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+ REBEL SWEEP Rally over Clemens earns regional semifinal spot. - Page 1B SISTERLY LOVE Part II in a series about Big Brothers Big Sisters. - Page 1D Barton Publications, Inc. ...... HaysFreePress.com .......... ........................... Vol. 111 NO. 08 Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 7,5(I: BY ANDY SEVILLA at his home at the Avalon Apartments, according to San Marcos Police Sgt. andy@haysfreepress.com Mike Wellman. The alleged attack happened after Amanwhopohcesaycuta20-year- the victim arrived home shortly af- old San Marcos resident with a knife ter midnight. He discovered his front while apparently trying to burglarize door was open and saw an unknown the victim's home is on the run, and male armed with a small knife hold- authorities are asking for the public's ing a laptop computer, authorities help in nabbing the alleged criminal, said. The victim, whom police have not "The two struggled and the victim identified, suffered minor knife cuts was cut several times on one arm," a onhis arm after accostingtheintruder San Marcos Police news release said. SUSPECT DESCRIPTION nearby hotel where EMS and police formadon which may help lead to his were called. The victim was treated identity is asked to call the San Mar- The suspect is described as a white for minor cuts. cos Police non-emergency number at male, approximately five-foot ten-inches Officers investigating the crime 512-753-2108 or the Criminal lnvesti- tall, thin build with thinning short hair and said the victim's apartment showed gation Division at 512-753-2300. tanned skin. He was described as wear- signs offorceful entry. Anyone with information who ing a black or grey t-shirt and jeans. Police said there have been no wishes to remain anonymous may similar crimes reported, though San give their tips to Hays County Crime "The offender fled on foot in an Marcos recently experienced a spike Stoppers at 512-353-TIPS (8477). To unknown direction." in residential burglaries of single- send an anonymous tip via text mes- Authorities said the victim knocked family homes, Wellman said. sage to San Marcos Police, text the on a neighbor's door for help, but Anyone with possible information keyword SMPD and your message to when no one answered he ran to a on the identity of the suspect or in- tip411 (847411). BY ANDY SEVILLA andy@haysfreepress.com Kyle police believe they have identified and inter- viewed the person believed to have struck a local man sev- eral weeks ago in an apparent auto-pedestrian accident. But, authorities are waiting for the medical examiner's report and laboratory results of forensic evidence before filing charges and making an arrest. Phillip Dumn, 37, was found dead in tall grass near the southwest comer of the Kyle Parkway and Kohler's Crossing intersection onApril 28, after going for a late night run the previous evening. "We are being very thor- ough and cooperating with the (Hays County) District Attomey's Office to gather all relevant information," said Kyle Police Chief ]eft Bamett. City officials said in a statement that police have conducted numerous inter- views and collected evidence regarding the suspected hit- and-run accident, keeping the DA~s office abreast of the details in the investigation. Following up on several tips from the public, Kyle police found a vehicle at the Hays High School parking lot on April 29 that is believed to have been involved in the auto-pedestrian accident. Po- See HIT & RUN DEATH, Pg. 2A Two 18-wheelers roll over near same intersection Above, an onlooker gazes at an 18-wheeler that overturned at the intersection of the southbound IH-35 frontage road and South Loop 4, near the Buda/Kyle city limits on Tuesday morning. Kyle Police said the driver was transported to a local hospital, but was reported as uninjured. In an unrelated accident, the Kyle Fire Department responded to a call at approximately 1:05 a.m. Tuesday. It was a rollover wreck involving an 18-wheeler. Accord- ing to Battalion Chief Mike Vasil, the driver lost control and ran off the highway. The vehicle rolled over. The driver was transported to the hospital. The accident took place near exit 217 on the northbound side of Interstate 35 in Kyle. The Hill Country is alive ... Alive with The Sound of Music, that is, at the EmilyAnn Theatre in Wimberley, May 31- June 30. Show times are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8:15 p.m. Enjoy this classic musical performed Hold my The Randy Rogers Band joined up with Wade Bowen for an acoustic tour this summer. Catch both at 8 p.m. Thursday night for an all ages show at the Central Texas Speedway beer and Vacant booths aplenty in Buda elections BY MOSES LEOS III moses@haysfreepress.com Despite low voter turnout on May 11, Emergency Ser- vices District (ESD) No. 8 and ESD No. 2, both entities saw their propositions pass. But the low numbers raise questions about voter ape- thy, Election officials occasion- ally wandered outside, hop- ing to draw more attention to Buda City Hall. "It's a sunny day; there should be no excuse [to not vote]," said one election of_ ficial. All three officials were grateful for a tent - set up by ESD 8 supporters- because it drew attention to the polling place. On Proposition 1 for ESD PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III 8, atotal of 111 people voted, with 56 of them doing so dur- on same day ing early voting. Just over 55 people took to the polls on Election Day, with 52 voting by noon. But with 8,566 eligible reg- istered voters, only 1.3 per- cent of that population cast a ballot. Propositions 1 and 2 for ESD 2 also suffered from a lack of voters even as the measures passed. On Elec- tion Day; 106 people voted on the ESD 2 propositions, mak- ing up a large majority of the 172 total votes counted. Simi- lar to the ESD 8 election, only 1.29 percent of the 13,539 eli- gible voters mined out for the ESD 2 issues. The low turnout was not a surprise for Buda Mayor : PHOTO BY MIKE VASIL Todd Ruge. "For May elections, that's typical," Ruge said. He referenced the 2012 May elections, where only five watch this to six percent of voters took to the polls. In Ruge's mind, there is no clear-cut way to solve voter apathy, which he says is a serious problem that hampers the city. "It is hard to get people out to vote," said Ruge. 'As an elected official, that is very disappointing." Buda Fire Department Chief Clay Huckaby attribut- ed the low mmout to a lack of measures and controversial issues on the ballot. "I believe that voter turn- out was low due to there being so few elections this in Kyle. May;" Huckaby said, in an under the stars on the Tickets will emailed response. "In years main stage, be available past, there was several elec- at the gate ~. Or) ~1~ which opens dons held during the May WE at 6:30 p.m. See VOTER TURNOUT, pg. 3A xUJ ...IX LO IIIIlll, lllllllllllll I-, ~ 1/) m !,]i:7~',~ Opinions ......................... 4ABusiness ........................ 1D REROuTED ~ ~ ~ Sports ............. i .......... 1-2B Service Directory 2-3D ~- ~ ~ Changes on Old 81 hurting .......... ~ ~ some local businesses Education ..................... 3-4B Classifieds .................... 2-3D