New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 26, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149, No. 209
18 pages in 2 sections August 26, 2000
Serving Comal County since 1852
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
Emma Schamhorst can’t 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 full-time and opened a business. Emma’s School of Acting, on Landa Street, strives to pass her love of acting to others.
“If you love acting, it’s in your heart,” Schamhorst said. “No matter what you do, you’re always going to go back to it.” Schamhorst speaks with a captivating Australian accent. She grew up in a small tow n there that was, as she described affectionately, “out in the middle of nowhere.” Her father was a tennis coach. He moved his family to America when he was offered a job here building tennis courts. Schamhorst was in high school then and finished her last two years at New Braunfels High School.
“It was a good move for the whole family,” Schamhorst said. “We all came, and we’ve all stayed.”
Schamhorst left Australia w ith a love of acting already planted in her soul. Everyone else in her family played tennis, but Schamhorst wanted to be different.
“When I was about 8 years old, I said, ‘I want to try acting,’” Schamhorst said, and laughed.
“I went to a school similar to the one I started here in my hometow n,” she said. “I just stayed with them until we moved to the United States. We just did stage performances, and I just loved it. I was so enrapt with everything that we did.”
Her excitement showed in her face, which is framed by short, stylish red hair and accented by w ide, expressive eyes.
She participated in high school drama here, but it w as different because of the competition involved.
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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 city’s tube chute.
Co-owners Teri Wilkes and her husband. 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, we’ve got about 300 signatures. Six of them say they do not want beer on the river,” Breads said. “The rest of the people say they are for having beer.”
Breads and Wilkes also oppose the alcohol ban but not because they’re 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 littering,” Breads said. “None of that should end up on the river.”
But Breads and Wilkes said they want the city to explore another solution to the problem.
“I really believe more law enforcement is the way to go,” Wilkes said.
Breads suggested the community try it. If that doesn’t 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 problems for us — get them off'the river,” Breads said.
The river outfitters have to deal w itll bad behavior too, he said, and they don’t 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 river,” he said.
Increased law enforcement helped on the portion of the Guadalupe River patrolled by the Comal County Sher
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Teri Wilkes, co-owner of Corner Tubes in New Braunfels, waits for customers Friday. A sign in the background advertises a survey she and her husband, Joe Breads, are conducting about a proposed alcohol ban.
iff's 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 event,'' Purdum said.
That changed in the 1970s for a number of reasons. “Kissing” buttons with messages like “Kiss me I’m German” w ere 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
“They started to be too rowdy,” Purdum 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 didn’t think any one change was going to do the job,” Purdum said. “In 1978, we put a fence around the grounds, put an admission charge on them, increased security, set some stringent rules about dress codes and got rid
Testimony: Wife said she would bum house
By Heather Todd
Six months before 72-year old Harold Hartwig died in a house fire, his wife threatened to bum 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 identity herself.
“She said ‘ Harold, I told you I would burn the house down with you in it,’” Kutscher said.
Adele is charged with capital murder for shirting a house fire May 4, 1999 that caused her husband’s death. Prosecutors argue Harold Hartw ig was preparing to divorce her mid she wanted to collect insurance money.
A six-man, six-woman jury will decide whether to convict Hartwig on the capital murder charge, which would carry a mandatory life sentence. The Comal district attorney’s office is not seeking the death penalty.
Kutscher was the last witness to take the stand Friday atter a week of state testimony. Prosecutors will continue calling witnesses beginning 8:30 a.m. Monday.
In audiotaped statements played fbi 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 I lartwig at the scene hanging from a tree, but w itll her feet touching the ground.
Thomas Sing, a deputy marshal with the state fire marshal’s office, testified Friday investigators would not have determined the cause of the fire if Adele had not confessed.
Adele Hartw ig 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.
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County sees new Rebecca Creek proposalSubdivision would bring 435 homes, golf course
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Comal County commissioners got a first look Thursday at a proposed 1, 165-acre subdivision that could include parklands trails, a 9-hole golf course and 435 homes along Rebecca ( reek.
Richard Hubble of SRS Properties in Austin brought the proposal to commissioners for their first impression and comments, nubble said homes would be vin 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 step,” I kibble said.
The development would not be affected by a moratorium passed by commissioners 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 high-density residential development on county infrastructure, environment and water supplies.
Thursday, most of the discussion was
Hubble said the project would use onsite 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 Guadalupe River water.
“What are you going to do when the Guadalupe River isn’t there?” Commissioner Jay Minikin asked.
Hubble said his company was talking to the Rebecca Creek Municipal Utility District.
“They’re saying they have the water See COUNTY/10A
Emma Schamhorst is sharing her love of acting with students in her new Emma’s School of Acting.
Transplanted thespian heeds call of the heart
Man shot, hospitalized
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Police are investigating a Friday afternoon 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 lower 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 didn't identify because he hadn’t been arraigned Friday night, apparently fired a number of shots in the incident. Neighbors variously described hearing 2, 3 and 6 shots.
“All I know right now is apparently a young male has been shot and wounded,” Villarreal said at the scene, before going to the hospital to interview the victim. “I’ve been told the wound is to his leg.”
Villarreal said at the scene that he had spoken with the arrested man.
“The suspect was contacted at his res-See SHOOTING/10A
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 Page 2A.