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Page 8 u The Free Press Current Events September 4, 2003 Attorney General bags thl',ze more child!predators in Hays County BY DANIEL MICHAEL Staff Writer OUNTY-The state Attorney General's Internet Bureau continues to bust sus- pected child predators who come to Hays County thinking they're going to pick up 13-year-old girls for sex. The bureau tracked down three more suspected pedophiles in the county in a little over a week, according to Tom Kelle, of the Attorney General's Office. Kelly said the men made road trips to Hays County with hopes of meeting young girls. But the girls of their dreams really were Internet Bureau investigators. The men allegedly made contact with the investigators in online teen chat rooms and enticed them into pre-arranged meetings at locations near IH- 35. Apparently, the men in this round of arrest had computer industry backgrounds. Phillip Joel Ramos, 30, a Verizon Wireless employee from Austin, was arrested at 2 p.m. on Aug. 25. Michael Edward Kilpatrick, 46, of Houston, was arrested Saturday, Aug. 16. He is a tech- nical engineer for Hewlett- Packard. Michael A. McDaniel, 43, of PflugerviUe, arrested on Aug. 1, is a former Dell Computer employee. Ramos and Kilpatrick were charged with attempted aggra- vated sexual assault of a minor, while McDaniel was charged with criminal solicitation of a minor. Both are second-degree felonies. Bonds for Ramos and McDaniel were set at $150,000, while the bond amount for Kilpatrick was set at $250,000. Kilpatrick allegedly booked a hotel room on Ben White Blvd., in Austin, then drove south into Hays County to meet the child. These arrests bring a total of 14 suspects taken into custody since May for attempted meet- ings with children in the county. The Internet Bureau obtained Hays County grand jury indict- ments against six of these men on Aug. 7, while they await trial. Attempted sexual perfor- mance on a child carries a pun- ishment range of up to 10 years in jail, while the criminal solici- tation charge carries a punish- ment ranging up to 20 years behind bars. "This willingness on the part of some adults to set up sexual rendezvous with children deeply offends the sensibilities of aver- age citizens and parents," said Attorney General Greg Abbott. "We will lock you up, get you indicted and send you to prison." Kyle granted new BS/EACD permit BY DANIEL MICHAEL Staff Writer A-The Barton Springs/ wards Aquifer has been described as a big bucket with a hole that is always leaking water into the Barton Springs pool. The Barton Spring/Edwards Aquifer Conservatory District (BS/EACD) Board, guardians Of that bucket, decided just how much water each consumer can siphon at last week's meeting. The board met in its bi-weekly meet- ing last Thursday to approve per- mit renewals for fiscal year 2004. Given history, one might have expected a testy session. At this time last year, the BS/EACD and the City of Kyle were going around because Kyle over- pumped its 55 million gallon per- mit by 89 million gallons. As the BS/EACD approved the city's permit for the lastyeax B/F.,ACD Director Jack Go0texpressed particular irritation with the city, which ended up paying a $130,000 fine to the board. Goodman said the board would make it tough on Kyle to renew its permit for the 2004-05 water year. Instead, the board quietly approved Kyle's application for another 55 million gallons. In addition, Kyle has made applica- tion for another 110 million gal- Ions. The board will decide on that amendment this month. Meanwhile, the board approved a 44 million gallon per- mit to the tiny City of Hays, along with a 18.5 million gallon pemlit to Sunset Valley. The board granted a 30 million gallon permit to the Hays CISD. The district's largest permittee, Gorforth Water Supply, was per- mitted to use 319 million gallons and is looking for an increase to 350 million gallons. The district board is also send- ing letters to seven well owners that historically tmderpump. The letters inform the .pemaittees that they have 90 days to give a com- pelling reason why they should have their permits renewed, or the district will slash their pumpage permits by 25 percent. The district board had given the owners of the seven wells a one-year grace permit at the start of fiscal year 2003 last October. The largest under-pumping permittee is the Hays CISD's well on Beacon Hill, which is permit- ted to pump one million gallons, but