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i] Ill IltlllillmimlmmLJ m mmm-- ---- Page 2A NEWS Hays Free Press August 4, 2010 The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 109W. Center Street, Kyle, TX 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 toot Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 E-mail: news@haysfree- Mail: P.O. Box 2530, Kyle, TX 78640 CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflectim upon the character, standin.c or reputation of any persm, firm or corporation which nay ap- pear in the pages of tie Hays Free Press will be comcted upon being brought 1) the at- tention of the publisler. DEADLINES The deadline for (Splay ad- vertising and any cntributed news copy in the Hys Free Press is 5 p.m. Frioy the week prior to publ'ation. The deadline for.etters to the Editor and clasified word advertising in thetays Free Press is noon Me:lay the week of publicath, though we encourage reders and advertisers to oierve the Friday deadline. The newly- formed Buda Police De- partment secured a $50,000 federal technol- ogy grant to put comput- ers in their new Dodge pa- trol cars. COURTESY PHOTO Buda Police Department Continued from pg. 1A tions were delayed on the ity-owned lean on them from time to time." building on Houston Street that will Buda sees primarily non-violent serve as the new police station, crimes such as vehicle break-ins, crimp Buda officers will patrol the streets nal mischief, shoplifting and credit card 24-7, with shifts from 6 a.m. ~- 6 p.m., 6 abuse. p.m. - 6 a.m., and an overlapping shift The city has purchased four marked from 2 p.m.- 2 a.m. patrol vehicles and two unmarked At least initially, the Hays County units, all Dodge Chargers. The new Sheriff's Office will handle dispatch- department is also securing a $50,000 ing for the Buda police, though the city federal technology grant tO equip the may discuss the possibility of contract- police cruisers with compflters,~ with ing with the city of Kyle's dispatching the help of U.S. Congressman Lloyd center. Buda's population is currently Doggett. too small to get its own Public Safety "What's happening in Buda is an im- portant part of what has made Hays Answering Point, where 911 calls are routed, Kidd said. , The county is initially not going to charge Buda for dispatching services. The new police force may also look to the county for help in investigating some major crime scenes, Kidd said. "The county has tools, equipment and personnel that are better equipped to handle processing a major crime scene," Kidd said. 'At least for the first few years until we can grow, we may County the 15th fastest growing county in the nation and a place that families can feel safe calling home," Doggett said. "This federal support for local law enforcement is a part of enhancing that security." The city developed the contractual law enforcement plan in 2007 with former sheriff Allen Bridges bringing in additional officers dedicated to the Buda area. BY BOB BARTON Chairman of the Human Services Committee during the last two legislative ses- :RIME BI Police investigate aggravated sexual assault of child Kyle police are investigat- ing the aggravated sexual assault of a child allegedly committed by a San Marcos resident, police say. Tyson Culp, 27, was ar- rested July 13 for having undisclosed sexual contact with a girl under the age of 14, a Kyle Police Department officer said. In Texas, the age of consent is 17 years old. The case has been forwarded CULP to the department's Criminal Investigation division, the officer said. Aggravated sexual assault is a first-degree felony and Culp has since been released from Hays County Jail on a $60,000 bond. Woman arrested for child A woman who briefly left two young children in a vehicle late at night while she went into a Kyle grocery store was arrested for child abandonment, police say. Deborah Felan was charged with the state jail felony on luly 25 after she deserted two children, aged seven months and three years old, in her vehicle at the HEB parking lot around FB.