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Page 2A Nk"~ Hays Free Press March 9, 2011 + + The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published week- ly by Barton Publications, Inc., 122 N. Main St., Buda, TX 78610. Penodicals post- age paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing of- rices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., RO. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. ISSN#1087-9323 NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we probably do tool Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 E-mail: news@haysfree- Mail: P.O. Box 339 Buda, Texas 78610 CORREfn01~ 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. DEAI)UNES 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 Fnday deadline. LERB~ GUIDELINES We welcome locally written letters to the editor on timely topics of community interest. We ask that you keep fftem to ~0out 350 words in length and that you not indulge in pe~onai attacks on private individuals. Letters may be edited for brevity and clarity. hal ~ should be signed by the author and include a daytime phone number where ~he author can be contacted for verification. Letter writers are limited to one letter per montlx Lmtem can be emailed to HlSr0RY Founded April 10, 1903 by Thomas Retcher Harwell as The Ky/e News, with offices on the comer of Budeson and Miller Streets in the town~ oldest remaining building. It merged into The Hays County C'~kren Jn 1956. The paper consolidated with The Free Press in October, 1978. During its more than 100-year history the newspaper has maintained off'ces at more than a dozen locations in Ky~e and Bud~ Aggra- vated as- sault with a deadly weapon. 300 block of Suffield Ddve, Buds. 4:08 p.m. March 7. (see story) Irduryto s child. 7000 block of Milo Way, Kyte. 3:46 p.m. March 7. Driving while in- toxicated. Interstate 35 near exit 217, Buds. 2:40 a.m. March 7. Firearm dlscharge. 400 block of Joe Robinson Dr. 5:30 p.m. March 6. Firearm discharge. 200 block of Santo Fe Run. 6:12 p.m. Mar~h 6. Driving while in- toxicated. Interstate 35 near exit 223, Buda. 10:27 p.m. March 6. Theft. 100 block of Martinez Loop, Kyle. 9 p.m. March 6. Aggravat- ed assault. 200 block of Mathias Lane, Kyle. 2:16 p.m. March 6. (see news brief) Vehicle burglary. 100 block of Rock Cove, Kyle. 6:15 a.m. March 5. Assault. 100 block of Lanes Lane, Buda. 11:10 p.rn. March 5. ,Sexual assault. Reported at Seton Hays, Kyle. 3 p.m. March 4. (see news brief) Burglary. 21400 block of Interstate 35, Kyle. 3 a.m. March 3. Vehicle burglary. 3OO block of Tower Drive. SOURCE: KYLE POLICE DBMRIMENT, HAYS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFRCE IIII II Date rape reported In Kyle A 52-year-old woman report- ed being raped by a 47-year- old male acquaintance early Ffida~ authorities say. The woman told depu- ties who responded to Seton Medical Center Hays that she went out for drinks with the man and eventually ended up in bed with him. However, she said that the sexual inter- course was nonconsentual, a Hays County Sheriff's Office spokesperson said. Authorities would not say where the alleged crime oc- cured. No arrests have been made. Man stabbed twice in the back A 19-year-old man was stabbed twice in the back during an altercation at a Kyle home Sunday, authorities say. lose Aguirre, 20, was arrest- ed for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second- degree felony, for using a large kitchen knife to stab the man at a home in the 200 block of Mathias Lane, a Hays County Sheriff's Office spokesper- son said. The injured man did not suffer serious injuries andwas not trans- ported to the hospital, said. AGUIRRE the spokesperson Paige man cops to murder A Bastrop County judge has sentenced a Paige man to 45 years in prison for his role in the murder of his roommate and dumping the body in a wooded area southwest of Kyle, officials say. Dustin Dickman, 24, accept- ed a plea agreement March 1 after he pied guilty to the murder of Michael Van Dyke, a 23-year-old former San Mar- cos native, Bastrop County As- sistant District Attorney Greg G'dleland said I~esday. Also charged in the Van Dyke murder is Dennis Don Leetch, 26, of San Marcos, who is set to go to trial on March 21, Gilleland said. Lost Guru: Vanishes before being sentenced to 280 years Continued from pg. 1A NO IDEA WHERE HE IS Infomercial mogul Peter Spiegel, the t~asury secretary for Barsana Dham, testified