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J~I~IIIB I Hi I1~.~ Jlml~e~LW Page 2A NnI$ Hays Free Press * January 26, 2011 Ed ard. MAKING SENSE OF INVESTING + 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 ad- dress changes to Barton Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. ISSN#1087-9323 NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we probably do too! * Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 E-mail: news@haysfree- press.com 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 brought to the attention of the publisher. DEADLINES The deadline for display ad- vertising and any contributed news copy in 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. LETrERS 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 writ- ers are limited to one letter per month. Letters can be emailed to csb@haysfree- press.com 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. During its more than 100-year history the newspa- per has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. While inside an RV, Renfro For information, visit www. Two Xyle men allegedly threw his girlfriend hayscountytax.com where down to the ground andpayments can be made by dragged her across the floor, credit, debit or e-check. He then displayed a knife to Payments can also be made her in a threatening man- at any of the tax assessor- with knives her. The woman had injuries collector's four offices in to her knees and foot, the San Marcos, Buda, Dripping Two Kyle men were ar- spokesperson said.. Springs or Kyle. rested for aggravated assault As of Tuesday, Renfro is Hays County tax offices with a deadly weapon last still in jail on a $50,000 bond, are open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. week in separate incidents court records show. Monday through Friday. The involving knives, police say. Kyle office closes daily for lunch between 12:30 p.m. Inthe first incident, loe Property taxes and 1:30 p.m. Edward Perez, 19, allegedly threatened his girlfriend with a knife during an argument that began inside the Tar- Put the check in the mail. get store in Kyle on Jan. 11, Property taxes are due no plans meeting a Kyle Police Department later than Jan. 31 if taxpayers spokesperson said. want to avoid costly late pay- on FM 1 626 Perez began to pinch his ment penalties, Hays County girlfriend and at one point Tax Assessor-Collector Lu- Hays County Pct. 2 Com- tried to choke her inside the anne Caraway said this week. missioner Mark Jones store. Once outside the store Payments can be mailed is hosting a meeting on in a vehicle, Perez grabbed on Jan. 31 but must bear a planned replacement of the her by the hair and displayed Jan. 31 postmark. Starting low-water crossing on Lake- a knife and said that he Feb. 1, a seven percent pen- wood Drive near its intersec- would stab her in the leg, alty is added to unpaid tax tion with FM 1626. Residents police say. bills and an additional two voted to fund the project in The woman, who sus- percent is added each month the November 2008 bond tained minor injuries to through June when it reaches election. her arm and leg, reported 15 percent. Starting July 1, The meeting will be held the assault to police on an additional 15 percent at Hays Hills Baptist Church, Jan. 17. Perez was arrested is added and continues to 1401 N. FM 1626, from 6:30 and charged Jan. 20 with a increase by one percent each to 8 p.m. Monday, February second-degree felony assault month. 7. and released from the Hays Taxpayers with both a Representatives from Hu- County Jail the same day on a homestead exemption anditt-Zollars, the county's proj- $10,000 bond, the spokesper- a senior citizen or disabled ect construction manager, son said. exemption can enroll in a will be available to provide David Wayne Renfro, 38, quarterly payment plan.in-depth information about was arrested Jan. 18 and Qualifying taxpayers can the planned improvements charged with a first-degree pay one-fourth of their total and what drivers can expect felony assault that happened bill by Jan. 31 followed by during construction. Con- at the Plum Creek RV Resort payments every two months struction is expected to start in Kyle, police say. through July 31. within the next few months. Murder Update Continued from pg. 1A "I was thinking it was a set- up," he said. With a lack of information, Alva and others have been left with unanswered questions. "Why would they do it?" Alva asked. "I just want to know why they would take our loved one away. It's hurt- ing us." No matter what happens, Alva said his devout Catholic background will allow him not to hold a grudge. "Whoever killed my broth- er, I'll forgive them," he said. Friends say that Vasquez's death could stem from some- one with a vendetta against Vasquez, who would often stick up for his friends and family. "I wouldn't put it pass it," longtime friend Felix Her- nandez said. "I figured it was straight up jealousl~ or someone avenging what he did to him in the past." Hemandez grew up with Vasquez in the Allen Woods housing project in San Mar- cos. Both were also jailmates at the prison in Sugar Land, where Vasquez served five years for a 1994 aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge out of Comal Coun~ according to court records. "This dude was a bad dude, but he wasn't a bad person," Hemandez said. "He was very understanding.You could talk to him and he would listen." And to be shot and left for dead on the street is no way to die, Hemandez