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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 29, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW PELS ZEITUNG Vol 150 No 41 18 pages in 2 sections December 29 2000 FRIDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Census Texas gets two more reps State population figures released BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer The Census Bureau released state popu lation and apportionment numbers Thursday morning confirming that Texas has grown and needs more representation The population figures revealed that Texas gets a bigger slice of the congressional pie and will jump from 30 representatives to 32 Texas is one of only seven states to gain any House seats and one of four states to gain two The additional two house stats will increase Texas influence in Washington and continue the trend toward more political power in the growing Con gressman Lamar Smith said The 2000 Census figures showed Texas has grown almost 23 percent since the last census increasing from in 1990 to in 2000 Only California has a larger population with residents reported Comal County representatives Smith and Giro SMITH Rodriguez said none of this was a surprise but still was good news We expected the two addi tional congressional in fact we were hoping for Congressman Giro Rodriguez said Were hap py Its going to be With the next president hailing from Texas and two more legislators in the House of Repre sentatives Washington could be doing a lot more line dancing See RODRIGUEZ A growing population There are about million people in the United States a 13 percent increase from 1990 according to the 2000 Census All states gained in population but the District of Columbias population decreased by percent Here are the percent changes in population since 1990 Fire death ruled homicide Medical examiner Woman died of multiple gunshot wounds BYRONMALONEY Staff Writer CRANES MILL Officials said Thursday that the woman found dead Tuesday in her Canyon Lake home had been killed and she probably knew her attacker As investigators spent a second day sifting through the charred rubble of Barbara Caseys home Sheriffs Capt Dennis Koepp said detectives had iden tified a suspect In a press release Thursday the Comal County Sheriffs Office report ed that Travis CountyMedical Exam iner Roberto Bayardo ruled the death a homicide and determined that Casey had apparently been shot multiple times with a Koepp did not say who investigators believed might have shot Casey 61 on Tuesday About 5 issued a bulletin oh public safety emer gency radio networks that officials were trying to find a man named Daniel The bulletin labeled a welfare con described Neals vehicle and said he should be approached with caution The bulletin also annouonced that officials wanted to talk to him about a Dec 26 murder At the Canyon Lake Drive crime scene Thursday afternoon former Comal County detective and deputy state fire marshal Tommy Hubertus said the fire had been set in connection with Caseys death We believe it was intentionally Hubertus said He declined to say how He also said he did not know the motive for the slaying When asked if it was committed in connection with a robbery he said Not that we have determined so Hubertus also would not say where Caseys body was found in the home or what condition it was in I dont want to get into Hubertus said One thing we dont CHRIS Comal County Assistant Fire Marshal Darren Brinkoetter left and Fire Marshal Thomas Sing sift through ashes and debris Thursday at the house of Barbara Casey One thing we dont want to do is put out information that could jeopardize the investiga Tommy Hubertus deputy state fire marshal want to do is put out information that could jeopardize the investi gation Right now were investigating an arson Comal CID Criminal Inves tigations Division is working on a murder investigation When were done well help with Casey was found dead Tuesday evening after Canyon Lake firefighters extinguished a fire in her Canyon Lake Drive home Pet 4 Justice of the Peace Howard Smith ordered an autopsy and on Wednesday Bayardo declined releasing the findings of Caseys autopsy Smith said she had suffered two gunshot wounds Casey lived alone her neighbor Nan cy Ellis said Caseys husband Thomas had been ill for some time and had several strokes His wife had cared for him in their home for some time before he moved into a nursing facility this past year Ellis said Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact the Comal County Sheriffs Office Criminal Investigation Division at 830 620 3417 K JESSIE Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Manford looks over the scene Wednesday Ratliff to lead Senate BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer AUSTIN The Texas Senate chose Sen Bill Ratliff RMount Pleasant to assume the duties of lieutenant governor on Thursday Ratliff will pre side over the Senate a job previously held by former Lt Gov Rick Perry Perry became gov ernor after former Gov George W Bush won a hard fought battle to become president of the United States Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Phillips swore an emotional Ratliff into office following the Sen ates vote 1 didnt have any Pleasant makes his first address as presid remarks prepared ing ofticer 0 the Senate Ratliff said stepping evening after several hours of up to the micro secret ballot voting phone at the head of the Senate chambers where he will now sit dur ing the upcoming legislative session To my colleagues there truly is no greater honor than to be selected by your peers for an office as responsible as this one because after all you know all of my faults as well as I do and weve worked together all these years Im truly honored I hope and pray that you will believe that your confidence was not misplaced and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me the opportunity to show you that I can live up to your Ratliff assumes the duties of the lieutenant gov ernor but not the title He remains a voting sena te JESSIE Zeitung See Sand Bar blaze destroys home CHRIS Canyon Lake firefighters Lt Chris Deady eft and Assistant Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter enter a Startzyilte home to look for victims Tuesday afternoon as reservist Josh Ktemme assists them BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer STARTZVILLE Canyon Lake firefighters fought their second major blaze in 48 hours Thursday when a fire heavily damaged a Sand Bar Dri ve residence Flames were coming out of windows and the roof of the house at 330 Sand Bar Drive when firefighters arrived shortly after Comal County Assistant Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter said Neighbors reported Chris Kreneck lived at the house Kreneck was not Available for comment by press time Thursday Brinkkoeter and Fire Lt Chris Deady entered the home looking for victims but found none Its Brinkkoeter said after leaving the stillsmoldering structure Were investigating We dont have a Canyon Lake Chief Shawn Wherry said the fire caused about worth of damage to the home essentially destroying it While the fire was contained to one end of the house there was heavy heat smoke and water damage throughout Wherry said A pair of Canyon Lake youths Bran don Phillips 16 and Dusty Wilkins 17 were driving by when they spotted smoke We drove over to see what it Phillips said Wilkins said the fire appeared to have started near the middle of the home The pair asked neighbors to call the authorities and they returned to the home to find out whether anybody was still inside We hollered Phillips said Nobody Wilkins said See INSIDE Abby Classifieds 48B Comics 10A Crossword 5A Forum 8A 4A Movies 5A Obituaries 3A Sports 13B 2A Stocks 5A Key Code   

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