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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 5, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Saturday August 5 2000 HERALDZEITUNG Page 3A 1A chocolate chip cookies sitting next to Arm strong in his patrol car Friday Theyve all been concerned about him of and wanted to know how Vetter was faring Armstrong said But from his vantage point he had little to tell them beyond the occasional update he received from the DPS office Its a tough situation but I guess Im still like everybody else holding Armstrong said I think were all in the shock phase Our concerns are for him and his We certainly hope for the best for he continued Thats all we can do right now is keep Armstrong worked almost four years with Vetter This is the first time in 12 years with the DPS that this has hit this close to he said It is this type of incident that heightens officers awareness as they work he said Vetter apparently did not have the oppor tunity to write a ticket Thursday before he was shot Authorities said Vetter stopped Melvin Edison Hale about Thursday at the Yarrington Road access to Interstate 35 near Kyle They said at first that the officer was writing a citation to Hale when he was shot But DPS spokeswoman Tela Mange said Friday that the officer had not yet ticketed Hale A report filed in the office of Macel Sul livan Hays County Pet 1 justice of the peace provides a look into Hales perspec tive of what happened A Texas Ranger who interviewed Hale after he was arrest ed wrote the report Mr Hale advised officers upon his arrest that he believed he had been stopped for a traffic violation of no seat the report said Mr Hale advised that he exited his vehicle with his firearm believing in his Constitutional right to not wear a seat Mr Hale stated that he knew of an active arrest warrant issued for him for a previous traffic violation and was not going to be DONATIONS WELCOME The Texas Highway Patrol Association has opened an account at Compass Bank for the family of critically wounded Trooper Randall W Vetter All of the donated funds will go to Vetters family Donations can be made directly to the account Texas Highway Patrol Association Compass Bank Trooper Vetter Fund Account 84065714 PO Box 9600 Austin TX 78766 Or checks can be sent to the associa tion Texas Highway Patrol Association Trooper Vetter Fund 8906 Wall Street Suite 407 Austin TX 78754 taken to jail Mr Hale advised that the officer aimed his firearm at him and ordered him to sur render his the report continued Mr Hale advised that he fired two shots one of which struck Texas Highway Patrol Officer Randy Vetter in the upper portion of his forehead rendering him Mange could not confirm Friday if Vet ter drew his weapon However she said the DPS still believes he was shot as he was sitting in his car with the bullet pass ing through the windshield before it hit him Sullivan set Hales bond at million on a charge of attempted capital murder of a peace officer He didnt say anything to me He was very subdued when I magistrated him He only answered my Sullivan said The suspect told her he is a retired crane operator for a construction company and has lived in Kyle since 1945 Hale had no criminal record Sullivan said and she did not find the arrest warrant Hale had feared We dont understand why he was so she said The DPS reported Thursday that a dif ferent trooper issued Hale a citation in October at the same location as Thursdays incident for the same violation no seat belt Authorities said that ticket was never paid and a warrant was in the process of being issued But that may not be the case Hales neighbor Ed Bullock reported paying the ticket for Hale in February after learning about the citation from a trooper who lives nearby The DPS could not con firm this Bullock has for the past five years resided in a house behind Hales However he said he has known Hale 15 years Bullock said Hale invited him his wife and two children to live there on the land and had deeded the 125acre ranch Hale lived on to him Hales 94yearold mother lived at the house with Hale until recently when she fell and was moved to a nursing home Bullock described Hale as a quiet gen tle friendly person who he had never known to be angry Hes a wellrespected churchgoing man who had never been in trouble before in his Bullock said However Bullock said he had seen trou ble coming and tried his best to prevent it Hale had been upset recently over a con troversy involving the taxes on the ranch Bullock said I knew Melvin had strong beliefs about his freedoms I think as he grew older Bullock said and then trailed off as he struggled to keep from crying I dont know what to I was fearful that something like this would happen I think Melvin just because of the pressure of his mother being in a nursing home and the tax problems Bullock said It all culminated out there on K JESSIE DPS criminologists search Melvin Hales vehicle Thursday morning while he sits in a DPS vehicle far right surrounded by law enforcement officials short ly after the shooting of DPS Trooper Randall Vetter the frontage Bullock has no sympa thy for Hale in spite of their longtime relationship There is no sympathy for Melvin right now and there shouldnt Bullock said Right now everybodys Bullock broke down and cried his body shaking as he sobbed quietly when he tried to speak