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Page2A NEWS Hays Free Press * April 17, 2013 + EdwardJones MAKING SENSE OF INVESTING + The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 122 N. Main St., Buda, TX 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. ISSN#1087-9323 NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we probably do too! Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 E-mail: news@haysfreepress. com Mail: RO. Box 339, Buda, Texas 78610 CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may appear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being brought to the attention of the publisher. DEADLINES The deadline for display advertising and any contributed news copy in the Hays Free Press is 5 p.m. Friday the week prior to publication. The deadline for Letters to the Editor and classified word advertising in the Hays Free Press is noon Monday the week of publication, though we encourage readers and advertisers to observe the Friday deadline. LETTERS GUIDELINES We welcome locally written letters to the editor on timely topics of community interest. We ask that you keep them to about 350 words in length and that you not indulge in personal attacks on private individuals. Letters may be edited for brevity and clarity. All letters should be signed by the author and include a daytime phone number where the author can be contacted for verification. Letter writers are limited to one letter per month. Letters can be emailed to HISTORY Founded April 10, 1903, by Thomas Fletcher Harwell as The Ky/e News, with offices on the corner of Burleson and Miller Streets in the town's oldest remaining building. It merged into The Hays County Citizen in 1956. The paper consolidated with The Free Press in October, 1978. During its more than lO0-year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. Jury solection I)o9ins for 30,-year-oki capital murder case A jury was selected last week in the 274th District Court at the Hays County Government Center in the capital murder trial of Willie Roy Jenkins. He was indicted by the Hays County Grand luryin 2010 for the murder of20-year-old SherylAnn Norris in San Marcos more than 30 years ago. A Florida native and secretary at the Texas Crime Prevention Institute at what is now called Texas State University, Norris was sexually assaulted and murdered in her apartment on November 24, 1975. DNA evidence, which was not available at the time of her death, linked Jenkins to Norris in September 2010. A previous attempt to link Jenkins through DNA was unsuccessful. In addition to the DNA evidence, authorities verified Jenkins was in Central Texas at the time of Norris' aggravated sexual assault and murder. Jenkins was at the Coalinga State Hospital "under a civil commitment as a sexually violent predator under State of California statues." He was extradited to Texas to stand trial for Norris' murder. Judge Gary Steele told jurors that the trial would begin on May 20. He also explained that the District Attorney is seeking the death penalty. Judge rays no Immdt of Buda pays near S120,000 On Tuesday evening, the Buda City Council unanimously passed a motion to pay close to $120,000 in retainage fees and court-appointed interest owed to Austin Bridge and Road. The payment was withheld during the city's legal battle with the contracting company. In 2009, the city filed suit against Austin Bridge and Road, claiming the company breached contract during Phase I of road reconstruction in the BonitaVista subdivision in 2007. On March 18, a Hays County jury ruled in favor of Austin Bridge and Road, saying that no breach of contract occurred. With the passing of the motion, Buda aims to move forward and focus on fixing the road situation in BonitaV'rsta. "We are going to get this project done sooner, rather than later," said Mayor Todd Ruge. "We are sorry that we could not get this done during litigation. We will get it done as soon as possible." Public invilud to Hays County floodplain siudy results The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ~11 discuss its preliminary findings on its floodplain study at an April 24 meeting, where the public is invited to attend and learn about floodplain related issues within Northern Hays County watersheds. Hays County requested a study aimed at addressing floodplain management concerns and the potential for human and economic losses due to flooding within its borders. The Corps and its contractor, HalffAssociates, will discuss the preliminary hydraulic and hydrologic study results for the Barton Creek and Pedemales River basins, as well as other basins in the area onWednesday, April 24, at the Hays County Pct. 4 building, located at 195 Roger Hanks Parkway in Dripping Springs. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. The studywas funded in part by Hays County and a grant from the Texas Water Development Board. The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) facilitated the project under its Feasibility Study Cost Sharing Agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. PHOTO BY ANDY SEVILLA Kyle resident Jeffery Swietek (center) and his wife Tricia Swietek (right) asked council candidates Joe Bacon and Bill Sinor to define small business. Gordon Wybo (left) and David Aston also asked business-related questions. Residents attended a candidate forum hosted by the Old Town Kyle Advocates on April 10. Candidates Bacon and Sinor fielded questions from audience members; a third candidate, Chad Benninghoff, was absent. council race BY ANDY SEVlLLA in contributions received from total political expenditures. donations of $50 or less. State For his expenditures, Bacon rules say a person contributing reported $1,490.65 in four sep- $50 or less does not have to be arate advertising cost transac- Kyle City Council candidate identified, tions. He also reported $132.05 Joe Bacon is leading oppo- All in all, based on the num- in political expenditures made nents, Bill Sinor and Chad Ben- bers Bacon reported, he took from personal funds - $50 to ninghoff, in money raised and in $2,083.89 - $82.05 less than the Lions Club and $82.05 in spent thus far in the political what he identified as his total advertising costs - boxes iden- race that is sure to seat a new political contributions for this tifying intended reimburse- face on the dais. reporting period, ment for those expenses were Bacon's contributions from Sinor did not fill out the sec- not checked. .' people within the city lim- ond page of his cover sheet of When adding