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q~ Rebel volleyball beats Maroons in three - Page 1B SHOPPING 101 Shopping nutritiously and avoiding marketing hype - Page 1C @Barton Publications, Inc. ..... HaysFreePress.com ........... Vol. 119 No. 24 Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County, TX 75 BY MOSES LEOS III from operating cell moses@haysfreepress.com phones, tablets or elec- tronic devices with their hands while driving First Wimberley, then their vehicles. Buda and now Kyle The city council's have joined the unanimous vote trend of Hays means the or- County dinance will cities go into opting to effect ban the imme- use of diately. mobile The or- devices dinance, while however, driving, includes a By a 7-0 grace period vote early that ends on Wednesday Nov. 1. Kyle Police morning, the Kyle City will issue warnings to Council approved an those who break the ordinance that restricts drivers and bicyclists HANDS-FREE IN IffLE, 2A 1' ,)1, BY MOSES LEOS III moses@haysfreepress.com A roundabout at the intersection of FM 1626 and Kohler's Crossing in Kyle has been moth- balled by the Texas Department of Trans- portation. TxDOT is instead opting to move forward with a traffic ignal at the intersection, despite the majority of the Kyle City Council supporting a roundabout in a reso- lution passed in July. TxDOT's decision on moving away from the roundabout was made public during the Sept. 1 Kyle City Council meet- ing. It stemmed from an email sent from TxDOT area engineer Victor Var- gas to Kyle City Manager S ott Sellers on the in- stallation of a signal. "This does not re- move the possibility of a roundabout at intersec- tions in the future," Var- gas wrote in his email to Sellers. "TxDOT will continue to work with the City of Kyle as the community grows and the needs change." According to Sellers, several factors went into TxDOT's decision. One of the primary reasons was that TxDOT had been working on the de- sign and engineering for the traffic signal. That process began in 2013 when TxDOT offered ideas for a traffic control device at the intersection. They had begun engineering for a NO ROUNDABOUT, 2A A Buda area veteran holds a sign of support for police officers prior to Friday's show of solidarity by law enforcement officials. In honor of slain Harris County Sherrif Deputy Darren Goforth emergency personnel throughout the county congregated in their service areas to flash their siren lights for a full minute in observance of the start of Goforth's funeral. See additional photo from Kyle online at www. haysfreepress.com. BY MOSES LEOS III Jepsen suffered injuries to her moses@haysfreepress.corn, i Jl.|l~lI -- --- : ,llll]'trhead, arms and legs in the attack. A woman injured in a June dog attack in the Waterleaf Falls sub- division has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the City of Kyle and four other defendants. The suit, filed in Hays County last week, was made against the dogs' owners, Alba Mercado Cruz and DanielViera, the City of Kyle, Water- leaf Falls' management company, Goodwin Management, and the Waterleaf Falls home- owners association. The lawsuit seeks set- tlement after the "gross negligence" of all parties led to her injuries, along with the death of the woman's own dog. Litigation filed on behalf of the victim, Amy lensen, states that "all defendants knew, or should have known" that the dogs had "dangerous propensities abnormal Her dog, ohich was mauled by the pitbulls, later died at an area veterinarian clinic. to their class." In addi- erinarian clinic. tion, the suit claims that The suit claims at no the dogs' "propensity to time did Cruz or any res- escape" posed a risk to ident attempt to stop the the public at large, attack or offer assistance The suit stems from to Jensen. Residents in an incident that oc- Cruz's home retrieved curred on June 11, when the dogs and washed Jensen and her dog, Jax, blood off of them, ac- were attacked by four cording to the lawsuit. pitbull mixed breed dogs Both Cruz and Viera while on an early morn- were arrested in July on ing walk. the charge of attack by The four dogs, owned dog, which is a felony vi- by Cruz and Viera, had olation of the Texas State escaped from the back- Health and Safety Code. yard of their home on But the suit claims Cushman Drive. that the city, along with lensen suffered inju- the HOA and Goodwin ries to her head, arms knew about the prob- and legs in the attack, lem, but failed to act. Her dog, which was Issues began when mauled by the pitbulls, later died at an area vet- DOG ATFACK LAWSUIT, 2A 0- tO Z National Bay of Service The Volunteer Committee of the BR3T is inviting per- sons to consider volunteering to help persons affected by the Memorial Weekend flood and storms in Blanco, Caldwell, Guadalupe and Hays Counties during the upcoming National Day of Service (September 11) and the following Saturday and Sunday (September 12- 13). Find out how you can help by calling 512-715- 4134 or emailing BR3TVolunteers@gmail.com. BUDA BEER Buda brewery eyes January opening. - Page 1D Free yoga The Kyle Public Library will host free community yoga classes every Mon- day at 6:30 p.m, All are welcome to attend. You,re invited to Sil- verado Onion Creek for burgers, wings and more tailgating treats this Thursday at Sil- verado Onion Creek from 5-7 p.m. and be sure to wear your favorite team's jersey to show support, Call Cindy Swink to RSVP at (512) 280-2030 or email at cswink@ silveradocare,com. News ............... 1-2A Best Bets ............ 4C Opinions ............... 3A Business ......... 1, 4D i Sports ............... 1-2B Service Directory ...2-3D Education ......... 3-4B Classifieds ............ 2D Community ...... 1-4C Public Notices ... 2,4D PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III I I I I I ILl DEVE IN DEAN MURDER CASE ....... A former Austin Police Department officer suspected in the murder of Kyle Victim Services Coordinator Samantha Dean was flown back into country earlier this week and was charged with Capital Murder in her death. Last Wednesday, VonTrey Clark was flown from Indonesia to Texas, where he was booked into the Bastrop County Jail. Clark, who had fled to Indonesia in August, remains in the Bastrop County Jail without bail. Read the full story on the update to the Samantha Dean story online at www. haysfreepress.com KYLE ADOPTS BUDGET, PROPERTY TAX RATE The Kyle City Council Tuesday formally adopt- ed its 2016 budget and property tax rate by a 5-1 vote on second reading. Council member Daphne Tenorio voted against the budget. Kyle's vote sets the city's property tax rate at $.5848 per $100 of tax- able valuation. The city also approved its budget of $78.9 million, which was reduced by roughly $589,000 on Sept. 1. But Tenorio disap- proved of the budget and tax rate. "I'm disappointed in this budget and wish we could have been better servants to the city," she said on the dais. Mayor Todd Webster said finalizing the budget was an important step. "There are extremely high expectations for the staff, for the departments, to deliver on what we've funded," Webster said. "I hope to see a significant increase in the quality and level of service to the people that live here." + lnliTI ] [[ ..... i- r