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+ i | l~ |]~ili JiJlllLIL||l iJiJlillJiilJL,I Page 2A @es dmmd County Tax Assessor-Collector ].a~mne Caraway has announced that all tax offices in Hays County will be closed on Wednesday, Sept. 22 for staff training. The offices are located in Buda, Dripping Springs, Kyle and San Marcos. The offices will reopen at 8 a.m. Sept. 23. The Hays Fre 1087-9323) I: by Barton Pu 109 W. Cent( "IX 78640. Pc age paid at E and addition= POSTMASTE changes to E tions, Inc., R Buda, TX 78( ISSN#10874 NEWS TIPS If you think it probably do Newsroom 512-268-78E E-mail: ne~ Mail: p.o. t Kyle, TX 78E CORRECTIC =. Press (ISSN ublished weekly 31ications, Inc., r Street, Kyle, riodicals post- uda, TX 78610 ~1 mailing offices. R: Send address arton Publica- ). Box 339, ~10. ,323 's news, we :oo! phone: 2 is@haysfree- ~O2530, NS Any erroneoHs reflection upon the charactc[r, standing or reputation of any person, firm orcorporati, pear in the Free Press upon being tention of th DEADLINE,c The deadl vertising an ~n which may ap- ages of the Hays dll be corrected 3rought to the at- e publisher. le for display ad- J any contributed news copy n the Hays Free Pressisbis 5 Ptm' Friday the week pdor ~o publication. The deadline for Letters to the Editor a advertising Press is no week of pu we encourt advertisers Friday dea( LETTERS We welcol letters to t topics of c est. We as them to aL length an( dulge in p~ private in( may be ec and clarit~ be signed include a q number w nd classified word in the Hays Free )n Monday the )lication, though ge readers and to observe the Iline. IUIDELINES ~e locally written ~e editor on timely ommunity inter- < that you keep out 350 words in that you not in- ;rsonal attacks on ividuals. Letters ited for brevity . All letters should by the author and iaytime phone lere the author can be co ttacted for verifi- cation. Le .'ter writers are lim- ited to on~ letter per month. Letters ca~_ be emailed to HISTORYI Founded ~pri110, 1903 by Thomas F[letcher Harwell as The Kyle /yews, with offices on the co~ Miller Str~ oldest rer merged ir Citizen in consolide Press in ( ing its me history th maintain( than adc and Bud= ner of Budeson and ets in the town's laining building. It to The Hays County 1956. The paper ted with The Free )ctober, 1978. Dur- re than 100-year newspaper has d offices at more zan locations in Kyle + NEWS Hays Free Press September 15, 2010 Cldld molester gets sentences 207th State District Judge Jack Robison on Monday sentenced a convicted child molester to 18 life sentences, most of which will be stacked one after another instead of running concur- ren~y. Jimmy Duran Lopez, 39, of Austin will not be eligible for parole until he has served a mini- mum of 120 years. Robison also ordered Lopezto pay LOPEZ $100,000 in restitution to the victim, who was abused over a period of six years starting when the child was eight years old, said assistant district attorney Amy Lockhart, who prosecuted the case. Lopez pied guilty in August to 13 counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and five counts of sexual assault of a child, all first-degree felonies. Because Lopez had been previously convicted of two felonies, each of the counts carried a possible sen- tence of 25 years to life in prison. Commissioners Court plans final public hearing on budget The Hays County Commissioners Court will hold a final public hearing on the proposed 2011 county budget at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 at the courthouse, 111 E. San Antonio St. in San Marcos. The court is also expected to vote to set the budget for its 2011 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. The proposed budget is available for review in both the county Cclerk and au- ditor's offices in San Marcos, as well as in the commissioners' precinct offices. It is also posted online at The commissioners court is considering a proposed tax rate of 47.39 cents per $100 in property value, an increase over the current tax rate of 46.92 cents. However, with slight property devaluations in some areas of the county, the "effective rate" -- the rate at which the county will raise the same amount of revenue it did this year -- is 48.3 cents, about a penny above the proposed rate for the coming year. Under the currently proposed tax rate, the average homeowner in Hays County will realize a decrease in his or her county tax bill of about $7, County Auditor Bill Herzog said. DIMRt.A SOLIZ GARCIA TOVAR Mafia Slaying Continued from pg. 1A day when he agreed to meet in connection with the case. with sheriff's office investi- All are in the Hays County gator Gilbert Castro. Jail, with bail for each