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NEXT UP Lady Rebels to play next playoff game Thursday. - Page 1B SUNRISE SAVIORS Hays County Sheriff and son rescue girl from isolated wreck. - Page 1C @Barton Publications, Inc. HaysFreePress com Vol. 110 No. 52 Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 COURTESY PHOTO Buda Police Officer Patrick Cheatham and Cora, the Department's K-9 German Shepherd, show a cache of drugs and money found during a traffic stop on March 19. Cora alerted Cheatham to the drugs. Police found cocaine, black-tar heroin, methamphetamines, assorted prescription drugs, as well as an illegal knife and cash. Drug busts in Buda Buda police make 5 arrests in one day BY MOSES LEOS !11 Moticha. "Imme- " dlately we ed finding things," Cheatham said. Five arrests, including drug busts, Cheatham dis- kept the Buda Police Department covered drug par- jumping last week in what has become aphemalia usually one of the most active days since the associated with an department was established three years alleged drug deal- ago. All of the arrests were made March er. According to 19-20 in less than 24 hours, the arrest affidavit, The most notable arrest happened Cheatham discov- when Hays County dispatch received a ered 52.1 grams of MOTICHA call of an intoxicated person passed out cocaine, .7 grams in a car at the Vantage at Buda apart- of black tar heroin, 7.9 grams of meth- ments complex. Buda Officer Patrick amphetamine, 16.7 grams ofXanax, 9.8 Cheatham, who works the Buda Po- grams of Hydrocodone, 3.4 grams of lice K-9 unit, saw the vehicle driven by Cialis, 3.8 grams of Amphetamines and Michael Joseph Moticha at the scene. 6.7 grams of Tramadol, all concealed in As Moticha left a fast food restaurant, a backpack behind the driver's seat. Cheatham saw him commit traffic of- Cheatham also discovered more fenses and made the traffic stop. than $9,000 in cash, a knife more than "I believe he was on narcotics, not al- five and one-half inches in length, nu- cohol," Cheatham said. "We ended up merous credit cards, a driver's license pushing (the traffic stop) to a narcotics and social security card belonging to investigation at that point." another individual, as well as a ledger Moticha dd not give consent to have book and baggies which could be used his vehicleearched. However, when to distribute narcotics. Cora, Buda's K-9 German Shepherd According to Cheatham, the cache came close to the car, she alerted the of drags was the largest in the depart- officer, ment's history. He said that without the "The dog alerted us on the vehicle," aid of Cora, none of the drags would said Cheatham, who estimated that have beenfound. Corasniffed drug paraphemaliaalmost "Without the K-9 unit, he would 20 feet away. The K-9's actions gave have been cut loose," Cheatham said. Cheatham probable cause to search "While I believe that he was under the influence of narcotics, he passed all of thefield sobriety tests.Without the K,9 unit, he would have been released." Currend Moticha has been charged on 12 different counts, five of those felonies, including money laundering, three counts of possession of a con- trolled substance and fraudulent pos- session of identifying information. He is currently being held in the Hays County Jail on $146,500 bond. In the second series of arrests, Buda Officer Demerriel Young turned what seemed to be a routine traffic stop into a narcotics arrest. A routine traf- fic stop was made on a vehicle driven by Rowena Atalig Goff. However, the insurance came back as uncon- firmed. Young said he realized some- thing was amiss, saying that Goff's demeanor tipped him off. "I asked her, 'Is there anything in your car that 60FF I should know about? Anything illegal, drags or weap- ons?' Her body language when I asked her that - I immediately knew some- thing was up," said Young, who noticed See BUDA DRUG BUSTS, pg. 6A PHOTO BY JEN BIUNDO Buda/Kyle Easter Egg Hunts Bring the little ones for an Easter egg hunt at the Buda Sportsplex from 9-11:30 a.m. on March 30. Kyle Public Library Egg Hunts take place March 29 at 10:30 a.m. during Story Time, which is cancelled for the day. Please make sure your child has a basket to collect eggs. Library staff are also accepting dona- tions of plastic eggs filled with