on Tuesday that he did not know where Swamiji or Devi had gone. "I have no idea where he is," said Spiegel, who added that he saw the guru on Sunday night and there was no indication that he would not show up for court the next day. Spiegel has already lost the $1 million cash bond he posted last week to keep the guru out of jail until after his sentencing. Spiegel also secured a $10 mil- lion personal bond in 2008 to allow Swamiji to travel to India while awaiting trial, in October, Swamiji, a naturalized U.S. dtizen, surrendered his pass- port under orders from 22nd District Judge Charles Ramsay, officials say. When Swamiji failed to ap- pear, Ramsay revoked the cash bond and issued warrants for his arrest. Prosecutors hinted that Spiegel, who has amassed a fortune in part by selling ionic air purifiers, health supple- ments and other products via television and telemarkedng, could be responsible for the entire amount. "I really don't know techni- cally and legally of my situation now," Spiegel testified. It's unknown if the gm'u has fled to India` Spiegel told the court that Swamiji does not have an indian passport. Ad- ditionally. India does not allow dual citizenship. CLOSING ARGUMENTS In Friday's closing ar~- ments, Assistant Criminal District Attorney Amy Lockhart told the jury that Swamiji had used his power as a religious leader to grope these girls for his own gratification. "We want to show you that he had the power, love and trust and he abused it," she said. Lockhart explained that the girls saw Swamiji as a god and could ao~ question his acts. The first accuser, now 30, said that the alleged abuse be- gan when she was 12 years old. "She thought it was impos- sible to outcry against a god," Lockhart said. "She was t:old that it was a test and if she failed she would go to heill." Similar abuse initially oc- curred to the second accuser, aged 27, when she was al~o 12 years old, said Lockhart, vaho claimed that Swamiji exploited the girl's mast by kissing her with his tongue and fondlling her breasts numerous tinges. "She believed that he must have had a divine reason for this," she told the jury. As an attempt to debunk the defenses witnesses who testified that the girls were habitual liars and Swamiji was never alone with them, Lockhart hinted that the wit- nesses were also being used by a so-called saint. "These people are still devoted to him," she said. "Barsana Dham is the perfect breeding ,,ground to exploit love and trust.' REASONABLE DOUBT?. Defense attorney left Kear- ney said the charges against his client couldn't be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. "I really don't~think you can do that in this case," Keamey, of and get "instant amnesia." He FortWorth, told the jury. "That decision has to be on law and evidence, not a gut feeling." He argued that the prosecu- tion wanted the jury to convict his client on the storiesof three untruthful women, with no other evidence to support their claims. The third woman, aged 31, testified that the guru also groped her, however, she is not one of the named accusers because the statute of limita- tions ended before she could press charges. Kearney then said that the accusers' stories were too con- sistent and fabncated.~Vhen the defense tried to question the accusers, he said, they would become uncooperative recounted the first accuser skirting past defense questions more than 110 times, while the second accuser did it more than 50 times. '~me they trying to sell you something?" he told the jury of the pmsecution's case. He also questioned the testimony accusm4~ Swamiji of molesting them hundreds of times. Two of the accusers are sisters and all three were best friends who lived together in a small community but had never discussed the abuse, he said, "Them are unanswered questions," he said of the case. "It's a made-up story." See L0S7 GURU, pg. 3A We're a Texas company that understands what your needs are. Germania has agents across Tex~ to better serve you. From Kern41le to Austin to Waco, we know Central Texas! Germania is no ordinal" insurance company. We've been insuring Texas homes for over 1 I0 years. We have competitive rates, discount options and exceptional claim sen, ice, 24/7. Contact us today to find an agent near you and discover for yourself why Germania is. The Insurance Texans Trust. HOME - AUTO ' LIFE 1-800-392-2202 Hays Insurance Group 512-262-3388 Holt Insurance 512-398-5945 + (