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Page 2A i_ NEWS Hays Free Press * April 28, 2010 Huge mariju00a !,ust at San Marcos Airport rJ   STAFF REPORT " from the Hays Counly Sheriff s Investigators trailed the ve- Melvin Alexander Duran, 33, nlle was taken into custody and _ * Office and San Marcos Police hide into the city limits of San of Austin, and his juvenile pas- placed in juvenile detention. Local investigators busted Department, conducted an Marcos, where deputies from senger, investigators say. The pilot of the aircraft, Joe The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 109 W. Center Street, Kyle, TX 78640. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publica- tions, Inc., RO. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we prob- ably do toot Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 E-mail: news@hays'free- press.corn Mail: RO. Box 2530, Kyle, TX 78640 CORRECTIONS a plane at the San Marcos Air- port loaded with 850 pounds of marijuana stuffed into 16 large duffle bags, police say. The Hays County Narcotics Task Force, staffed with officers airport interdiction for drugs at the San Marcos Airport. Bundles, believed to be illegal drugs, were observed being re- moved from the aircraft into a waiting 2005 Chevy Suburban. the sheriff's office made a traf- fic stop on IH-35 northbound at River Ridge Parkway. Deputies located the mari- juana stash in the rear bf the vehicle and arrested the driver, Duran has been chargedwith possession of marijuana, over 50 but under 2,000 pounds, a second degree felony. His bond has been set at $60,000 and he remains in custody. The juve- Frank Corder, 64, 0fWimberley, has been charged with delivery of marijuana, a first degree fel- ony. His bond has been set at $80,000 and he also remains in custody. Deputy crashes car on way to accident STAFF REPORTS A Hays County Sheriff's Of- fice deputy veered off the road and crashed his patrol car while responding to a vehicle collision early Friday morning in Driftwood, authorities say. Deputy Troy Mayes lost control along the 24000 block of Ranch Road i2 and received Hays Hospital ha Kyle and re- leased the same day, Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Lt. Leroy Opiela said. "He was en route to another collision and it looks like he didn't navigate a turn prop- erly," Opiela said. The patrol car has been la- beled a totalloss and the crash is under investigation by the Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may ap- pear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected, upon being brought to the at- tention of the publisher. DEADUNES The deadline for display advertising and any contrib- uted 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. LEI"FERS GUIDEUNES 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 Kyle 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 100-year history the newspaper has maintaired offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. rle HAYS FREE PRESS FILE PHOTO A study ased this week suggests that Hays County's cramped jail can be expanded rather than rebuilt, sav- ing the cOunty tens of millions of dollars. County Jail Continued from pg. 1A set aside on appeal but not before Sheriff Tommy Ratliff and County ]qdge Elizabeth Sumter used the occasion to argue for the construction of a new jail, saying the county would need 600 to 1,000 beds in comirg years. Brend# Stewart of Broaddus and Associates said the current jail site llas more than enough room to accommodate need- ed expansion. She estimated the'addition of beds and reno- vation of the existing facility at "less than $25 million," a frac- tion of tle $50-60 million price tag of a rew jail. "The jail commission would pfer counties to build enough beds where you have some re flexibility but you also don want to be in a po- sition here you're telling taxpayer why you overbuilt, said Matgo Fr'asier, a former Travis County sheriff who is a principal at MGT. Later she. added, "There are a lot of folks who are in the jail building business saying 'Build extra, build extra.'" , At Tuesdays Commission- ers Cour session when results of the jail study were outlined, Sumter suggested that the numbem MGT used to create its projections were inade- quate. She hung the argument largely on a 2007 study by the ]ail Standards Commission that indicated the need for a much larger facility. "The quality of the data that went into this is my biggest question/' Sumter said. For his part, Itatliff- a vo- cal prop6nent of a costly new jail just a month ago - point- edly declined to take excep- tion with the report's findings. Asked if the study's anticipa- tion of small growth in jail population squared with his expectations, he said, "It's not my job to make that predic- "00ejail commission wouldprefer countiesto build enough beds where you have some real flexibility but you also don't want to be in a position where you're telling taxpayers why you overbuilt... There are Mot of folks who are in the jail building business saying 'Build extra, build extra. " -Margo Frasier, former Travis County sheriff tion... Ifs [the commissioners court's] jobto tell what the fu- ture holds.' Besides findings on the jail population) the MGT study identifiedsgaher areas in which the counk can streamline its criminal jtice system. Anng'these, the study said, the, gounty does not ad- equatel use its Odyssey data management system. In addi- tion, the county should invest in a p;ogram like electronic monitoring for probationers and consider a pretrial pro- gram to winnow low-risk of- feaders from those who need t'0 be contained in jail. Ad- ditionally, the study said, the county should coordinate between justices of the peace and higher courts to set stan- dards for bail. Commissioners emphasized that MGT's recommendations are nonbinding and will need to be implemented with in- put from elected officials who comprise the backbone of the local criminal justice system. Nevertheless, the study gives decisionmakers information they need to make pdans for the future, officials said. Said Pct. 3 CommissionerWfll Conley, "It's a great time to take a deep breath in Hays County. We have been flying for the last decade... 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Bird; of Corpus Christi, showed the deputy a fake driver's license. The deputy then found other forms of identification on the suspect, each under a differ- ent name. Cabela's employees told investigators that Bird had made purchases using several fraudulent credit cards that he had made. Investigators searched Bird's trailer and seized in- struments used to make fake IDs, officials say. "One of the ways he was get- ting personal information was to drive down streets looking for unsecure wifi sites," said Hays County spokesperson Leroy Opiela. Bird was charged with three counts of tampering with a gov- ernment record, a second de- gree felony; fraudulent use and possession of identifying infor- marion, a state jail felony;, and possession of a controlled sub- stance, a class A misdemeanor. On April 21, Bird was re- leased after posting bonds to- taling $23,000, police say. 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