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Page 2A The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 122 N. Main St., Buda, TX 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publica- tions, Inc., RO. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. ISSN#1087-9323 NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we prob- ably do too! Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 E-mail: news@haysfreepress.com Mail: RO. Box 339 Buda, Texas 78610 CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may ap- pear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being brought to the at- tention of the publisher. DEADLINES The deadline for display ad- vertising and any contributed news copy in the Hays Free Press is 5 p.m. Friday the week prior to publication. The deadline for Letters to the Editor and classified word advertising in the Hays Free Press is noon Monday the week of publication, though we encourage readers and ad- vertisers to observe the Friday deadline. LETTERS GUIDELINES We welcome locally written letters to the editor on timely topics of community interest. We ask that you keep them to about 350 words in length and that you not indulge in person- al attacks on private individu- als. Letters may be edited for brevity and clarity. All letters should be signed by the author and include a daytime phone number where the author can be contacted for verification. Letter writers are limited to one letter per month. L.ette,rs can be emailed to csb@ha,.ysfree- press.com HISTORY Founded April 10, 1903 by Thomas Fletcher Harwell as The Kyle News, with offices on the corner of Burleson and Miller Streets in the town's oldest remaining building. It merged into The Hays County Citizen in 1956. The paper consolidated with The Free Press in October, 1978. During its more than 100-year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. NEWS CRIME MAP Sexual assault of a child. 3000 block of Grassland Lane. 7:14 p.m. Sept. 23. Theft (between $50 and $500). 15000 block of IH-35, Buda. 3:31 p.m. Sept. 27. B Assault w!th bodil injury. 3300 block of Dacy Lane. 1:1 p.m. Sept. 28. EvadingI detention~ Tori Drive,/ Buda. 9:52 a.m~ BY S~N KIMMONS sean@ha~sfreepress.com Two San Marcos-based state troopers wh ) allegedly mistreat- ed two men while off duty h~cve been Sept. 29. B Fraud. 8000 block of N eder- ! B Credit card wald Street. 1:37 abuse, p.m. Oct. 2. 100 block of Houston Street, ~ Theft of Buda. 4:24 p.m. Sept. 27. I~J motor -- vehicle 100 block of M Theft FM 1626, Buda.| (between 10:52 a.m. Oct. ~. $500 and $1,500). 1600 block of Editor's Note: Main Street, The Kyle Police Department is ini Buda. 5:19 p.m. thepmeessf I Sept. 27. switching to a new crime data syste~n Burglary of and Kyle crimes | a habitation, were not availabl~ -- 600 block this week. | of Millington ! / Lane, Buda. I 5:45 p.m. Sept. 27. / / SOURCE: BUOA POLICE DEPARTMEI~T, HAYS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE indicted oJt official oppression charges, officials say. Charlie [ otter, 28, and Santia;o Mon- tez, 33, boff troopers in the Department of Public afety of- rice in San Marcos, were suspeqded with pay on Sept. 15 after their indictments, POTTER DPS spokesman Tom Vinger said ] donday. On Marc]l ll, Pot- ter and M~ mtez in- tentionally ~ubjected two men to mistreat- ment or to tetention by pulling ~nd grab- bing them, ~ tccording to court recc, rds. DPS officials would ~:~ not elaboraie on the incident an~l referred MONTEZ further que st.ions to Hays Coun District Attorney Sherri Tibb, who declined to comment ol the pending cases. Jail Squalor: Inmates wearing bandanas over mouth Continued from pg. 1A Page's description of the jail, Haverda, through his attor- obtained under the Texas Pub- hey, declined to comment on lic Information Act, marks the Page's memo. latest chapter in the ongoing Ratliff noted that the jail saga of the Hays County Jail, passed a state inspection in which the Texas Commission mid-September 2010, roughly on Jail Standards came close a month before Page worked a to shuttering in 2009 for health night shift at the jail and said and safety violations, includ- he observed the"filthy" condi- ingaleakyroofandmoldinthe tions. He said he took Cutler kitchen. The county spent $1.7 and Page on a tour of the jail million to replace the roof and just before leaving office and repair the kitchen as well as that they were complimentary study whether the whole facil- of the facility. ity needed to be abandoned. 'Tkll they did was talk about The jail woes became a cen- how clean it was and how well tral issue in Cutler's campaign it smelled, and how impressed against former Sheriff Tommy they were with the way the jail Ratliff, who was defeated last looked and the way that the November. The way things are jail was taken care of, and it going, it promises to be a cen- was not what they e~cpected," tral issue in 2012 when Ratliff Ratliff said. "For him to make has said he will seek to regain these comments to me about his old office, how great the jail is ... and Haverda sued Cutler andwithin just a matter of a few Hays County in federal court weeks say just opposite is just in September, claiming he was not acceptable, in my opin- demoted for openly support- ion." ing Ratliff in the election. Frederick St. Arnant, a