What’s that smell?
Some Buda residents can commiserate when they hear someone say, “What’s that smell?”
But according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the Texas Lehigh Cement Factory has complied with all air quality standards set forth by the EPA.
TCEQ, which monitors air quality and environmental concerns in the area, presented a report to the Buda City Council Feb. 16 outlining how concerned citizens could report an environmental complaint. They also reported documentation of Texas Lehigh’s compliance records.
During the presentation, TCEQ provided council with information on how citizens with an air quality or environmental concern can contact TCEQ and file a formal complaint.
There are three ways to report a concern.
One option is on its website at http://www2.tceq.texas.gov/oce/complaints/index.cfm.
Concerned citizens can also call toll free at 888-777-3186 or visit the regional office located at 12100 Park 35 Circle, Austin TX, 78753.
Motion to dismiss filed in Dean murder
A motion to dismiss the case against VonTrey Clark, the man charged in the murder of Kyle Victim’s Services Coordinator Samantha Dean, was filed by his attorney during pre-trial motions last week.
Clark’s attorney, Bristol Myers, filed the motion based on the fact that during the grand jury testimonies of Texas Rangers and Bastrop County Sheriff’s Investigators, there was not a court reporter present to record the testimonies.
The pre-hearing trial was rescheduled to March 9 to give legal teams time to respond to the motion. Myers will most likely try to have the case thrown out claiming that his client faces a lack of due process if the testimonies heard at the grand jury indictment are allowed to remain on the record.
For many Kyle residents, the trial of VonTrey Clark, 32, hits close to home. Dean worked in the Kyle Police Department’s Victim Services Unit for two years, making an impact on the department and citizens.
On Feb. 4, 2015, Dean, who was seven months pregnant at the time, was found dead behind a vacant shopping center in Bastrop County.
Clark, Dean’s on-again, off-again boyfriend of seven years, was placed on restricted duty by the Austin Police Department only a day after Deans’ body was found due to his connection with her. Clark fled Texas for Bali, Indonesia in July stating “medical reasons” as his motivation for leaving the country.
On Sept. 2, 2015, Clark was extradited back from Indonesia with the aid of local authorities, who picked him up based on an International Law Enforcement Agreement and a “red” notice issued by the FBI. Indonesia does not currently have a formal extradition treaty with the United States.
Clark was charged with capital murder and is being held in the Bastrop County Jail.