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Page 2A NEWS Hays Free Press February 6, 2013 + .The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 122 N. Main St., Buda, IX 78610. Periodicals potage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address 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@haysfreepress. 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 br ought to the attention of the publisher. DEADLINES The deadline for display advertising 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. 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 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 lO0-year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. Burglary Thwarted Continued from pg. 1A neighbors have identified as Hays High School senior Dan- iel Valdez, followed behind keeping law enforcement abreast of the suspects' loca- tion and direction of travel, according to the Sheriff's Of- rice. The Sheriff's Office would not release the name of the victim. Noel Rodriguez, who lives two doors down from the burglarized residence, said he was home at the time of the alleged crime, but didn't see the scene unfolding. "It makes us all a little more scared when these things hap- pen in your neighborhood," Rodriguez said. "I'm trying not to overreact. I see this as a random incident." "(Valdez's) car has been struck," Cutler said in a press conference. "We did find out bullet holes were in his ve- hicle... You have to be careful trailing after a suspect that just fired at you at your house," Cutler said the suspects stopped offof FM 967 and the FM 1826 area and fired addi- tional shots before heading toward Dripping Springs. Officers caught up to the alleged culprits and a vehi- cle pursuit ensued resulting in the suspects abandon- ing their truck on FM 150 at Springwood Road in Dripping Springs, according to Curler. Police "quickly" apprehended Zuniga, but a "manhunt" in a "heavily wooded area," in- volving the Sheriff's Office, San Marcos Police, county constables and the Texas De- partment of Public Safety, which brought on air support, took almost two hours to nab Hernandez. "It took us about an hour- and-a-half to an hour-and- forty-five minutes, we finally apprehended the (Heman- dez) close in a creek bed area, hiding under some brush in a creek bed area," Curler said. "Our K-9 tracked (Hernan- dez) to the creek bed area, along with the SWAT team - they assisted ... K-9 took us to him," Cutler said. "Our Deputy Rocky, K-9, we give him credit for this, for helping us on this one." Early reports of area schools on lockdown turned out to be false. "We are getting some calls from parents who said they 'heard on the news' that Hays CISD Schools are or were in lockdown. That is not the case," said Hays CISD spokes- person Tim Savoy in a me- dia notice. "No Hays CISD schools are or were placed in lockdown (Jan. 31)." Cutler did say that his office requested a nearby private school be put on lockdown, though he said his office was not involved in requesting lockdowns for public schools. Police recovered a stolen "1 told him if he ever sees a strange in the driveway or people out of the just keep driving and call the -Noel Rodriguez, neighbor of the robbed house firearm allegedly used in the robbery that had been stolen during a previously reported home burglary in Hays Coun- ty, Cutler said, meanwhile in- vestigators still are searching for a second weapon. Rodriguez, who also has a child at Hays High School, said he advised his son on what to do in a similar situa- tion. "I told him if he ever sees a strange vehicle in the drive- way or people coming out of the house, just keep driving and call the police," Rodri- guez said. After speaking with the burglarized homeowrler, Ro- driguez said several items were taken, including jewelry, laptop computers, an iPad, an air gun, a BB gun, a safe with a gun in it and an Xbox video game player. Both suspects have a crimp nal background, according to the Sheriff's Office. Zuniga's criminal history includes, burglary, theft, fraud and drug charges, while Heman- dez's criminal past includes, assault, burglary, theft, fraud and drug charges. Zuniga is being held on a $350,000 bond, according to jail records, and Hemandez, who had outstanding war- rants in Travis County and Austin, is being held on a $448,000 bond. Kim Hilsenbeck contributed to this report. was no BY KIM HILSENBECK With many parents already uneasy about school security, a recent email from Dahlstrom Middle School Principal R.B. Trevifto may have added to those fears. Hays CISD spokesperson Tim Savoy said a rumor about a threat to the school is just that - a rumor. In a posting last week on the district's Fa- cebook page, he wrote: "We got some calls today and more tonight about a ru- mor of a threat to the school for this Friday. The short an- swer is that there is no threat to the campus. We know many of you are concerned, so we wanted to give you a little more information. We can't say too much because this in- volves the personal situation of a single student. We can say we know what triggered the rumor and - without a doubt - we know no threat was made to the campus, staff or its stu- dent population." He also thanked the parents who contacted the school and the administration headquar- ters. "It takes everyone's eyes and ears to ensure school safety. Fortunately, in this case, ev- erything is OK," he said. In a follow-up interview, Savoy referred to an incident last year at Hays High School where students were able to warn campus administrators about a potential threat from a student. "Students are doing their part in keeping our schools safe," he said. Dahlstrom Principal R.B. held, said she heard about the Trevifio requested parent incident from another student involvement in his emailed on the bus. letter. He wrote: "When l got on the bus, a girl said someone left a note "We ask for your support in in the bathroom saying they the following ways: were going to shoot everyone Talk frequently with your at Dahlstrom and then corn- children about what they are mit suicide," she said. hearing and seeing at school. She said no one knew who Discuss with them the se- the student was who had left riousness of playing a prank, the note. She also said it didn't teasing or