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Page 2A NEWS Hays Free Press December 23, 2009 The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 109 W. Center Street, Kyle, TX 78640. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we probably do tool Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 * E-mail: news@haysfree- press.corn Mail: p.o. Box 2530, Kyle, TX 78640 CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corpor=tion which may appear in the pages of the Hays Free Iess will be corrected upon being brought to the attention of the publisher. DEADLINES The deadline for display advertising and any contrib- uted news in the Hays Free Press is 5 p,m. Fflclay the week prior to publication. The deadline for Letters to the Editor and classi- fied word advertising in the Hays Free Press is noon Monday the week of publica- tion, though we encourage readers and advertisers 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 personal attacks on private individuals. 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 con- tacted for verification. Letter writers are limited to one letter per month. Letters can be emailed to csb@haysfree- press.corn 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 newspa- per haS maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. Longhorn Monroe reinstated after dropped DWI charge STAFF REPORTS University of Texas Longhorn running back D.]. Monroe was reinstated Monday and will be able to play in the Citi BCS National Championship game on Jan. 7 against Alabama after his driving while intoxicated charge was dropped, accord- ing to news reports. The 20-year-old freshman was arrested along IH-35 be- tween Buda and Kyle early Nov. 15. On Friday, Monroe accepted a plea agreement to be charged with obstruction of a passageway, Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe said. On the lesser charge of obstruc- tion of a pas- sageway, Monroe received deferred adjudica- tion, Tibbe MONROE said. Monroe was pulled over after a Hays County Sheriff's Office deputy observed a sil- ver 1996 Buick Park Avenue driving erratically around 1 a.m. on southbound IH-35, near mile marker 217, au- thorities say. Monroe was placed into the Hays County Jail on a $3,000 bond and released the same day. The Longhorns immediately suspended Monroe indefinitely follow- ing the incident. This season, Monroe has 20 rushes for 110 yards and 13 kickoff returns for 474 yards and two touchdowns for the Longhorns, He is the only player in school histo- ry to return two kickoffs for TDs in a season, according to the university website. Middle school stab[ring a hoax BY JEN BIUNDO Hays CISD officials say a Dahlstrom Middle School student fabricated a story about being stabbed in the hand by a sixth-grader Friday afternoon. The mother of the alleged victim told the principal that her son confessed to making up the story to get back at the other boy, school officials said. Dahlstrom parents say the student who allegedly stabbed the boy had been dis- ciplined last month for bring- ing a pocketknife to school and threatening another stu- dent with it. After the Novem- ber incident, parents say the boy, the son of a school dis- trict administrator, was sent to the Impact Center for one day and then returned to the Dahlstrom campus. Rumors of the supposed stabbing spread quickly Fri- day afternoon as Dahlstrom students told their parents about the incident. CRIME STOPPERS REPORT Hays County Crime Stoppers needs your help nabbing these wanted suspects: MARTINEZ Ismael Martinez, 29, of Kyle Failure to Appear/Driving While Intoxicated (Felony/Subsequent Offense) 5'5" tall, 185 pounds, black hair, brown eyes #CR090669 AUGUSTINE Lafay Augustine, 29, of Kyle Writ of Capias/Child Support. 5' 6" tall, 160 pounds, brown hair, brown eyes #090595 MERWORTH Patrick Merworth, 19, hometown unknown Injury to a child with intent to do bodily injury. 