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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas By Ron Maloney Staff Writer CRANES MILL — Detectives want to talk to the son of a woman found shot to death in her home this week. Barbara Casey, 61, was found dead after an arson fire destroyed her Canyon Lake Drive home Tuesday afternoon. Detective Tommy Ward with the Comal County Sheriff’s Office said he’s looking for Daniel P. Neal, 32. “He is wanted for questioning. He is the son of the deceased,” Ward said. Detectives have said they have a suspect in Casey’s death but have not named that person. Ward said he wants to talk to Neal. “He has some information that could assist in this investigation. Finding him would be really helpful,” Ward said. The Travis County Medical Examiner ruled Casey’s death a homicide, and determined that she had “apparently been shot multiple times with a firearm,” the Comal County Sheriff’s Office previously reported. Also, Deputy State Fire Marshal Tommy Hubertus has said the fire at Casey’s home was set in connection with her death. Neal, who is also reported to be known by the names Daniel Thomas Casey and John Blackmon, is wanted on a warrant out of Bexar County that alleges he violated probation by committing aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Ward wouldn’t say what that alleged assault was, although he did say it wasn’t Pholo submitted committed against Casey Comal and had nothing to do with County her death.    Sheriff’s    Office “We consider him armed js seeking and dangerous based on that Daniel P. Neal past warrant,” Ward said. 32 for ques- Ward would not specu- tioning late on a possible motive in Casey’s death. The detective also refused to rule out that Neal himself might have fallen prey to foul play. “Ifs possible that he could be also a victim,” Ward said. “We need to find him.” Neal, who reportedly lived in the Canyon Lake area, worked in San Antonio, Ward said at a news conference late Friday afternoon. “He’s known to frequent San Antonio. He’s worked as a landscaper at a golf course,” Ward said. “He seems to be a pretty' successful one. We’re looking for him in the San Antonio area and in Comal County.” Ward said Neal has lived in several other states, and it was possible he’d left this area entirely. Police statewide and nationwide have been notified to watch for Neal, Ward said. Neal was last seen driving a red 1987 Ford Bronco ll with Texas License Plate TCC 88R. Anyone with information about Neal or his whereabouts should call Ward at 620-3417 or 620-3400.VIV N EVA ikuifcJNFELSHerald-Zeitung Many anticipated the Year 2000 would come in like a lion, with the crash of computer systems around the world causing mass hysteria. Some even said the world would end when the clock struck midnight on Dec. 31, 1999. But in fact, the year started more like a lamb, with a show of fireworks and celebrations around the world. People everywhere held their breath, but few problems followed. Then, the world proceeded with business as usual. Now, almost 366 days later (it was a leap year), the year improperly hailed as the start of the new millennium is ending, and the actual new millennium will begin Monday. (When the calendar most widely used around the world was adopted, it began with Year One instead of Year Zero. That means the calendar did not reach another thousand years until 2001.) 2000 might not have delivered the worldwide doom and devastation predicted, but it still, was an eventful year around the world and af home. Comal County struggled with the problems that come with explosive growth. New Braunfels residents searched for ways to balance the city’s tourist industry with the desire for good behavior on local rivers. Construction on Interstate 35 tied New Braunfels drivers and their patience up in knots. And in August, a shocked and grieving community buried a peace officer who sacrificed his life in the line of duty. Here is the year in review: TROOPER KILLED The shooting death of Trooper Randall W. Vetter in August united a community and drew thousands of people, including peace officers from around the country, to mourn him. The elderly man accused of shooting and killing Vetter is awaiting his capital VETTER    murder trial in I lays County. Melvin Edison Hale, now 73, underwent bypass surgery while in jail dur A year of rancor...Vol. ISO, No. 42    16    pages    in    2    sections    December    30,    2000    ^CrV*n^    ^orna*    ^ounty    s*nce    1852 50 centsInvestigators: man could provide information Clennan bids farewell to tax office strewn with cardboard boxes. “Today it’s reality; today it sets in. Naturally it’s sad, and certainly I’m leaving with a heavy heart. But it’ll go away. I’ve had 25 years — maybe that’s long enough.” Clennan was appointed on Dec. I, 1975, to fill the final year of the term of the previous assessor, Robert Schiabach. She ran unopposed for all but the first of her six four-year terms as tax assessor. The tax assessor/collector is responsible for voter and vehicle registrations and collecting taxes including property See CLENNAN/3A CHRIS PACE/ Herald-Zeitung Gloria Clennan packs a clock made out of a license plate before leaving her office Friday.Detectives seek son of victimComal County heads toward millennium after eventful year From staff reports and fun T*"js Inside Abby................................5A Classifieds.......................5-8B Comics...............................4B Crossword..........................5A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies..................................5A Obituaries...........................3A Sports............................1-3B Today................................2A Key Code 76 Coming By Ron Maloney Staff Writer % Gloria Clennan cleaned out her desk Friday. The woman who spent a quarter of a century assessing and collecting taxes for Comal County is going back to private life. Clennan said she was pleased with the job she had done, grateful for the friends she had and the people she worked with and prepared to face a new challenge. “Today’s difficult,” Clennan said Friday amid a usually very tidy office ie new year means new resolutions to stop smoking, lose weight, exercise more.... Find out how you make resolutions stick in 2001,/ Lifestyle IC File photo A funeral service for Trooper Randy Vetter drew thousands from across the country to New Braunfels in August. Photos above and right in descending order: Opponents to a proposed alcohol ban speak up at a council meeting; McKenna Hope was placed with a new family; one of the Comal jail escapees returns; a tuber exits the Guadalupe River this summer. ing the months after the August shooting. A pre-trial hearing for Hale is scheduled for late January. The shooting occurred Aug. 3 on an Interstate 35 access road near Kyle when Vetter apparently stopped Hale for a traffic violation. • Vetter, 28, was shot in the head and died on Aug. 7 in an Austin hospital. He left behind a wife and young son as well as other family members. Hays County District Attorney Michael Wenk is .seeking the death penalty for Hale. The court has appointed Austin attorney Carlos Garcia to represent Hale. Garcia is now in the process of obtaining and reviewing all the information in the case. He said a couple of weeks ago that he did not yet know if he would seek to move the trial out of Hays County. Garcia said his objective was to save Hale. “I don’t think it’s a question of who shot (Vetter),” Garcia said. “I think it’s a question of why. What happens to make one person shoot another? Is a person off their rocker? Is it self-defense? God knows what happened. I don’t know what the facts are going to show, quite frankly.”See 2000/4A ;