Thursday, June 3, 1999

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 3, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW 26 7 PELS IX HERALDZEITUNG 140 16 pages in 1 section June 1999 I Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Wife indicted for husbands death Adele Hartwig accused of capital murder BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer A Comal County grand jury Wednesday indicted a local woman on a charge of cap ital murder in the death of her husband earlier this Adele is accused of killing Harold by setting on fire the log cabin they shared on Hueco Springs Loop in the early morning hours of May If she could face the death penalty or life in Criminal District Attor ney Dib Waldrip could not be reached Wednes day evening for com ment about whether he would seek the death In the the grand jury accused Hartwig of being reckless about whether the burning would endanger the life of Harold Hartwig HARTWIG by igniting a wall near the bedroom occu pied by the and the victim suffered death as a result of said fire Firefighters arrived on the scene about 1 Officials said Adele Hartwig was found about 200 yards from the burning house about 2 suspended from a tree by the she still could touch the ground with her witness es She was questioned twice by detectives in the days after the Detective Tommy Ward of the Comal County Sheriffs Office said investigators ruled out any third party involvement after their first interview with Ward said he received an oral statement about her involvement during the second interview with The investigation concluded in less than one month with Wards testimony before the grand jury We just wanted to take our time and get this thing done Ward Ronald soninlaw of said Wednesday the family was relieved by the We have a lot of Were happy that they have seen fit to say she is respon sible for what We have a prob lem with how Hartwigs death Wood Adele Hartwig had not been arrested as of Wednesday Authorities were trying to find a judge to sign an arrest war rant for The Hartwigs had a record of calls for domestic violence to their home in the past three They were both in the county jail less than one week before the fatal fire on charges related to domestic Puppy survives gunshot wounds Guadalupe County investigating animal cruelty case BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer SEGUIN Employees at the Conover Veterinarian Hospital in Seguin informally christened her June but the name Lucky might be more The 3month old Beagle mix female puppy is recuperating from four bullet wounds to her neck and chest inflicted by an unknown individual this past She got Seguin veterinari an Ward Conover The act itself is one of the worst Ive The cruelty factor is this case is really The cause of June Maries exten sive wounds still remains under investigation by Guadalupe County Sheriffs Office Conover All the bullets passed through her thats why shes still with If there had been any thing inside her it would have hit her and she probably would have One bullet hit the puppys leaving only 50 percent intact and making it necessary for Conover to remove some of her The worst wound was in her jaw After she was shot she obviously yelped in pain and then a bullet went into her nicked her went through the jawbone and came out the he We went in and removed the bone fragments and some of her teeth that were broken and the The jaws still but theres a big HEATHER Seguin veterinarian Ward Conover looks at the injured jaw of June a 3month old puppy that apparently was shot four times this The animal is and many area residents have expressed interest in adopting WHO To CALL Interested pet owners could call Southern Animal Rescue Association at 830 4010280 and leave their names and Another shot at the puppys went underneath the skin and left an exit wound on her right front It could have hit the jugular vein or the but it Conover Criminal investigator Ken Thick with the Guadalupe County Sheriffs Office said the owners of the who were not left Sunday for a vacation and could not be The investigation will be ongoing until we contact he Deputy Ricky Ledbetter with the sheriffs office said an initial report indicated several other puppies were killed when June Marie was critically Guadalupe County Sheriffs Office is investigating the animal cruelty case involving June a Beagle mix puppy that was rescued from almost certain death earlier this HEATHER Zeitung it could not be sub The story going around is that there were four and three are missing and one But no bodies of the animals have been he Cruelty to animals is a Class B misdemeanor with a penalty deter mined by Thick Conover said he did not recognize the name of the owners and was not See INSIDE 7 Classifieds 8 Comics Crossword 7 Forum 6 4 7 Obituaries 3 Sports Today 2 Television 8 Key code WORD Devaluating cooler on river Enforcement questions referred to committees BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer The Water Oriented Recreation Dis trict might rescind its approval of a popular beverage cooler used by tubers on the Guadalupe The a round container made of returned to the river this year after an absence of many The Waterwader was a victim of the ban on commonly known as styro imposed by WORD to keep the river free of The inventor of the device returned to the WORD board this year with a plan to cover the lid with plastic and make it less likely to come apart in the The WORD board approved the device despite the fact the base still was exposed styro MAYO At a special WORD meeting this past Sheriff Bob Holder and Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldrip met with the board to discuss prob lems in enforcing existing polystyrene laws if the material was allowed on the river in another The sheriff and district attorney said they had no qualms with the design or quality of the device they expressed concerns about having to prosecute cases involving the Deputies on river patrol on Memor See Landa Station owners sue city BY PERI STONE Staff Writer Owners of a local bar filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against Comal County and the City of New alleging that county and city officials violated their civil rights during the 1998 hepatitis A Irene and Gary owners of Garys Landas and Derrick a previous employee who was diagnosed with hepatitis filed the suit against former county judge Carter Comal New Braunfels sanitation officer Joe the City of New Braunfels and Comal County Health Nurse Shel Me The suit was filed in the District West ern District of San Antonio Assistant District Attorney Ellen Salyers said the county hadnt been served the suit yet and declined comment until they received a copy of the City attorney Floyd Akers could not be reached for According to the plaintiffs Casteel con ducted a press conference on and released the name of Landa Station as employing a waiter with hepatitis Because Tillrnan was the only waiter he effectively was identified as the person with the according to the The plaintiffs allege that releasing this information was a violation of the Texas Health and Safety Section records and infor mation furnished to a health authority are confi dential As a result of the release of the the plaintiffs said Tillman suffered embarrassment and humiliation and was held up to public The Smiths and their restaurant suffered irrepara ble economic harm as well as humil iation and public ridicule and severe mental anguish requiring medical the suit Irene Smith said they were forced to close their restaurant after the press and business dropped from between and a day to a Since about April Landa Station has been operating only as a We take that Smith See CHRISTINA Ed Whitson of the Comal County Sheriffs Office points out some of the dings on the Waterwaders deputies confiscated from the river this past