said. "Nobody deserves that," he said. Fatal Shooting: Judge says no to wrongful dea investigation Continued from pg. 1A duct depositions of the shoot- er, two women who reside at the home, a San Marcos police detective and a doctor at Cen- tral Texas Autopsy. The autopsy report is ex- pected to be finished this week, a Central Texas Autopsy official said Tuesday. Espinoza's family had no re- grets with the judge's ruling at the Jan. 4 hearing, their attor- ney said following the ruling. "We have some certainty set out; we didn't have that be- fore," said attorney Chevo Pas- trano, who represents Cuevas. "The family was very happy." If the family decides to file a civil lawsuit for wrongful death, the family would have the right to conduct depositions sooner than the six-month delay, Pas- trine said. "I think we'll probably be in a position to start evaluating on whether to file a lawsuit in the next couple of months," he said. "We're still trying to fig- ure out a few things. It's a slow process when you can't have access to the police files." In her petition, Cuevas seeks police reports, photos, video, 911 recordings, and witness statements related to both in- cidents, as well as her son's au- topsy report. Those materials, in addition to new testimony, would help determine wheth- er a legal dalm should be pur- sued, the petition states. Both women in the house at the time of the shooting - the girl and her mother- asked the judge to deny Cuevas' attempt to depose them, saying the plaintiff would conduct depo- sitions ff they follow through with a lawsuit. "This attempt to require lu- lie and Emma to appear for de- position is unnecessary at this time and borders on harass- ment," their attorney, Robert Scheihing, wrote in the filing. "Iulie and Emma, by petition- er's own allegations, were not involved in the alleged crime." The Hays County District At- torney's Office also submitted a motion to quash the Cuevas' petition and asked for an order keeping evidence gathered in the police investgation from being released until the inves- tigation is completed. In the motion to quash, As- sistant DistriCt Attorney David Mendoza says that Cuevas' petition failed to show that the likely benefits of allowing the depositions outweighs the burden or expense of the pro- cedure. The deposition pro- cess would constitute a failure or delay of justice, he says. In seeking the protective or- der, Mendoza asked the judge wrote. to keep case files off limits un- The San Marcus Police De- til the criminal court resolves partment's investigation into all pre-trial discovery and sup- the shooting is completed and pression issues, that agency will file no charges "The State asks the Court' in the case, Police Chief How- to exercise its discretion and ard E. Wdliams said. Case files grant a protective order, be- were handed over to the dis- cause it is necessary to protect trict a.ttomey's office last week, the State from undue burden, he said. unnecessary expense, harass- "We certainly are not go- ment, annoyance, or invasion ing to file anything but we will of personal, constitutional, send it to the district attorney's or property rights," Mendoza office and let them decide," Y BUT YOU CAN CONTROL YOUR DECISIONS. Sometimes the market reacts poorly to changes in the economy. But just because the market reacts doesn't mean you should. Still, if current events are making you feel uncertain about your finances, you should schedule a complimentary portfolio review. That way, you can help make sure' you're in control of where you want to go and how you'll potentially get there. Call or visit your local f'maneial advisor today. Janet Ross Financial Advisor 251N FM 1626 Bldg Buda, TX78610 512-312-2840 Shidey C Malone Financial Advisor 2 Ste B www.edwardJones.com Member SIPC 203 Railroad StreetSuite I B Buda, TX78610 512-312-2332 FAMI MAH Vasquez, who worked as an independent truck driver, had multiple rtm-ins with the law, having been arrest- ed 11 times since 1993, most recently in July when he was arrested for assault causing bodily injury. He also served time in pris- on for possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute. Those close to him, howev- er, rememberVasquez primar- ily as being family-otiented. "He had a rap sheet but there was more to him," his cousin Gabriel Gutierrez said. "That shouldn't define you as a person. He was liked and loved." Vasquez is survived by his son and daughter, who both attend high school in San Marcos. His younger brother, Da- vid Martinez, 28, vowed to his brother that he would help care for his kids if something ever happened to him. It's only fair, Martinez said, to look af- ter his kids since he protected him while growing up. "He took care of me," he said, "He was like a father to me. Whenever I was in trou- ble, he ,was there." Martinez urged anyone who has information that could help catch his brother's killer to come forward. "Give us something, so this person goes to jail," he said. Anyone with information regarding this homicide is asked to contact the Kyle Po- lice Department at 268-3232. Wdliams said previously. Police believe the shooting is directly related to the break- in the night before at the Bel- mont Street house, but cannot necessarily prove that Espi- noza was the intruder in the earlier incident. Hays County District Attor- ney Sherri Tibbe declined to say ff she would present the case to the grand jury for pos- sible indictments. ? t ( t ] 1 .i t '1 ]