chaparral Park and Lei- surewoods have received delivery notic- es with San Antonio and Austin phone numbers that appear to be a sEam in- tended to target houses for robbery, ac- cording to one local homeowner. And some shady salespeople are making calls on people in parking lots, accord- ing to Hays County Sheriff officials. The Chaparral Park resident found this information online about the deliv- ery notice sEam and how it takes place: If the notices aren't removed by the homeowner, or if they begin to accumu- late, the house is marked for robbery (ab- sentee homeowner, vulnerable house). If a homeowner responds to the notice by calling, GeoTrek (et al.) will attempt to sell a home alarm system, or home air-filtration device. Those who agree to purchase receive installation and are robbed within a few month's time. For homeowners who decline to pur- chase, these crafty cons seek out de- tailed information about the existing alarm system - or confirm the absence one in the home and the home is robbed. The web site suggests to protect your- self from this seam through awareness. Share this information with your neigh- bors and if you receive a notice on your door, call your local non-emergency number and report it. In the meantime, Hays County Sher- iff's Deputy Jeff Jordan is also alerting local residents to be apprised of a sEam that is taking place in local shopping centers. In an email, Jordan explained that he was approached inside the Wal-Mart store in San Marcos by a door-to-door magazine salesman trying to do his magazine sales seam. The company the receipt said he worked for is "Back A Winner," based out of Colorado. "During my conversation with the "salesman," he disclosed that law en- forcement in the New Braunfels area have already been called on the group," Jordan said. "He claimed to a have a permit to solicit in San Marcos. He also told me that he and several oth- ers would be in the Comal County/ Hays County/Travis County areas for at least the next five to six weeks. The 'salesman' I encountered appeared to have been drinking. Wal-Mart staff was informed and he was 'politely' asked to leave." Jordan warns that these salesmen and saleswomen will likely be soliciting in neighborhoods. "We encourage you to be cautious when dealing with any door-to-door salesmen. If you do not feel comfort- able or they refuse to leave after being asked to do so or after you have warned them they are trespassing and are not welcome, you are encouraged to con- tact law enforcement," Jordan said in the email. Some tips to avoid such door-to-door sEams: 1. The best way to not get caught by this sEam: don't ahswer the door. If you aren't expecting anyone, ask who it is through the closed door. If it's a door- to-door sales person, tell them to leave. 2. Putting a "No Solicitors" or "No Trespassing" sign is one way to help in deterring them. 3. If you answer the door, don't open it wide and don't invite them in. Even if they say, "Can I use your phone to contact my sales manager," "Can I get a glass of water," "Can I use your bath- room," or "It's really hot out here can we go inside and talk where it's cool?" Once inside, this stranger can steal from you, hurt you, or worse. 4. If you do open the door and they won't leave or they try to stick their foot in the door, scream. Yell at them, yell "Fire!", or anything that will get atten- tion. Call law enforcement to file a re- port. 5. If you live in an apartment complex with a security door, remember, don't buzz in someone you don't know use the intercom find out who it is. Door to door sales people are known for buzzing everyone in the building to see if any- one will let them in without checking to see who it is. Report these incidents to apartment management staff. 6. If you see a neighbor being ha- rassed by a door-to-door sales person, call the cops. If you feel comfortable enough, walk up to your neighbor and ask what is going on. 7. If you happen to talk to a door- to-door sales person and don't feel comfortable, call the police. Also, no- tify your neighbors and don't be afraid to watch where the door to door sales person goes. If you notice they are go- ing to houses that don't appear to have anyone home, call the police - they could be trying to break in. In addition, be more alert; it is common for a neigh- borhood to experience a rash of home burglaries, car break-ins, or garage break-ins days after a team of traveling sales people have visited the neighbor- hood, especially if they didn't get the sales they were expecting. 8. Don't buy anything! The whole point of door-to-door sales is to pres- sure someone into buying something without being able to make an informed decision. Even if the sales person tells you their deal is only good through them, don't buy anything. 9. If you do call the police, tryto give a good description, like identifying marks, tattoos, scars, hair color, height, weight, type of clothes the door-to-door scam- mer was wearing, if they had an accent, if they were male or female, if there was more than one person. .ey sus crime spree BY BRAD ROLLINS San Marcos Mercury The Hays County Sheriff's Office has identified the W'tm- berley shooting suspect arrest- ed Friday following a standoff with SWAT. He is "19-year-old Caleb Crow. Crow was in the process of burglarizing a neighbor's vehi- cle shortly before noon Friday when the neighbor confronted Crow and was shot in the ab- domen, said Sgt. Phillip Taylor, the sheriff's spokesperson. The 44-year-old neigh- bor, who authorities have not named, was listed in critical condition at University Brack- enridge Hospital in Austin but is expected to survive his inju- ries. Crow is charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of theft of a firearm. Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon is a second- degree felony pun- ishable by two to 20 years in prison; theft of a firearm is a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison. The charges stem from what Taylor describes as a crime spree that began Fri- CROW day morning when Crow hit his mother on the head with a dumbbell at the home they share on Rader Ranch Road. The mother fled to the Dollar General at 125 Carney Lane, where she called the sheriff's office; she was taken to the hospital and later released. While deputies were still investigat- ing the family vio- lence assault, they received a 911 call about a shooting outside a different home on Rader Road near the Crow resi- dence, Taylor said. The man who had been shot said he was sitting in his house when he saw someone he did not know riffling through a vehicle parked out front. When he went outside to challenge the intruder, Tay- lor said, Crow shot him with a .45 pistol he had stolen from a. different home in the neigh- borhood. When deputies later searched the house next to Crow's, they found a dog Crow killed during the burglary. Crow was arrested at about 4 p.m. Friday after a four-hour standoff with Hays County/ San Marcos SWAT and crisis negotiators. Capt. Mike Dav- enport told the Mercury yes- terday that authorities used tear gas to force Crow from the home. Crow is being held at Hays County jail. Bail was set this morning at $250,000. This storywas firstpublished by the San Marcos Mercury; and reprinted here through a partnership between the Hays Free Press and the San Marcos Mercury. arson case BY VERONICA GORDON On Dec. 16, at approximately 10 released. a.m., Hays County Sheriff's Office The cause of death is still unde- deputies responded to the call to as- termined pending the results of an sist the North Hays Fire Department autopsy performed by the Travis A suspect has been arrested in with a structure fire. County Medical Examiners Office. connection with a fire where a body Hays County Sheriff's Office dep- The suspicious nature of the death was found inside of the burned uties assisted the Hays County Fire and the cause of the fire are still un- home. Marshall with the fire investigation, der investigation. Joseph Alan Camahan was During the course of extinguish- Currently this investigation is be- charged with Arson, a First Degree ing the fire, NHFD firefighters 1o- ing led by the Hays County Sheriff's Felony, in reference to the structure cated a deceased person inside Office Criminal Investigations Divi- fire at 31305 Ranch Road 12. Carnah- the residence, according to a state- sion with the assistance of the Hays an is currently in custody at the Hays ment from the Sheriff's Office. The County Fire Marshal's Office and the County Law Enforcement Center. identity of the victim has not been Texas Rangers. CARNAHAN Lots of times, changes in life also affect your investments. That's why there's never been a better time to schedule your free portfolio review. We'll talk about the changes in your life, and help you decide whether it makes sense to revise your investments because of them. A portfolio review will help ensure your investments are keeping pace with your goals. 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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE! 512-312-4699 www.AustinFencesupply.Com Gene@AustinFencesupply.Com Deadline approaches for property tax payments SUBMITTED REPORT Hays County Tax Asses- sor-Collector Luanne Cara- way reminds residents that 2012 taxes on real property, personal property and busi- nesses must be paid by Jan- uary 31, 2013, to avoid late fees and penalties. Caraway urged residents to avoid penalties for late payments by paying prompt- ly and by paying as much as possible byThursday, Jan. 31, 2013,iftheyare unable to pay the flail amount. Penalty and interest begin at 7 percent on February 1 and increase 2 percent per month until July when the penalty and interest reach 18 percent. In July, a collection penalty of 15 percent is added and the interest continues to accrue at an additional 1 percent per month. The tax office accepts par- tial payments on current and delinquent taxes but they must be received by January 31, 2013, to avoid penalties for 2012. "Under state law even if you don't get a statement you are still responsible for paying your property tax," Caraway said. "If you do not receive a tax bill and do not have a mortgage com- pany or tax agent, please contact our office to make sure that we have your cor- rect billing address, or visit the Tax Office website at to check your account." The Hays County Tax Office sends a consolidated tax bill each October showing the amount of taxes owed to each taxing entity, such as cities, counties, schools and special districts. Residents who are 65 and older or disabled qualify for quarterly payments for their homestead property and no penalties or interest is as- sessed if those payments are received on time. To qualify, residents must file for this exemption and make the first quarter payment by January 31. Remaining quar- terly payments are due by April 1 (March 31, the official due date, is a Sunday), May 31 and July31. The tax office accepts cash, checks, money orders, credit cards and electronic check payments. There is a fee for using credit cards, debit cards and electronic checks. Payments can be made at any Hays County tax office: San Marcos at 712 S. Stage- coach Trail (drive-through available on the east side of the building), Buda at 500 Jack C. Hays Trail, Kyle at 111 N. Front Street and Dripping Springs at 195 Roger Hanks Parkway. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Kyle office is dosed from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. each day, and the Dripping Springs office is closed from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays. To pay by phone, call 1-888-546-4337. To pay online, go to the Hays County website or directly to tax office information at www.hayscountyta~com.