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Page 2A NEWS Hays Free Press July 24, 2013 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, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, 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@ haysfreepress.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. DEADLINES 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 advertising in the Hays Free Press is noon Monday the week of publication, though we encourage readers and advertisers to observe the Friday deadline. LEITERS 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 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 verification. Letter writers are limited to one letter per month. Letters can be emailed to csb@ haysfreepress.com 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. During its more than 100-year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. A photo of the Warm Springs Rehabilitation hospital in the July 17 edi- tion of the Hays Free Press inadvertently said courtesy photo. The credit should have gone to Charles Quinn Photography in Kyle. We regret the oversight. STAFF REPORT FM 1626 and Kohler's Cross- A Hays High School studenton April 27, something he did ing, law enforcement officials is a person of interest in the all the time, but he never re- Authorities have only re- were told the Texas Depart- case, but police have not re- turned home that Saturday ceived about half of the results ment of Public Safetywill have leased his identity as the sus- night. Duran's brother, Kyle of the forensic examinations the remaining results of their pect has not been arrestedCouncil Member Chad Ben- being conducted in an ap- laboratory examinations in a nor charged with a crime. Kyle ninghoff, found his body lying parent auto-pedestrian col- month or two, according topolice seized the student's ve- on the roadside onApril 28. lision investigation that left Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett. hicle and DPS is conducting Barnett said his department a 37-year-old man dead in Duran's autopsy concluded a forensic analysis of the car is "working closely" with the northwest Kyle inApril, that he died"as a result ofmul- and auto parts found near the Hays County District Attor- Almost three months af- tiple blunt force injuries sus- scene, ney's Office in this case, to de- ter Phillip Duran's body was tained when struck by a motor The victim's family said Du- termine if charges will be filed found near the intersection of vehicle." ran set out on a late night run once all forensic results are in. DURAN Kyle Roundabout: Residents go round and round about it Continued from pg. 1A football games to prevent the hea~ backups that occur. As far as safety goes honestly if you don't know how to yield at an intersection you be driving at all and no amount of traffic signals will help that," said Robert Parsons Jr. on the Hays Free Press Face- book. A modern roundabout is a one-way, cir- cular intersec- tion without traffic signal equipment in which traffic flows around a center island. This intersec- tion design substantially reduces fatali- ties and injury crashes, as it only has eight potential conflict points, as opposed to the 32 potential conflict points a signalized in- tersection produces, TxDOT officials said. Among the benefits of a modern roundabout, there is up to a 90 percent reduction in fatalities, 76 percent reduc- tion in injury crashes and up to a 40 percent reduction in pedestrian crashes, the news release stated. Also, it is ad- vantageous to older and nov- ice drivers, reduces the sever- ity of collisions and increases traffic capacity by 30 to 50 percent, thereby producing time savings, the release stat- ed. In an April meeting, elected shouldn't officials unanimously gave TxDOT the "A free flow green light to pursue a round- intersection about at the well-traveled helps with heavy intersection, though the state traffic during agency's repre- rush hour (schoolsentatives said they could ira- and work) and plement a traf- fic light at the special events crossroad if it like after football was the will of the city council. games to prevent Council mem- bers Diane Her- the heavy vol and Ray ary- backups that ant, who joined chorus in voting occur." to recommend the proposed roundabout, ex- -Robert Parsons Jr. pressed appre- on the Hays Free Press Facebook hension at the April 2 meeting on the evident lack of public involvement on the plan. "I'm here trying to make a decision, but I'd sure be in- terested in knowing what the public has to say about this," Bryant said at the April coun- cil meeting. Council member Samantha LeMense and then-council member Brad Pickett were absent for the discussion. TxDOT has had one public "come-and-go" meeting at its South Austin offices, where a handful of residents trickled in and out of the two-hour long expos6 last week to see a rendering of the proposed roundabout