New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 6, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 148, No. 120 16 pages in I section
May 6, 1999
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Hueco Springs fire investigation continuesEvidence headed for Austin lab today, foul play suspected
By Peri Stone
Officials investigating Tuesday's fire at 475 Hueco Springs Loop plan to send more evidence to a lab in Austin today — evidence that might reveal if foul play was involved.
Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Manford said the fire killed Harold Hartwig, 72. Investigators have not determined the cause.
Hearing set for students in Wimberley
New Braunfels teens face hearing today
By Heather Tooo
Four Wimberley eighth-grade students facing conspiracy charges for allegedly plotting to kill fellow students and teachers will appear at a juvenile detention hearing late Monday morning.
Five eighth-grade students at Danforth Junior High School were taken into custody at school by law enforcement officials April 23, but one student was later released.
The four youths remain in custody after fellow students tipped off law enforcement officials by reporting they had heard a discussion of plans for attacking the junior high school.
T\vo 14-year old New Braunfels students also face a detention hearing today for firing shots at the homes of two Canyon Middle School teachers April 20.
The juveniles are being detained at a juvenile correction facility in Colorado County, near Houston.
Police charged the two Canyon Middle School students with deadly conduct in connection with shooting a high-powered rifle at the teachers’ homes. The boys also face two charges of criminal mischief and one charge of unlawful restraint.
The pair confessed to shooting five plate glass windows at the New Braunfels High School library, writing obscene graffiti on the teachers’ houses, and defacing property at OakRun School just hours before two Colorado teens terrorized a high school and killed 13 people before taking their own lives.
Carol Robison, director of juvenile probation for Comal County, said detention hearings were solely to determine whether a juvenile should be returned to the detention facility or released to their parents.
Robison said if the two juveniles were released, it would be left to school district officials to decide if they returned to school.
Juvenile probation officials have not received any notification from CMS that the two students were expelled, she said.
“Generally, when juveniles are released we try to get them into some educational environment, like an alternative school. But, when students are expelled we get notice because it’s another type of referral. We never received a referral from the school that they got expelled,” she said.
The hearing in Wimberley Monday, which will be presided over by Hays County Court-at-Law judge Howard Warner, will be the second detention hearing for the four juveniles.
The judge ordered them detained for no more than IO working days on April 26.
A search of the suspects’ homes turned up crude explosive devices and gunpowder, as well as computer disks and Internet documents about bomb-making, authorities said.
Law enforcement officials quelled rumors the four students had a “hit list” of teachers and students they wanted to kill during a meeting with parents April 25.
On April 26, law officers involved in the case were placed under a gag order and ordered to not discuss the case or its investigation.
Three newspapers, the San Antonio Express-News, Dallas Morning News, and Austin Amer-ican-Statesman, asked records of Monday’s court hearing be made public and that future court proceedings be open.
A swab taken from the hand of the victim’s wife, Adele Hartwig, will be tested for, among other things, any gun powder or gasoline residue. The swab, which picked up traces of anything foreign on Adele’s skin, will be tested at the state fire marshal’s lab in Austin.
Adele was found Tuesday morning with a white cloth wrapped around her neck and the other end wrapped around a tree limb about 250 yards from the cabin, Manford said.
Officials at the scene found her after she called for help about 2 a.m. — almost an hour after the New Braunfels Fire Department arrived to battle the fire.
Adele has been questioned in connection with die
fire but has not been charged with any crime. She is now staying with family in New Braunfels.
Comal County Sheriff’s Office is compiling a list of witnesses, including neighbors and family members who need to be interviewed, Detective Tommy Ward said.
Ward said he did not know if they would question Adele again. Sheriff’s deputies have responded to more than a dozen calls at the Hartwig home in the past three years — mostly for domestic disturbances and family violence.See FIRE/5
Investigators dusted the car where Adele Hartwig was found early Tuesday morning as part of the investigation of a fire which killed her husband, Harold, at their home at 475 Hueco Springs Loop.
Big man on campus
OakRun students, clockwise from back left, Erik Toney, Liz Soechttng, Elaine Smith and Christina Talcott concentrate on their language arts exercises Wednesday while superintendent for the day Robert Bievens observes.
