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SHINE ON Hays, Lehman athletes make All-District soccer team. - Page 1B ) t LOOK WITHIN Buda labyrinth offers pathway to meditation, enlightenment. -Pixie I Barton PubliCations, Inc. Jpltlmll HaysFreePress.com Yol. 108 * No. 2 ' i :,,, iiii " .... st :'HaysCunty ' Kyle officer appeals suspension for mishandled pedophile di',/ BY SEAN KIMMONS sean@haysfreepress.com A Kyle police ocer is appealing his indefinite suspension after he allegedly let an accused pedophile drive away with a 14-year-old runaway during a traffic stop in February. from Mexico. On April 6, McFaU was booked into the Hays County lail on two felony counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact on bonds to- that the day after McFall's wife had thrown him out of their home, a exualationship Cranek respond- e, ,,"eL we I can't prove any of that" drgd the call was disconnected, the memo stated. boy's parents. The boy w ed as a runaway in Baslz memo stated. "Your actions are det taling $60,000, according to police re- cords. On Feb. 21, Cranek was dispatched to the 100 block of Teasley Road in Kyle for a burglary/criminal mischief call. caught him inside "having sex with some boy who is under eighteen," the memo said. :ase s later report- )p County, the Officer Karl Cranek was terminated in early March for not properly inves- tigating the scene after he stopped Kyle resident Dustin McFall, 33, who held the reportedly missing boy in the car. McFall and the boy were eventually detained by the Hidalgo County Sher- ilt's Office upon re-entering the U.S. While nearing the home he observed the suspect's vehicle, which voluntarily pulled over, a Kyle Police Department memorandum stated. Cranek made contact with the driv- er, McFall, and the passenger, who was not related to the suspect. While on the scene, the dispatcher told Cranek Cranek asked the dispatcher, "Ok, what does she want us to do? MCFALL To just make sure it was him in the house? He's leaving anyway." The dispatcher then advised Cranek that McFall and the boy were in rmined to be / he poke to McFall and the boy, gross misconduct," the memo said.  ._ek failed tO qufion the repolaed Cranelds attorney, Jaaice ]oseoh 0fl sl Sp-eq3rand .aaorJ. Combined Law. FalforCement &sCm abuse allegation. He also did not at-' einatrnsof'rexhs (CLEA; ;k,Gcaey, tempt to make contact with the boy's group for police officers, said that this is the only negative incident on Cranek's police record. "It's our position that the termination was not warranted, which is why Mr. Cranek elected to appealto the hearing examiner to look at the fpcts and make See OFFICER SUSPENSION, | pg. 3A parents at that time, the memo stated. "You then released the two to drive away, and allowed a reported adult sexual predator to remain in control of a reported underage victim of sexual abuse," the memo said. After he released the two individuals, Cranek contacted McFali's wife and the Snow days ahead for Kyle? i PHOTO BY JANE K]RIQtAM Red sky at night... The sun sinks low over a calm Blanco River, turning the sky above into a glorious show of color. After two years in the grip of the worst drought Central Texas has seen in 50 years, rains pushed into the area by the El Nino weather system have refilled the dr,/dverbccls of Hays County. I , I Earp selected as Kyle's interim city manager BY SEAN KIMMONS sean@haysfreepress.com The Kyle City Council unanimously selected lames Earp, the city's assistant city manager, as interim city manager following a two-hour executive ses- sion in Tuesday night's specially called meeting. Earp, who has been the assistant city manager since September 2006, takes over the city staff's highest posi- tion a week after the city council hon- ored former City Manager Tom Matfis' resignation. The council approved 5-2 to sup- plement Earp with a $3,000 monthly stipend on top of his current pay while the city searches for a new city man- ager. Councilmembers Jaime Sanchez and Russ Huebner dissented. "One of the biggest concerns that the council had was keeping continu- ality and moving forward in the inter- im stage," Mayor Lucy Johnson said after the meeting. "We felt that James, being a staff member and being up to date, would be best able." The move was also more cost effi- cient than hiring someone from the outside, Johnson said. Buda resident Jeff Coffee, a former Elgin city manager and Buda coun- cilmember, was the other applicant interviewed for the position. Earp believed that he was cho- sen because of