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I / Page 4D + YEAR IN REVIEW Hays Free Press December 28, 2011 + I 1. Porn star, ex-wife of Jesse James arrested in Hays County Adult film star Janine Marie James, the ex-wife of realityTV star Jesse James, was ar- rested late January on three outstanding harassment warrants in Hays County. James, 42, also known as Janine Lindemulder, was taken into custody by the Hays County Sheriff's Of- fice on three Class B misde- meanor charges and later released on bonds worth $6,000. James allegedly made repeated, unwanted JAMES calls to her ex-husband us- ing obscene language. 2. Parents outraged by mom's sex charge Michelle Pdojas, 36, formerly of Kyle, was in- dieted in October for having sex with a 15-year- old high school student earlier this year. The allegations caused an uproar at Lehman High School, where parents claimed that Pdojas still hung around underage football players after being arrested on three counts of sexual assault of a child. Riojas has denied the charges and no court dates have been set yet. 3. Police: Baby severely abused by San Marcos man A San Marcos man allegedly abused his in- fant son, causing him to suffer several broken bones and other injuries. AnthonyV'fllanueva, 24, was arrested in November for first-degree felony injury to a child. Injuries to his nine- month-old son, Zane Villanueva, were revealed after a visit to Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin in September. V'fllanueva was been balled out of jail and has not yet been sched- tried for court. 4. 1926 Baylor-A&M half- time was a real riot This article from "This Week in Texas His- tory" by columnist Bartee Haile recalled a riot in Waco during halftime of the Baylor-Texas A&M football game on Oct. 26, 1926. Both teams were in a red-hot rivalry of that bygone era, which sparked an~ all-out war and left one Aggie cadet dead on the playing field. 5. Pilot Point's Feldt accepts Hays High's head football coach job Pilot Point High School head coach Blake Feldt, who was named statewide coach of the year after leading the Bearcats to the Class 2A Division I state championship in 2009, landed the Hays High School job in February. Feldt beat out 85 other applicants for the job to replace one of the winningest coaches in state history, as Hays head coach Bob Shelton recently retired after 43 years at the school and a career record of 313-187-7. 6. Hays High student dies from rodeo injuries To those who knew him, Gunner Thames was the epitome of a cowboy. He was a ris- ing star in the rodeo circuit that loved to raise livestock and was rarely seen without his cow- boy boots and hat. At the age of 15, the Buda resident died being a cowboy, wrestling a steer inside the rodeo ring. In September, hundreds of mourners converged on Camp Ben Mc- Culloch's Tabernacle pavilion as Thames was given a symbolic cowboy sendoffwith a mule- drawn carriage to carry his casket. 7. Police: Kyle dad severely abused toddler 'When his father allegedly threw him into a TV screen last March, 3-year-old Tristan Mor- gan needed 10 stitches to close a gash on his forehead. 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 Alex- andra Gat!in, 25, were arrested in October for injury to a disabled child, a first-degree felony. Tristan is deaf with a tracheotomy tube and a gastric-feeding tube, and police described him as a developmentally delayed child. An emer- gency protective order was issued for Tristan. Both of his parents have posted bail. 8. U.S. Marine back from Afghanistan found dead in Buda Renee Dahl's favorite memory of her son, who died in January at home after return- ing from his second Afghanistan tour, was of working alongside him at her flower shop. "While at the shop, Marine Cpl. Christopher Cody Dahl secretly learned how to arrange flowers but didn't want anyone to know that he knew, she said. Mourners gathered in mass to pay respects to Dahl, a 2004 Hays High School graduate, who was found dead in his bed at his mother's Buda home. Despite a history of seizures, Dahl was eventually cleared by the military to join the Marines. PHOTO BY SEAN KIMMONS Mourners pay their respects for Marine Cpi~ Christopher Cody Dahl, who died in his bed in January after returning from his second tour in Afghanistan. 9. Mom says she shot son in struggle over meds On a late November night, a 47-year-old mother aimed a handgun at her 19-year-old son and demanded he leave her Kyle home. During the struggle that followed, authorities say the gun fired, delivering a fatal shot to her son's head. Anne Flash then made a 911 call PHOTO BY SEAN KIMMONS Pallbearers carry the remains of 15-year-old Gunner Thames, a Hays High School student who died from rodeo injuries in September. More than 100 people mourned for Gunner during a service at Camp Ben McCulloch. and confessed to a Hays County Sheriff's Office dispatcher that she had shot her son Michael during an argument about his medication, which she claimed he was abusing. 'When au- thorities arrived at the home on Arroyo Ranch Road, they saw the emotional mother embrac- ing her son and a .38 caliber revolver a few feet away. Flash was charged with murder and posted bail the same day. No court dates have been filed yet. 10. Hays High student killed in Lockhart Jackson Norris and a friend had wrapped up a skateboarding session and decided to head back, where a busy highway separated them from his friend's family-owned business in Lockhart on June 21. Around 2 p.m., his friend safely crossed U.S. 183 in the 1700 block near an intersection without a crosswalk when Nor- ris, a Hays High School student, tried to get across. Clutching his skateboard, the 15-year old was struck by a southbound pickup. The driver later told police he didn't see the teen because his view was blocked by large com- mercial trucks. The Buda native was airlifted to Dell Children's Hospital in Austin, where he died the next day. In August, the Buda City Council agreed to name the city's skate park in honor of N'orris. in Luxury apartments One bedroom Washer-Dryer ~i~: iz!iiiiiiiil}iiii!iiiiiiiii:ii! i I10/ FF i Fall Cleanup ' i. Services 512.212.4256 Limit one coupon per customer. Up to 5,000 s . ft. 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