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+ Page 2A NEWS Hays Free Press May 17, 2017 + The Hays Free Press (USPS 361-430) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, -IX 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: Mail: 113 W. Center Street, Kyte, TX 78640 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 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 maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. BYLESLYDELEON .a "It's clear that our officers certainly do not engage in practices that would be deemed as racial profiling ... In most cases you can tell the officers don't even know the identity of the occupants of the vehicle prior to making the stop." While racial profiling complaints in Buda and Kyle are rare, both police departments utilize certain processes to investigate the matters thoroughly. According to the Kyle Police Department's 2016 racial profiling report, KPD received only one com- plaint of racial profiling last year. The information was disseminated as part of the department's annual report that details the number of traffic stops that were conducted and who the department stops. After conducting a fiall internal affairs investi- gation, the department found the allegation was unfounded. According to the police department's informa- tional brochure on com- plaint procedures, this means the incident did not occur or named em- ployee was not involved. Since 2011, the Kyle -doff Barnett, Kyle Police Chief police department has only received one other complaint of racial pro- filing in 2013. However, the women who filed the complaint did not provide details and didn't respond to follow-up contact. Not even certain the complaint was about a Kyle police officer, the department determined the complaint was un- founded. "It's clear that our officers certainly do not engage in practices that would be deemed as racial profiling," said Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett. "In most cases you can tell the officers don't even Officials provide infer- marion on how to file a complaint of an officer's behavior on the city web- site and on pamphlets in the police department's front window. "In most all circum- stances the person making the complaint, the person who feels like they've been victimized, must be willing to testify and be interviewed and be a witness and they're required to submit a state- ment," Barnett said. However, Barnett said if he were to receive an anonymous letter which he believed had enough merit to the complaint, he could know the identity of the occupants of the vehicle prior to making the stop." Barnett stated that in most cases officers notice the behavior of the vehicle committing a traffic infraction, not who the driver is. In cases where officers do know the individual's race before making a stop, Barnett said it's typically because the officer is driving or stopped at an intersection next to the vehicle, where they can clearly see the driver. The annual racial profiling report includes officially filed complaints, submitted in writing. McKie: Superintendent resigns Continued from pg. 1A "He's going to be looking at other options and that allows us to look for other options as well ... We really appreciate his service to the district and wish him the best in whatever he chooses to do." agreement believing it is in their respective best interests, and in the best interests of the district." However, the state- ment did not specify why McKie chose to resign. "He's going to be look- ing at other options, and that allows us to look for other options as well," Raymond said. "We really Baja is a 5-1/2-yeer-old shorthair tabby female who enjoys the finer things in life: sleeping, eating, and sunbathing. Despite Baja's relaxed disposi- tion, she's actually a warrior fighting (and winning) against her Stage 2 kidney disease diagnosis. tendent. The board's decision was made after they spent nearly two hours in executive session to discuss the topic. McKie, who an- nounced his resignation last Tuesday, will serve as superintendent for the remainder of the school year until the district's May 31 graduation cere- monies. Scherffwill serve as acting superintendent through June, after which officials may appoint him or someone else interim superintendent. The interim superintendent would serve for a few months while a replace- ment superintendent is chosen. "Realistically, we would be looking at January before we could appreciate his service to -Holly Raymond, the district and wish him outgoing HCISD board of trustees presidentthe best in whatever he chooses to do." bring in [a new] superin- time serving as actingDuring McKie's tenure, tendent," said Holly Ray- superintendent, voters in the district mend, outgoing board of "He's really good," Ray- passed a $59 million trustees president, mend said. "He has a ton bond in 2014 that in- According to the Hays of experience so he's a cluded building four new CISD website, Scherff solid go-to person and he campuses and improve- has more than 35 years of doesn't want the superin- ments to district infra- management experience tendent's job." structure and technology. and more than 30 years According to a joint In 2017, voters approved of involvement in Texas statement, the Board a $250 million bond public education. This of Trustees and McKie spread across two prop- will be Scherff's third "have entered in the ositions which included Hays Insurance Group .... 512-262-3388 order an investigation. As all traffic stops are recorded with audio and video, Barnett said it's hard for an officer or a resident to dispute the facts during an investigation. Additionally, officers are taught to respond to a resident wanting to file a complaint by providing them with information and not trying to discour- age them from doing so. The Buda Police Department has filed a racial profiling report every year since its estab- lishment in 2010. Buda police did not receive any racial profiling com- plaints in 2015 and 2016. "We do have mecha- nisms in place to safe- guard against racial pro- filing," said Buda Police Chief Be Kidd. "We have not received any racial profiling complaints over the last two years, but if we did have a complaint then we certainly have the means to investigate that thoroughly." Tarr: Gets 50 years Continued from pg. 1A hours of deliberations May 11. Mau said during his dosing argmnent one of the elements of the mur- der charge was Tart op- erated a vehicle in a way that was "in clear danger to human life" and he did that by driving in oncom- ing traffic on a roadway and then into Dalton. "There is no argument, there is no potential finding you can make, that the defendant in this case didn't commit an act dangerous to human life that led to the death of Nancy Sterling Dalton," Mau argued. worthy of the minimum [sentence] than this case. ... Jason's destroyed fi- nancially. He'S never going to be able to restore his reputation and have any meaningful occupation ever again. Maybe this is his calling," McNabb said. Under the Texas Penal Code, the maximum sentence for first-degree felony murder is life in prison. Tart will be eligible for parole after serving half of his sentence or 30 years, whichever is less. The trial started May 1 with jury selection; the jury returned guilty ver- dicts after just over seven China is an 8-year-old curious and independent female Chinese Shar-Pei who's searching for a forever home to spend her golden years in. If you like cuddles after a day of exploring and looking for clues, China is the dog for you. PAWS Shelter and Humane Society is a non-profit, no-kill shelter operated primarily on donations and adoptions. 500 FM 150 E, Kyle, TX 512 268-1611 All animals are fully vaccinated, spay/neutered, microchipped and dewormed. a new high school, two new elementary schools and various improveme- nets across the district. McKie also led im- plementation of a new strategic plan, an internal audit of all departments to address "current issues and needs," as well as annual stakeholder sat- isfaction surveys, among other items, according to the district's statement. "Mr. McKie thanks the present and past board of trustees for providing him with the opportu- nity to serve in the Hays Consolidated Indepen- dent School District," according to the district's statement. : A full version of the district's joint statement can be found online at haysfreep ress. com. ~i:; :*::':::::: : ::::::::;:~'~:::":':~::::::i:~*i:zil!~i!i~!ii:~i~i~*l~W~ ~: ....... ~: :;~ :;,.,*~i, .1%.:~ ~ ~ i " ;:,.c, ~ ~.~:i*~i~g~i. ..~. .:~:~ ............................................................................................ L