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RUNNIN' Hays, Lehman athletes advance in track. - Page 1B PROM Students celebrate prom - Manchaca style. - Page 1C !:i @Barton Publications, Inc. HaysFreePress.com Vol. 111 * No. 03 Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 James Hill of Mountain City has attended the Boston Marathon for 18 years, and despite this year's tragedy, he BY KIM HILSENBECK kim@haysfreepress.com Three runners from the Kyle/ Buda area were participants in this year's Boston Marathon Monday and were in the vicin- ity of the two bomb blasts that shook Boylston Street, killing three, including an eight-year old boy, and wounding more than 150 others. James and Charlotte Hill of Mountain City, Maria Hermon of Buda and David Davila and his daughter of Kyle were all in Boston when the blasts oc- curred. Hill has run in the Boston Marathon every year for the past 12 or 13 years. He and his wife, Charlotte, are staying in an RV park in Foxborough, just outside the city. They left Tues- day for the trek back to Texas. Maria Hermon has run the marathon for 15 straight years; she's been an avid runner for 30 years. She was back in Buda Tuesday after an early morning flight out of Logan Airport. Hermon finished running 10 minutes before the first blast shook Boylston Street. She was roughly two football fields away from the bomb when she heard what at first sounded like a cannon. "I looked and saw a large plume of smoke," she said. "People around me thought maybe it was some kind of cel- ebratory cannon. My instinct was something else was going to happen." She was right. About 15 sec- onds later the second blast rang out. At least three families from Hays County participated in or attended were close enough to be injured by the blasts. "1 feel...it really concerns me that something like this could happen in our society. I just don't understand why people do that, It's something I won't forget. -James Hill, Boston Marathon runner from Mountain City "I felt terror," Hermon said comforting other people in the of the experience. "There was a aftermath of the explosions. lot of confusion on the street." "People were calm where l Yet Hermon also said shewas," she said. saw many people helping and Her son, Ian, and his wife PHOTO BY KIM HILSENBECK plans to run next year. PHOTO BY DAN LAMPARIELL0 the Boston Marathon. Fortunately, none Kelly were in Boston with Her- mon. They were in a mall at the time of the explosions and told Hermon they initially thought it was a shooter. Hermon wasn't able to reach her husband, Jim, who was still in Buda, on her cell phone but was able to text him. After everything on Monday, Hermon said she considered not running in next year's mar- athon. But on the plane Tues- day, she sat next to a Bostonian who encouraged her to rethink See LOCAL RUNNERS, pg. 3A Find more local events at haysfreepress.com/calendar. Nonprofit organizations may submit an event for inclusion in our calendars. Wiener Dog Races go French with Les Weinerables mm an scams prison BY ANDY SEVILLA andy@haysfreepress.com A Dripping Springs man accused of stealing more than $250,000 from three el- derly Hays County women in an oil and gas invest- ing scam was sen- tenced to 25 years in state prison. Robbie Dale Walker, 55, plead- ed guilty to first- degree felony theft on March 4 and faced five to 99 years in jail. Records show WALKER Walker intention- ally misrepresented that funds invested with his com- pany, RD Walker Resources Inc., would be used to bank- roll-an oil and gas project in North Dakota. The money instead was used to fund Walker's personal expenses, according to Hays County records. State District Court Judge Bruce Boyer on April 9 sen- tenced Walker to 25 years in prison and ordered him to pay $255,000 in restitution. During testimony a law en- forcement officer indicated thatWalk- er targeted two of his victims because of their age- in one instance, he stole more than $200,000 from a woman who is now 95 years old, according to a Texas State Securi- ties Board news re- lease. "Walker, who promised his in- vestors they could earn an- nual returns of at least 15 percent from oil and gas projects in North Dakota that didn't exist, figured his victims wouldn't live long enough to testify against him," the release said. Dolores Conn, a retired Details of Buda racial profiling complaint emerge BY ANDY SEVILLA andy@haysfreepress.com A man who accused a Buda police officer of being "ex- tremely aggressive" and ra- cially profiling him in an arrest last year is due in a Hays County court next week. Buda police al- leage that Russell Carter, 45, of Ausdn, interfered with pub- lic duties during a traffic stop. Carter was booked into the Hays County Jail March 6, 2012, and charged with inter- CARTER fering with public duties, a Class B misdemean- don Hale, who investigated the racial profiling com- plaint against Officer Patrick Cheatham, said in his find- ings that Cheatham was tow- ing Carter's vehicle due to his lack of insurance. Hale said that, because of the towing, Cheatham would need to conduct an "inventory of the vehicle." Carter, however, said in his formal complaint to the Buda Police De- partment (BPD) that Cheatham re- quested to search his vehicle "due to my race - Black." "It is not uncom- mon for Officer Cheatham to tow vehicles for or, as well as with three Class not having valid insurance," C misdemeanors including no Hale said. "... (And) an inven- insurance, expired inspection tory of the vehicle is common and passing a stopped emer- operating procedure when a gency vehicle, vehicle is impounded." The Buda Lions is hosting The alleged interference Thedetailsbehindthisracial its annual Country Fair and with public dudes is at the profiling complaint, filed last a Release the butterRies? Weiner Dog Races. April heart of this case. Police say year, became public last week 27-28 at Buda City Park.Carter interfered with the of- after the Buda's city attorney ~ ~ Admission $3 for adults and _ IJ,I ~. More than 3,000 butterflies will be released at the annual butterfly festi- ficer's duties, while Carter released the documents to the val in Wimberley April 20. As a preview to the Wimberley event, onApril kids over12, kidsunder12maintains that he simply re- Hays Free Press. Inifially, Police ~ ~ 18, more than 100 butterflies raised by students at Santa Cruz Catholic are free. All proceeds benefit 13. t.O School in Buda and Mendez Elementary School in San Marcos will the Buda Lions which sup- fused to consent to a search of Chief Bo Kidd said he did not k,~ ._ .~ GO be released in the Burdine Johnson Healing Garden at Seton Medical port Hays CISD schools. See his car. ~ .00~ Center Hays. See details on page 2C page 6C for more details. Buda Police Sergeant Bran- See RACIAL PROFILINfi, pg. 2A ,~ .ooo.,,,o, IIl!![!!llll!lll)![ltl Opinions ...................... 4-5A Best Bets .................. 2(3 i ~ o~ N ~ MUD pits private I Sports ........................ 1-2B Service Directory .......... 2-30 property rights against J Education ..................... 3-4B Classifieds .................... 2D environmental concerns. Neighbors ..................... 1-6C Public Notices ............... 2-4D - Page 1O Business ..................... 1 & 4D 7 7 .