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Brazilian volleyball player excels for Lady Lobes. - Page 1B BAOK TO SCHOOl Hays CISD students returne school this week. See photo - Page 1C Barton Publications, Inc. ~to 3, + HaysFreePress.com .... i~i~i~iiiiii:i, !iiii,ii,i,lii~i;; Vol. 108 * No. 20 Buda, Kyle and County 75 Kyle cop fights firing following pedophile case BY SEAN KIMMONS sean@haysfreepress.com A Kyie police officer has pro- tested his punishment after he was fired for letting an alleged pedophile drive away with a 14- year-old runaway during a traf- fic stop in February, Officer Karl Cranek ap- pealed his termination and a three-day arbitration hearing was held last week at Kyle City Hall, where a neutral hearing examiner listened to argu- ments from the officer and the Kyle Police Department. A judge is expected to hand down a final ruling this winter. in March, the department handed Cranek an indefinite sus- pension for not properly investi- gatingthe scenewhen he stopped Kyle resident Dustin McFall, who "We had a duty to protect that 14-year-old. We failed to do that. He had control of the situation but he just did not get it." - Michael Blake, Kyle Chief of Police substandard performance but remained on the force. One officer, she said, failed to write a police report on an hadareportedlyrnissingl4-year- attempted child abduction in old boy in the car. : front of Ky!e Elementary School McFall, 33, and the boywere in JanlJa@ The officer only re- eventually detained by.the ceivedatwo-daysnspensiorL Hidalgo County Sheriff's Of- AnotherKyleofficerneglect- rice upon re-entering the U.S. ed to read a suspect's Miranda from Mexico. fights, a constitutional rights violation, and did not notarize UNJUST PINK SLIP?. his signature on a police docu- In the hearing, Cranek's de- merit but was not suspended, fense attomey lanice ]oseph she said. questioned why the department Asergeant in the department ~_.rmiamedber~twbenoth- was only reprimanded for of. er officers who made mistakes fenses that included accidentally received far lesser punishment. Joseph, who works for Com- bined Law Enforcement As- sociations of Texas (CLEAT), an advocacy group for police officers, said that multiple of- ricers in the department had tasing a fellow officer, insuffident record keeping and for having a bad attitude, ]oseph said. Ioseph argued that the depart- ment, headed by Police Chief COP CALLS FOUl. pg. 3A Kyle police officer Karl Cranek listens to testimony last week in the appeal of Cranek was terminated for allegedly allowing a suspected pedophile dnve car. A ruling is not expected for weeks or months. BY JEN BIUNDO jen@haysfreepress.com As the former general man- ager of the Pedemales Electric Cooperative prepares to face trial for money laundering, lo- cal lawmakers are teging PEC board members to expect con- tinued efforts to reform the na- tion's largest electric coopera- tive when the legislative session reconvenes this January. State Rep. Patrick M. Rose and State Senator Troy Fraser harshly criticized the current PEC board of directors at their recent August meeting for their decision to terminate PEC Gen- eral Manager luan Garza, who was hired in 2008 in the wake of allegations of criminal wrong- doing by former General Man- ager Bennie Fuelberg. This Iune, with just five days left on their terms, the last two "old guard" members left over from the Fuelbergregimejoined forces with three new board members to fire Garza. District 3 Director Kathryn Scanlon and District 7 Director Patrick Cox, both of whom were elected in 2008 on a reform platform, cast the dissenting votes. "This decision could have and should have waited until the new board members, duly elected by the members, were swom in," Rose said. "The two outgoing directors were part of the legacy board that allowed for and participated in the mis- management and corruption at PEC that was brought to light ROSE FRASER LANDAKER over the last few years. They departing members to fire Gar- should not have been part of za, a move that cost the co-op any decision that impacts the $1 million in severance pay. future of PEC." "These actions areunaccept- Rose asked board president able and show the irresponsi- Larry Landaker to explain why bility and lack of transparency he and two other board mere- that j~ legislation," Rose bers voted alongside the two said. PHOTO BY SEAN KIMMONS his firing from the