set at Investigators believe Cap- $750,000. pello was killed on Aug. 31, Law enforcemerat officials said Mark Graves, the sher- have been more tight-lipped iff's Criminal Investigations than usual about the case, division head. His body declining even to name all more than 50 years, accord- ing to The website estimates that the gang has 30,000 members across the United States. PHOTO BY JEN BIUNDO Six new paramedics and their division chief will staff the new Buda ambulance service. (Left to Right) Chas Humphrey, EMS Division Chief Daniel Baum, George Geisen, Michell Johnston, Dustin Loper, Eric Spil- lar. Not pictured: Jacob Stinson. EMS Expansion Continued from pg. 1A EMS workers now have to call up a backup ambulance from Kyle or San Marcos about sixto 10 times per month when two medical calls came in at once, Huckaby said, losing critical minutes that could mean the difference between life and death for some patients. "If you had to do it one time, it's too many," Huckaby said. "When that second call hits, we'll have personnel ready to go in our own community." Ambulance rides will cost roughly the same as they did under the San Marcos contract, at a flat fee of $750 for a basic call, $850 for an advanced call and $950 for a life-saving call. The move has been in the works for two to three years, Hollis said. Two recently- constructed fire stations were designed with the EMS opera- tions in mind, and include a bedroom for EMT staffers and a bay for the ambulance unit. The ESD has hired six senior paramedics, three at the east station and three at the west station. They'll be augmented with Buda firefighters, who will do two-week rotations on the ambulance. While Buda firefighters will still go out to medical calls as first respond- ers, now they'll also have EMT experience. "It'll keep us fresh on our training, and we'll definitely advance our skills," Huckaby said. Longtime Buda firefighter EMS WELCOME What: Community Ceremony introducing Buda's new para- medics and ambulance units When: 10 a.m. - noon Satur- day, Sept 25. Where: Gazebo on the green- belt next to City Hall and paramedic Daniel Baum was promoted to Division Chief of the EMS Unit. Bauin said the new service would bring a sense of local owner- ship and pride in the commu- nity. "Most of the people, myself included, live in the commu- nity," Baum said. "Our goal is to treat everybody like they're family and neighbors." Hays County ESD No. 8 is the taxing arm for the Buda Fire Department's 75-square-mile district, and charges ten cents per $100 of property valuation on the annual tax bill. Mean- while, Northeast Hays County ESD #2 provides EMS service to the same geographic district at a charge of three cents per $100. Dripping Springs and Wim- berley also have separate EMS districts, while the other large cities integrate EMS service into the city or fire district tax rate. In unincorporated areas and small communities such as Niederwald or Uhland, the county fronts the money for ambulance service. was badly mutilated and the state and fedeJral inves- wrapped in plastic ~then a tigators participatiing in the New Braunfels police offi- investigation, althtough the cer stopped the southbound U.S. Marshals office and the track in New Braunfels on Texas Rangers are known to Sept. 1. be involved. , "While we can't speculate %s this develops, you II about the exact nature of see why" officials ,can't now why this slaying happened, say much about the crime's we feel certain thepersons context or what lawv enforce- involved are in custody to- ment agencies are involved, day," Rafliff said on Monday Ratliff said. atapress conference. The Mexican Mafia, often Neither Rafliff nor Graves called La EME, wras estab- said where in Hays County lishad in Texas im 1984 by .the murder is thought to Heriberto "Herbi~" Huerta lmvenccurred, who was serving three life Elm] Davila Jr., 52 , of sentences in a IHuntsville W'mabedey; Nemesio Gar- prison for murder conspira- cia Jr., 31, of San Marcos; cyand racketeerir~g. Johnny Gilbert Soliz Jr:, 45 The Texas orgar~ization is , of San ~laos; and Tovar, not officially tied to the gang 42, have hewn charged with that has operated under the one count !f murder each same name in California for fault circuit intempters (GFCIs) are v devices that can pIwent burns, electric and electrocution. If the electricity flowing and out of an appliance fltmuates, the GFCI off the power. GFCIs protect against gr0uad which often result [ram damaged appliame or using electrical products in wet areas.~t's mt to test GFCIs monthly using the "l t" Wa GrrW/ A'rr?'" a 'king, have a cerdled or replace it. 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