~ midnight. The vehicle was still running and the doors were unlocked, a Kyie Police Department officer A passerby noticed the children lnthe vehicle and called the police, the officbr said. The 47-year-old woman has since been released from Hays County Jail on bonds totaling $10,000. Utts, $200; Jay Gruhikey, $250; Lupe Carbajal, $100; Gil Heidenfeld, $100; Ray & Mary Jacobson, $100; James & Jane Keeley, $100; David Sergi, $100; Cop Rehired Continued from pg. 1A Besides the most recent episode, Williams noted that Stephens lied to his commander in Octo- ber 2008 when he said that he was tardy for a subpoenaed court appearance in Comal County because of a death in the fam- ily when he actually overslept. He also received an oral warning in August 2009 for ad- dressing an automo- bile driver stopped for speeding in "harsh and belittling terms." The driver had a chok- ing dog in the vehicle and was rushing it to veterinary clinic. The dog died during the traffic stop. Stephens reportedly told the distraught pet owners, "Chill out, it's just a dog, you can get another one." For now, Williams said that Stephens will remain in a crime prevention and com- munity service slot, away from patrolling duties. "In good con- science I can't put him back on the streets if I can't trust his word," Williams said. "He has to gain the faith of me and the DA, and I'm not sure he can do that." UPDATE Melissa & Matt Young, $550 Also: Stephen Janda, $100; Roger & Pat Seiders, $100, both of Driftwood; Jennifer Cawley of Niederwald, $100 From Wimberley: Tucker Blythe, $100; Judy Carey, $100; Joan Chisolm, $100; Gary Cutler, $100; David Glenn, $100; Thomas Huth, $350; Bill Johnson, $120; Vance Wright, $100; J.M.Young, LETTERS GUI INES We welcome Ically written letters to the eitor on timely topics of comfunity inter- est. We ask tht you keep them to about350 words in length and tht you not in- dulge in persnal attacks on private indiv~Juals. Letters may be editld 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. State Representative Patrick Rose has a big lead in cam- paign contributions in his sions, Rose has represented James & Diane Baker, $300 race for re-election to a fourth, party's nomination without legislative term despite an an opponent in the March impressive fund raising drive by Republican challenger Jason Isaac, highlighted by a donation of $100,000 by a Dripping Springs neighbor. Financial reports recently Hays, Caldwell and Blanco ,From Dripping Spdngs: Steve Brown, counties in the Texas House $500; Steve & Kathy Carriker, $100; JASON ISAAC: James Farr, $400; Robert Floyd, From Dripping Springs: Paul Albini, since 2003. Isaac won his $1,100; Jim & Renee Lovelace, $100; $500; Karen & Bruce Barnes, $150; Barbara Meyers, $250; Scott Storm, $100; John & Camilla Bordie, $100; Patsy & Clifford Ward and David Braun, $300; John & Shawn Adams, $200; Grog & Kim Gerlovich, $200 From Wimbedey: Stephen & Randa primary; Rose easily turned back a challenge from former Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District presi- dent Andrew Backus. Contributions of $100 or more from Hays County resi- dents: PATRICK ROSE: From Buda: Joel & Mary Stone, $1,300; Warren Ketteman, $200; Grog & Michelle Moore, $700; Janice Morris, $150; Connie Burrus, $100; John & Rebecca Hatch, $200; Richard Hemandez, $200; Diane Shakiman, $200; Tyler Williams, $250; Patrick & Dana Williams,S500; Dick & Carolyn Schneider, $200 From Kyle: Beth & Everett Smith, $500; David Wilson, $100; John & JaNe Orr, $500; Bill & Kate Johnson, $2,500; Tim & Helen Kay, $200; Bob & Tutta Barton, $200; Tim & Helen Kay, $2OO From San Marcos: Ed & Bonnie Long- cope, $5,000; Randall & Kathy Morris, $500; Chuck & Elizabeth Nash, $500; San Marcos Surgery Center, $2,500; Charles Sims, $1,000; Eleanor Crook, $10,000; Donna & Gerald Hill, $450; Ed filed by all candidates seek- ing election to state or federal office this November show Robert Seale, who owns a $1.4 million Hays County ranch near Dripping Springs, as the donor of a total of $105,535 to Isaac, who is seeking to end Rose's four-term legislative career. Records at the Federal Election Commission list Seale as the chief executive officer of Austin-based Q2 Software Inc. Democrat Rose, a Dripping Springs native who moved his law office to San Marcos earlier this year, reported a total of $261,910 raised in the first seven months of the year compared to $169,511 collect- ed by Isaac during the same period. Rose also maintains a big lead in campaign funds on hand, with the report indicat- ing he still had $571,300 in his coffers. Isaac had $149,407, according to his report. & Sally Kuny,$100; Terry & Diana Mc- Cabe, $200; Perry & Marianne Moore, $100; John & Chloe Navarette, $250; Jim & Diane Pabe, $2@0; George Ptak, $100; Diane Sanders, $100; James Schlotter, $100; Max & Janet Schlotter, $100; Patty Sullivan, $100; Sandy & Tom Turdik, $300; Kathleen & Stephen Never run an extension cord outside after a heavy rain; wet ground conducts electricity. Keep electrical objects away from rain, hoses, sprinklers, wet ground and swimming pools. 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