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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 25, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers cannot water today Well users with addresses end Ing In 8 or can water today after 8 HERALDZE Vol 149 No 208 16 pages in 2 sections August 25 2000 FRIDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Tractortrailer overturns on 135 one hurt K JESSIE Thomas A Williams was flown by AirLife to University Hospital after his truck overturned Thursday afternoon FROM STAFF REPORTS A 34yearold Round Rock man suffered major injuries in a rollover semitruck accident Thursday Thomas A Williams was taken by helicopter to University Hospital in San Antonio at to be treat ed for multiple injuries that witness es said included a lacerated right eye Williams was southbound on Farm toMarket Road 1102 about when he reportedly lost control of his truck on a sweeping left turn The truck left the roadway just north of Interstate 35 rolled over and slid to a stop on its side It was report ed to be carrying a cement product He looked like he just got it up on nine wheels going too said James Nicholson who reported the accident on his wireless telephone He was going fast another wit ness said Nicholson stopped and ran to the cab of the truck where Williams was struggling to get out He said he saw no indication the driver had been wearing a seat belt We got him calmed Nico holson said He was trying to crawl out He was pretty badly hurt He was conscious but he didnt know where he Nicholson said his first priority was that Williams was bleeding a lot He asked a woman who stopped if she had anything he could make ban dages out of and she had a sheet It was either that or take off my Nicholson said He was bleed ing really Department of Public Safety troop ers and a Comal County Sheriffs deputy assisted New Braunfels fire fighters who got Williams out of the upturned truck cab He was taken by AirLife helicopter to San Antonio where his condition was not known at press time Chief neutral on ban Top cop pledges river enforcement with or without alcohol K JESSIE Above Cherie and John Alvis walk their tubes and cooler across the bridge before a twohour float down the Comal river Tuesday afternoon with their sixyearold daughter Sarah This was the Fort Worth familys first trip on the river and they were not bringing any beer along Below tubers enjoy a quiet moment on the Comal River above the Solms Tube Chute BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer New Braunfels Police Chief Ray Douglas will not take sides in the debate over a possible alcohol ban on the local rivers He promises he and his offi cers will enforce whatever the council decides However Douglas did say an alcohol ban would be very dif ficult to enforce Its difficult to do anything totally on a he said If you have a confined area such as Unicorn Stadium you can control that because it has a fence around But an open waterway with private property and businesses located on the banks is a different matter It would be very difficult to do Douglas said Im sure it would make a difference in the problems on the Im not sure as to what the cost in manpower resources or econom ical costs all those things that part of the argument is right now Thats far beyond me to even guess what they may be If you have a law sometimes its difficult to enforce and it could be a The council will vote on the proposed ban for the first time Monday Council must approve the proposed ordinance three times before it becomes law The ordinance the council will consider would ban the con sumption of alcoholic beverages and open alcoholic beverage con tainers on portions of the Guadalupe and Comal rivers The proposed ban encompasses the See Nurse Victim planned divorce days before blaze HARTWIG Woman testifies Adele Hartwig overheard plans BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer A home health care nurse who treated Harold Hartwig testi fied Thursday he told her he planned to file for a divorce against his wife three days before he died in a fire at his home He said he wanted to make sure she would not get the house or any of the possessions in Tammy Jo Windsor told jurors Thursday in Adele Hartwigs capital murder trial Windsor testified she met with 72year old Harold Hartwig May 1 1999 in the living room of his log cabin on Heuco Springs Loop Road During the conversation Wind sor testified Adele Hartwig 62 was in another room and was able to overhear the conversation A legal clerk at the law firm of Brazle and Pfeuffer also testified Thursday Harold Hartwig called the office April 30 and said he was having difficulties with his wife and wanted to speak to an attorney The Comal County District Attorneys office is using the tes timony against Adele Hartwig in an attempt to prove she had a motive to kill her husband when she allegedly set their house on fire Adele is charged with capital murder for allegedly starting a house fire May that caused her husbands death Prosecutors are arguing Harold Hartwig was preparing to divorce her and she wanted to collect insurance A sixman sixwoman jury will decide whether to convict Hartwig on the capital murder which would carry a mandatory sentence of life in prison The Comal County District Attorneys office is not pursuing the death penalty Adele Hartwig told investiga tors she set the fire because Harold physically and mentally abused her and threatened to kill her As evidence of the abuse Adele told investigators Harold dragged her around the house and up and down the stairs the morning of the fatal fire Windsor said she visited Harold Hartwig several times a week in the spring of 1999 to treat a non healing gunshot wound on his chest She described Harold Hartwig as physically weak with limited mobility and a slow unstable gait Windsor testified she did not believe Harold Hartwig was strong enough to drag anyone up or down the stairs Adele confessed to investigators after she first told them someone else set the fire assaulted her and hanged her from a tree Hartwigs capital murder trial began Monday in the 22nd Dis trict Court Harold Hartwigs soninlaw tes tified Thursday Harold changed his will in August 1997 and left his entire property to his daughter According to the will Harold stated he did not leave his estate to Adele Hartwig because she attempted to cause his death by shooting him with a firearm either intentionally or Adele also is charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault from a July inci dent when the defendant allegedly shot her husband in the chest with a 380 caliber pistol Adele told investigators she was outside when the shooting See City panel allows car dealer to keep fence BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Bluebonnet Motors can keep a fence around its storage lot on West San Antonio Street through 2002 New Braunfels zoning board of adjustment voted unani mously Thursday to allow the fence to remain The move overturned previ ous action by the city Bluebonnet Motors is leas ing the former HEB parking lot at 843 W San Antonio St to store some of its inventory The company asked the city for a permit for a fence around the lot Bluebonnet Motors General Manager Wes Studdard told the board the company wanted to protect the million to mil lion worth of vehicles parked there I feel that with 300 vehicles there you dont even see the fence he said INSIDE Key Code 76 Kidney failure strikes SVMS athlete BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Thirteenyear old Danielle Heaton led a normal life for a teenage girl until about a month ago She ran track on the Smithson Valley Middle School track team played soccer and hung out with friends but she occasionally com plained about feeling nauseated tired and cold They were complaints that did not seem unusual for an adolescent girl That was the scary said Bret Heaton Danielles father The complaints were very mild There were so mild you would have to live with her to even pick up on Bret and his wife Melissa Heaton who live at Canyon Lake took Danielle in for blood tests about a month ago and the results shocked both them and physicians The doctors said they were sur prised she was still Bret said We drove her straight from there to the intensive care Bret said Danielles condition at that time was critical In a few more days she could have slipped into a coma because See Photo submitted Track team member Danielle Heaton is fighting kidney failure
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