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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 5, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas TX 79903 HERALDZEITUNG 119 18 pages in 2 sections May 1999 WEDNESDAY Serving Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Local man dies in blaze Wife found alive hanging in nearby tree cause of fire still undetermined BY PERI STONE AND CHRIS CREWS Staff Writers The charred body of a 72year old New Braunfels man was found early Tuesday morning in his burned log cabin home at 475 Hueco Springs Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Manford said officials at the scene heard a call for help and found Hartwigs 61yearold hanging from a tree about 250 yards from the cabin by a strip of white The body of Harold Hartwig was recovered from the ashes and taken to the Travis County Medical Exam iners Office for an autopsy around Officials there determined Tuesday afternoon that his death was caused by the Adele Hartwig has been ques tioned in connection with the fire but has not been charged with any She was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital before being questioned by the sheriffs depart ment Md wjth family in New Braunfels on investi gators Officials said the cause of the reported by an anonymous caller about 1 remained Adele Hartwig was found hanging in the tree about an hour New Braunfels Fire Department and Canyon Lake responded to the The fire raged in the log cabin for more than an hour before firefight ers could extinguish It got real Manford The tin roof made it like an oven in The investigation was delayed for about three hours later Tuesday morning as federal officers were called in because of the excessive HAVE INFORMATION Investigators into the fire at 475 Hueco Springs Loop early Tuesday morning are asking for cooperation from the Detective Tommy Ward of the sheriffs office asked that the anonymous person who reported the fire early Tuesday contact him as soon as possible at amount of firearms found on the Manford Harold Hartwig reportedly owned more than 100 guns and stored them in a closet in the Manford and several neighbors Officers from the Bureau of Alco Tobacco and Firearms and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team from Fort Sam Houston cleared the area of weapons and searched for Hueco Springs which con nects with Texas 46 west of New Braunfels and runs north and east to River was closed to through traffic during the Manford said his office was work ing with the state fire marshals office to determine the cause of the The investigation resumed about 2 In the north side of the a tin roof had collapsed where two the living room and den were The remaining logs of the cabin were burned A sign at the front of the house that read Hart Wigs Last Stand Items found among the ashes See ROBIN Top Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Manford points out where weapons remained fol lowing a deadly fire Tuesday in a log cabin home at 475 Hueco Springs The blaze claimed the life of Harold who lived in the home with his 61yearold a home healthcare worker who made frequent vis its to the home speaks with sheriffs ROBIN A member of the Explosive Ordinance Disposal team at Fort Sam Houston visits with a local deputy fire marshal Tuesday at the scene of a fire that killed Harold His was found hanging from a nearby History of domestic violence flaunted wife BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Violence has been a frequent visitor to the log cabin at 475 Hueco Springs Sheriffs deputies have responded to more than a dozen calls at the home of Adele and Harold Hartwig in the past three Most were for domestic disturbances and family On April officers responded to a report of a disturbance at the and were arrested and booked into the county jail on charges of assault causing bodily to a family Bond was set at Jeannie Medrano of ABail Bonds arranged bail for Harold Hartwig about Wednesday and gave him a ride Harold called Medrano the next day and asked her to arrange bond for his She did so and drove her back to the Medrano said the pair cried and talked about each other on the trips from the jail to the house on the They seemed like they could be but they needed some Medrano The most dramatic episode occurred in the summer of Deputy Wayne Lehman responded to the call and found Harold Hartwig lying in a chair with a bul let hole just below his Lehman said Adele Hartwig gave three different accounts as to how her husband had been She was trying to pass it off as a bullet through the and that was not the Lehman Harold Hartwig was transported to Uni versity Hospital in San Antonio and treat ed for his He returned to his home on Hueco Springs Loop to complete his Sheriffs investigators prepared a case implicating Adele Hartwig in the shoot but the case never was presented to die grand Harold Hartwig signed an affi davit of nonprosecution against his Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldrip said he did not prosecute the case because the physical evidence was consistent with Adeles story of an accidental His testimony would support her Waldrip Waldrip said the case was Officers answered a call of family vio lence at the residence on June Adele Hartwig was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital and treated for unspec ified She signed an affidavit of nonprosecution against her husband and no action was taken in the She then returned home to recuperate from her Lot size might be on the rise BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer The minimum lot size for housing developments in Comal County might increase when county commissioners meet Thursday to revise sub division rules and The meeting will begin at in the commission ers 150 Current regulations allow for a onehalf acre lot with a public water supply or a three acre lot with a private County Commissioner Jack Dawson said the new rules called for a minimum oneacre lot with public water and five acres with a private The change is necessary to manage the water supply and to manage he Kendall and Hays counties have rules similar those the court will Dawson said land platted and anything under consider ation by the road department finished in the next six months would not be INSIDE Key Code 76 NBISD taking steps to keep schools safe BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer As the nation continues to search for answers in the senseless murders of 12 students and one teacher at a Colorado high school more than two weeks school administrators and parents gathered Tuesday night to strategize ways to prevent the prob lem of school violence before it About 30 concerned parents attended a meeting with New Braun fels Independent School District administrators and law enforcement representatives to review local district security policies and voice their con cerns about safety at The New Braunfels ISO Safe School task comprised of 15 and law enforce ment was charged with assessing the districts crisis man agement plans and making neces sary adjustments to ensure student and faculty The district annually reviews its crisis management which pre pare faculty in the event of natural hostage kid nappings and bomb In the face of the shootings and a foiled terrorist attack in school administrators assured local parents that schools continued to be the safest place for their John assistant superin tendent for administrative and pupil said there was a 30 percent decrease in schoolrelated shooting deaths last Turnian also said the likelihood of becoming a victim of schoolassoci See
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