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+ '1 EL TORO! Lobo baseball team gives Matadors the horns, 10-5. - Page 1B LIFE BY THE DROP Kyle man spends hours each week in dialysis chair. - Page 1C @Barton Publications, Inc. ......... ,,.- ......... : ........... Vol. 110 * No. 49 Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 PHOTO BY KIM HILSENBECK Wiley Hopkins and his wife Susan spent a rainy Elec- tion Day at Buda City Hall. Hopkins beat Amy Proctor 2 to 1 in the run-off election for council Place 2. PHOTOS BY DAVID WHITE Buda detective Erica Simmons, points out the scratches and other damages done to a stolen F-250 truck that was retrieved in Buda this week. Deep scratches on the hood, show that the truck traveled many miles off-road. m .O BY KIM HILSENBECK ' In the rim-off election between Wiley Hopkins BY MOSES LEOS III Police Chief Jeff Barnett said. "Criminals know and Amy Proctor for Buda City Council P1. 2, ':" people will stay within those stores for a lengthy Hopkins came out the winner based on the tally period of time, which makes it easier for them to of 162 votes to Proctor's 81. get away." According to the city's elections web page, Thefts of large model crew cab pick up trucks In Buda, Kidd acknowledges this #-owing 129 people participated in early voting while 114 are on the rise in Buda, according to Police Chief problem and is stepping up law enforcement in turned out on Saturday- Election Day. Bo I~dd. theJ~gb target areas. However, ]~dd said these By 11:30 a.m., a note on the door of the poUing This issue has been problem in larger cities c rLm~s are difficult to catch inn progress, as "they location indicated 43 people had voted. By 7 p.m., such as Austin, Kyle and San Marcos, but is now don't hhppen every day; or every week. In Kidd's it was 114. extending into Buda proper, estimation, the Buda Police Department has But the vast majority of eligible Buda voters did 'lit is ft'usEating, as it is dEficult to combat the dealt~th this issue "maybe once a month." not cast a ballot for their city council member. Was problem," said Kidd, who has seen the problem The surprising speed of truck thieves has also rise in the past year. "In 2012, we had a total of made the process of catching them more dif~_- See 8UDA ELECTION, pg. 4A 10 vehicles stolen; we have had 3 stolen (in Feb- cult. Both police chiefs were adamant that the mary)," said ~dd, who said one additional theft crin'dnals involved are not amateurs - they are has already occurred so far in March. professionals, who need only mere minutes to The truck thefts Buda is experiencing follows unlock a vehicle and hotwire it for use. a sffni]ar pattern. The stolen vehicles are all four- Despite the struggle to apprehend these crLm- door crew cab pick-up trucks; Ford F-250 and inals, the Buda Police Department, along with F-350, Chevrolet 2500 and 3500 models being many other agencies, have utilized technology the most popular for criminals to steal, due to to combat truck thefts. their expansive space. These trucks are disap- For example, they have used Global Position- peadng from the Cabe]a's, Logan's ing Systems (GPS) within a truck to track vehi- and Chili's parking lots, which line Interstate 35. cles. IGdd recalled one example that occurred The most troubling aspect has been what within the past year, where Bnda Police, along these criminals are using the trucks for - hu- with the United States Immigration and Cus- man smuggling and drug trafficking. According toms Enforcement agency (ICE) and the Bexar to Kidd, criminals have been known to remove County Sheriff's office, discovered a drag and the back seats from crew cabs, in order to create human smuggling safe house by retracing the space for people or drugs, last entry in a theft victLm's GPS device. Criminals are traveling south, smuggling their OnStar, a GPS service provider, and similar cargo to and from the border in these larger- technologies also play a big factor in maintain- sized vehicles. The crew cab trucks are only used The recurring theme: the stolen vehicles have ing vehicle security. Those services are able to for a few weeks, then disposed of, leaving little been recovered by the United States Border Pa- pinpoint the exact location of a stolen