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September 25, 2003 Current Events Page 9 The, Free Press Cervenka murder trial ould begin next week BY DANIEL I/IICHAEL Staff Writer REA - The murder trial of Buda resident Glenn Newton could begin as early as next week, according to the Travis . County District Attorney's Office. Newton's trial went on the Sept. 25 docket. However, that only means the judge will be determined today (Sept. 25). As each docket contains about 30 cases, it's unknown how quickly the Newton case will be tried. The case had been held to the end of September to accommo- date Travis County prosecuting attorney Diana Medina, who has been on a leave of absence. However, Medina's leave has been extended until November. If the judge decides to hear the case before Medina returns, Travis County will have to put another prosecutor on it. Newton is charged with gun- ning down 31-year-old Buda resident Michael Cervenka at their All-Star Wireless store located on Ben White Blvd. in Austin last February. Cervenka's untimely death stirred and saddened many resi- dents of Buda and in the sur- rounding areas. Newton and Cervenka were long-time friends and business partners, both with families that have strong ties in the Northern Hays County community. Newton is being held on $850,000 bail at the Travis County jail for capital murder. He rejected a plea-bargain which called for a 40-year prison sen- tence. Austin Police responded to a 9-1-1 call at 11:47 a.m., the day of the incident to find Cervenka dead of a gunshot wound. According to police records, an employee saw Newton stand- ing inside the business, where he motioned for the employee to wait. The employee waited out- side for several minutes, then Newton came out of the busi- ness and locked the door behind him. Newton appeared angry and agitated, according to the affidavit. Austin Police arrested Newton at Buda Primary School on the afternoon of the homi- cide. Newton's wife, Tracy, and Cervenka's wife, Shelli, were teaching at Buda Primary School at the time of the incident. Tracy Newton and Shelli Cervenka have been long-time friends, going back to child- hood. Although no motive has been given in the alleged murder, Cervenka constantly had asked for prayer because of a disagree- ment between himself and Newton in the weeks leading up to the murder, according to Hays Hills Baptist Church Pastor David Sweet. Wackenhut, from page 1 Centers (TIC) in their home counties. The TTCs are like halfway houses, the final step before a prisoner is released to the outside. But the WCC program isn't easy. Each resident takes one- half day of drug and alcohol counseling. Those who have graduated from high school or who have a General Education Development (GED) certificate work the other half of the day. Those without the education are placed in classes for that half of the day. "They don't want to come' here," said James Adkins, who supervises the drug and alcohol counselors at WCC. Adkins also happens to be the mayor of Kyle. "They can just do time at one of the farms. Now, they have to deal with things that have gotten them into the trouble they've gotten into." Once a controversial notion that activated Kyle voters like no other issue ever has, WCC has brought employment to the city without the social disruptions that had been feared. More than 800 people voted in a 1988 city council race in which three candidates stood on each side of whether the facility should be allowed in the town. At the time, Kyle was a city of 2,000 people. Earlier this month, 980 Kyle residents voted in a recall inia- tive against Adkins, which was soundly defeated. But Kyle now has about 12,000 people. Though one would stretch the concept of irony to link the elections just because Adkins also supervises drug and alcohol counselors at WCC, the connec- tion is worth noting. What's more worth noting is the incred- ible rate of success for the WCC program in which Adkins plays such a large role. According to the Texas Criminal Justice Policy Council, WCC has a five percent recidi- vism rate within three years. Prison recidivism rates generally run around 75 percent. For many of these men, the reality of freedom can be daunt- ing, especially when they've spent half of their lives or more incarcerated. So, WCC main- tains education programs and assists the residents in finding employment for when they're released. But the payoff program is substance abuse counseling. Adkins said the program is client driven, rather than dictated by a medical model. As such, the pro- gram isn't immediately embraced. It's the encounter sessions that change everything. The encounters force the residents to look each other in the eye, tell each other they're acting out, tell each other why they're acting out. "Security is notified that an encounter group is being held," said Ricardo Camacho, a WCC counselor. "They're very intense. But they've never got- ten out of hand, thank God." Said Barr, "A lot of places, two of them will settle some- thing by taking it somewhere else. Here, they have to face each other and talk about why they're acting out." The effect, according to WCC officials, is to incorporate a greater degree of personal responsibility into men who have been in denial about their culpability, the role substances have played in their problems, even the background conditions that placed them in spirals of drugs and crime. "They'll tell us things they haven't told anyone," Adkins said. "It can be really tense to see