department. away with a 14-year-old boy in his PEC members approved a bill of fights at the most recent annual meeting that include open records and open meet- hags requirements similar to those faced by local govern- ments. But Rose says he'll take that one step further, by codify- hag those and more changes in state law. Fraser and Rose say they plan to sponsor open meetings and open records requirements for PEC, along with legislation that would create smaller single- member districts within the co-op. Currently, board mem- bers must campaign to all of the co-op's 200,000-plus mem- bers, making their constituency about twice as large as that of a FEC TRIAL, pg. 2A BY SF.~I KIMMONS sean@haysfreepress.com Possible changes to Kyle's city charter, which could have gone to public vote in a special elec- tion on Nov. 2, were put on hold during an emergency city coun- cil meeting Monday. The proposed amend- ments in- clude a pay increase for the mayor and coun- cilmem- JOHI~ON bers, $350 and $250 total per month, re- spectively. Another amendment would allow the council to fire the city manager with only four votes, instead of the current five votes. Other amendments would put term' limits on city boards and commissions and lay the groundwork for a debt i management polio/. .... See c.,n, ,g. STAFF REPORT A 21-year-old female was reportedly raped in Kyle by a known male acquaintance early August 13, police say. Around 1:30 a.m., Kyle police responded to the call along the 21300 block of IH-35, where the victim told police that she was raped by a man she met recently, a Kyle Police Department officer said. The victim received mi- nor contusions in the sexual assault, the officer said, who added that the case is still under investigation. In less than a month, there have been at least two re- ported rapes in Kyle. On Iuly 23, AaronYoung, a 20-year-old Kyle resident, was arrested md charged with raping a 21- rear-old female. Subacdl~t ~ g w> 1 i- W ..... :::~ ,,i~: BY BRAD ROLLINS bradrollins@yahoo.com Older than either the city of Buda or its predecessor, DuPre, the An- tioch Colony near what is now FM 1626 and FM 967 was a refuge for were buried at the Antioch Cemetery where the oldest tombstone, that of 16-year-old lohn Bunton, dates from 1880. On Tuesday, the Hays County Commissioners Court authorized the county's mad department to perform one-time maintenance and upkeep at the historic site, including removal of about 10 dead trees lost other scheduled jobs, Borcherding said. His department did not put a dollar value on the labor but said a bid from a private company came in at $5,200. "That's more than what their little group has to spend and we'll be able to to do it considerably cheaper than that," Borcherding said. recently freed slaves starting in 1870. Joseph Rowley bought 490 acres during the drought of recent years. in 1859 more than a decade before "There's some very old tomb- the colony's founding. After the stones there and we want to make CivilWar, he sold land to about a sure they're protected and we really dozen families for $5 an acre and the feellike our guys will protect them little community, also called Black better than a commercial outfit," Colony. sprang up near Onion Creek said Jerry Borcherding, the Resource The enclave thrived as a farming Protection, Transportation and Plan- town through the 1940s when many ning department director. families began moving off. A county crew will complete the Those who died along the way work when it does not interfere with LITTER PREVENTION The county's participation was initiated by Hays County Historical Commission member Jim Cuilen, who chairs the group's ce~netery committee. Volunteers recently mowed tall grass and did other cleanup at the cemetery, Cullen said, but the cemetery association has limited funding and is unable to ANTIOCH CEMETERY, pg. 3A PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Antioch Cemetery on Old Black Colony Road near FM 1626 is one of Buda's oldest historic land- marks PAWS Animal Shelter hosts spay,/neuter clinic. -Page 10 Opinions .................. 4-5A C'.humJa Pae~ .... Ce. Sports ..................... 1-2B Business News ............. 1D Education ............... 3-4B Service Directory ...... 2 & 3D Community ............ 1, 2 & 6C Classifieds ..................... 2D Bulletin Boards ............ 2C Public Notices .......... 2 & 4D 1____ 1 '1 '1~ 1'111111141~ 4