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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 7, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                I NEW PELS ii ij 7 E pL TX 799Q3 HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 Nov 13 14 pages in 2 sections December TT opv Serving Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Developer donates to VFD WAI Charles Patterson president of Southerland Properties center presents a check to Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department Central Station Chief Scott Campbell left and Comal County Judge Danny Scheel Spring Branch firefighters hope to make up for loss of county funds BY ERIN MAORUDGR Staff Writer SPRING BRANCH Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department got a cash donation Mon day morning from the developers of a new acre subdivision in the fire departments service area Southerland Properties of Wimberley is developing River Crossing Subdivision a master planned community that will include a 27hole golf course and about 900 oneto fouracre home sites The subdivision will be along the Guadalupe Riv er east of 281 and north of Texas 46 Developers said the contribution was made so the fire department could buy new items to serve the community and upgrade existing equipment at the station at 281 and FarmtoMarket Road 311 I mink our company has always demonstrated that we want to be a positive part of the said Mark Spencer vice president of Southerland Prop erties Inc If we see an opportunity where we can help the county we certainly want to do Spencer said developers met with Comal County Judge Danny Scheel and Commissioner Jack Daw son to discuss the financial needs of the fire depart ment The new subdivision will be located in Daw sons precinct The Spring Branch fire district had the smallest budget of all the districts within the Spencer said With the county growing we did not want them to get into a position where they could not adequately protect our residents as well as the other residents in the Funding for rural fire districts was cut in the coun tys 2000 budget See A visit from St Nick WAI Michael Stripling 3 tells St wants for Christmas during a visit Sunday at the Sophienburg Museum and Archives 401 W Coll St St Nickolaus Day is Dec 6 but like Santa Nickolaus arrives on the eve before and local children came to the museum to share their Christmas wishes Marion raises for girl with cancer BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Kelsey Doege couldnt even attend Sundays fundraiser to help pay her medical expenses Kelsey who suffers from an inoper able brain tumor called astrocytoma was taken to the hospital instead after a fit of convulsions They gave her moth er Kim Doege said And shes been sleeping ever Although Kelsey didnt attend vol unteers with Mari on Independent School District col lected more than for her family And Marion State Bank which has an account open for donations reported another ance We want to help the family with medical said Karen Purvis a receptionist at Marion High School Kims husband Dave works as an electrician in San Antonio but Kim quit working as the high school secre tary Nov 1 to provide fulltime care for Kelsey Purvis said And she just had a Purvis said The Doeges also have a 12yearold DOEGE had been donated The money will be used for son for physical therapy medical expenses which total at least twice a week for Kelsey and eight a month even with health insurmedications to help control seizures brain swelling and thyroid problems Kelsey was a normal active girl until one day in May when she came home from school so exhausted that she fell asleep at 4 and her parents couldnt wake her even 17 hours later Kelsey slipped into a coma and woke up several days later unable to speak or use the right side of her body She limped when she walked and suf fered violent seizures Doctors didnt discover the cause of her condition until July when a biopsy See Early voting in library elections starts Dec 29 BY ERIN MAQRUDER Staff Writer Early voting dates have been set for Bulverde and Canyon Lake area resi dents to vote on new rural library taxing districts Residents in Bulverde and the Canyon Lake area can cast early ballots from Dec 29 to Jan 11 in the Jan 15 special election Early voting in Bulverde will take place from 9 to 5 Monday through Friday at the Pet 3 Justice of the Peace Building 2350 Bulverde M On Dec 31 the early voting poll will be open 9 to noon Canyon Lake area residents can vote early from 8 to 4 Monday through Friday at the Pet 4 Justice of the Peace Building 160 Oak Dr in Sat tler On Dec 31 the early voting poll will be open 8 to noon On election day Bulverde voting will take place from 7 to 7 at the BulverdeSpring Branch EMS Build ing 4201N US 281 and Texas 46 Canyon Lake area voters in Precinct 5 can cast their ballots Jan 15 from 7 until 7 at Startz Cafe 10350 Startz Rd in Startzville Residents in Precincts 4 18 and 19 can vote in the Jan 15 election from 7 to 7 at the Canyon Lake Action Center 1941 FarmtoMarket Road 2673 in Sattler Facing future cuts in Comal County government funding supporters of the Tye Preston Memorial Library in the Canyon Lake area and the Bulverde Community Library want to create tax ing districts to support the libraries The libraries are seeking to raise the sales tax cent on purchases within the districts Property taxes will not be increased INSIDE Key code 76 Hartwig case goes back to grand jury District judge sets aside first capital murder indictment BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Capital murder suspect Adele Hartwig had about 10 minutes of freedom when she was temporarily released from the Comal County Jail Monday afternoon said HARTWIG Hartwig 61 was released from the jail about after a judge granted a motion to set aside a June 2 capital murder indictment Ten minutes later she was back in custody on a capital murder charge that will be considered by a Comal County grand jury as early as Wednesday Hartwig was first arrested June 3 after being indicted for the May 4 death of her husband 72year old Harold Hartwig She is accused of killing her husband by setting fire to the log cabin they shared at Heuco Springs Loop Road She remained in custody at the Comal County Jail in lieu of bond Monday afternoon Judge Jack Robison with the 22nd Judicial District on Monday granted a motion by Hartwigs defense attorneys Tom Garner and John Herrick to set aside the June 2 indictment Hartwigs attorneys argued that the June 2 indictment was not set forth in plain and intelligible so that she would know the nature of the charges against her According to the June 2 indictment Harold Hartwig allegedly died of severe burns asphyxiation because of carbon monoxide poison ing or smoke inhalation during the May 4 fire Adele Hartwig was charged with intentionally starting a fire or causing an explosion by using a flammable substance to ignite a wall near a bed room occupied by Harold Hartwig The defense attorneys argued among other things The use of the words flammable substance was too broad The indictment failed to allege the specific sub stance that caused the fire The indictment failed to allege the means instru ment or weapon used to commit the alleged act of arson and The indictment failed to allege that Adele Hartwig intended the death of Harold Hartwig to result from setting fire to the wall The Comal County District Attorneys office will have to present a new indictment to the grand jury Jail officials said Pet 2 Justice of the Peace William Schroeder issued the warrant for Hartwigs arrest Monday afternoon If convicted of the capital murder charge Hartwig could face a mandatory sentence of life in prison The Comal County District Attorneys office is not pursu ing the death penalty Adele Hartwig is accused of killing her husband May 4 by setting fire to the log cabin they shared at Heuco Springs Loop Road   

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