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Zo DREAM DENIED Lobo football team is playing for pride now after lopsided loss to Alamo Heights. - Page 1B BARRELS OF FUN Buda festival goers enjoy two days of fun between Fine Arts Festival and Beer and Polka Fest. - Page 1C @Barton Publications, Inc. HaysFreePress.com Vol. 109 * No. 29 Ig Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County * 75 MORGAN GATLIN BY SEAN KIMMONS sean@haysfreepress.com When his own father allegedly threw him into a TV screen last March, 3-year-old Tristan Morgan needed 10 stitches to close a gash on his forehead, court records show. More questions arose later the same month when the boy broke his arm under suspicious circumstances. The accounts of continued abuse led to Tristan's removal from his home this summer and eventually landed his parents in jail. Jerold Morgan, 27, and Alexandra Gat- lin, 25, were arrested Oct, 12 for injury to a disabled child, a first-degree felony pun- ishable by five to 99 years in prison. Tristan is deaf with a tracheotomytube and a gastric-feeding tube, and police describe him as a developmentally de- layed child. Three nurses who cared for Tristan at the suspects' home in the 200 block of Janzet Drive notified authorities of the alleged abuse. One of the nurses. Amanda Tolleson, in- See CHILD ABUSE, pg. 3A [] II [] [] BY BRAD ROLLINS brad@haysfreepress.com The Federal Highway Admin- istration has finalized environ- mental clearance for a widening of FM 1626, an approvalprocess that has dragged on in one form or another since 2004. "We've been waiting to get that call for a long time," said Pct. 2 Commissioner Mark Jones, who has made comple- tion of the project a priority as did his predecessor, Jeff Barton. The project will transform 6.8 miles of narrow two lane farm road into a four- and five-lane tl~'i~ough~m'e with extra wide shoulders for bicycle traffic and a separated hike and bike trail or sidewalk a portion of the length. The county expects to have right-of-way purchased and utilities relocated by spring for the no.bern segment of the project, from FM 967 to the Tra- vis County line. Construction is planned to begin by summer 2012, Jones said. Engineering and design on the northern segment, by RS&H, is about 90 percent com- plete. Raba-Kistner has' the en- gineering and design contract on the southern segment, and that task is about 60 percent completed, Jones said. Hays Countyvoters approved selling more than $83 million in bonds for the project in 2008 but Jones said he expects the fi- nal pricetag to be considerably less due to depressed construc- tion prices. The court previously sent Pct. 3 Commissioner Will Con- ley to Washington to meet with authorities and encourage fast- er action on FM 1626 and other county projects awaiting feder- al approval. The Texas Depart- ment of Transportation also in- tervened on the county's behalf to try to hasten the process. "In the end it will be a good deal. It's not going to be fun to go through construction. ... It's a crowded road to say the least." - Donna Cox, lifelong Buda resident "During the construction, it's going to be pretty bad but the end result is going to be pretty good." -- Wes Torio, who lives in the Hays Country Oak subdi- BY SEAN KIMMONS sean@haysfreepress.com A Hays County grand jury indicted a Dripping Springs man this month after he scammed three elderly wom- en out of more than $200.000. which he used on dating services and luxury items, court records show. , Robbie Dale Walker, 53, was arrested in June on a charge of first-degree felony theft over $200,000 WALKER as part of a "Ponzi scheme" he set up to dupe the women out of their savings, authori- ties say. In the worst case, Walker allegedly lured 93-year-old Delores Conn, his mother's best friend, to invest in a company developing gas and oil wells in North Dakota. She gave an initial investment of $100,000 to Walker in July 2009, from which she was told she would earn a 15 percent return, a Hays County Sheriff's Office affi- davit says. "She ultimately decided to go along with Walker's investment plan for the gas See PONZI SCAMMER, pg. 2A Kyle utili- ties direc- tor Jason Biemer demon- strates how to check a yard for moisture to determine whether it violates watering restrictions. PHOTO BY WES FERGUSON vision andworksirlKyle. A day in.the !ire of a Kyle utility director .BY KIM HILSENBECK time to knock on a door. Biemer, Ky]e's utility news@haysfreepress.com coordinator, also acts as the enforcement officer when it comes to watering viola- tions. The homeowner in question answered the door, listened to Biemer's spiel, accepted the flier- he was not cited- and promised to turn the sprinkler off. Before Biemer pulled away, it was. Later in the week, Biemer "Sometimes its like we need a red light just to get out onto the road in the after- noons. I think the volume of traffic that goes down this road nowadays, it needs to be widened." -- Kathy Germillion, an insurance agent whose office is on FM 1626 near Buda. "t's 8:52 a.m. and Jason Biemer spots a sprinkler system running in the Indigo Cove cul-de-sac in Hometown Kyle, a subdivi- sion west of downtown. He stops his white Public Works truck with its flashing blue light. It's an offwatering day for Kyle's residential water customers; that means it's See WATER CODE, pg. 3A Subscriber address Wells Tower reading and book-signing Award-winning author Wells Tower will read from his latest work at the Katherine Anne Porter House in Kyle at 7:30 p.m. 9th annual Corgi . Corgi Shoppe and vendors, herding, agility, obedience and tracking demonstrations from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at 902 Canyon Wren Drive in Buda. There will also be a costume contest, trick show, smile contest, silent auction and raffle. COIVIiN6 UP Funk'n Co-founder of Jester King Brewery, Michael Steffing (left), invites the public to sample an assortment of beers Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. Music by D I Maddness and food by East Side Taco. Texas Author Day nger- songwriter Terri Hendrix will perform live at the 8th annual Texas Author Day. Children's authors, musicians, nonfiction and fiction writers will be on hand all day at the San Marcos Public Library. For a more detailed list of area events, go to haysfreepress.com/calendar and page 4C [ of today's paper. ...... ~i~ ::';!';~:~[~i~!~)~"~@~'~r" "!~'"' ~'" CenterHays CountYto openGvernmentby the end of December. - Page 1D Opinions ............... 4&5A Calendars .................. 4C Sports ........................ I&2B Service Directory ......... 2&3D Education ................... 3&4B Classifieds ...................... 2D Community .................... 1-6C Public Notices ............. 2&4D