goodies. Fajita Fiesta and BBQ Cook-off Come out for a day of BBQ, fajitas and entertainment including Ashley Duderstadt & Jaron Post, Patton Sparks Band, Zamarripa Mobile DJ and Carson Alexander Band. Event takes place 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. April 5-6 at Gregg-Clarke Park in Kyle. Embezzlement, lies, videotape Problems plague divided Kyle Fire Department BY KIM HILSENBECK Just weeks after long-time Kyle Fire Department Chief Glenn Whi- taker resigned, the department ap, pears to be in turmoil. Allegations and problems raRe from improper use of credit cards, horsing around on the job and budgetary woes to skimming from union dues and being unqualified cent reorganization is making head- way into the problem. CHANGING OF THE GUARD Whitaker, who along with his wife Doris, the department's bookkeeper, left together on Feb. 25. In an inter- view with the Hays Free Press prior to his departure, the former chief cited discontent with how the Emergency Services Board (ESD) 5 oversaw the Kyle Fire Department. Whitaker said in addition to not be- for positions Nefarious dealings ing able to nm his own department supposedly were swept under the ,, anyxoore, he had enough of people rug. The Texas Rangers Were catteo, '.bashg his wife's reputation and say- in to investigate a former employee; ing she was overpaid. The issue of the an arrest warrant was issued. Sev- eral employees have resigned - one because he got caught, another be- cause of his allegiance to the former fire chief. Two officers were reorga- nized out of their jobs. Rancor appears widespread, with phone calls and e-mails coming to the Hays Free Press making allega- tions about various members of the department. The saga continues, though a re- chief's wife nmning the bookkeeping was a point of comention for several firefighters within the department, both current and former, who looked at the situation as a potential prob- lem. "It's mostly the attacks," Whitaker said in the Hays Free Press in February. "They think we make too much mon- See FIRE DEPT. WOES, pg. 3A Alleged rape suspect remains at large BY ANDY SEVILLA As of noon Tuesday Kyle Police, in conjunction with Austin and Travis County law enforcement, are search - ing for an Austin man ac- cused of sexual assault. Nearly two months af- ter the Feb. 10 incident, an arrest warrant has been is- sued for Angel Hernandez, 21, who authorities say is one of two suspects in the alleged sexual assault of two females at a party on G0forth Road in Kyle. Uriel Salinas, 20, the other suspect in the case, was arrested March 18 SALINAS and charged with sexual assault and sexual assault of a child, both second-degree felonies. One of the alleged victims may have been allegedly raped three times that night, and, according to both victims' stories, the second vic- tim may have been allegedly raped at least twice, according to Salina's arrest affidavit. Hernandez's attorney told Kyle authorities that his client was going to surrender himself no later than March 25, but the attorney later told police he no longer was representing Hernandez after the suspect would not answer his calls, according to Kyle Police Chief/eft Barnett. What was planned to be a night of drinking and partying on Feb. 10 alleg- edly turned into a scene of rape and violence. One of the alleged vic- rims, identified asVictim 1 in the arrest affidavit, said she was invited by Salinas to a party at his family's place on Saturday, Feb. 9. She had met Salinas on fa-, where they had been communicat- ing for three months. She knew him by the name of"JayTone," according to the affidavit. After the victims arrived at the party at about 11 p.m. Feb. 9, Victim 1 said "she had approximately three bottles of beer and one shot of Jose Cuervo (Tequila) given to her by (Salinas)," according to the affidavit. See ALLEGED RAPIST, pg. 2A LAST CALL Buda Bar and Grill closes its doors on April 1. - Page 1D Opinions ...................... 4-5A Sports ........................ 1-3B i Education ..................... 4B Neighbors ..................... 1-6C Business ................... 1 & 4D Best Bets ...' ............... 6C Easter Services ............ 6C Service Directory ........... 3D Classifieds .................... 2D Public Notices ............... 2-3D