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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 8, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas                                a FASO TX 7998 THURSDAY JULY 8 2004 ZEITUNG SPORTS KICKIN IT Photos from Cross Community Centers free kids soccer camp at the HEB sports fields which continues today 5 FORUM BUSH BACKERS Readers respond to letter writ ers who voice disagreements with President Bush and the war on terror 4 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol IBS NO 10 pages 1 section ICK I sot Partly cloudy High Low 95 74 DEAR ABBY COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM oiffUARlS SPORTS TV GRIDS 8 7 1 4 3 6 I Man could face attempted murder charge John Edward Morris By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The 41yearold Colorado man shot Tuesday by a sheriffs deputy faces attempted capital murder charges if he recovers from his wounds John Edward Morris fled Col orado after an alleged robbery kidnapping and assault incident June 24 in Clear Creek County Investigators are working to reconstruct his movements in the days that led up to his being shot Tuesday morning when he pulled a shotgun on sheriffs Deputy Brett Smith The deputy fired six shots from his automatic handgun striking Morris three times in the chest Canyon Lake para medics treated Morris at the scene of the incident off Old Cranes Mill Road and flew him to University Hospital Smith 43 escaped injury University Hospital officials Wednesday would release no information about Morris con dition saying the file was stamped Law enforcement officials said they did not ask that the file be closed Smith is being guarded by Comal County Sheriffs deputies He will be charged with attempt ed capital murder a firstdegree felony punishable by between five and 99 years in state prison Clear Creek County Sheriffs Detective Mark Douglas said Wednesday Colorado authori ties would be interested in pros ecuting Morris after he faces charges in Texas He is wanted on felony charges stemming from a June 24 incident in which he struck a bicyclist and attempt ed to kidnap her from a Col orado highway Morris is charged with assault with a deadly weapon kidnap ping during the course of a rob bery and aggravated robbery See SHOOTING Page 3 Man hopes to preserve citys history and heritage Red blue and yellow glass bottles line the tall narrow front win dows Tiny bottles of decades old medicinal potions are stacked in glassdoor cabinets made in 1910 Alfred E New mans gaptoothed grin on MAD magazine circa 1952 sits on a magazine rack next to the soda fountain where sparkling ice cream dishes and malt glasses beckon customers for a scoop of chocolate On his property off of FM 306 David Hartmann has cre ated a museum that is a smallscale replica of the old Richters Pharmacy Richter founded Richters Pharmacy in 1901 In 1910 the business moved into the building at 142 West San Antonio Street That pharma cy is where Hartmann grew up where he learned many of lifes lessons and where he came to cherish New Braun fels and its heritage On the sad day in 1971 when Richters son Richter died the store was sold and moved Hartmann dedicated himself to making sure the pharmacy maintains a place in New Braunfels history When I retired five years ago this was a Hart mann said I had stored everything in here for years and people have also been very kind in that they have giv en me things back that belonged to the drugstore I have collected pharmaceutical See PHARMACY Page 3 Hartmanns Replica of Richters Pharmacy a tribute to bygone time Story by BRANDI GRISSOM Photos by DAVID INGRAM Top David Hartmann points out some of the artifacts on display in his museum dedicated to Richters Pharmacy where he worked at age 13 Could underground tunnels have helped hide hooch By Brand Grissom Staff Writer In the dark dingy basement of the old Richters Pharmacy building are two floortoceil ing archways covered over by brick MANDY Old liquor bottles were unearthed recently underneath the old ment has similar archways Aril underneath Henne Hardware are two more brickedover archways What exists beyond the brick is a subject of speculation and debate among New Braunfels historians and longtime residents They are entryways to tunnels used to transport alcohol during Prohibition some say Hogwash Richters Pharmacy building along otherssay tte archways are simply 8nd mySterOUS used toTomS archs brick archways adjoining buildings tet another HELP RESOLVE THE TUNNEL DEBATE If you have any information about tun nels in New Braunfels call or write to the HeraldZeitung 707 Landa Street New Braunfels 78130 830 opinion is they were vents to let air into hot musty basements dur ing muggy Texas summers No one seems to know just what lies behind the mysterious arches In 1998 Ron Snider and Darrell Sollberger bought the old Richter Building at 142 West San Antonio and the old Seekatz Opera House a few blocks down the street Underneath the old pharmacy they found old bottles a sign over a freight Breath and the archways These were all Snider said of the basements down town pointing to the archways he said he believes are entrances to tunnels used to get illegal hooch from basement to basement in the 1920s They partied down Paul Martinka at Henne Hard ware said he also heard rumors of bootleggers using underground pathways in New Braunfels The tunnels were all connected during the Martinka said Thais how they got the alco hol from one place to David Hartmann and his family See TUHIIIW Page 3 i PAC rallies to oppose Valentines petitions By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Organizers of a new political action committee have charged District 6 Coun cilman Ken Valentine with using a pop ulist tax freeze movement to bolster his own petition drives New Braunfels City Council has set a Nov 2 election on the Proposition 13 tax Supporters are busy gathering the signatures of registered voters required to call the city election They also are gathering the more than sig natures required to force Comal County to hold a similar vote Valentine who has said he supported Proposition 13 which freezes property taxes for senior citizens has spearheaded petitions to ban aluminum cans on the Comal River to designate the Comal County Fairgrounds a city park and to make the convention and visitors bureau a city department But Ray Schoch who helped organize Citizens for Community Improvements said Valentine and his supporters were trying to hide behind Proposition 13 Were not against or for Proposition said Schoch who is a former city councilman and current member of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce But Valentines petitions arent good forthe city and they have a lot of untruths in Theyre taking advantage of Proposi tion 13 said Brad Wuest a PAC organizer and also a member of the chamber But more important were concerned that Valentines petitions werent a good Valentine said the criticism was unfounded See PiTITIONS Page 3 Ken Valentine KRAFT   

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