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" I Former Lo bosoAcc player to play for HTU.  - Page 1B : i NAUTILUS Texas State archaeologist helps with deep-sea shipwreck recovery. - Page 1C Barton Publications, Inc. HaysFreePress.com ..... Vol. 111 No. 18 Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 PHOTO BY MIKE VASIL DUI by minor leads to rollover wreck and vehicle fire in Kyle Kyle Police and Kyle Fire Department responded late Tuesday afternoon to a one-vehicle rollover accident on the northbound access road of Inter- state - 35 just north of Yarrington Road. The vehicle, driven by 20-year-old San Marcos, resident Fabio Novaes Perim, apparently swerved several times before it struck a guardrail and flipped over, based on an eye-witness account. The 2002 Dodge Ram then caught fire. A Kyle police officer determined the driver had a detectable amount of alcohol in his system, according to Capt. Pedro Hernandez. The officer arrested Perim, then tran;orted him to Central Texas Medical Center. He was later booked into the Hays County Jail on charges of driving under the influence by a minor. Safe room, safe haven in Kyle, BY KIM HILSENBECK kim@haysfreepress.com Samantha Dean&apos;s office at the Kyle Police Department is located in an old bank vault. She calls it the "safe room" - a rather apropos name for a place where Kyle citizens who are victims of crimes can find a safe haven. Dean is the crime victim services coordinator, but what does that really mean? "I provide emotional sup- port to victims and families," she said. She started with the Kyle Police Department in Janu- ary under a grant for sexual assault, family violence and child abuse cases. "I also take on homicide, suicide (when the person finds someone who committed sui- cide), traffic fatalities, and DWIs with a child in the car," Dean said. "It may be a severe crime or unfortunate circum- stance. Really, it's any situa- tion where there is a victim or someone who is inconsol- able during a really traumatic event." In her role, she follows up on cases and works on the in- vestigative side of things. She also accompanies people to court and follows a case up to the level of the District Attor- ney. With undergraduate de- grees in Criminal Justice and Psychology, as well as a Mas- ters in Forensic Psychology with a concentration in juve- nile justice, Dean said she has an understanding of the crimi- nal mind, but likes working on the victim's side of things. "In the type of work I do, there is a lot of bad experience because you're dealing with families, for example a woman trying to get away from abu- sive husband," she said. Dean said sometimes wom- en come into the station with nothing- no clothes, no mon- ey, no car. "They say, 'I'm scared, terri- fied. He doesn't know I'm here. I need to get away.' I get a lot of walk-ins, actually, with the clothes on their back. l do a lot of transports to local women's shelters." In a closet of the police sta- tion are shelves lined with PHOTO BY KIM HILSENBECK Crime victim services coordinator Samantha Dean's safe haven is actu- ally in an old bank vault at the Kyle Police Department. clothes of all kinds - for wom- en, men and children. Not all cases of domestic abuse are against females, ac- cording to Dean. "The person is in crisis. That's the nature of my work." she said. ' lot of them are very scared and they don't know what to do. A lot of these women - and men - it's their first time reporting to police. Something drove them to this." While some victim services employees may have personal experience with abuse or do- mestic issues, Dean said she's SAFE HAVEN, 2A PHOTO BY KIM HILSENBECK Despite drougnt, Kyle business uses 30 Ini] ['Lon gallons of water BY ANDY SEVlLLA andy@haysfreepress.com It is no surprise that water customers have been asked to scale back on their consump- tion, as shortages of the pre- cious resource are ever present. If the brown lawns, low water features and looming threats of wildfire were not indication enough that Texas is experienc- ing an unshakeable drought, perhaps Governor Rick Perry's July 12 proclamation - which renewed the certification that exceptional drought condi- tions pose a threat of imminent disaster in several counties in Texas, including Hays - should provide some perspective. Conserving water, however, can be challenging when a busi- ness houses 520 individuals, according to Kyle Correctional Center Warden Greg Shirley. The Kyle Correctional Cen- ter is the city's highest wa- ter consumption customer - 30,289,800 gallons of water from July 2012 to June 2013, ac- cording to city records. "Prisons typically use a lot of water, it's just part of the pro- cess," Shirley said in a recent telephone interview. "But we do DROUGHT RESTRICTIONS See how they vary from city to city, pg. 4A have water saving initiatives in place. We're very cautious. We try to conserve water. It's a cost savings to us." But despite the water conser- vation initiatives being used at the center, Shirley said his facil- ity house:s more than 500 men who have to shower daily, use the bathroom, have running water in their cellsl andbe pro- vide.d with kitchen and launder services. The co,rrectional center uses low water pressure shower valves and water conserving toilets. Shirley said they recently bought a $20,000 dishwashing machine that is more efficient and will replace the last clothes washer with a more efficient one in 2014. He said water is a "big cost" to the center and it benefits them to conserve. Buda's highest water con- sumer is Industrial Asphalt, Inc. The firm used 5.333 million gal- lons of water between July 2012 and June 2013. < w e409 It " ! Buda's First Thursday' Stroll through the unique antique and specialty shops, while enjoy- ing food from downtown restaurants. Takes place 5-9 p.m. in His- toric downtown Buda. Jazz/Blues singer Kim Kafka performs from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 1 at Tavern on Main in Buda as part of First Thursday. Gari, Gari, Gari! The world's largest rodent visits the Buda library for an encore appearance from 2-2:45 p.m. Aug. 1. PHOTO BY AL WHITE A student enrolled in Mike Cox's Driftwood CHL class takes a firearm proficiency exam in order to apply for his Certified Handgun License. Learning (no) to o,00t BY DAVID WHITE david@haysfreepress.com Seven years ago, only 1.6 percent of eligible Texans had a concealed handgun license (CHL) doubling to 3.1 percent today. During the first six months of 2013, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) issued 84,640 new CHLs, compared to 35,071 issued during the same time period in 2012 - a trend showing this number will more than double by the end of 2013. Why the spike? Perhaps it's relevant to mention that since 2006, the United States has experienced some of the worst mass shootings in its history, including one at a Connecticut elementary school in December. Are Americans feeling more need for protection? Is there cause for concern with an increased number of Texans carrying concealed weapons? CONCEALED HANDGUNS, 2A KYLE CINEMA Two movie theaters race to open UP shop in Kyle next summer. - Page 1D Opinions ......................... 3A Sports ........................ 1-2B Education ..................... 3-4B Neighbors ..................... 1-4C Best Bets .................. 4C Business ..................... 1D Service Directory .......... 2-3D Classifieds .................... 2D Public Notices ............... 2-4D