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ALL-STATE LOBO Lehman's Cerda becomes school's first All-State player in a team sport. - Page 1B IMPROVING ACCESS New access road improvements expected to ease traffic woes in Kyle. - PaGe 1C p., I'" + Barton Publications, Inc. HaysFreePress.oom Vol. log * No. 11 Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 BY WF.S FERGUSON AND BRAD ROLUNS news@haysfreepress.com Add Buda to the list of Texas cities that won't be ringing in the Fourth of July with fireworks while Kyie officials still plan their pyrotechnic show. While stressing that other portions of the city's "Red, White 'n Buda" In- dependence Celebration would go on as planned, Buda City Council mem- bers on Tuesday voted unanimously to cancel the fireworks display, New Mayor Sarah Mangham said she didn't want to risk sparking a fire that could be exacerbated by the se- vere drought, which has plagued Cen- tral Texas and shows no signs of abat- ing. See FBB/~KS UPDATE, pg. 3A BY SEAN K]MMONS sean@haysfreepress.com The mother of a child molested by a 43-year-old Buda man who went on the run during his trial has made a pub- lic appeal to catch him. While out on bail, lob.n Everett Fitch disappeared from court on June 15, a day before he was found guilty of indecency with a child by sexual contact, stemming FECll from inddents with a 12-year-old girl in 2009. "He showed up to court that morn- ing, the day he and my daughter were due to testify," the mother said Tuesday. "Later, he just left and ram" The woman, 43, of Buda, and an ex-girlfriend of Fitch, asked not to be named to protect her daughter's pri- vacy. It is the newspaper's policy not to name sexual assault victims. The 22nd District Court has issued an active warrant for Fitch for failure to ap- pear, and the Hays County Sheriff's Of- See FDGfflVE SOUGHT, DO. 2A BY BRAD ROLUNS brad@haysfreepress.com Kyle officials are talking about call- ing a bond election in November to seek approval to borrow money to re- build and widen major thoroughfares like Lehman, Bunton and Goforth roads and Burleson Street. The total cost of the projects range as high as $26 million, according to preliminary es~aates compiled by engineers, but members have not gotten as far as deciding which proj- ects might be submitted for voter consideration if a bond election is called in November. Constrained by its new financial management policy that effectively prohibits the council from adding to the municipalgovem- ment's $73 million debt load, Mayor Lucy lohnson said the only real op- tion for the needed road expansions was to ask voters for permission to sell general obligation bonds. "I think that's our only option if we want to see these roads done anytime soon, and by soon I mean within the next four or five years," Johnson said. But she said she does not think the climate is right for asking voters to increase their own taxes and would rather pencil in a bond election for November 2012 instead of five months from now. She was joined in that sentiment by council member Russ Huebner, the panel's resident budget hawk and chair of the finance committee. Barring a significant boost to the property tax base, the city will have to raise taxes 16 cents by 2015 just to pay for debt already on the books, Huebner said. "I think when that happens we're going to all be unelected even though we didn't issue that debt," Huebner said. But other council members lined up firmly in favor of sending the road bond issue to voters. Council mem- bers David W'flson and Brad Pickett said even if the roads are approved byvoters this November, it will still be years before the expansions are de- signed, engineered and constructed. "if you start today, it maybe on the back end of five years before you get where you have to pay anything on the debt. The time to start this is right now. We're talking long distances," Wilson said. "We're not sitting on our hands, saying the sky is falling....We're mdving forward with planning." Said Pickett, "I'm very much in fa- See KYLE BONDS, DO. 2A .:/~? i~ ;~:, .: ...... Second truck to lip over in a month at same intersection Kyle police along with Buda flrefighters inspect a semi-truck on Monday morning that tipped over while it attempted to make a Valero gas station near Dry Hole Road in Kyle. No injuries were reported and none of the truck's contents spilled. Firefighters said this intersection in about a month. Ptl0T0 BY SF.M ~ sharp turn on the access road next to the it was the second semi-truck to tip over at BY SEAN KIMMONS Further inves- tigation allowed sean@haysfreepress.com police to charge Santos with five Burglars have aggressively targeted other vehicle vehicles throughout Kyle this month, burglaries, which stealing thousands of dollars worth of occurred in the personalitenm s u b d i v i s i o n With at least 23 vehicle burglaries around the same reported to Kyie police in the past 20 lime. As of Tues- days, the city has been under a thief day he remains "It is always to be able to solve a case and return property to vic- tims of crimes," said Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett. "R is important to note that without the help of an alert citizen this man might still be out commit- ring crimes. Our best defense against crimes like these is an alert and active community." On June 7, police arrested another Kyle man after a woman caught him offensive. June's numbers already ac- in custody in the searching through her truck in the count for 40 porcent of the tota157 re- Hays County Jail ~ SaddleCreekApartmentsparkinglot. ported similar thefts since January l~ onbondstotaling The woman confronted Avid Zu- Some headway has been made. In $18,000 for the Class A misdemeanor niga, 35, who then threatened her and one week, two men were arrested in charges, jail records show. said he would shoot her. A male rela- the string ofthefts with the help ofvigi- lant citizens, Johnny Santos, 17, of Kyle, was ar- rested June 14 after a resident called po- lice to report a man using a flashlight to peer into vehicles in the Post Oak sub- division in southeast Kyl police say. More than $1,000 of stolen prop- tive grabbed Zuniga and held him un- erty has already been returned to its til police arrived around 1 &m. Police respective owners, but police still have did not find a gun at the scene but still other items to be claimed. Theft vic- charged Zuniga with second-degree rims are advised to contact the police felonymbbery. department at 268-3232 for unclaimed Additional charges are expected for property. Zuniga, who has since been released from jail on a $10,000 bond, re- cords show. More than $7,250 worth of items have been stolen from vehi- cles in the recent crime wave. The majority of the items were elec- tmnlcs and tools. Police antici. ZUNIGA pate that the lat- est arrests will slow down the rampant crime trend. "We are hoping that the recent ar- rests will send a message to would-be criminals that our police officers and our citizens are watching out for the safety and well-being of one another to prevent criminals from being suc- cessful," Barnett said. Sub6cribor addm~ i i A hodge-podge of characters sailing from New York to England are all involved in a sades of happenings that will leave you laughing in this musical comedy performed by the Wimbedey Players. The show runs Thursday and Fdday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Movie in ihe Park "Furry Vangesnce" - Local forest cntters seek comical revenge on a real estate developer by turning a peaceful cul-de-sac into a battle zone led by a cagey raccoon. Movie begins at 9 p.m. at Buda's City Park. 4th Annual Salsa Fest Compete, eat and dance the day away and support the art center at the Eye of the Dog Art Center in San Mercos from 2-8 Texas Hold 'era Poker Tournament Enjoy a fun afternoon of cards and benefit the Onion Creek Senior Citizens Center. 2 p.m. at the Senior Center. Call (295) 626-4038 for more information. For a more detailed list of area events, go to haysfreepmss.comlcalendar and page 4C of today's paper. 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