vehicle. trace, according to Kidd. This process has made trol and Police Departments in South Texas, with Barnett said he stronglyencourages those with BY ANDY SEVILLA it difficult for police departments to zero in on the number increasing over the three-year pefi- targeted trucks to seek out additional means of the truck thieves, od. In 2010, three of the stolen trucks in the Kyle security. Steering wheel, ignition and gearshift Along the iH-35 corridor, numerous law en- area were recovered by those agencies, 2011 had column locks are some of the most common forcement d~partments have had to battle this five, and seven recovered in 2012. security devices since they make the thjt of the Just four days after being released on parole, a issue. Locally; the Kyle Police Department is Much like the problem in Buda, the Kyle Po- vehicle more difficult. Hays County woman is back in jail after allegedly working to keep an eye on these kind of crimes, lice Department has seen these crimes occur "People should spend the time and effort to contacting the victim of the According to Kyle Police Department records, within the parking lots of businesses lining IH- keep their vehicles safe," Barnett said. crime she was sentenced to 20 trucks have been stolen along the IH-35 cot- 35, specifically HEB, Seton Hospital, Home De- Vehicle information is also key for citizens ten years in prison for. ridor since 2010. Five pick-up trucks were stolen pot and Lowe's. when a theft does occur. "Should the worst oc- Texas Attorney General in 2010, five that year, seven in 2011 and eight "Criminals are choosing the larger parking Fugitive Unit officers arrested Since March. lots due to the ease of access along IH-35," KyleSee TRUCK THEFTS, pg. 2ALesley Pehrigo, 38, a regis- tered sex offender in Hays :. County, on March 8 in Austin after allegedly violating the terms of her parole by having Amateur Radio Glasses contactwiththevicthnofher indecency with a child case, The Hays/Caldwell Amateur Radio Club is offering accordingto a TexasAttomey PEHRIG0 a free Amateur Radio Glass on five consecutive General news release. Monday nights beginning March 18. Classes are from 7-9 p.m. and will be held at the Onion Creek Pehdgo was released from prison on March 4, Senior Citizens Center in Buda at 420 Barton according to a Texas Depar~nent of Criminal Jus- Crossing. For more information, call Frank Sand- tice (TDCJ) official who said Pehrigo was to be on Sustain-a-Market, a new moMMy ers at (512)786-8443. parole until July23, 2017. TDCJ issued a parole violation warrant on farmers market in Kyle March 7 and Pehrigo was arrested and booked Beginning thisweek- Hill Country Wildflower into the Tmvis Cotmty Jail the next day. end, area residents Travis County Jail records show Pehrigo is not ~ will have another Festival in Buda in their facility, but Connie Durdin, an adminis- I',. ~ farmers market op- trative assistant with the TDCJ public informa- ~ tion. Sustainacycle, at A blend of arts and crafts, gardeners and plants, tion office, said Pehrigo was in custody and not the recently opened food, and shopping experiences for those who are eligible for bond. Sustainable Living looking for something a little different. This year we "(Pehrigo) is not eligible for bond," Durdin Center, will operate a include antiques and collectibles in the mix along said. '~mytime there is a technical violation ofpa- farmers market on the with live music throughout the day. Bring your lawn :K tJ.I third Saturday of the chairs and quilts for comfortable seating. Check role, bond is not going to be set." ~0 _ month through July, back for a music schedule the week before the The Texas Board of Pardons and Parole ~w~l] then again in Sept. show. Show hours are 10-5 on Saturday, March 23 decide whether Pehrigo's parole will be revoked, Eight vendors have and 10-4 on Sunday, March 24. Admission is $3.00 or whether she will be retried, resentenced or .~3 ~ (~ signed up so far. The for adults. Get $1.00 off with a canned good or non- ~:: ~ market v~ill be open from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., March 16, at 409 West perishable for the Hays County Food Bank. Kids 12 Center Street in Kyle. and under are free. Free Parking! 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