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Page 2A NEWS i;I Hays Free Press July 14, 2010 The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 109 W. Center Street, Kyle, IX 78640. Periodicals post- age paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publica- tions, Inc., P.O. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. ISSN#1087-9323 NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we probably do too! Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 E-mail: news@haysfree- Mail: P.O. Box 2530, Kyle, TX 78640 CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may ap- pear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being brought to the at- tention of the publisher. DEADLINES The deadline for display ad- vertising 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 advertising in the Hays Free Press is noon Monday the week of publication, though we encourage readers and advertisers to observe the Friday deadline. LE'n'ERS GUIDELINES We welcome locally written letters to the editor on timely topics of community inter- est. We ask that you keep them to about 350 words in length and that you not in- dulge in personal attacks on private individuals. 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 verifi- cation. Letter writers are lim- ited to one letter per month. Letters can be emailed to HISTORY Founded April 10, 1903 by Thomas Fletcher Harwell as The Kyle News, with offices on the corner of Burleson 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. Dur- ing its more than 100-year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. I STAFF REPORT a verbal argument with her at reported in the incident, the her home on the 200 block of Sheriff's Office says. i Two people were arrested Tumbleweed Trail. When the Arenas, of Martindale, and or throwing bricks at a family argument escalated, Arenas Romero, of San Marcos, were member and her home east of and Romero picked up bricks charged with aggravated as- Kyle early Monday morning, and threw them at her, the sauh with a deadly weapon, a ~uthorities say. Hays County Sheriffis Office first-degree felony, and crimi- Norma Arenas, 22, and Billy reported, nal mischief, a Glass A misde- joe Romero, 23, believed to be They also broke a window meanor. Both have since been the niece and nephew of the and caused minor damage to released on bond, authorities I;ale homeowner, got'into her property. No injuries were say. e Recreatnon Center Continued from pg. 1A able to use. This $1.2 million and bathrooms at Gregg-and sidewalks at City Square ~oes a long way in Kyle and we Clarke Park. Ttie proiect also Park. will be able to use [the grant] includes a foot bridge over the County officials have yet 0n parks proiects this year," creek, trails, and water and to vote on how to spend the Mayor Lucylohnson said. wastewater system expansion. $1.3 million Kyle is return- ! County officials meanwhile The project's total price tag is ing pending the outcome iare expected to consider ap- estimated at $771/154. of Pct. 3 Commissioner Will ~lying part ofthe remainder to $475,000 for the PlumConley's negotiations to buy preserve about 50 acres threat- Creek Preserve & Nature Trail's conservation easements with ened by development near la- Lake Kyle Park, a project that The Nature Conservancy on cob'sWellinWimberley, includes bathrooms, a pavil- 50 acres currently owned by The city council approved ion, amphitheater, trails, a developers. an interlocal agreement codi- fishing pier, picnic areas and The tract adjoins about 50 lying the arrangement at its primitive camp sites.Total cost acres which the county has al- regular meeting last week. The is estimated at $936,450. ready committed $3 million to !money includes: $250,000 for a bathroom, buy, including the well itself, a $475,000 to build three water/wastewater and elec- landmark artesian formation new softball fields and related tric connections, an irrigation at the headwaters of Cypress parking, driveways, lighting system, landscaping, trails Creek. Suspended Officer ;ontinued from pg. 1A the Aug. 18 incident outside Dillinger's bar at 127 E. Hop- kins Street determined that Stephens used excessive force and violated rules of the in- vestigation process. Stephens appealed the suspension. A neutral hearing officer, Richard Brann, published a report saying that Stephens' indefinite suspension, tanta- mount to firing, was not valid and downgraded it to a 15-day unp aid suspension. According to state civil service laws; San Marcos Police Department has to abide by the ruling. "I still believe that my deci- sion was the right decision," I San