New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 9, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149, No. 15 14 pages in 2 sections December 9, 1999
Serving Comal County since 1852
50 centsComal grand jury re-indicts woman accused of killing husband
From staff reports
A Comal County grand jury Wednesday indicted a local woman a second time on a charge of capital murder in the death of her husband earlier this year.
Adele Hartwig, 61, is accused of killing Harold Hartwig, 72, by setting fire to the log cabin they shared on Heuco Springs Loop during the early morning hours of May 4.
She was first arrested June 3 after being indicted June 2 on the capital murder charge.
The Comal County District Attorney’s office presented a new indictment to the grand jury Wednesday after a judge granted a motion Mon
day to set aside the state’s first indictment.
State District Judge Jack Robison granted a motion by Adele Hartwig’s defense attorneys, Tom Gamer and John Herrick, to set aside the June 2 indictment.
As a result, Adele Hartwig was temporarily released from the Comal County Jail Monday afternoon. She was back in custody on a capital murder charge about IO minutes later.
Adele Hartwig’s attorneys argued that the June 2 indictment was “not set forth in plain and intelligible words” so that she would know the nature of the charges against her.
Wednesday’s indictment was not available as of press time. The Comal County District Attorney’s office and Adele Hartwig’s attorneys could not be reached for comment.
According to the June 2 indictment, Harold Hartwig allegedly died of severe bums and/or asphyxiation because of carbon monoxide poisoning 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 bedroom occupied by Harold Hartwig.
Toxic spill dumps acid on interstate
Highway expected to be re-opened in time for morning commute
From staff and wire reports
SAN ANTONIO — A truck wreck and chemical leak on an interstate highway near downtown San Antonio forced several thousand people from homes, businesses and schools Wednesday.
The tractor-trailer rig tipped over during rush-hour traffic about 8:45 a.m. on a curving ramp where Interstate 35 meets Interstate IO on the northwest comer of downtown.
San Antonio Fire Department and hazardous materials officers worked to remove the chemical hazard, clear the vehicle off the road and check the bridge for any structural damage before allowing traffic back on the highway, said Allen Boozikee of San Antonio Fire and EMS.
The driver of the truck, Steve Reyes, 46, of Kames City was taken to University Hospital for treatment of chemical bums, officials said.
Paramedics told KSAT-TV that 32 people were treated on the scene for symptoms such as burning eyes and breathing problems. Of those 32, 11 were transported to area hospitals as a precautionary measure.
Some 4,500 gallons of hydrochloric acid spilled onto the roadway, officials said. More than 2,600 students from area schools were taken from their campuses by bus to school district buildings in safe areas.
Schools call for calendar input
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
Officials with two local school districts are seeking input from parents and community members about proposed calendars for the 2000-2001 school year.
- Committees with Comal and
New Braunfels school districts are planning calendars for the next school year. District officials are encouraging parent and patron input before the calendars are approved by trustees in early 2000.
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trictwide Education Improvement Council, comprised of teachers, parents and community members, met Monday to begin work on the 2000-2001 school calendar.
NBISD Superintendent Ron Reaves said, “Members of the DEIC — who represent all facets of the community — will develop a school calendar to be approved by the school board in February of next year. Major issues will be
List of NBISD’s Districtwide Education Improvement Council members — Page 7 A
Melissa Higgins, director of Rehabilitation Services at McKenna Sports Fitness and
Rehabilitation Center, demonstrates how to use easy grip foam tubing for utensils to perform chores.
McKenna expands care with new rehab center
By Heather Todd
Patients recovering from a stroke or orthopedic surgery soon will be spared repeated trips to Austin or San Antonio for rehabilitation services.
The Rehabilitation Institute at McKenna Memorial Hospital, scheduled to open Jan. 3, will provide a state-of-the-art in-patient rehabilitation center.
The 10,235-square-foot unit is being built on the fourth floor of the hospital’s new tower at
600 North Union Ave. and is part of the hospital’s $30 million expansion project.
Melissa Higgins, director of rehabilitation for McKenna Memorial Hospital, said the new unit would offer rehabilitation for patients recovering from post-neurological problems such as strokes; or surgery, such as total hip or knee replacements.
“This will be the only acute rehabilitation unit south of Austin and north of San Antonio,” she said.