Memorial Intermediate student spends day as superintendent
By CnRwnNA Motor
New Braunfels Independent School District superintendent Ron Reaves wanted fourth-grader Robert Blevens to really feel like a school superintendent.
So first thing Wednesday morning, the NB1SD “superintendent for the day” checked his e-mail.
“There was a message from my principal, Mrs. (Debbie)
Garinger,” Blevens said. “She said that if I was reading this, then I must be checking Dr. Reaves’ e-mail. She told me to have a good day and also said since I was her boss for the day, if she she have a raise. I told her I would think about it.”
Blevens became superintendent of the day after meeting a challenge he made with his principal at Memorial Intermediate. The challenge centered on the Accelerated Readers Program and earning points by reading books.
According to the system, a student with 200 points gets to be principal for the day. At 250 points, the student gets a limousine ride.
“I made a challenge with Mrs. Garinger that if I could earn 500 points, I could get to be superintendent for the day. She asked Dr. Reaves, and he said yes,” Blevens said.
Blevens read more than 80 books, some of them on a seventh- and eighth-grade reading level.
Robert Blevens and New Braunfels Independent School district superintendent Ron Reaves visit a classroom at Cari Schurz Elementary on Wednesday.
On March 2, he acted as principal for the day at Memorial Intermediate. Then on Wednesday, Blevens sat in Reaves’ chair at the central office.
Reaves took Blevens to visit Carl Schurz Elementary, where they visited several classrooms and a new computer lab. Blevens said, “We got here when there was a fire drill. All the
CISD plans safety meeting for parents
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
Comal Independent School District administrators are planning an informational meeting to visit with parents and employees about the district^ current and future efforts to keep its schools safe.
The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. on May 13 in the main auditorium at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Co-Op building, located just off Texas Highway 46 on Farm-to-Market Road 3159 in Smithson Valley.
Refreshments will be served from 6 to 6:30 p.m.
The meeting will begin with a discussion of past and present methods used to keep schools safe. CISD Superintendent Jerry Major will discuss plans for future safety activities.
Comal County Sheriff Bob Holder and New Braunfels Police Chief Ray Douglas have been invited.
“Providing a safe school learning environment has always been our number one priority,” Major said. “Then we do the best job we can to provide a great education. We have added programs that help us keep schools safe. We are going to review those
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Positions principal for CISD
New school leaders could be approved today by trustees
By Heather Tooo Staff Writer
Principal positions at Canyon High School and Spring Branch Middle School, left vacant by the resignations of Will Klieg and Deborah Brendel, could be filled today.
Comal Independent School Di»-
- trict administration is
scheduled to recommend two new principals for the secondary school campuses when trustees
- meet at 6 p.m. at
Canyon Intermediate School, 1275 West Business 35.
Carol Wemli, director of human resources for CISD, said Superintendent Jerry Major would make the final recommendations to the board based on a finalist list compiled by district committees.
The interview committees consisted of several parents, teachers, and central office administrators.
“Three names were given to the superintendent for the CHS position, and several names were also given for the Spring Branch position,” Wemli said.
Candidates who interviewed for the principal position at CHS included Charles Adams, assistant principal at CHS; Carolyn Pittman, assistant principal at CHS; Nancy Cobb, principal at Canyon Middle School; and Rusty Brockman, purchasing and maintenance coordinator for CISD.
Candidates from outside the district were Cristobal Luna, Victor Salazar, Bob Wiegand, Michael Benedict and Michael Ryan.
Mishaleen Allen, assistant principal at SBMS; Sandy Hancock, assistant principal at SVHS; and Patti White, assistant principal at CHS, interviewed for the SBMS principal position.
Comal Independent School District administrators will meet with parents, employees and law enforcement officials to discuss safety in schools at , 6:30 p.m. on May 13 in the main auditorium at the Guadalupe Valley Co-Op building in Smithson Valley.
programs to see if they still meet our needs and seek suggestions from parents and law enforcement agencies on how we can improve or add to what we have.”
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