Marcos Police Chief How- ard Williams said. "I don't real- ly agree with the decision but I have respect for the process." Stephens is set to receive roughly eight months of back pay from the department, Wil- liams said. The police dashboard foot- age on Stephens' patrol car shows him getting out of the vehicle, and confronting a group of people as the bar closed around 2 a.m. Issuing orders to disperse, Stephens whips out his ba- ton and confronts the group. Some disperse, except a few [including an unidentified fe- i male labeled in court docu- ] merits as an "instigator," who continues to argue with an- other female out of camera view to the right. Stephens steps in front of the female, who then makes a slight move toward the other female. He shoves her with his arm carrying the baton and the woman trips on a curb and falls to the ground. When interviewed by his commander, Stephens said that his actions were reason- able. "I didn't tase her. I didn't strike her with the baton. I simply pushed her, which it looks like I hit her with the baton, which I didn't .... I don't think she fell because I pushed her ... I didn't push her that hard, I think she fell because she was intoxicated," he said. Brann agreed in his report on the incident, writing, '~fter watching the video numerous times, including many times in a frame-by-frame mode, it becomes clear that the un- identified female was agitated, quarrelling, and non-compli- ant before and after Stephens exited the vehicle. It also be- comes clear that his push is made to appear sharper be- cause he is stepping in her di- rection at the same time she is moving in his direction." Stephens also breached rules after he discussed the internal investigation and played the dashboard footage for other officers, investiga- tors had said. In his justification for ter- minating the officer, Chief Williams noted that within 14 months Stephens had received an oral warning for addressing an automobile driver stopped for speeding in "harsh and be- littling terms." The driver had a choking dog in the vehicle and was rushing it to a veteri- nary clinic. The dog died dur- ing the traff~c stop. Stephens reportedly told the distraught pet owners, "Chill out, it's just a dog, you can get another one." On Oct. 23, 2008, Stephens also received a two-day sus- pension for telling his com- mander that he was tardy for a subpoenaed court appearance in Comal County because he had a death in the family when Through our free Speakers Bureau program, one of our representatives can talk with your cqmmunity, civic, school or business group about topics such as how to "go green" on a budget or electrical safety. We can help you learn something new, save you money and maybe ex~en help you save a life. To learn more, call 1-888/554-4732. Pedernates Etectric 1-888-554-4752 ate racist in + BY SEA KIMMONS said. "It's disgusting that people would do that these days. Kyle poL ce are invesfi- He added that vandals gating a sla ing of deroga- also stole CDs and other tory graffi tags spray- items and caused rough- painted oz at least five ly $1,500 in damage to his vehicles an at one home vehicle. in the Brad ford Meadows There was no evidence subdivisioI L early June 23. .of additional racist slurs OneoftlLevictims, Erik in the other incidents. Olufs, said hat his Nissan Vandals, however, spray Murano S1JV had racial painted male genitalia slurs regar ling President on the driveWa3/of one Barack Ot ama sprayed home, police say. onto his f ont seats. He All the incidents oc- believes was targeted curred on Johnny's Way because eSUV had anand Joy Lynn's Drive in Obama bu mper sticker, the south Kyle neighbor- "It was [insulting, he hood. [ Breed: , Neutered. Sex: Male, b eutered Age: Chuck is a lovable k~ who heactually overslept. 1 fir~li He Io~ .... is Iooldng for a home ~will In Stephen's latest episode, iisi give him plenty of attention, Brann reported that there was Society sufficient evidence that he had violated a general order is non~proftti~MIIshett~operat~ not to discuss details of the ion ~nationsand adoption, investigation, but he did not do it intentionally. Coupled with his prior dis- ciplinary issues, Brann said that Stephens should be lim- ited to a 15-day unpaid sus- pension. Williams said that Stephens is back on the force in a com- munity services and crime prevention slot, away from patrolling duties. "He'll be there until I can figure out what I can do with him," he said. "He's not back on the streets." The cost of the hearing was about $6,400, which will be split by Stephens and the de- partment. "IX * 512 268. 611 or n~utered, mieroch!~, and dewormed, i