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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 6, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas 1UNDAY JUNE 6 2004 iALDZEITUNG COUPONS IN SAVINGS Find special offers from Smart Source Cottman Transmission Oakwood Tire Walgreens Eckerds and more Inside SPORTS CUBS WIN Cubs rallied from a 41 deficit to claim the Junior League title Saturday night Pages IB I Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 153 No 179 28 pages 4 sections CLICK www 8 8 Rain 0 20 0 High Low 93 74 Details5A DEARABBY 6C CLASSIFIEDS ID COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 4C FORUM 4A OBITS 3A SPORTS 1B TV GRIDS sec Ronald Reagan The Great dies at 93 By TEftENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent 1 WASHINGTON AP ald Reagan the cheerful crusad er who devoted his presidency to winning the Cold War trying to scale back government and baking people believe it was morning again in died Saturday after a long twi light struggle with Alzheimers disease He was 93 In Paris White House spokes woman Claire Buchan said Pres ident Bush was notified of Rea gans death in Paris at about The United States flag over the White House was lowered to half staff within an hour A chronology of Reagans life Page 6A Principal events of Reagans presidency Page OA Reagans body was expected to be taken to his presidential li brary and museum in Simi Val ley and then flown to Washington to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda His funeral was expected to be at the National Cathedral an event likely to draw world leaders The body was to be returned to California for a sunset burial at his library Five years after leaving office the nations 40th president told the world in November 1994 that he had been diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimers an incurable illness that destroys brain cells He said he had begun the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my Reagan lived longer than any president spending his last See REAGAN Page 6A Ronald Reagan Reagan Library official Web site Small yards big problems PROPOSITION 13 Garden Ridge residents say homes on lots would destroy citys rural ambiance Photos show gardenstyle homes located in Soutbank subdivision in New Braunfels DAVID raldZeitung Group plans to force election on tax relief By Scott Mahon Staff Writer At least one group of senior citizens say theyre prepared to force an elec tion to freeze property taxes for home owners 65 and older if the New Braun fels City Council wont adopt the meas ure Voters statewide approved a referen dum last September allowing cities and counties to freeze property taxes for people 65 and older and the disabled Since then more and more cities and counties have opted to adopt the meas ure called Proposition 13 on last years ballot Locally seniors citizens have urged See PROPOSITION 13 Page 8A THINK Should city prop erty taxes be frozen for senior citizens Send your comments By Mail to Letters to Editor HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels TX781311328 By fax to 830 6063413 4 By email to Artists rendering of an existing subdivision in Garden Ridge redrawn to include garden homes Lots in green are garden homes Those in yellow are lots that meet citys required size of threequarters of an acre or larger By Brand Grissom Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE Mariann Stratton will probably move away from the com munity she has grown to love over the last six years The large lot her home is on is just too much to maintain on her own I love all of the people who live out she said Its a real community Everyone helps everyone else out I hate the idea of having to leave Garden Ridge to get a nice home with a smaller yard Many people are in the situation where they love the neighborhood and the city as much as I do but for one reason or widowed in my case or theyre older they just dont feel like they can keep up with a threequarter acre For more than a year city officials have studied and debated a proposed ordinance allowing developers to build subdivisions with garden homes homes on onequarteracre lots City officials sent out an opinion poll in last months utility bill asking resi dents whether they favored the proposal At a ratio of 2tol residents said no With the poll results in hand Mayor Jay Feibel man said he will obey citizens wishes and ask council to vote against the ordinance at its July meeting Im going to recommend to council See GARDEN HOMES Page 8A WHAT IS A GARDEN HOME Garden homes are foot homes on onequarter acre lots Suspect in killing returns for competency hearing By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The 35yearold Canyon Lake man accused of killing his mother in 2001 and set ting a fire to cover up the crime returns district court Monday Daniel E Neal was returned to the Comal County Jail Fri day from the Vernon State Hospital He is being held on bail charged with shooting his mother Barbara Casey in her Canyon Lake home the day after Christ mas 2000 Casey was found by fire fighters who went to her See Page 3A UPDATES Tracking the news Pretrial hearing set for excops wife LAST WE KNEW Samantha Childs wife of former New Braunfels police offi cer Jeffrey Childs was indicted May 12 with Jonathan Benavides on charges of criminal solici tation to commit murder iATEST The pair has been arraigned on the charges which are firstdegree felonies that if proved could send them to prison for the rest of their lives NEXT Pretrial hearings have been set for Childs June 21 and for Bena vides June Organized crimed trial postponed LAST WE KNEW Rodolfo Gomez 40 awaiting trial on organized crime and aggravated robbery charges was set to go on trial this week LATEST 207th Judicial Dis trict Judge Japk Robison postponed the trial because Glen Peterson who represents Gomez needed more time to prepare because of the demands of a recent murder trial NEXT The Gomez trial will be reset for a docket later this summer City takes left turn on traffic dilemma By Scon Mahon Staff Writer Turning lanes are being test ed at one of citys busiest in tersections in an attempt to relieve some of the traffic grid lock that occurs on summer weekends Leftturn lanes were instal led at the intersection ofUnion OAV1D Southbound traffic on East Common Street backs up two blocks to North Houston Avenue at Saturday Avenue and Common Street one of the most congested intersection in New Braunfels and put to a test during the Memorial Day weekend City officials say the change allowed traffic to move more quickly through the intersec tion But Qty Engineer Mike Short admits not everyone happy with the decision Weve been getting some phone calls complaining about the change but its something new and we always See TBAf FIC Page 3A Check us out on the web at MILLER ft MILLER 186S CastelI New Braunfels