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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 4, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers cannot water today Well users with addresses ending In 8 or 9 can water today between midnight and 10 and from 8 to mfanight HERALDZL Vol 149 No 190 18 pages in 2 sections August 4 2000 FRIDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Trooper shot in traffic stop NB man clings to life after pulling over suspect for seat belt violation BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer An elderly man allegedly shot a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper in the head Thursday and then used the officers radio to call authorities Trooper Randall W Vetter 28 remained in critical condition late Thursday at Austins Brackenridge Hospital He underwent surgery Thursday afternoon after he was shot during a traffic stop south of Kyle The officer had stopped Melvin Edison Hale 72 of Kyle for not wearing a seat belt on the Yarrington Road access to Inter state 35 said HALE Mike Cox head of the DPS public information office Hale was traveling north in the west frontage road Hale was in the Hays County Jail Thursday night charged with attempted capital murder of a peace officer His bond was set at S1 mil lion He is suspected of using what Cox described as an assaulttype highpowered rifle to shoot Vetter it was the suspect we believe who used the troopers radio to con tact authorities after the shooting Cox said Hale was still at the location when officers arrived minutes after the shooting Senior Trooper Jeff Sones a license and weight trooper working nearby at a weigh station was among the officers who responded A short standoff ended when Sones tackled Hale Law enforcement officers from several different agencies gathered in a circle on the side of the road short ly after the shooting Thursday They held hands as they bowed their heads and prayed Were just asking everyone to pull for Vetter and pull for his fam Cox said late Thursday after noon Vetter who has a wife and an 8 month old son recently transferred from the New Braunfels DPS office to the San Marcos DPS office He has been with the DPS for six years Cox said Vetters wife son and father were in the intensive care unit waiting room at Brackenridge Hos pital Thursday afternoon Doctors said the next 48 hours would be crit ical Cox reported Investigators still were piecing together exactly what happened See K JESSIE Officers and investigators take a moment from their work at the scene of a shooting to pray for Department of Public Safety Trooper II Randall Vetter Vetter was critically injured late Thursday morning in a traffic stop when a man pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt allegedly opened fire with a highpowered assaulttype rifle shooting the officer in the head Vetter was listed in critical condition late Thursday at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin DPS family coping with tragedy Trooper It messes everybody up BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Thursday afternoon was a somber time for family and friends at the New Braunfels office of the Department of Public Safety Comal County Sheriff Bob Holder stopped by and conveyed his regards Troopers young mothers with infants and others stopped by to offer regards ask ques tions or just shake their heads Murmurings of empathy sadness and understanding were offered It has happened again another lawman shot down in a socalled routine traffic stop this time on an open stretch of highway and in late morning daylight Trooper Randall Vetter 28 of New Braun fels shot in the head after stopping a man for not wearing his seat belt clung to life late Thursday in an Austin hospital after hours of emergency surgery Vetter after nearly four years working out of See K JESSIE A Department of Public Safety criminologist checks Trooper Randall Vetters patrol car for evidence Thursday as part of the effort to gather evidence in connection with the shooting of the 28yearold New Braunfels man TROOPER RANDALL W VETTER Age 28 Residence New Braunfels Family Father Kermit Vetter lieutenant at Comal County Jail Wife Cynthia Vetter English teacher at Canyon High School until she resigned this summer to become a teacher at Nixon Smiley ISO 8month old son School Valedictorian of the Class of 1990 at Canyon High School Activities included stu dent council National Honor Society band Future Farmers of America and the German Club Served as Band Beau Eagle Scout band section leader and squad leader and worked as a security officer Honors included American Legion award Boys State participant Whos Who Among American High School students Optimists award for Boys Academic Achievement Presidential Academic Fitness Award and Tandy Technical Scholar Law enforcement career June Graduated from DPS acade my Assigned to Brownsville DPS station Aug assigned to New Braunfels station July assigned to San Marcos station Served on the DPS accident reconstruction team Comments He always knew what he wanted to she said He always wanted to go into law CHS class mate He was an excellent stu dent He was a very well rounded student and well liked by most of the kids in Will Krieg former CHS principal Hes a fighter Hes very stubborn He doesnt give up Thats one thing I admire about Cpl Rick Alvarez with the Texas Department of Public Safety Computer virus infects county email em down Syst temporarily now repaired BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The subject line of the email is Funny Joke but its not its one of the latest permutations of the I Love You computer virus and it struck a computer in the Comal County Sheriffs Office Thursday John Dumas Comal Coun tys director of computer ser vices passed word to county commissioners at the end of court Thursday that an employ ee who opened an email attachment labeled Funny Joke infected computers at the Comal County Sheriffs Office with a variation of the I Love You virus that originated a few weeks ago in the Philippines The virus attacks email address books sending itself to other users listed there and replicates itself in jpg picture files replacing the image Its Dumas said noting email service was shut down while his staff worked to isolate and eradicate the bug Comal County Computer Network Manager Mark Liv ernois said the virus affected five computers in the sheriffs office before it was shut down We caught it and were able to disable it at the Liv ernois said The virus had not posed much of a challenge Whenever you say com puter it starts a panic But as long as you have safety measures in place its not a big deal Its more like a bump in the road an Livernois said The email was down for about 35 Livernois said this was the third time in his two years with the county that a virus had struck county computers He said he believed the virus received at the sheriffs office was just a random act not tar geted at anyone in particular Online computer users can follow a few basic rules to make them less susceptible to computer viruses Livernois said Security and convenience INSIDE Key Code 76 Shoppers asked to Tack the Bus FROM STAFF REPORTS Communities in Schools of Comal County is asking for donations of school supplies to make sure all students are prepared for the first day of school CIS a nonprofit organization that keeps atrisk students in school is sponsoring the sixth annual Pack the Bus from 8 to 5 today and 8 to noon Saturday Residents can donate school supplies or give money to CIS staff by stopping by the yellow school bus in the HEB Shopping Center parking lot 651 S Walnut Ave The supplies will be distributed to students who have a financial need For information call CIS at 6204247
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