spreading rumors, seem to cause much alarm Encourage them to report among her friends and other any suspicious activity or ru- students at the school. mors to school administration. The girl couldn't say how the other student knew what was written. Trevifio wrote to parents in "Everyone was like, 'I bet a January 30 email that school it was one of those annoying officials received a report of eighth graders who think they graffiti in a restroom the pre- know everything,'" she said. vious week. He said the inci- Savoy likened the situa- dent was immediately inves- tion to a game children play tigated, called "pass it down the alley," A portion of Trevino's email also known as "the telephone follows: game." "This letter is to inform you "One person starts the say- of a rumor that has come to ing and they pass it along to our attention and has been the next person, who tells the circulated on our campus." next person and so on," he "Administration received a said. "By the time it gets to the report of graffiti in a restroom eighth person, it's completely on our campus last week. Af- distorted." ter receiving this information, The student said her fel- an immediate investigation low classmates do not seem uncovered the student who very concerned about school was responsible and the ap- safetybut the teachers do. She propriate actions were taken said they are very strict about regarding this isolated inci- making sure the doors are dent. At no time was there any locked. mention of violence towards Overall, she said she feels students. The safety of our very safe at school and is not students and staff is our top worried about the potential priority every day. Please be for a student to carry out a assured that there has been threat. no threat made to Dahlstrom She said there are a couple students or staff." of kids at school who may A seventh grade Dahlstrom raise red flags in terms of their student, whose parents re- behavior, "but it's not like they quested her name be with- are crazy." PHOTO BY ANDY SEVILLA Interstate shut down for felony arrest Northbound Interstate 35 was shut down for about ten minutes Tuesday, just before 5 o'clock traffic, as a safety precaution in the arrest of a man known to have felony warrants, said Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett. The arrest took place on the northbound lanes of 1-35 near the 217 exit. + A VEE CORPORATION PRODUCTION U THEATRE AT THE FRANK ERWIN CENTER lnance re BY ANDY SEVILLA tween traveling back and forth "end of the year appreciation to Kansas several times, he for- cards." She remained with zero got to turn in his reports, total political contributions in "I take full responsibility for her account. Three Buda councilmem- my actions, unfortunately my Council Member Diane Her- bers and all of Kyle's members focus was on family matter vol, who is gearing up for her have filed their semiannual re- and I understand the reports reelection campaign, has a ports on funds spent, accord- are late," Ruge said. war chest of $579.82, accord- ing to state law. Ruge and Ahmiller reported ing to her report filed Jan. 22. Per state rules, office holders no political contributions or The report showed no political must report all political con- expenditures. Ruge maintained contributions or expenditures tributions and expenditures $55 in total political contribu- during the reporting period. during the reporting period, tions and Altmiller maintained Council Members Becky which runs for six months. Tim nothing, according to their re- Selbera, David Wilson and Ray SorreUs, spokesperson for the ports. Bryant all filed their report on Texas Ethics Commission, said Haehn, who was elected to Jan. 25 and reported no politi- all elected office holders have the Buda council in Novem- ca/ contributions or expendi- to file the semiannual reports ber, reported no contributions tures: Bryant also filed a final unless they have filed a final and $155 in expenditures. He report. report terminating their cam- reported spending $75 on Nov. Selbera's and Bryant's, re- paign treasurer. 6 for an election celebration ports showed zero dollars Buda council members with supporters and $80 on remained in their accounts, Ron Fletcher, Jose Montoya Nov. 28 as a loan repayment/ while Wdson's report showed and Bobby Lane had not filed reimbursement to himself. $194.56 remained as a total of their Jan. 15 reports as of Tues- Haehn's report shows $2,270 his political contributions. day, and documents received in outstanding loans, and it Council Member Samantha through an open records re- shows $8.70 in total political Bellows-LeMense, who filed quest did not indicate any contributions maintained as her report/an. 30, showed no Buda council member had of the last day of the reporting political contributions or ex- filed a final report, period, penditures, and remained with In Buda, only Council Mere- For Kyle, Council Member$319.87 as of the last day of the ber Eileen Altmiller filed her Brad Pickett, who said he will reporting period. state mandated report on time. not seek reelection in the May "While the City Secretary's Mayor Todd Ruge filed his re- municipal elections, filed a fi- Office serves as a local reposi- port Jan. 31 and Council Mem- nal report Sept. 12, 2012, that tory for campaign finance re- ber George Haehn fled his re- showed no campaign contribu- lated documents, the Texas port Feb. 1. tions remaining in his account. Ethics Commission has sole "Let the record reflect that Of the remaining counciljurisdiction regarding com- these reports are late," Ruge members, only Kyle Mayorpliance with the State's Ethics said in a letter to Buda City Lucy Johnson filed her report laws," Batts said. Secretary Danny Batts. "I had on time. According to the Texas Elec- the reports filled out in a time- Johnson's report showed no tion Code, the criminal penalty ly matter but circumstances political contributions during for untimely or incomplete re- didn't allow me to turn them in the reporting period, but did ports is a Class C misdemeanor. on time." show $162.80 in expenditures. The Texas Ethics Commission, Ruge said in his letter that ]ohnson spent that money Nov. per the Election Code, could his father recently died and be- 21 for printing expenses for her also issue a $500 civil penalty.