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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 29, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas FELS —^    —    —\ M C?TnPT ttvt/^_____ )-ZjFjL    I    Ul^vj -«    .    -    -     '    ■'    ;    "«•»......■    .I........  —.............—_ -,,,„    -.—— -  —.. —--’——---—;------■— ----™t~{ Census: Texas gets two more reps A growing population C :j    I    There    are about 281.4 million people in the State population figures released By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer The US. Census Bureau released state population 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 U.S. 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 southwest,” Congressman Lamar Smith said. The 2000 Census figures showed Texas has grown almost 23 percent since the last census, increasing from 16,986,510 in 1990 to 20,851,820 in 2000. Only California has a larger population, with 33,871,648 residents reported. Comal County representatives Smith and Ciro SMITH Rodriguez said none of this was a surprise but still was good news. “We expected the two additional congressional seats.... in fact, we were hoping for three,” Congressman Ciro Rodriguez said. “We’re happy. It’s going to be good.” With the next president hailing from Texas and two more legislators in the U.S. House of Representatives, Washington D.C. could be doing a lot more line dancing. See CENSUS/9A There are about 281A 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 Columbia’s population decreased by 5.7 percent. Here are the percent changes in population since 1990. I    I    r WKBBMM ■■MHM Less than 10% 10.1%-20.0% 20.1%-30.0% More than 30% RODRIGUEZ Conn. Del. ■ Md. ■ Mass. R.l.Fire death ruled homicideMedical examiner: Woman died of multiple gunshot wounds Ratliff to leadInside Abby................................5A Classifieds.......................4-8B Comics  ......................10A Crossword........................5A Forum.................................8A    j Local/Metro........................4A Movies.................  5A Obituaries...........................3A    ! Sports............................1-3B Today..?..............................2A Stocks.....................................SA Key Code 76Vol, 150 No. 41    18    pages    in    2    sections    December    29,    2000    t    r_    4_T    Serving    Comal    County    since    1852    50    cents Friday See RATLIFF/9A CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Canyon Lake firefighters Lt. Chris Deady, left, and Assistant Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter enter a Startzville home to look for victims Tuesday afternoon as reservist Josh Klemme assists them.Sand Bar By Ron Maloney Staff Writer0 STARTZVILLE — Canyon Lake firefighters fought their second major blaze in 48 hours Thursday when a fire heavily damaged a Sand Bar Drive residence. Flames were coming out of windows and the roof of the house at 330 Sand Bar Drive when firefighters arrived shortly after 2:30 p.m., Comal County Assistant Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter said. Neighbors reported Chris Krcneck lived at the house. Kreneck was not available for comment by press time blaze destroys home Thursday. Brinkkoeter and Fire Lt. Chris Deady entered the home looking for victims, but found none. “It’s early,” Brinkkoeter said after leaving the still-smoldering structure. “We’re investigating. We don’t have a cause.” Canyon Lake Fire/EMS Chief Shawn Wherry said the fire caused about $75,000 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, Brandon Phillips, 16, and Dusty Wilkins, 17, were driving by when they spotted smoke. “We drove over to see what it was,” 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 inside,” Phillips said. “Nobody answered,” Wilkins said. See BLAZE/9A By Ron Maloney 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 Casey’s home, Sheriff’s Capt. Dennis Koepp said detectives had identified a suspect. In a press release Thursday, the Comal County Sheriff ’s Office reported that Travis County .Medical Examiner Roberto Bayardo ruled the death a homicide and determined that Casey “had apparently been shot multiple times with a firearm.” . Koepp did not say who investigators believed might have shot Casey, 61, on Tuesday. About 5 p.m. Thursday, dispatchers issued a bulletin on public safety emergency radio networks that officials were trying to find a man named Daniel P. Neal. The bulletin, labeled a “welfare concern,” described Neal’s 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 Casey’s death. “We believe it was intentionally set,” 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 far.” Hubertus also would not say where Casey’s body was found in the home or what cpndition it was in. “I don’t want to get into that,” Hubertus said. “One thing we don’t CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung 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 don V want to do is put out information that could jeopardize the investigation." Tommy Hubertus deputy state fire marshal want to do is put out information that could jeopardize the investigation. “Right now, we’re investigating an arson. Comal CID (Criminal Investigations Division) is working on a murder investigation. When we’re done, we’ll help with that.” Casey was found dead Tuesday evening after Canyon Lake firefighters extinguished a fire in her Canyon Lake Drive home. Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Howard Smith ordered an autopsy, and on Wednesday, Bayardo declined releasing the findings of Casey’s autopsy. Smith said she had suffered two gunshot wounds. Casey lived alone, her neighbor Nancy Ellis said. Casey’s 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 Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at (830) 620-3417. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Comal County Fire Marshal Un Manford looks over the scene Wednesday. Senate By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer AUSTIN — The Texas Senate chose Sen. Bill Ratliff, R-Mount Pleasant, to assume the duties of lieutenant governor on Thursday. Ratliff will preside over the Senate, a job previously held by former Lt. Gov Rick Perry. Perry became governor 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- K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-ate’s vote.    Zeitung “I didn’t have any ^en’Bil1 R-Mount Pleasant, ,    ,    „ makes his first address as presid- remarks prepared, Ing 0ff^er 0f the Senate Thursday 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 during 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 we’ve worked together all these years. I’m 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 confidence.” Ratliff assumes the duties of the lieutenant governor but not the title. He remains a voting sena- ;