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........ [ Page 2A Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Bumet Bulletin Bumet, Texas CW $ Y BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH B URNET BULLETIN An aggravated kidnapping case involving Bumet resident Scott Perrin Reynolds, 49, has been dismissed when officials could not locate an integral wit- ness in the case, according to District Attorney Sonny McAfee. "We're trying to locate a material witness, but the case was up for trial and we had to dismiss it," McAfee said, add- ing there's still a chance for prosecution. "If we locate the witness during the statute of limitations, we can refile." McAfee said the statute of limitations on most felonies is three years. He said officials don't sus- pect that there is any foul play in the whereabouts of the wit- ness. "There's nothing to indicate she isn't gone of her own accord," McAfee said. Reynolds is suspected of kidnapping a woman in May SS Reynolds According to the Burnet County Sheriff's Office, emer- gency dispatch received a call on May 2, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. from a woman inside Reynolds' home in the 100 block of Southland Drive west of Bumet. During the call, she was hysterical and screaming, "Please don't hurt me any- more," the sheriff's office reported. When officers arrived, the woman was outside of the resi- 1 dence and was crying and in 2015 and binding her to a chair, distress. She told officers she had been restrained to a chair and was in fear for her life. Through a window, officers saw a man standing inside the home and tried to get him to come outside. Reynolds would not leave the residence, so offi- cers from Texas DPS and the Austin SWAT were summoned to the scene to help negotiate the situation. Officers said the woman was an acquaintance of Reynolds', and he had offered her a ride home, only to detour to his own home, where Burnet County Sheriff's Deputies alleged that he considered hold- ing her for ransom. Reynolds has been arrested previously on charges of aggra- vated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree fel- ony, and assault on a public ser- vant, a third-degree felony, in addition to various misdemean- ors. The aggravated assault with a deadly weapon case was also dismissed in 2005, and the assault on a public servant case was likewise dismissed in 2013. Tickets on sale for 'Dial M for Murder' Tickets are now on sale for "Dial M for Murder" presented by the Hill Country Community Theatre (HCCT) in Cottonwood Shores. Frederick Knott's intense and darkly mesmerizing thriller is laced with passion and betrayal that played out to clas- sic fame in a 1954 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and star- ring Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings and John Williams. Set in 1950's London, ex- tennis pro, Tony Wendice learns his wealthy wife Margot is hav- ing an affair. Between cocktails and a cat and mouse game of intrigue, blackmail and treach- ery begins, as Tony plots the perfect murder. Tension mounts as his precise plan goes awry and an alternate sinister scheme keeps the audience spellbound to the breathless end. "Dial M for Murder" will be presented by the Hill Country Community Theatre beginning Feb. 18 and running for three weeks through March 6. Performances will be Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2:15 p.m.. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children and stu- dents with a valid identification. Reservations can be made by CONTRIBUTED In the Hill Country Community Theater production of "Dial M for Murder," Guy Gober (left) plays the would-be assas- sin (Lesgate), entangled through blackmail and promise of a thousand pounds by a conniving husband (Tony Wendice), played by Glen Bird. Performances of the clas- sic thriller begin Feb. 18 and continue to March 6. calling 830-798-8944, online at www.theHCCT.org, or at the box office, noon to 4 p.ml Monday-Friday. The local community thea- ter is located at 4003 West Ranch to Market Road 2147 in Cottonwood Shores. Brownsville man picked up on four-year-old warrant Walmart theft of gold leads to 15-year sentence BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH BURNET BULLETIN Matthew Wayne Manning, 46, of Llano, has been sen- tenced to 15 years imprison- ment and a $10,000 fine after being convicted of stealing sev- eral gold necklaces from Walmart. The sentencing was handed down by 33rd Judicial District Court Judge Allan Garrett to Manning on Monday, Feb. 1, in accordance with the jury's ver- dict. Manning was charged with organized retail theft after stealing a combined valu eof $1,662 worth in multiple gold necklaces from a glass case dis- Manning play at Walmart in Marble Falls. Manning pled guilty to the offense, which was investi- gated by the Marble Falls Police Department's investiga- tors with help from the Walmart Loss Prevention Department. "Evidence presented at the punishment phase showed the defendant reaching over the glass case and stealing the dis- play that held several gold necklaces. Evidence also proved multiple other thefts he committed from department stores over a six-month period ,of time," the judge's office said. The penalty for the theft would normally be a third- degree felony with a punish- ment range of t,;vo to 10 years with a potential fine of up to $10,000. However, after hear- ing evidence of Manning's prior conviction, including a four-year stay in a penitentiary for possession of a controlled substance, the jury enhanced his sentence. The result was a 15-year prison term and the maximum fine allowed by law. The jurors' verdict "appro- priately reflected that they did not like thieves, and especially a thief that continually preyed on this community," said Assistant District Attorney Kristen Sharpe, who, along with Assistant District Attorney Amber Shanafelt, prosecuted the case for the District Attorney's office. BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH BURNET BULLETIN A traffic stop on Feb. 1 led to local law enforcement offi- cers detaining a suspect wanted on felony money laundering charges out of Kleburg'County. Raul Barcenas, Jr., 27, was arrested after he was pulled over on US 281 in Marble Falls by Burnet County Sheriff's Office deputies, authorities said. During the stop, officers learned that Barcenas was wanted by the Kingsville Police Department on a sec- ond-degree felony charge of money laundering; a value between $150,000 and $300,000. Barcenas, Jr. on Dec. 21, 2011. A second warrant was issued for his arrest in 2012. Barcenas was booked in Burnet County Jail on Feb. 1 with an address in Brownsville. According to Kleburg COunt, officials BarCenas W/aS' He wastransferred to out,of-. ...... colmty custody on Feb 4. i mmalty arrested on the charge ' .... : We respectfully urge you to consider voting for the following highly qualified conservative candidates in the upcoming Burnet County Republican primary election. In our opinion, each of these candidates has proven that they are the most capable for these critical elected positions. Texas and Burnet County are growing rapidly and will have greater challenges in the future making your vote very important. The candidates listed below are all honest proven professionals that have previously served the citizens of Texas and Burnet County in numerous challenging capacities. We truly believe that each are the most qualified conservative candidate and deserve your vote. 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