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Page 6A NEWS Hays Free Press • March 27, 2013 HAYS FREE PRESS FILE PHOTOS Precinct 2 building opening at last PHOTO BY KIM HILSENBECK ( Buda Drug Dusts: Police make five arrests in one day More than one hundred people gathered on Jack C. Hays Trail last week for the ribbon cut- ting of the much anticipated Precinct 2 county building, which houses the county commis- sion, JP offices, tax assessor substation, sheriff substation and more. Mark Jones (photo on left) introduced various speakers, including state and local officials, and presentations were made by the local Amvet group. The road to the new office was a long one. Past offices in- clude (top, left) JP James A. Holt's home, in which jurors sat on a couch in his office; (middle) the building at the corner of Front and Center streets in Kyle; (right) the old Kyle Bank Build- ing, later Wells Fargo, which now houses the Kyle Police Department. Continued from pg. 1A that Gaff had the look of a "deer in the headlights," as she avoid- ed looking directly at the officer. Young then asked Goff's pas- senger, Daniel Thomas Edward Boyle, to get out of the vehicle. YoungsaidthatBoylehadbeen sitting on drag paraphernalia, later determined to be metham- phetamines. That discovery gave Young probable cause to further search the vehicle, resulting in additional drag paraphernalia found in the Goff's purse. Both individu- als were arrested, with Gaff charged with Pos- session of a Controlled Substance, BOYLE a Class B misdemeanor and Possession of Dangerous Drugs, a Class A mis- demeanor. Goffwas released on March 20 on $6,000 bond. The passenger in the vehicle, Dan- iel Thomas Edward Boyle, was charged with Public Intoxica- tion. He was released on March 20 with no bond. The arrests prove a clear point, Young said, that Buda remains on the offense against drag of- fenders. "Chief allows us to be proac- five in our patrol duties, as well as our traffic enforcement," Young said. "It's being aware of indicators. Most people do not expect (drug) activity in Buda. For our officers to pick up on those signs, it sends the mes- sage: Don't go to Buda, because mevwm ckup on it." The final arrest of the day occurred in the early morning hours of March 20. The Buda Po- lice Department received calls about two suspicious individu- als walking along Pigeonberry Path in the Green Meadows sub- division. Officer Alex Fernan- dez was dispatched to the area, which police say has been a hot bed for vehicle burglaries in re- cent months. While driving around the neighborhood, Fernandez no- riced a vehicle that was out of the norm. "It was a car parked in an odd place. After patrolling • for a couple of years, you know that cars are parked in their resi- dences," said Fernandez, who has been with Buda Police since 2010. "(This was) not the case. There was something more." Fernandez' intuition proved correct. He noticed the vehicle had the keys still in the ignition, with the windows rolled com- pletely down and the hood still hot from use. As he searched the area, Fer- nandez said he believes the in- dividuals saw him, forcing them back to their vehicle. When Fer- nandez heard the car start, he said he knew where they were. "Late at night, in a small area, you can pinpoint the sound of a car starting up," Femandez said. "I went back to the area where the vehicle was, and it was gone." Femandez called for assis- tance from Officer Todd Fran- ken, who caught the alleged criminals at Old Goforth Road and FM 2001. According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Fernandez, the officer said he noticed a low- power flashlight in plain view on the passenger seat, with a pair of pliers in plain sight on the driver side floorboard. Both men wore black sweaters and dark colored jeans, the affidavit reported, al- lowing Fernandez and Franken to detain loth men for further questioning. The arrest affidavit said the men provided conflict- hag stories. Fernandez arrested Jordan McCullum-Hamilton and Phil- lip Klingemann for Uulawfifl Possession of a Criminal Instru- ment, a state jail felony, and Criminal Attempt of Burglary of a Vehicle, a ClassAmis- demeanor. Klinge - mann was released .... : ......... on March MCCULLUM- 20 on a HAMILTON $10,000 bond. Mc- Cullum was released on March 21 on a $5,000 bondonthe attempted burglary of a vehicle charge, with time served on the unlaw- KLINGI:MANN ful use of a criminal instrtunent. For the Buda Police depart- ment, these series of events capped off a tremendously suc- cessful 24-hour period, Buda Police Chief Bo Kidd said. "I am impressed at the proactive policy we have in place," Kidd said. "It makes me proud that all of the officers made the arrests on'their own. That they were all pmactive in their duties." Kidd also said he knows th addition of four new members within the last year has aided the department immensely. Kyle Fire Department Woes: Embezzlement, lies Continued from pg. 3A purchases, since the department has a tax-exempt status. Huckaby immediately put a stop to that practice. His new- policy states that unauthorized purchases would be cause for termination. THE VIDEO The Hays Free Press obtained a copy of a letter written by ESD 5 secretary Susan Meckel to the Texas Attorney General's Office. In it, Meckel said the commis- sioners want the AG to weigh in on whether a surveillance vid- eo om the Kyle Fire Depart- merit must be released under a Freedom of Information Act request. The request was made by a former department volun- teer. The video supposedly shows two ranking officers, one male, one female, engaged in horse- play that is against Kyle Fire Department policy and unbe- coming of officers. The letter says, in part, "it would be counter-productive to release information regard- hag security measures in place" and "the release of any such video would be personal in na- ture and highly objectionable to a reasonable person" mak- ing the video "of no legitimate concern to the public." Huckaby believes the allega- tions of improper behavior that is unbecoming of officers are trumped up, but he conceded the officers in the video exhib- ited poor judgment. He also said he asked one of ,the now former supervisory of- ricers, "If you had an issue with this, why didn't you take action then?" He added, "I can assure you, that as the [Kyle Fire Depart- ment] Interim Chief, the ESD will take steps necessary to ensure that employees are educated and trained in appropriate workplace etiquette and regulations." Smith, who directed Meckel to request the AG's opinion on the video, said she made the de- cision prior to seeing the video. She said she heard it was po- tentially embarrassing for the department and the officers in- valved. Having now seen it, she does not think the decision was premature, but said she did not find the video as sensational as she was lead to believe. NEXT STEPS Huckaby, who found himself taking the reins, even if only temporarily, of a fire depart- ment that has its share of inter- nal conflicts, said he has already made several changes with Kyle Fire Department, such as tak- ing away the credit cards being used for personal items. Other changes include a step-based pay scale and a re- vised policy handbook. "Staff are ready and willing to step up to the challenges and meet the needs of the community," he said. The search is on for a new fire chief and Huckaby said the application closes April 30. He hops to have a new chief in plac in Kyle before sum- mer. Huckaby hinted that hav- ing someone from outside the community take the job may be in the best interest of the department and ESD 5 resi- dents. Huckaby continued, "Staff recognizes the unlimited po- tential this department can offer under strong leadership and guidance." "We have more people. That allows us to be a proactive group, rather than a reactive group," said Young, who is part of the first hiring group in the Buda Police Department. "The other guys are excited due to the increase of the police depart- ment. We are looking forward to getting more help." Brayden is a goofy five year old male Rat Terrier. He's not as Rambo is a 1 year old male Domestic Shorthair. His pretty, young as he used to be, but he loves to run and jump. His mysterious eyes will surely win you over. This loveable fur ball favorite thing to do is play tug-a-war, although he sometimes will run right up to you ready to be itched and rubbed. He's an hides his toys under his bed! The phrase, "old dogs can't leam intelligent guy, and will spend his time pondering ways to love his new tricks" is definitely far from the truth with this w'ty guy. people. He loves to have fun with his toys, so be ready! 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