his political its include one himself, one the campaign finance report, expenditures and political ex- from his wife Michelle Wald- which identifies total political penditures made from per- man, and another from local contributions, totalpoliticalex- sonal funds, Bacon identifies resident Lila Knight. All other penditures and the total polifi- $1,622.70 in expenses- $197.03 donations for Bacon are from cal contributions a candidate is less than he reports in the cover outside city limits, left with as of the last day of the sheet of his report. Bacon and Waldman con- reporting period. Sinor reported $297 in politi- tributed $500, each, to Bacon's Sinor's report did, however, cal expenditures in advertising campaign in Febmar~ and identify a $100 contribution costs, $203 of that were made Knight contributed $200, ac- fromTerryTaylorofKyle, frompersonalfunds, according cording to campaign finance Benninghoff identified to his report. reports. $89.34 in total political contri- Bacon, Benninghoff and Bacon reported accepting butions, though he reported Sinor are competing for the $2,165.94 in total political con- $9.18 was from Mayor LucyDistrict 3 seat on the council tributions through April 11 for Johnson for breakfast and cof- being vacated by council mem- this campaign season, fee, and $80.16 in political ex- bet Brad Pickett, who decided For February, Bacon reported penses made from personalearlier this year he would not taking in $1,200. For March, Ba- funds that he expects to be re- seek reelection. con reported accepting $787 - imbursed for. Incumbent Diane Hervol is $200 each from Chad and Angie Benninghoff also identified the lone candidate in the Dis- EnglandofBryan,ToddandCar- those same $80.16 as his total trict 1 race. The only action her tie England of Austin, and Bob political expenditures for this campaign report shows is a and Pat England of Bryan; $100 reporting period. That money $300 contribution from Knight. from Jennifer Bacon of Austin was used for advertising and a Hervol maintains $880.82 in and $87 from Elaine Steelhler of voter list fee, according to his her campaign war chest as of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. campaign finance report, the last day of this reporting Bacon also reported $96.89 Bacon reported $1,819.73 in period. t Racial Profiling Continued from pg. 1A think information regarding the subject to mandatory with- case was public, holding under the Act, and the "Since your request regard- information was subsequently ing the racial profiling com- released toyou." plaint involved matters related Information illustrating to a police officer and specific Cheatham's citations for no criminal offenses related to an insurance compared to how individual, it was forwarded to many vehicles he has requested the City Attorney to ensure that to be towed for that offense was the City was legally authorized not provided by the city secre- to release it under the (Texas tary's office. Public Information) Act," City Batts said, "Buda does not Secretary David Batts said in track citations in this manner, an email. '~-ter review, the City and no document exists which Attorney determined that the specifically computes this sta- requested information was not tistic for the referenced cita- Lots of times, changes in life also affect your investments. That's why there's never been a better time to schedule your free portfolio review. We'll talk about the changes in your life, and 'help you decide whether it makes sense to revise your investments because of them. A portfolio review will help ensure your investments are keeping pace with your goals. Call your local financial advisor today. Janet Ross Financial Advisor 251N FM 1626 81dg 2 Ste B Buda, TX78610 512-312-2840 Member SIPC Shirley C Malone Financial Advisor 203 Railroad StreetSuite 1B Buda, TX78610 512-312-2332 tons." Carter also said in his com- case) it is the city's practice to An official with the Hays plaint that he was never in- seek the AG's permission to County Clerk's office said April formed by Cheatham why he withhold the documents," said 11 that the District Attorney's was being arrested and said he City Attorney Ross Fischer in Office has not yet decided thought it was due to lack of an email. "This is done to pre- whether or not to prosecute the producing an insurance card. vent the release of documents case, but records show Carter is He said he learned of the cause from interfering with the DA's due in court on April 25. of his arrest at the Hays County prosecution of a case. Since According to reports, Carter Jail. Mr. Carter's charge of Interfer- was pulled over for not chang- Cheatham said he did notence with Public Duties is still ing lanes while passing an inform Carter of the cause for pending, the city will ask the emergency vehicle, and in his his arrest due to Carter's hostil- AG to allow withholding of the complaint, Carter admits to be- ity, according to Hale's findings, video." ingunabletoprovideCheatham At that point, the report says, Hale's report shows that with an insurance card. After Cheatham ceased communi-Cheatham's traffic stops/cita- exchanging words, Carter said cation when it appeared inef- tions Involving African Ameri- he refused consent to a search fective and only caused further cans wereless than four percent ofhisnewer-modelBMW, agitation toCarter, of his total citations handed Carter also asserts thatBPD vehicles are equipped down. Cheatham's c]tataons by Cheatham was "excessively with the Watch Guard camera race show that he issued 677 to aggressive." Audio of the ex- system, but a request for the Whites, 195 to Hispanics, 41 to change is not available because video was rejected, pending an Blacks, 2 to Other, 1 to Mallard, it was not working during the opinion from theAttorney Gen- and 1 to an Asian. traffic stop, according to police, eral's Office. Hale also found that Buda's Cheatham's report says "TheDistrictAttorney'soffice annual Racial Profiling Audit Carter was asked several times has indicated that its prosecu- found that African Americans to exit the vehicle. After Carter tion of Mr. Carter is still ongo- made up 5 percent of the total failed to listen or comply with ing. In these situations (where traffic stops and that the audit commands, he was arrested for the city receives a request for showed no consent or probable interference with public duties, information while the District cause searches involving Afri- according to Hale's findings. 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