remains untapped. The school district sent a letter last year defending the permit in anticipa- tion of future growth and addition- al facilities. Onion Creek Memorial Park Inc. has under-pumped by 93 per- cent, but the company has not given a reason for the permit renewal. Goodman said the district is approaching a sustainable yieM. When a sustainable yield is reached, the  wi!l,,c0nsider permitting at that current level, The board will have a public workshop on a sustainable yield model on Sept. 13, at 3 p.m., at the district's office in Manchaca. Meanwhile, the aquifer district is in a Stage I Drought. The dis- trict declared the drought at its Aug. 14 meeting because two of the district's monitoring wells located near Buda and San Leanna fell below the first-tier trigger level for 14 consecutive days. During a Stage I drought, the district requests that its 95 permit- ted well owners and its thousands of customers voluntarily reduce water consumption by 10 percent. District 5 Director Craig Smith said the two wells dipped into the alarm stage over the past two weeks, but then retumed to the first tier-trigger level. Two of the district's monitoring wells must fall into the alarm stage for two consecutive weeks to declare a Stage II Drought, which mandates a 20 percent .r,e, duion,j pumpage. Asphalt Plant Halted, from page 1 KBDJ filed an application on July 3 as a step towards building the rock crushing and asphalt plant, which would operate 24 hours per day on FM 967, just 750 yards from the Ruby Ranch subdivision. Jim Ruby, the same man who sold his land for the devel- opment of Ruby Ranch, has ired Ruby Ranch residents by leas- ing the property for the plant. Ruby Ranch homeowners are concerned that such. a plant would drive down their home values, which average $300,000, and compromise their drinking water quality. "Nothing has happened with (the permit,)" Schneider said. "We're waiting for a public hearing to be scheduled for an air quality permit." Until the TCEQ approves an air quaiity permit, construction of the proposed plant will be put on hold, Mireya Zapata, Chief of Staff for District 45 Rep. Patrick Rose (D-Dripping Springs), said the process takes a couple months. Zapata said Rose has been playing a mediating roll between KBDJ and the home- owners association. KBDJ officials have not been available for comment. Ruby has refused comment. The proposed plant, which would open in December 2003, is expected to increase traffic by 1,000 truck trips per day past Dalstrom Middle School on FM 976 near the intersection with FM 1626, between Buda and FM 1826. Blasting would also occur at least twice a week to dig a 100- feet-deep-quarry, according to NOPE. The organization cites the TCEQ permit application aS the source of the information. "That's our first step - stop- ping the air quality" permit - I I I even though this is just as much about water quality, water sup- ply and quality of life for the families in Ruby Ranch and the surrounding communities," Schneider said. Said Gmitter, "In addition to the pollution and water supply threats, we're concerned about rock blasting and truck traffic." NOPE also asked the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District ........ (BS/EACD) to support the i iii group's request for a public hearing on the permit applica- tion during a July 24 regular meeting of the aquifer district's board. The proposed plant would be built on property over the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone. "This is not just a Ruby Ranch issue, it's an Austin issue," Gmitter said. "Onion Creek is right behind the pro- America can 00ellPmm depend on Farmers' DEBBIE THAMES Agent Thames Insurance Agency is now serving your area. 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Anyone interested in Homecoming activities should contact their former organization at the following: Former HHS Cheerleaders & Mascots Sabrina Janke njanke@austin.rr.com Former HHS Drill Team Ms. Fife FifeT@hayscisd.net Former Drama Club/Theater Troupe Ms. Meek MeekM@hayscisd.net Former Junior ROTC Major Hamil HamilD@hayscisd.net Former Leo Club Carrie Espinoza EspinozaC@hayscisdlnet Former Yearbook / Newspaper John Spence SpenceJ@hayscisd.net All other Alumni Milli Christner foundation@hayscisd.net Come and visit " located on: I I 0 0 000 O0 0 0 0 IIII I years and ng  to serng Buda and Kyie Communilies. Just past the Fiesta Motors used car lot I Ill " i i i I IIII I 11