his knowledge of what Kyle is fac- ing today. "We're going into budget time," he said. "It's a good time to rely on your staff." In his experi- ence, he expects ElhtlP that it could take the city six to nine months to find a city manager, unless they hire an in- ternal applicant. He said he was stiU unsure if he will apply for the job. "I'm going to have to weigh my op- tions," he said. "I'd be interested, ex- cited and honored to be able to serve but we'll have to cross that bridge when we get there." Mattis' next step is nnclear. He has applied for an open city manager po- sition in Harlingen, Texas, according to Harlingen city officials, who didn't say when they plan to select a candi- date. City managers are frequently light- ing rods for controversy, and Mattis' strong personality gained him both supporters and enemies over his eight years - an exceptionally long term of service in a position that typically has quick turnover. PHOTO I f SEAN KIMMONS i amantha Bellows, one of the owners of The Chilly Penguin snow cone trailer, ad- dresses the Kyle City CounCil last week. BY SEAN KIMMONS sean@haysfreepress.com Local mobile snow cone vendors turned out to last week's Kyle city council meeting, proteslMg the cur- rent city code for freezing out their wade. But the city may be thawing to their plight. Kyte councilmembers voted 5-1 last Tuesday night asking city staffto create an amendment to allow, define and regulate mobile food vendors within the city. Councilmem- ber Michelle Lopez dissented and Councilmember Becky Selbera was absent. Under the city's temporary vendor permit process, city staffhave told mobile food vendors they can't oper- i See SNOW CONE PERMIT, pg. 3A ! Lehrmann defeats Green in GOP race for high court BY BRAD ROLLINS brad@haysfreepress.com Dripir!g Springs attomey Rick en lbsf a CloSe'Republican primary runoff on Tuesday to Fort Worth dis- ct judge Debra Lehrmann for a state preme Court seat. Green, a former legislator whose district included his home county of Hays, took 160,572 votes (48.2 percent) to Lehrmann's 172,813 (51.8 percent). In Hays County, where the statewide race was the only one on the ballot for either party, Green won the lion's share of a light turnout with 944 votes (66.2 percent) to Lehrmann's 481 (33.8 per- cent). "I just got off the phone congratu- lating Judge Leh- rmann," Green wrote on his Face- book page at about midnight. "Victory comes sometimes in ways we have difficulty under- standing initially. We must keep the big picture in mind. This race was a victory for LEHRMANN those who share our values..." Green, who announced he was run- ning in Kyle, campaigned as an insur- gent Christian conservative taking on a legal and political establishment that firmly backed his opponent. Former Chief Justice Tom Phillips circulated a letter earlier this month that urged fellow Republicans to not invite scorn for the state "by electing someone who is likely to attract criti- cism and ridicule for himself and our entire judiciary." Phillips was one of five former justices who supported Lehrmann, who was also backed by the powerful Texans for Lawsuit Re- form and the Texas Medical Associa- tion. That support from the system translated into a significant fundrais- ing advantage for Lehrmann, who collected more than $280,000 since she and Green emerged from a six- candidate field in the March 2 pri- mary. Green fielded an extensive grass- roots network that included nearly 24,000 fans on his Fac book cam- paign page. Supporters the page by the hundred night to leave encouragi: for their bested candidat "We will support you God leads you to next. Yo run and scared the pants ponents," one of them er said, "Just signing in Texas know they can kiss flocked to ; on election g messages m whatever had a great off your op- rote. Anoth- :o let liberal my ass." Green lost a narrow retelection bid to State Rep. Patrick M. Rose in 2002, who made electoral headway by por- traying the incumbent ins ethically compromised pointing, for example, to a late-night infomercial Green filmed for health supplement Focus- Factor in his capitol office. .... ' SALUD! Cen'ra' 00xast'00 star00s: Dripping Springs brewery. - Page 1D Opinions ..................... 4A Sports ..................... 1-2B Education ............... 3-4B Community Columns..1,4 & 6C Bulletin Boards ............ 2C Obituaries .................. 4C Church Page ............... 5C Business News ............ 1 D Service Directory ......... 2D Classifieds .................. 3D Public Notices .; .... 3 & 4D