a grown man struggling with things he's never talked about." Two men bunk in each cell at the Wackenhut facility, which generally is near its capacity of 520 residents. An air conditioning vent is on the ceiling. Not pictured just this side of the toilet paper spool in the lower right corner are the only other two amenities in the cell - a sink and a toilet. (photo by Bill Peterson) i I Technological Breakdown( F from Pge 1 ...... ............... " Borreson said Wednesday's dis- aster is unrelated to the larger upgrades project, which has been painful enough. The computer difficulties stem- ming from the upgrades have even kept teachers from taking attendance. Some students probably took advan- tage during the first couple weeks of school, according to one school offi- cial who asked not to be identified. As of last week, all the computer functions for faculty and students were up and running, though further difculfies are possible as the school district upgrades its technology. "When the work is complete, it will be awesome," Borreson said. "It is a six month project that started May 19. We worked all summer." Among the improvements, according to Borreson, will be an upgrade of .switches at each of the district's 14 campuses. Routers and older hubs will be replaced with Layer 2 and Layer 3 switches. "This will provide us with increased speed and bandwidth," Borreson said. "In order for this to happen, all current workstations must be configured for DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol), and all local area networks must be resubnetted and the entire dislrict IP (interact Protocol) scheme will change. This will affect all appli- cations that require an IP number. "We will move from a l0 meg backbone to a gigabyte (1000 meg) backbone," Borreson continued. "We are installing CWDM (Coarse Wave Division Multiplexing) optical gear at each site on the WAN (Wide Area Network). This will greatly improve our local area bandwidth and our Interact bandwidth." The transition has caused tempo- rary problems with extemal access to the school district's web page and e- mail. Each campus will experience a downtime at some point during the wansition, but for the afternoon of Aug 27 and the entire day of Aug. 28, the district was not receiving outside email. However, "Within the school dis- trict, the computers still worked," Borreson said. "Time Warner is working to establish those DNS/IP entries so that the transition will go smoothly." Still, the school district's web page has been down several days over the past few weeks. "It has not been a walk in the park" Borreson said. provide parents, (and the) communi- The school district will also have a centralized PBX (phone system), allowing trunk phone lines into a cen- tral location and saving the district money on monthly service costs. "Tmnking of phone lines also allows for more efficient usage of lines and will help those campuses that need additional metro lines," Borreson said. "All of the schools located in the Buda exchange will be assigned a new phone number with a 268 exchange. The existing 295 numbers will remain active and par- ents will still be routed to the school, if the old number is dialed. These changes are scheduled for early October. Your fourMigit extensions should not change." In addition, the district's web page is being upgraded. "It is our hope that the new web- page will be more user-friendly and ty with additional information," Borreson said. "It has a site search feature that will allow users to search the web by key words. This will be very helpful when navigating through the vast amount of informa- tion provided on the website." Borreson said the changes aren't going to happen overnight, and cir- 909 N. Loop 4, Ste. F Buda, Texas 78610 5!2-295-6464 'Tottr local one stop insurance agency" Located behind HEB next door to Pizza Hut! AUTO HOME LIFE BUSINESS FINANCIAL SERVICES AND MORE.* 'FARMERS INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES effective October 5, 2003 DELICIOUS DAILY LUNCH SPECIALS CALL 268-5372 ld A V l l. m w w m o m i Local Library Events b Kyle Community Library Children's Story[ime, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. Buda Public Library Bilingual Storytime, Mondays I l a.m. Pre-School Storytime with crafts, Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. Toddler Storytime Thursdays, 1.0:30 a.m. San Marcos Public Library Free Spanish Classes, Thursday evenings from Sept. 18-Nov. 20.7:00 p.m. Hours of Operation: Basil Anthony Moreau Library Kyle (Buda Public Library) Community Library Monday 10am-8pm Monday 11am-5pm Tuesday 10am-Tpm Tuesday 10am-8pm Wednesday 10am-7pm Wednesday 10am-6pm Thursday 10am-7pm Thursday 10arn-8pm Friday 10am-5pm Friday 10am-6pm Saturday 10am-5pm Saturday 9am-3pm Sunday Closed Sunday Closed San Marcos Public Library Monday 10am-gpm Monday Tuesday 10am-gpm Tuesday Wednesday 10am-9pm Wednesday Thursday lOam-gpm Thursday Friday 10am-6pm Friday Saturday 10am-5pm. Saturday Sunday lpm-6pm Sunday Wimbedey Village . Library 10am-8pm 10am-6pm 10am-8pm Closed 10am-6pm 10am-4pm Closed i i ! \\; "These upgrades will not be painless," Borreson said in a memo to school faculty this summer. "We may experience downtimes, inter- mittent web access, phone problems, etc. I will need your full cooperation and support as we tackle this pro=. ject." cuit problems and several computer families cart p services. viruses have hampered those efforts. Nw hours on Sunday_ IOnly will be 2:00 p.m. to 10:0ff p.m.