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ii~lm ...... ,-- ..... ~._ Hays Free Press * June 29, 2011 NEWS Page3A + BY SEMi KIMMONS sean@haysfreepress.com Four people are believed to have drowned Saturday while swimming in Canyon Lake and Lake Travis, authorities say. At CanyonLake, Ches- ter Aguilar, 20, and Matthew Arzate, 21, both of San Anto- nio, went missing around 10 a.m. near Comal Park on the south side of the lake off FM 2673, about 20 miles west of San Marcos. Across the lake at about 6:30 p.m., Maurice Hamilton, also from San Antonio, and his five-year-old son were on an inflatable raft when it flipped over beside Canyon Park near FM 306. The boy was wearing a life vest and was saved but the 28-year-old father never resurfaced, said Comal County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Lt. Mark Reynolds. The body of Aguilar was re- covered eight minutes after divers from the San Marcos Area Recovery Team (SMART) entered the water around 12:30 preached Arzate, wimesses p.m. The late response resulted said that he sunk underwater, from erroneous information officials say. PHOT0 COURI1ESY 0F t4Ul I~MRC06 MF.A ~ TEAM The San Mamos Area Recovery Team retrieved bodies of two men from Canyon Lake over the weekend. about the drowning site. A lack of witnesses also de- "This conflicting information layed the search for Hamilton, delayed SMART and the initial which forced divers to search response," SMART spokesper- an area larger than three foot- son Dan Misiaszek said. "The ball fields, yielding no results, correct information was re- Misiaszeksaid. ' ceived shortly after 11 a~m. to On Monday, Misiaszek said respond to Comal Park on the divers used boats equipped far south side of the lake." with search and rescue imag- Further diving operations ingsonar to obtainthe approx- continued at this site to find imate location of the body. A Arzate until divers learned that K-9 unit then put cadaver dogs both men did not go down in on the boats to narrow down the same area. Witnesses told the site. authorities that Arzate went Around 11 a.m., Hamilton's out to rescue Agullar but strug- body was pulled to the surface gled and tried to swim back to in an area that wasn't originally shore. As a pontoon boat ap- searched. "We didn't believe he was in this area according to what witnesses were saying," Mi- siaszek said. "They only could give us a general area." Diving operations for Arzate have been suspended as au- thorities try to obtain new wit- ness accounts. Misiaszek and branches, fishing lines and hooks, boat anchors, ropes and other debris. On Lake Travis, a Travis County Sheriff's Office dive team deployed to Bob Wentz Park to recover the body of a 34-year-old Houston man who witnesses said tried to swim other divers believe Arzate across a cove with several is likely in deep water below ~ends when he went under one of the tree canopies that Saturday afternoon. Rescue line the shore near the original swimmers were unsuccessful Guadalupe River bed. in locating the bod~ said Tl wis "We are only searching for County Sheriff's Office spokes- [Arzate] from the surface," Mi- person Capt. Wes Priddy. siaszek said. "I doubt if we are Divers found the body of Ed- going to dive in the tree line; win Eduardo Morales around 7 it's just too dangerous." p.m. in about six feet of water, Dangers, he says, can in- 30yards fromthe shore, Priddy chide zero visibility, tree said. over to collecgons Land owners who have not paid their 2010 property taxes by June 30 will be subject to a 15 percent increase in their bill on July 1, when delinquent accounts will be turned over to tax collection at- torneys. "On Iuly I, by state law, the tax of- fice must turn over all delinquent tax accounts to the collection attorneys of the taxing jurisdictions we work with," said Hays County Tax Assessor-Collector Luanne Caraway. "If you are delinquent on July 1, your bill will go up by more than 15 percent that day. If you are delin- quent, you can contact the tax office to work out a payment agreement if you axe unable to pay the full amount." Notices were mailed in May informing taxpayers of the 15 percent collection penalty on July i. However, residents who are over 65, disabled or on active military duty out of the area may qualify for a deferral of homestead property tax. Taxpayers who are eligible for deferral should contact the Hays Central Appraisal District at 21001 N. Interstate 35 in Kyle at 512-268-2522. Taxes can be paid at any of the four tax office locations in San Marcos, Buda, Kyle or Dripping Springs or online at www.hayscountytaxcom. Taxes can also be mailed to Hays CountyTax Office, 102 N. LB] Drive, San Marcos, TX, 78666, but must be postmarked by Iune 30 to avoid the collection penalty. Sheriff's office stops large drag mn A 37-year-old was arrested after au- thorities found more than six pounds of drugs in his car during a traffic stop along the Hays-Travis county line on Sunday. Vincent Davis of Pflugerville was pulled over for two traffic violations by a Hays County Sheriff's Office deputy around 3:15 p.m. in the 9400 block of O.S. Hwy. 290 near Dripping Springs. The deputy had received informa- tion on a grey BMW, matching the car driven by Davis, believed to be carrying narcotics to Austin, the sheriff's of- rice said. After a sheriff's office K-9 dog handler came on scene, Deputy Michael Hipolito and a Department of Public Safety trooper searched the car, finding 2.2 pounds of cocaine and 4.5 pounds of "Ice" methamphetamines. Davis was taken into custody and charged with first-degree felony manu- facture/delivery of a controlled sub- stance. As of Tuesday6 he remains in Hays County Jail on a $750,000 bond. Hays County Sheriff Gary Cutler said that a follow-up investigation deter- mined that the narcotics were going to Austin for distribution. 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