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Page 2A NEWS Hays Free Press July 6, 2011 + + The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 122 N. Main St., Buda, TX 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, "IX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Bar- ton Publications, Inc., RO. Box 339, Buda, "IX 78610. ISSN#1087-9323 NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we prob- ably do too! Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 E-mail: news@haysfraepress.com Mail: RO. Box 339 Buda, Texas 78610 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. DEADUNES 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 ad- vertising in the Hays Free Press is noon Monday the week of publication, though we encour- age 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 individu- als. 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 emsiled to csb@haysfreepress. com HISTORY Founded April 10, 1903 by Thomas Fletcher Harweli as The Kyle News, with offices on the comer of Burieson 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. BY BRAD ROLLINS brad@haysfreepress.com A Dripping Springs man charged with stealing more than $200,000 from a 93 -year-old woman who thought she was investing in oil and gas wells may have had other victims, investigators say. Robbie Dale Walker, 53, was arrest- ed June 29 by the Hays County Sher- iff's Office and charged with theft over $200,000, a first-degree felony punish- able by five to 99 years in prison. In July2009,Walker asked the woman, his mother's best friend, for a $100,000 investment to go toward developing a NorthDakotapetro- leum field, Deputy Angelo Floiran said in an affidavit used to secure arrest war- rants. In October 2010, the woman allegedly allowed Walker to use a cer- tificate of deposit she owned at a local bank as collateral on a $100,000 loan, WALKER investigators say. But the victim never received the 15 percent annual return she was prom- ised on the investment and, instead, Walker used the money for purchases at match.com, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany and Co., Best Buy and other establishments, Floiran said. When Walker defaulted on the loan, the woman lost more than $216,000. Walker's company, RD Walker Re- sources, had been inactive since 2003, documents filed with the Secretary of State indicate. Investigators believe more victLms, ei- ther in Central Texas or Houston, might emerge. "The concern in this case is that you frequently have a situation where once you find one victim, the question is how many more are out there. I've had cases where you started out with one complaint and found thousands across the country based on the initial inquiry. It will require additional in- vestigation to be determined," said Joe Rotunda, the enforcement director for the Texas State Securities Board which helped the sheriff's office investigate the Walker case along with the U.S. Se- cret Service. In announcing the arrest, investiga- tors described Walker's alleged fraud as a "Ponzi scheme," which, by definition, would involve more than one victim. A Ponzi scheme is a fraud in which the first investors are paid from money in- vested by later investors. SOURCE KYLE POUCE DUI by a minor. 18700 block of Inter- state 35. 12:31 a.m. June 28. Driving while in- toxicated, 15500 block of Interstate 35, Buda. 5:02 a.m. June 28. Driving while in- toxicated. 100 block of Bunton Creek Road. 12:30 a.m. June 30. Assault causing bodily in- jury. 300 block of Leonardo. 7:05 a.m. June 30. Injury to a child. 400 block of Regina Drive. 12:09 p.m. June 30. Resi- dential burglery. 300 block of Morning Dove Court. 8:25 p.m. June 30. Theft $1,500). 11700 block of Stone Rim Loop, Buda. July 1. ResidenUat burglary. 600 block of Atlantis. 8 a.m. July 1. Vehicle burglary. 4900 block Cromwell. 12:30 p.m. July 1. Assault causing bodily in- jury. 100 block of Loon Lake Drive. 12:40 a.m. July 2. Theft Sl,500). 100 block of Saphire Lake Drive. 1:30 a.m. July 2. $1,500). 5400 block of South FM 1626. 7 p.m. July 2. DEPARTMENT, HAYS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFRCE STAFF REPORT District Judge Bill Henry rejected a plea deal last week for a one-time capital mur- der suspect who was involved in a botched 2009 drug heist in San Marcos, court records show. In May, Frank Castro, 19, of Luling, admitted to home burglary and aggravated rob- bery charges in exchange for seven years in prison and 10 years probation once he is released. Prosecutors agreed to drop more serious charges including murder and capital murder. However, Henry would not accept the agreement's terms and moved the case toward a jury trial scheduled to start next month. Castro's attorney Lynn Peach said that she did not know why Henry did not ac- cept the agreement. "There was a plea deal but this time the court didn't ac- cept it," she said. "He didn't give a reason." Henry, the" 428th district judge, didn't return calls for comment. Peach wouldn't say whether Castro would plead guilty to any of the charges in the jury trial set for August 29. In September 2009, Cas- tro, 17 at the time, and three teenage boys, all aged 16 and armed with a handgun and pellet guns, broke into a San Marcos home to rob a pur- ported marijuana dealer. In- stead, a man opened fire on them, killing John Alvarez and Rudy Tinoco while wounding Jordan Mendez. Assistant District Attorney Fred Weber, who helped or- chestrate the plea deal, said that Castro, unarmed in the incident, ran away when shots were fired but re- turned when police arrived. He was later charged in con- nection with the deaths of his accomplices, among the other charges, because of his involvement in the foiled burglary. Castro faces a maximum punishment of life without parole on the murder charges since prosecutors chose not to seek the death penalty. sex crime BY SF.AH KIMMONS fled of the alleged incidents when sean@haysfreepress.com the girl's grand- mother overheard One Kyle manhasbeen arrested and the girl tell her another indicted on unrelated child friend about the rape charges, court records show. abuse, according Mark Moore, 31, has been charged to an affidavit used with first-degree felony aggravat- to secure an arrest ed sexual assault of a child after a warrant. 12-year-old girl, who is a family mem- The next day the ber of Moore, claimed that he had sex- girl told police that uaUy assaulted her during a two-year Moore had raped period, her once and per- On June 23, Kyle police were noti- formed other sexual MOORE acts on her, says the affidavit, writ- ten by Kyle Police Det. Diane Tala- mantes. In the other case, Jose Santiago was recently indicted for sexual assault of a child, stemming from a December 2010 Incident. Santiago, 17, ad- mitted to raping ~I.Ni~G0 a 14-year-old girl who had spent the night at his Kyle home in the Amberwood subdivision while visiting his sister. An affidavit says that Santiago en- tered his sister's room after the victim had taken a shower, and forcibly had sex with her. When interviewed, Santiago confessed that he knew that the act was not consensual, according the affidavit by Kyle Police Det. Jacob Luria. Santiago's second-degree felony case is slated for pre-trial motions on July 20 at the 22nd District Court in San Marcos. His attorney, Novert Mo- rales, could not be reached for com- ment. + Name Address City, ST, Zip Credit Card # secu Code___ AmountS___ Exp, I~ltO _~__.__ Hays & Travis counties 3 Years $63 2 Years ___ $39 1 Year __$14! Out of County 3 Years __ $99 2Years $66 1 Year __._$42 Out of State 3 Years___ $150 2 Years __ $106 1 Year ___ $54 RO. Box 2530, Kyle, TX 78640 *Not to be combined with any other offer. Expires August, 2011