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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 26, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in or 4 can water before 9 ana after 7 today Well users cannot water today HERALD UNO Vol 149 No 209 18 pages in 2 sections August 26 2000 CHRIS Emma Scharnhorst is sharing her love of acting with students in her new Emmas School of Acting Transplanted thesi heec s call of the heart BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Emma Scharnhorst cant explain exactly why she loves acting but her actions speak volumes on the subject This year she quit her day job committed to pursuing her acting career fulltime and opened a business Emmas School of Acting on Landa Street strives to pass her love of acting to others If you love acting its in your Scharnhorst said No matter what you do youre always going to go back to Scharnhorst speaks with a captivating Australian accent She grew up in a small town there that was as she described affec tionately out in the middle of Her father was a tennis coach He moved his family to America when he was offered a job here building tennis courts Scharnhorst was in high school then and finished her last two years at New Braunfels High School It was a good move for the whole fami Scharnhorst said We all came and weve all Scharnhorst left Australia with a love of acting already planted in her soul Everyone else in her family played tennis but Scharnhorst wanted to be different When I was about 8 years old I said I want to try Scharnhorst said and laughed I went to a school similar to the one I started here in my she said 1 just stayed with them until we moved to the United States We just did stage perfor mances and I just loved it I was so enrapt with everything that we Her excitement showed in her face which is framed by short stylish red hair and accented by wide expressive eyes She participated in high school drama here but it was different because of the competition involved See OA SATURDAY Man shot hospitalized Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Police are investigating a Friday after noon shooting that sent one man to the hospital and another to jail The wounded man Miguel Esparza 18 of New Braunfels was treated at McKenna Memorial Hospital Friday evening for a gunshot wound to his low er left leg He was then transferred to a Seguin hospital for further evaluation His condition was said to be stable Paul Barsch 18 of the 400 block of E Common St was booked into Comal County Jail for suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon Police Det John Villarreal said the details were sketchy a couple of hours after the incident which occurred behind a Common Street home Villarreal said the suspect who he didnt identify because he hadnt been arraigned Friday night apparently fired a number of shots in the incident Neigh bors variously described hearing 2 3 and 6 shots All I know right now is apparently a young male has been shot and wound Villarreal said at the scene before going to the hospital to interview the victim Ive been told the wound is to his Villarreal said at the scene that he had spoken with the arrested man The suspect was contacted at his res See OA K JESSIE New Braunfels Police Cpl Dennis Conran Officer Terry Flugrath and Det John Villarreal confer at the scene of a Common Street shooting Friday afternoon Beer ban booed Outfitters point to law enforcement as river solution BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer The votes were in Friday at Corner Tubes and the proposed alcohol ban lost Corner Tubes is across the street from Prince Solms Park and the citys tube chute Coowners Teri Wilkes and her hus band Joe Breads conducted their own survey about a proposed alcohol ban that New Braunfels city council will consider Monday Breads will present the results to council As of right now weve got about 300 signatures Six of them say they do not want beer on the Breads said The rest of the people say they are for having Breads and Wilkes also oppose the alcohol ban but not because theyre insensitive to the problems on the rivers From our perspective I think a lot of the concerns that the citizens are having we end up having the same thoughts along those lines as far as lewdness drunkenness and Breads said None of that should end up on the But Breads and Wilkes said they want the city to explore another solu tion to the problem I really believe more law enforce ment is the way to Wilkes said Breads suggested the community try it If that doesnt work then the city could try an alcohol ban he said Hopefully more law enforcement is going to be enough to get these knuckleheads that are making prob lems for us get them off the Breads said The river outfitters have to deal with bad behavior too he said and they dont like it any more than anyone else I would prefer to get those people off the river Send them a message and get them off the he said Increased law enforcement helped on the portion of the Guadalupe River patrolled by the Comal County Sher JO LEE Teri Wilkes coowner of Corner Tubes in New Braunfels waits for cus tomers Friday A sign in the background advertises a survey she and her husband Joe Breads are conducting about a proposed alcohol ban iffs Office and with Wurstfest Breads said Tom Purdum former head of the New Braunfels chamber of commerce also led Wurstfest from 1961 to 1985 It started out as a family Purdum said That changed in the 1970s for a number of reasons Kissing buttons with messages like Kiss me Im Ger man were one of the problems People began to act on those buttons literally Also the festival began to attract young people because there was no admission charge and pitchers of beer were sold They started to be too Pur dum said citing overcrowding and too much drinking as part of the problem Wurstfest saw many of the same problems that are on the rivers today he said We didnt think any one change was going to do the Purdum said In 1978 we put a fence around the grounds put an admission charge on them increased security set some strin gent rules about dress codes and got rid See OA INSIDE Your guide to New Braunfels River conditions weather what to do where to go road work map Hometown favorite Clay Blaker performs tonight Find out where on Page2A Testimony Wife said she would burn house BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Six months before 72year old Harold Hartwig died in a house fire his wife threat ened to burn the house down with him in it a family friend testified Friday Rhonda Kutscher told jurors she called 62 year old Adele Hartwig in late 1998 to check on her while Harold was away Kutscher said Adele mistook her for Harold Hartwig when she answered the phone and spoke before Kutscher could identify herself She saidHarold I told you I would burn the house down with you in Kutscher said Adele is charged with capital murder for starting a house fire May 4 1999 that caused her husbands death Prose cutors argue Harold Hartwig was preparing to divorce her and she wanted to collect insurance money A sixman sixwoman jury will decide whether to convict Hartwig on the capital murder charge which would carry a manda tory life sentence The Comal district attorneys office is not seeking the death penalty Kutscher was the last witness to take the stand Friday after a week of state testimony Prosecutors will continue calling witnesses beginning Monday In audiotaped statements played for the jury Hartwig initially told investigators someone else set the fire assaulted her and hung her from a tree Law enforcement officials testified they found Hartwig at the scene hanging from a tree but with her feet touching the ground Thomas Sing a deputy marshal with the state fire marshals office testified Friday investigators would not have determined the cause of the fire if Adele had not confessed Adele Hartwig later confessed that she set the fire by pouring shotgun shells into an electrical outlet placing a wick doused in lamp oil in the socket and lighting it while Harold was sleeping HARTWIG INSIDE Coming Sunday Key Code 76 Barry family is more than casually M interested in cystic fibrosis research they Ji live facetoface with the reality of the County sees new Rebecca Creek proposal Subdivision would bring 435 homes golf course BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County commissioners got a first look Thursday at a proposed acre subdivision that could include park lands trails a 9hole golf course and 435 homes along Rebecca Creek Richard Hubble of SRS Properties in Austin brought the proposal to commis sioners for their first impression and comments Hubble said homes would be on lots ranging in size from one to three acres off Rebecca Creek Road near Rebecca Creek Park We just wanted to present this so you can comment before we go into the next 1 kibble said The development would not be affect ed by a moratorium passed by commis sioners blocking projects that place homes on less than one acre of land The moratorium through June 2001 is intended to give the county time to assess the impact of highdensity residential development on county infrastructure environment and water supplies Thursday most of the discussion was about water Hubble said the project would use on site sewage disposal and public water possibly from the Guadalupe River or Canyon Lake although the details have not been spelled out Hubble said his company had surface water rights to Ouadalupe River water What are you going to do when the Guadalupe River isnt there Commis sioner Jay Millikin asked Hubble said his company was talking to the Rebecca Creek Municipal Utility District Theyre saying they have the water See OA a