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DISTRICT CHAMPS Hays boys soccer team continues amazing season.! -Page 1B PUZZLING DUO Brothers entertain texans with Texas Crossword Puzzle. -Page 1C ,,, J ' ' O~ ,i,- @Barton Publications, Inc. p,. Vol. 108 No. 48 g Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 BY SEAN IOMMONS Authorities arrested a man on Monday they say shot his wife in the face and hand during an argument at their home in the hard- scrabble Hillside Terrace neighbor- hood near SABCF.~ Buda. Anthony Saucedo, 25, is charged with aggravated as- sault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony pun- ishable by two to 20 years in prison. He was arrested later that evening in the Cracker Barrel parking lot in San Mar- cos and remains in the Hays County ]ail. Wansported to University Medical Center at Bracken- ridge in Austin, the woman is expected to recover, said her sister, Laura Garcia. Her condition is not known~ Hays Cotmty/San Marcos SWAT swarmed the Suffield Drive house at about 4 p.m. March 7 after getting a 911 call from a woman who said she had been shot and that her two children were still in the house with Saucedo. Believing that Saucedo was barricaded inside the house, officers set up a perimeter and prepared for what ap- peared to be a standoff. As school buses brought neigh- borhood children back home, residents streamed into the streets, pressing against po- lice tape. But Saucedo had appar- endy already left to take the children to stay with relatives in San Marcos, Garcia said. When deputies searched the house at about 6 p.m., itwas empty. Officers later found the children safe at a home in San Marcos. Saucedo has been charged with more than a dozen of- fenses in Hays County, includ- ing marijuana possession, evading arrest and unlawful carrying of a weapon, court records show. He apparently served time for some of the convictions, but details of his incarceration were not im- mediately available. I~0T0 BY WI~ FBI-U$0N Uhland alderman Gordon Sassman stands over a ditch he calls "Grand Canyon No. 23 The lowering of nearby Seeliger Dnve has accelerated erosion on his property, Sassman said. The episode has re-ignited a small-town feud that features fistfighting neighbors, criminal charges and disappearing evidence. BY WES FERGUSON wee@haysfreepree~" .corn Gordon Sassman's heart was rac- ing. His hands were shaking, He was so wound up, he hadn t got- ten an ounce of sleep in nearly a week. This was a bad sign. Only a month before, Sassman had nearly died. The heart attack had hit him like a backhoe pressing down on his chest. He'd spent 10 days in the hospital. Now Sassman, 61, was back home in Uhland, where he's an alderman on the city council. He was supposed to be recuperating, but Ns many re- ,. sponsibilities kept idterfertng with the recovery. "My heart is so stressed out," he said. "I don't need All this extra stress, but I've been kind of a main person here in town, overseeing all these dif- ferent things." His latest source of stress? The con- troversy keeping him awake at night? Seeliger Drive. A gravel road. It had been a good road, he said, be- fore the city hired a street crew to dig it all up. Cost the taxpayers of Uhland nearly $2,000. %tssman, a month removed from.his heart attack, could feel the blood boil- ing in his veins. A PETTY CONFLICT? Seeliger Drive is a single gravel road in a little town full of them. Settled in the 1800s, Uhland sits on the fertile blackland prairie where the old Camino Real crosses Plum Creek. The town's modest farm houses are scattered among plowed fields of rich, See SASSMAN'S LAST STAND, pg. 5A BY JENNIFER BIUNOO EYeing population projections that show soaring numbers of Hispan- ic residents that will soon form a minority-majori~ former state demog- rapher Steve Murdoch famously stated last month, "It's basically over for Ang- lOS." That may be true for the state as a whole, where a growing cohort of young Latinos now account for two out of ev- ery three children in Texas. But in Kyle, recent census data shows a different ON THE IIWERNET See a video of the former state demographer discussing population trends at vals such as the annual Diez y Seis cel- ebration served as social glue to unite townfolk. Families such as the Tenorios, Chapas and Tobiases emerged as lead- ers in business, politics and education. But in the face of rapid population growth, that percentage has dropped steadily over the last 20 years. In 2000, story is emerging. Unlike much of the rest of the state, Kyle is growing whiter with each passing decade. In 1990, 78 percent of Kyle's 2,255 res- idents were Hispanic, forming a tight- 28,000. 52 percent of residents reported them- selves as Hispanic. In the most recent census, Hispanics lost their majority status, slipping to 46.33 percent of the total population, which now exceeds knit rural community with its heartbeat in St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Festi- See KYLE DEMOGRAPHICS, lag. 6A BY SEAN KIMMONS An influential Hindu guru, who vanished and is still missin~ received 280 years in prison Tuesday after being found guilty last weekby a Hays County jury on 20 counts SARASWATI of sexual indecency with a child. Pmkashanand Saraswati, 82, received 14 years in prison per .count and fines of $10,000 per count for a total of $200,000. It's still unknown if the jail time will run concurrently, court officials say. IWo felony arrest warrants were issued Monday for Sara- swati, who was convicted of all charges by the jury of eight men and four women, which took only two hours to deliver I the guilty, rdict Friday l. and eve to I himTuesda,j eraoon. As of Tuesda Hays County Shenff's Office deputies were actively searching for Pmkashan- dand, believed to be with his personal assistant Vishwamb- han Devi, who drove the gum to court last week. Known as Shree Swamiji by his devotees, Prakashalmnd was arrested inApri12008 and charged with touching the breasts of two then-minor girls between 1993 and 1996 while theylived at a Driftwood area ashram. Prakashanand runs the ashram and is the spiritual head of the ]KP-Barsana Dham temple on site. Each indecency count, a second-degree felon~ carried a punishment between two and 20 years in prison. Prosecution and defense attorneys pushed through the punishment hearing despite the defendant's absence. On Tuesda~ despite Pmkashan~d's absence, as- sistant district attomey Cathy Compton asked the jury for the maximum sentence- 20 years for each of the convictions His defense attomey asked for probation because his frail health would amount to a death sentence. See LOST GURU, pg. 2A :/ / A mock auto accident will be staged in front of Hays High School at 9 a.m. to dramatize the consequences of ddnking and driving Project Graduation 2011 Spaghetti Dinner Dinner, dessert and a silent auction begin- ing at 5:30 p.m. at Lehman High School to benefit the Lehman Project Graduation. I Cml sbwt r, oddmme First in a series of month~/luncheons from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to celebrate the newly restored Historic City Hall. At Old Kyls City Hall. $6 per person. Kyle Flea Market shoppers find more than they bargained for. - Page 10 I Lunch Flag Retirement Ceremony The Kyle-Buda VFW Post 12058 and Cub Scout pack 812 will have a ceremony at the Kyle Fire Station at 10 a.m. DayUCe ~nnne Be sure to spnng forward and set your clock ahead one hour. Look for more calendar listings on page 4C or at haysfmepress.oom Opinions ..................... 4A Sports ........................ I&2B Education ................... 3&4B Community. ............. , ...... 1-60 Obituaries .......................... 2C Calendar ........................ ,1.6(3 Service Directory ......... 2&3D Classifieds ................... .2D Public Notices ............. 2&4D +