state His lawsuit says he wasjail inspector, said he did in- made a scapegoat for ear- deedseestandingwaterinpipe lier problems at the jail even chases during his September though his immediate super- 2010 inspection but that con- visor, then Maj. Brad Robin- ditions had improved so much son, and a maintenance su- since 2009 that he did not note pervisor, had more to do with it in his inspection report. the jail's condition than he did. "I didn't see anything as bad Haverda's position was posted as the chief saw. You could as available on the county's job smell water, but at that point in website within a week of Cut- time- the jail really got tagged ler becoming sheriff, really hard in '09. So when we Hays Free Press October 5, 2011 Probable cause affidavits, which are used to secure arrests and typically provide details on incidents, were not available. Tibbe said that affidavits in the cases were not prepared since they went straight to the grand jury for consideration of charges. Potter and Montez are charged with of_ ficial oppression, a Class A misdemeanor punishable up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $4,000. They were arrested Sept. 22 and released the same day on a $10,000 bond each, jail records show. According to the state's penal code, of- ficial oppression oc- curs when a public servant acts under the pretense of his office to intention- ally subject another to mistreatment or to arrest, detention, search, seizure; sexual harassment; or denies or impedes another in the exer- cise or enjoyment of any right, privilege, power or immunity. PHOTO BY SEAN BATURA I An inmate works in the HaysiCounty jail kitchen, which has been gutted and replaced since state inspectors ordered it closed in 2009. i ! i ! saw that they were trying ~heir ahead and iprovided technical When he inspected the jail best to make improvements, assistance and to make sure last month, "the jail was the in this matter, yeah, it cbuld have been written up as ~ de- ficiency, but since they were making an effort at that point in time, we just decided ~o go that it didn'~ happen (again). cleanest I've seen it in my pre- "Now, if it would have hap- vious three inspections," St. pened again when I cameAmant said. %nd they're con- through th~s year, we would tinually striving to make it bet- have wrote lit up," Amant said. ter." PEDIATRIC AND ADULT CARE QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN PURCHASING A HEARING AID! " How do I know which style of hearing aid & right for me? " How long do hearing aids last? " What kind of warranty can I expect? " What happens if I loose one or both of my aids? " Are batteries included in my purchase ? " What are my rights as a consumer if I don't wish to keep the aids? Nicole Davis earned her Doctorate of Audiology from the University of Texas at Austin. Nicole is affiliated with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and is a licensed audiologist with the State of Texas. She enjoys applying research and innovative technology to help improve the quality of life for her patients that either need or currently wear hearing aids. Additionally, she administers neurodiagnostic testing that includes ABR, OAE, ECochG, and VNG for all ages. She believes the options and opportunity patients have now to improve their heating whether with medical intervention or assistive devices are unparalleled, exciting and extremely gratifying to observe. It is with this passion for hearing health that Nicole brings honesty and trust with a best practice approach for her patients at the Kyle, Texas Austin Ear, Nose and Throat location. i i! i: i 211 Elmhurst, Suite in Goforth Square Kyle, Texas 78640 (512) PHOTO BY SEAN KIMMONS Daniel Wescbtt, director of Texas State's forensic anthropology center, measures a human school. Since 2008, at least 37 bodies have been donated to fine center with 90 living people on a willful donor list. Body Earm: Bones in perpetuity Continued ifrom pg. 1A / In late March, Tegtmeyer and other students were called out to Comal C0unty to recover the remains of ~ 33 -year- old Drip - ping Springs man. The body had been ti~ere for a few years, it was assumed, and his bones were scattered by animals. 'A girl playing near her yard came across the mandible in a dry creek bed," she said "One of his arms and fingers had been dragged q~e a ways from his body." -- Tegtmey~r and others did a fine search and found a major- ity of the bones, on which they conducted a biological profile. I Their research led law enforce- ment to determine the man's identity and that he had died from a self-i~_filcted gunshot I . wound, shelsmd. "It's not a~ easy as it looks on TE," Tegtmeyer said of the process. "It's not something you can do overnight." Being part of active inves- tigations, students receive real-world, hands-on training, Hamilton says. "You feel an additional responsibili~" she said. "You're not just writing a report for report's sake. It's for family and law enforcement." The most important thing to remember, says Director Wescott, is that the unknown re- mains were once lix6ng people. "If we can identify them we can help bring closure, or bring new life to a murder case," Wescott says. "It's kind of hard to prosecute somebody without a body. But it could be very well that one of these is the missing body."