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Page 4A Hays Free Press * June 7, 2017 + Attempted Murder: Buda man Indicted for shooting Continued from pg. 1A leg, which caused Lane to flinch, making it look like he fired the shot. The 16-year-old then saw a car leaving the gas station parking lot, went outside and fired at the car. After firing, the teen tamed back to the store and his sweatshirt fell from his face, allowing police to identify him. The two suspects got back in the truck and turned left onto Highway 21 with an undisclosed amount of money. Two days after the rob- bery, police met with the driver of the vehicle that the 16-year-old shot at. The witness said she was parked at the gas station when she saw the two suspects enter the store with guns. The witness attempted to leave the scene when the teen shot at her car. Because she was the bullet entered the trunk and exited the:car's side panel. She called 911 and was advised to stop at a gas station, but she drove straight hom . After confirming the sixteen-year-old's identity with a former girlfriend and a probation officer, on June 14, police issued a warrant to apprehend him. He was taken into custody that day, and the handgun and retie used in the robbery were recov- ered. Early in the investiga- tion, a potential witness gave police the 16-year- old and another suspect's nalne. However, the teen's brother told police if he were involved in another robbery, it would be with Lane. On June 15, police recovered the pickup truck, which had been stolen, shown in surveil- lance video from the gas station. A witness saw the truck being left next to the curb and three male suspects getting out and into a small silver passenger car June 11, 2016. The witness heard someone say "get the AR," meaning a gun, and saw a suspect with a shield or star on his pants. The pants match the de- scription of the Captain America pants Lane wore during the robbery. On June 20, police con- tacted Lane's mother and requested she arrange a meeting with her son. After Lane did not show up at the meeting, police followed his mother. She stopped at an AT&T store in Kyle to purchase a new phone for her son. While there, an under- cover detective recorded her speaking openly about her son's involve- ment in a robbery. She allegedly told Lane "you better make sure he threw away the clothes, hat, hoodie and everything." The robbery surveil- lance video also shows a third person in the truck during the Authorities continue to search for the third suspect. Witnesses reported see- ing Lane with a handgun at the time of the robbery, but it was not recovered. Elections: Voting Continued from pg. 1A Now Montoya hopes something can be done to prevent a similar issue from happening again. For some Hays County residents, implementing a paper balloting system is the solution, despite coun- ty officials saying the snafu was a policy lapse, and not an equipment error. "I hope they take care of this. I'm really disappoint- ed myvote didn't count," Montoya said. "I know there are people who are angry. I'm not angry, but I'm disappointed." Many residents who ad- vocate for paper balloting attended a citizens forum at the Maurice T. Suttles VFW Post in San Marcos Monday. Representatives from Election Systems & Soft- ware (ES&S), which is one of two vendors Hays Coun- ty is considering to replace outdated voting systems, attended the forum and demonstrated their "hy- brid" paper and electronic voting system. The Hays Free Press re- ported in April that county officials had planned to replace outdated voting equipment prior to Nov. 8, 2016 issue. Jennifer Ander- son, Hays County elections administrator, said ES&S and Hart Intercivic are the only two vendors that can comply with Texas' strict laws on voting equipment. The policy issue oc- curred under Anderson's predecessor's reign. Prior to the demonstra- tion, however, residents shared fears that the coun- ty's current electronic sys- tems are not reliable and do not allow for account- ability. Hays County resident AshleyWhittenburger said having a paper ballot sys- tem "just makes sense," as it would allow for a way for officials to "clearly audit an election." She was concerned the county is treating the issue with "such casualness" and felt officials were trying to sweep the problem under the rug. "That's just common sense. Ifwe have no paper ballot or serial numbers at- tached to a ballot, how can we tell there's a problem with an election?" Whitten- burger said. Arthur Taylor, a San Mar- cos resident, discovered his vote, along with his son's snafu sparks protests PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Hays County resident Naomi Narvaiz (left) and San Marcos res- ident Sam Montoya take a look at a composite list of the over 1,800 people whose votes didn't count in the Nov. 8, 2016 gen- eral election at a citizen's forum in the Maurice T. Suttles VFW post in San Marcos Monday. whether it can be open. "It's interesting when we're expected to be open when we have so many more advisory committees that spend more money than we are, and they aren't expected to be open," An- derson said. Whichever vendor the county chooses could also impact whether or not the county can have "voting centers" in future elections. Voting centers, which were used in Travis and Wllliamson Counties, are locations where voters of any precinct can cast a bal- lot on Election Day. Under the current Hays County system, voters on Election Day can only vote in their assigned precinct location. Only direct recording equipment (DREs) or elec- tronic voting systems are allowed at a voting center, per state law. Hybrid sys- tems are not DREs, Ander- son said. "I don't think anyone is trying to exclude the public from the meeting," Ander- son said. "But it's obvious that people are trying to distract. We're trying to make sure we focus on the objective and focus on the equipment." Effective June 30, 2017, Venessa Pefia-Robichaux, MD will no longer be practicing with Evans Dermatology located at 20871 Interstate 35 Frontage Rd., Ste. 200, Kyle, Texas 78640. For information regarding transfer of your medical records, please contact Evan's Dermatology at 512- 280-3939. "It's interesting when we're expected to be open when we have so many more advisory committees that spend more money: , than we are, and they aren't expected t6; open." ' -Jennifer Anderson, Hays County elections administrator and wife's, were among the 1,800 not counted. He liked the idea of a paper ballot system, similar to the hy- brid system presented by ES&S. That system would be made up of printing ballots on thermal paper, then inserting those into a computer. Representa- fives from ES&S claim the hybrid system would allow for three levels of transpar- enc2 where voters see their choices on screen and on the ballot, as well as have a digital image of the ballot. Taylor was concerned about the accountability with the county's current electronic systems and with transparency; primar- fly with the county'sSelec- tion of new equipment:" "Some accountability has to be there. I believe some criminal action should be taken because this is inexcusable," Tay- lor said. "There's no way they're going to tell me 1,800 votes would not have made a difference in this election." Anderson said the county has taken steps to rectify the issues, which af- fected the outcome of the Anthem Municipal Utility District vote. Following an investigation, Ander- son implemented policy changes to how the county handles its mobile ballot boxes (MBB), which was mistakenly taken offline at an early voting location at the Hays County Gov- emment Center in San Marco& Hays County Judge Bert Cobb reached out to Rolando Pablo, the Texas Secretary of State (SOS), regarding the Nov. 8, 2016 issue. In a letter, Keith Ingram, Texas director of elections, said while the SOS office doesn't have any investigative authority, the report done byAnderson "correctly identified" the problem and took appro- priate steps to rectify it. The SOS didn't believe a further review was neces- sary. Anderson said there were no voting issues in the May 6 general election. She said the county is also attempting to be as transparent is it can be with the new equipment. An 11 -person committee was commissioned to as- sist the county with its new election system. However, she said those committee meetings are not open to the public, as it's not required by law. 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