4'11" tall, 100 pounds, black hair, brown eyes #09050JP12 Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information it receives that lead police to the apprehension of the individuals featured. Do not attempt to apprehend these individuals yourself. If you have information on their location, please contact Crime Stoppers immediately. Warrant(s) must be confirmed before an arrest is made. Contact Crime Stoppers anonymously by calling 1-800-324-8477 from anywhere in the U.S. Stray Bullet Continued from pg. 1A Road, authorities say. No arrests or leads were made in the incident, which is currently being investigated by the Sheriff's Office. The incident occurred in the same eastside neighborhood where seven-year-old Daniel Galicia was killed by a stray bul- let as he played on a trampoline outside his home in April 2007. A neighbor who told investiga- tors he'd been target shooting 200 yards away, Jose Barrera Espitia, 38, pled guilty to man- slaughter in 2008 and was sen- tenced to eight years in prison. In the aftermath of the acci- dental  a task force created at the urging of Pct. 2 Commis- sioner Jeff Barton recommended a "Daniel Law" which would have banned the discharge of firearms on lots less than two acres and prohibited shooting between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. on lots between two and 10 acres. The restrictions were voted down in a 2-3 split on the Com- missioners Court. Barton and Pct. 1 Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe cast the two votes in favor. Firing a gun remains le- 11 gal outside city limits in Hays l County, but Texas Parks and Wildlife regulations prohibit reckless discharge of a firearm across property lines. FACIALS NAIL SERVICES SKIN CARE MASSAGES HAIR SERVICES WRAPS FULL DAY OF BEAUTY Onion Creek Salon and Day Spa 10816 Crown Colony Austin, TX 78747 NEWSBRIEFS Bad joke ends in felony arrest A 40-year-old man walked into the Sac-N-Pac shop in Buda with his hand in his pocket and demanded money from the store clerk, authori- ties say. Keith Curtis Cobb, of Hal- lettsville, Texas, said that he was playing a joke at the store, located at the comer of FM 1626 and FM 967, but he was still arrested for attempted robbery, a second degree felony, a Hays County Sheriff's Office spokesperson said. Cobb also had two out- standing warrants for theft by check from Lavaca and Victo- ria counties. As of Monday, he was at the Hays County lail for bonds adding up to $6,500, the spokesperson said. DomesUc dispute lands man with eye injuries A 41-year-old woman grabbed a small jagged glass pipe at 14801 Camino Real in Niederwald and struck her ex-husband's left eye with it, leaving the 50-year-old man with serious bodily injury, authorities say. Hays County Sheriff's Of- rice deputies responded to an aggravated assault call early Sunday morning to find the injured man, who was later transported to Brackenridge Hospital in Austin. As of Monday, no arrests have been made in the inci- dent, which is currently being investigated, a sheriff's office spokesperson said. Teenagers rumble in Kyle Kyle police were called out after 15 to 20 juveniles were reportedly seen fighting in the intersection of Dandelion Loop and Indian Paint Brush in the Amberwood subdivision on Thursday afternoon, police say. The brawl was dispersed by the time police showed up. However, police were able to pull over a vehicle involved that led to the arrest of a 16- year-old boy for possession of marijuana under two ounces, Kyle police spokesperson Capt. Pedro Hemandez said. He added that the fight didn't appear to be gang related. Two Kyle homes burglarized Thieves broke into two Kyle homes last week, stealing thousands of dollars worth of electronics, police say. The first home burglary was reported Dec. 15 at the 200 block of Peppergrass Cove in the Amberwood subdivi- sion. Thieves forcibly entered through the back door and ransacked the home, making offwith roughly $5,000 of elec- tronics, Kyle police spokesper- son Capt. Pedro Hernandez said. On Friday night, police responded to another home burglary at the 200 block of McGarity in the Plum Creek subdivision. The front door was apparently left unlocked and thieves stole more than $500 worth of electronics, Hemandez said. No arrests have been made in either case and police have no leads, Hernandez said. The burglaries are under investiga- tion. Car takes dip in cltek off I:M 1626 A grey Nissan Frontier plunged into the Little Bear Creek in Buda on Friday morning after the driver apparently fell asleep at the wheel along FM 1626, the Hays County Sheriff's Office said. The driver was not injured in the crash but it took almost four hours to recover the ve- hicle, authorities say. Traffic was diverted through the Cimarron Park neighborhood, causing heavy congestion during the morn- ing hours. Long Orthodontics "Keeping Smiles Aligned for Over 20 Years" 3421 W. William Cannon Dr., Suite 143 Austin, Texas 78745 Corner of Wm Cannon & Brodie (512) 892-5511 4