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RATTUN' THE SNAKES Rebels score early and often against San Marcos football rival. -PagelB SCHOOL DEDICATION Dedication of two new elementary schools honor local history. -Page 1C @Barton Publications, Inc. .... ............ HaysFreePress.com Vol. 108 No. 23 Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 PHOTO BY JEN BIUNDO After 10 years contracting with San Marcos-Hays County EMS, the Buda Fire Department is bringing its ambulance services in-house. BY JEN BIUNDO jen@haysfreepress.com The Buda Fire Department will bring its ambulance ser- vices in-house next month, marking the latest move to pro- fessionalize emergency care in the rapidly-growing district. On Oct. 2, the fire depart- ment will take over ambulance services from the San Marcos/ Hays County EMS, which cur- rently has a contract to re- spond to medical emergencies in the Buda area. "San Marcos/Hays County EMS has provided great ser- vice," said Buda Fire Chief Clay Huckaby. "This is talking it in a new direction and bringing it in-house." Jim Hollis, president of the Emergency Services District that oversees fire and medical care for the Buda area, said the new services will not trigger an increase in the district's three cent tax rate. "I'm one of these folks that like to shop at home," Hollis said. "I like to have things in- house, I like to have the com- munity and the personnel in- volved. If we can get basically the same type of operations as we have in San Marcos, we would much rather have local people." The move will add a second ambulance to northeast Hays County, with one unit sta- tioned at the west fire station and the other at the substation east of IH-35. "The call volume here in Buda isn't through the roof for EMS," Huckaby said. "It's only about 1,000 calls per year, but the district is so sprawling it hurts response times." With only one ambulance currently assigned to Buda, See EMS EXPANSION, pg. 2A A bee colony in a rusted old water heater, shown here halfway through the hive's removal, overcame mowed his pasture on Aug. 31. LaCaze is recovering at home after nearly a week in the hospital. COURTESY PHOTO Kyle area resident Lamar LaCaze as he Kyle resident survives 1,500-plus stings BY KAY RICHTER kay@haysfreepress.com Kyle area resident Lamar LaCaze cred- its his cell phone and speed dial with saving his life from the estimated 1,500 bees that attacked him on Aug. 31. "I could barely see my cell phone," LaCaze said. "But I knew my life depend- ed on me getting that call through." LaCaze, 65, was returning home from his morning at his San Marcos barber- shop when he decided to mow some pastureland adjacent to his property lo- cated on O'Bryant Road on the outskirts of eastern Kyle. He was on his tractor and went less than half a round around his property when the bees suddenly attacked. "They were all over my face," LaCaze said. He managed to step off his trac- tor with the intent of getting to a water trough that was located about 75 yards away. He didn't get there fast enough. He remembers falling a short distance from the tractor. "I fell and then I started crawling over towards the fence," LaCaze said. LaCaze then placed his first few calls to his wife and his son. His son, Trey had been released from his job a few hours early. After being unable to locate his father at their home, he grew increas- "I was not expecting it to be that bad, but after I sa o it I thought be might not make it." - Rudy Cisneros, victim's neighbor ingly concerned and placed calls to his father's cell phone. "He sounded weak when I spoke to him on the phone," Trey LaCaze said. After his initial attempt to locate his father on the property failed, he placed another call to his father's cell phone. It was only a few minutes before he came upon a surreal scene. "Growing up in a rural area, we never thought about bees being a threat," Trey LaCaze said. Trey and his neighbor, Rudy Cisneros of Kyle rushed to the aid of LaCaze after dialing emergency services. Cisneros remembers the event as something he'd never before witnessed - LaCaze's face covered nearly entirely with bees, like something on T~. "I was not expecting it to be that bad," Cisneros said, "but after I saw it I thought he might not make it." COURTESY PHOTO Lamar LaCaze was not his recognizable self due to the swelling of the 1500-plus bee stings. LaCaze's wife, Lois, also did not expect the severity of her husband's injuries. "I was shocked, he was attacked by a lot more bees than I could imagine," See BEE ATFACK, pg. 3A BY BRAD ROLLINS brad@haysfreepress.cor The Hays County office has arrested a suspect in the murder month of a Lockhart whose body was discove in the bed of a pickup during a traffic stop in Braunfels. All four men charged murder in the death ter Capello, 35, have connections" to the can Mafia as does himself, Sheriff Tommy lift said this week. The of the publicly known pects, Paul Tovar, 42, of San Marcos area was hended in Houston on See MAFIA SLAYINGS, pg. STAFF REPORT Hays County, along with city of San Marcos, will dOdi- cate the new 43-acre soccer complex at Five-Mile Dam P~k at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18~ The ribbon cutting cerenho- ny culminates an eight-yar, $4.5 million partnership be- tween the city and coun~ to create a soccer complex ngar the Blanco River on the edge of southem Kyle. Officials Be complex will help draw local, regional and statewide compe- titions. / Cost-sharing between ~he two governments allowed "Our bond funds to go farther in pro- viding additional recreational options for Hays County resi- dents," said Pct. 1 CommissiOn- er Debbie Gonzales Ingalsb~. Said San Marcos Mayor Su- san Narvaiz, "It helps redize SOCCER FIELDS OPEN, pg. ~6A Subscriber address Ou- ,do COURTESY PHOTO St. Anthony's Annual Fiesta Live music (including John Arthur Mar- tinez, pictured), food, raffle, crowning of the Fiesta Queen. 6 p.m. Friday and Sat- urday; 4 p.m. Sunday. 801 N. Burleson. Free shuttle from Kyle Elementary School, 500 W. Blanco. www.samc-kyle.org Vietnam aircraft at the LBJ Ranch Historic "Bird Dog" planes on display. Interpretive talks by Vietnam re-enactors. Aircraft demonstra- tions at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. LBJ Ranch, U.S. 280 wall. www.nps.gov/lyjo POW/MIA Motorcycle Ride Starts at the Kyle/Buda VFW Post 12057 at 103 S. Front St. in Kyle, travels through the Hill Country ~nd ends in San Marcos. Registration starts at 9 a.m.; ~ide starts at 10:30 a.m. E-mail cdr@vfw12057.com Benefit for , Roberts family Barbecue plate sales, garage sale and silent auction for family of Denny Roberts, who died unexpectedly earlier this mo=nth. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 2425 Green Meadows Lane, Buda. Call 512-689-8728~ Find more local events in the Bulletin, page 2C. ! Complete listings at haysfreepress.com/calendar HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SETON Seton celebrates one year of service in Hays County. - Page 1D Opinions .................. 4-5A Obituaries .................. 4C Sports ..................... 1-2B Business News ...... I&4D Education ............... 3-4B Service Directory ...... 2 & 3D Community ............ 1,2 & 4CClassifieds ..................... 2D Bulletin Boards ............ 2C Public Notices ...... 2&4D .............. ~ ......... ::~:X! i~i~c,~',~'::~: :~: ~ '::~ ~0"- ~': ,~ ~ ! ~@: ~" " . ........................ ....... ~'. .................. \ t +