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Page 4A Hays Free Press * January 13, 2016 Fatal Wreck Continued from pg. 1A pregnancy, Phelps said than expected, doctors Steve was "excited about told Phelps that early de- the baby." l livery wouldn't happen. "[Steve] was so happy Visit ~gofundme: According to Phelps, to be able to support com/thevasquezs to Vasquez was taken out her 100 percent,' Phelps makea donatlon~ oflCU on Saturday. Her said. family has also worked in But around that time shifts to keep watch on the two talked about pare for her Mar. 11 due Stephanie. starting a better life in date, Meanwhile, Steve It was soon after the Texas. Phelps sai'd~e: worked with a landscap- accident that Phelps and two were motivated by ing company to support her sister, Ashley, began friends who moved to his wife. to rally the cause to help Texas and Last week's "loved it." [ Vasquez is crash left Stepha- The [ nie Vasquez, eight ability to [ currently months pregnant, stretch , ;~,~, in stable ~t~ a broken pel- their doliar condifioh and abroken more, / back. She also along l was removed had emergency with more / surgery for a rup- 'affordable from ICU on tured diaphragm. home prices, spurred the Vasquezes to make the move to Kyle "on a whim" and with- out a plan. "They wanted to have that dream of having all of this land and a big house and all of those things that come along Phelps said. their injured sister and her baby. They created a gofundme account that will go toward medical expenses for their sister, along with future re2 habilitation needs. She said they are pushing the website on social media as much as they can. Saturday. She suffered a "We're going to do as While there broken spleen much as we can to raise • and punctured money for them," Phelps were reports lungs, along with said. "I can't imagine the that Vasquez a concussion, medical bills that will which led to come out of this." may have bleeding in her The gofundme also the baby brain, will go toward assisting "Every single the Vasquez family with earlier than thing in her body getting their son back expected, is broken, except to California for burial her limbs," she services. According to doctors told said. Phelps, the fund has Phelps that Vasquez is already generated over early delivery currently in stable $40,000 ofthe $100,000 condition and goal as of Sunday. wouldn't was removed Phelps said her family happen, from ICU on was grateful and thank- Saturday. Her ful for the outpouring of unborn child support. with it," is "fine", according to "They were the perfect Phelps. While there were couple," Phelps said. reports that Vasquez may "[Steve] loved her more have the baby earlier than anything." Once settled in Texas, the couple began to pre- License Plate Readers Continued from pg. 1A the agreement, making the department the first in Hays County to implement a license plate reader system. Vigilant Solutions would provide license plate reader hardware for three Kyle Police vehicles at no cost. The city would pay roughly $2,000 to Vigilant. The mctive behind acquiring the technology was to assist in curbing the amount of outstanding fines and warrants owed to the city. Kyle currently has approximately $4.8 million in outstanding fines owed to the municipal court. Barnett said the city in 2010 tested license plate reader technology on one of their vehicles. The test was so successful that the department requested an LPR system within the budget for fiscal year 2011; it was ultimately dropped due to additional department needs. warrants court receive funds that are obligated," he said. Barnett said the three vehicles would have a camera mounted on the roof or the hood of the Curbing outstanding Kyle currently has approximately $4.8 million in outstanding fines owed to the municipal court. The new technology is expected to help collect on that money owed to the city. car. That camera would read license plates as the vehicle goes down the road. It then collects the information and cross-references it to a database that stores information of Class C misdemeanors. While there could be issues of rights infringement, Barnett said it would be similar to someone collecting a license plate number on a notepad. "There isn't anything illegal from capturing something from the public like that," he said. If a license plate comes back with a warrant, Barnett said the officer is alerted and conducts a stop. If the person with a warrant is not in the vehicle, officers let the vehicle go, barring any other offense is committed. If a person with a warrant is in the vehicle, officers would then offer four possible solutions to mitigate the issue. With the new system, one option would allow the person to voluntarily ,~ pay their court fine ! during the stop. Barnett stressed that option is strictly voluntary. "We will not force or direct or order anyone to make a payment," Barnett said. With the LPR, Officers can take credit card payments during .... the stop and issue a receipt. Barnett said the department is working on a policy that will govern how officers handle the process. There also several additional benefits with the system. Barnett said the LPR can help track stolen vehicles, along with alerts such as an Amber or Silver alert. Connectivity, especially between departments is one goal Barnett would like to see. He said the Waxahachie and Decatur Police Departments use Vigilant, which would allow those departments to serve Kyle warrants, and vice versa. He hopes other local departments could follow suit, so they can help each other collect municipal fines. "I'd like for other entities to see the value [of the system], so we can all share the warrant data basis," Barnett said. STAFF REPORT A tip on social media last week helped lead authorities to identify and arrest a man who threatened Wimberley Volunteer firefighters with a sword in Novem- ber. According to Hays County Lt. Jeri Skrocki, Austin Police arrested Stanley Miles Goodyear, 49; on Jan. 8. Goodyear was arrested on an "out : of county felony", ac- cording to Travis County Jail records. He is being held in the Travis County ]aft on $25,000 bond. Skrocki said the orig- inal incident took place on Nov. 10. In the inci- dent, a man threatened two firefighters at the "1 would like to thank our Face- book followers. I never would have occurred to me that we would run something so old on social media [and get results]." -Hays County Lt. Jeri Skrocki wimberley Fire Station with what was described as a sword. Roughly a month lat- er, Skrocki said the case had gone "stale" with no workable leads and that the sheriff's office planned to close the case. Instead, Skrocki said she chose to "give it one more push" on social media on Jan. 7. At that point the HCSO was given a tip by a citizen identifying the suspect.The HCSO then released the identity of Goodyear, and within 24 hours, he was arrested. "I would like to thank our Facebook follow- ers. 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