and ask ques- tions of state and city officials. A second meeting will be scheduled in Kyle, with a date and time to be determined. TxDOT representative Vic- tor Vargas told council mem- bers in April that the state would cover the costs for ei- ther a roundabout or a traffic light at the intersection and said TxDOT was soliciting the council's "blessing" to move forward with plans for either option. He said a roundabout is ex- pected to cost about $350,000, compared to a traffic light that San Marcos Police Arrested: Assault, drug charges Continued from pg. 1A conversation turned argumen- detain (the woman), nor did he ing controlled substances from tative when Alpha asserted she ever develop probable cause to other doctors at the same time, had done nothing wrong and arrest her for any offense," an according to court documents. accused Palermo of being "in arrest warrantstated. San Marcos Police began a bad mood" and called him The investigation into Paler- their investigation, in con- "a dick," according to an arrest mo's actions on May 29 began junction with the Texas De- warrant. That's when Palermo as normal procedure, as in- partment of Public Safety, into allegedly grabbed Alpha and ternal department policy calls Amerson on May 23, after offi- "forcibly pushed her against" for supervisors to review any cers notified their supervisors that car he had stopped and use of force by their officers to that they believed the suspect then "spun his body quickly determine its appropriateness, might have been obtaining and slammed Ms. Alpha onto Williams said. "fraudulent prescriptions" for the concrete driveway," court "There's nothing kind that painkillers, Willlams said. documents state, would come out of my mouth "The officers here (at the Alpha sat down with KXAN for (Palermo)," Alpha's father San Marcos Police Depart- News and recounted her ex- told KXAN. "I'd want to put ment) are very professional," perience. "He grabs me and him through the same pain." Williams said. "They do a very pushes me against the car and In the other case, Amerson, good job in what they do. But hegrabbedmebytheneckand a four-year officer in the de- I'mnotwillingtolooktheother he throws me face down into partment, turned himself into way when my officers step out the concrete. I don't even re- the Hays County Law Enforce- of line and do something that's member that happening, I just ment Center shortly before 6 just blatantly illegal." remember talking and then the a.m. July 17 on two arrest war- Palermo was released from next thing I know I'm looking rants -- a second and third jail July 16, on a $25,000 bond, at my teeth on the ground." degree felony -- for obtaining and Amerson was released Palermo arrested the woman controlled substance by fraud, three hours after being arrest- on a felony obstruction charge according to a city news re- ed July 17, on a $10,000 bond. and two misdemeanor charges lease. Williams said both officers of resisting arrest and public Amerson is accused of ac- are on paid administrative intoxication. The woman was quiring fraudtflent prescrip- leave pending the conclusion later released and all charges tions for Hydrocodone and of their administrative inves- stemming from her arrest were OxyContin from doctors in tigation, per civil service pro- dismissed by the Hays County Austin, San Antonio and San cedure. He said neither officer District Attorney's Office, a San Marcos, according to his arrest has a disciplinary history with Marcos news release stated, warrant, the department, but Palermo After reviewing reports and A San Marcos doctor car-was at the center of a federal Palermo's dash-cam video, ing for Amerson told police he lawsuit two years ago alleging authorities found that "during prescribed his patient painklll- excessive force. Williams said the course of their interaction, ers, all the while unaware that that suit was dismissed before Cpl. Palermo had no reason to Amerson was allegedly acquir- entering into trial. runs about $250,000, adding that the city would not be re- sponsible for any design or constructions costs, and that the state agency would build either plan with state dollars. To drive in a modern roundabout, TxDOT says to follow these steps: "slow down as you approach the intersection, yield to traffic already in the circle, enter the circle and follow the loop in a counter-clockwise direction, and then make a right turn to exit the roundabout. Road signs, pavement markings and its design help guide driv- ers through." More information on the proposed roundabout can be found in the Austin District Project Studies page of the TxDOT website. Save Money on DIY Aboveground and Inground Pool Kits & Supplies Financing Availablel A Great Way to Spend Time Together! !~ Excellent Service. Fast Shippingl Family Owned & Operated Since 1990! MORE MORE --.-, 800-315-3973 WAYS TO WATCH. WAYS TO SAVE. 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