Joe Maese, director of nursing for the Rehabilitation Institute, said the hospital sent about 40 patients per month from Comal County to centers in the San Antonio and Austin areas.
“We are hoping to capture that population,” he said.
Higgins said the new unit would offer the same quality of care and services with a more convenient location for Comal residents.
“This is awesome for the community because it offers state-of-the-art equipment and
nurses and staff that are welleducated and experienced,” she said.
The in-patient rehabilitation unit will accommodate 20 patients and offer 24-hour-a-day nursing care and speech, occupational and physical therapy six days a week.
Psychological support and social services also will be available.
Rehabilitation Institute medical director Maria Lomba said it was often unsafe to send See McKENNA/3A
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Where To Find It
HOW TO GET THERE: Take Interstate 35 North to Farm-to-Market Road 306. Turn right on FM 1102 to Hunter. The tavern is behind the iron railroad bridge in Hunter.
SPECIAL EVENT: Riley’s Tavern, 8894 Farm-to-Market Road 1102, will have a ‘Tamale Cookoff from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds from the cookoff benefit the Blue Santa program to provide gifts and food for needy children in the New Braunfels area. For information, call Donna Wilson at (512) 392-SI 32.
ly popular place,” he said, “There’s no trouble here. I like that. It’s out of town, so it’s like a little hideout.”
In May 1996, former Comal County judge Carter Casteel denied renewal of the alcohol license after receiving several complaints about loud music, parking problems and large crowds from residents living near the tavern.
Casteel asked for more information and studies to be conducted.
During the court proceedings, the
Wilsons voluntarily closed the tavern and surrendered its license to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
In June, District Judge Charles Ramsay overruled the previous decision. He ordered the TABC to immediately issue an alcohol license to the Wilsons.
Donna Wilson said she was glad to sec the tavern back in business and to be able to offer a place for her customers to relax and enjoy themselves.
“It seems like it’s out in the middle of nowhere,” she said. “But people feel comfortable here. Women are not afraid to come in alone. Some come in after work, and some men come in suits.
“It doesn’t matter because everyone’s comfortable. I tell people it
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First Texas tavern licensed after Prohibition still serving Comal
By Christina Minor
HUNTER — The way owner Donna Wilson sees it, she’s preserving a little bit of history while she’s filling frosty mugs of beer and selling pretzels to faithful customers.
It’s been business as usual for Riley’s Tavern, which re-opened in October after a long court battle over renewing its alcohol license.
For Wilson and the patrons of the tavern, located six miles north of New Braunfels on Farm-to-Market Road 1102 in Hunter, the two-year closing was like time stood still.
“We have a lot of blue-collar workers who come here,” Wilson said.
“One person told me three generations of his family drank here. I kept fighting for the clientele. I really appreciate all the friends that helped me through that time.”
The favorite hangout not only offers a place for people to unwind after a hard day of work but also serves up a taste of days gone by.
Donna Wilson and her husband Rick bought Riley’s Tavern in 1993 from Elizabeth Riley. Elizabeth’s husband J.C. Riley owned and operated the tavern until 1991.
At age 17, Riley was the first person to get an alcohol license after Prohibition in September 1933. A few days later, Riley’s Tavern was created.
“I love to study history and restoration,” Wilson said. “This is a really historic place. I restored everything back to almost its original condition.
“We still have most of the original items, from the cash register to the out-dated beer cans. Of course, I’ve added some items.”
Although the tavern is equipped with billiards tables and an outdoor bieigarten, the Wilsons and patrons of the tavern said the main attraction was the atmosphere.
Tommy Mills of San Marcos said he visited the tavern several times a week.
“When they re-opened it was a real-
Above: Riley's Tavern bartender Abby Robbin serves the down-to-earth customers after a hard day of work. The bar first opened in 1933 and was re-opened in October by present owners Donna and Rick Wilson after a two-year closing. Below: Memorabilia, such as a restored cash register, out-of-date beer bottles and photos of previous staff and owners, give Riley’s Tavern its essence as a neighborhood bar.
reminds me of my living room.” “There’s a mixture of people who come here, and they were all very supportive when we were closed.
“Riley’s is a place that deserved to be revived.”