about Vetter and his family Theres no justification for he said Our hearts go out to the he added later Everyones thoughts need to be with Vetter and his family he said Melvin has kind of chosen his own des tiny Bullock said A trooper who lived nearby had once stopped at Hales ranch in uniform and in his patrol car to talk to Hale about hunting at the ranch Bullock said Bullock said Hale was friendly to the trooper after he realized the trooper wasn not there to arrest him Bullock later learned from the troop er about the citation and discussed the pos sible danger Hale presented with the troop er Bullock said The DPS said Friday that a trooper the same one Bullock said stopped by Hales house had issued a memo to other officers about Hale Apparently one of the local troopers had sent out an informal internal memo to law enforcement officers in that area saying that he was concerned about Mr Hale and thought that folks needed to be careful if they came in contact with Mange said She said she believes the memo was issued before Vetters recent transfer to the San Marco DPS office Mange did not know if Vetter saw that memo While authorities continue investigating the shooting Vetters friends and family pray for a man Trooper Armstrong described as a talented man Anything we can do to help his family through this were going to do Armstrong said 1A I know Im not going to the out she said Several parents said they want the sales tax holiday to be stretched out over a week or longer to lessen the crowds at stores And parents also said they want backpacks to be added to the list of taxexempt items I wish school supplies were on Smith said They were expensive this Another parent shopping at Tar get 642 S Walnut said she saved a money during the sales hol iday last year and decided to shop triis year but she did not want to fight crowds at the stores I wont wait in long lines its not worth it for the little you the mother of two who did want to be named said Many stores increased the num ber of staff during the weekend in anticipation of large crowds after a successful sales tax holiday last year Another mother shopping at Rue 21 in the New Braunfels Market place who asked not to be named said she only decided to shop Friday during the sales tax holiday because of backtoschool sales A lot of stores are having sales right now so its worth shopping now But I dont know if I would botherjust for the sales tax holi said the mother who has one teenager and one elementaryaged child 1A Braunfels Utilities trying to deter mine just what the hole was if it was part of a culvert or drainage system We wanted to make sure it was nt something that leads into some thing Lombardo said Nobody offered Specht any answers Right mire believes the well was probably covered up before the city acquired the property It was protected by a layer of heavy planks that were cov ered with tin Over that were a cou ple feet of fill a clay cap and the pavement I dont know when it was dug Who would have dug a 32 foot well Rightmire asked Were having contractors look at Lombardo said Were going to fill the hole with gravel concrete it and pave it so it doesnt happen Rightmire a historian who is writing a book about old New Braunfels breweries and who also privately collects anything historically significant to New as his business card says is intrigued by the well He collects bottles jugs plates post cards photos all sorts of stuff And he has done his share of dig ging around looking for artifacts Anything could be down he said Almost anything anyway Was there any water I think there was a little mud at the Rightmire said A Sign To Senior Living A Full Service Independent Living Community Choices HOOKUPS LAUNDRY ROOM MAID SERVICE TRASH RENT PICKUP COURTESY NURSE COUNSELORS TRAVEL AGENT TRIPS SOCIAL ACTIVITIES TRANSPORTATION FOR SHOPPING HAIR DRESSER BARBER 512 3962333 Voice 512 3969923 TDD MarketingForU@msn.com 1615 Redwood Road San Marcos Texas 78666 1 BA 2 and 2 BA Starting at 425 56RE7M NB MATTRESS IS MOVING OBITUARIES JAHNSEN Clarence Jack Jahnsen passed away on Wednesday Aug in San Antonio Texas at the age of 76 years He is survived by his wife Betty Jahnsen of New Braunfels three daughters Kathy Krause and husband Doug of New Braunfels Marilyn C Ivy and husband David of Seguin Texas and Jackie J Mercer and husband Sherman of Geronimo Texas two sons Henry Butch Jahnsen and Shirley of New Braunfels and Gary Allen Jahnsen of Beeville Texas grand children John Wayne Kurtis Bryan Kevyn Sheri Chad Reagan Kaitlyn and Stephanie greatgrandchildren Dustin Merysa and Codi LeeAnn four brothers Earl Jahnsen and wife Zada of Bulverde Texas Robert Jahnsen and wife Gladys of Bastrop Texas Melvin Jahnsen and wife Billie of Denver and Albert Jahnsen and wife Bea of Cuero Texas one sister Estelle McRoberts and husband Jim of South Dakota Mr Jahnsen was preceded in death by one great granddaughter Daphne Faye Krause and by one sister Henrietta and brotherinlaw Alfred Kallies Visitation will begin at 2 Saturday at the Zoeller Funeral Home and contin ue until service time Monday Services will be at 2 Monday in the Zoeller Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow in the Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park The family has bequested that memorial contributions be given to the American Cancer Society FINAL DAYS LAST CHANCE UP TO RIEDEL Mrs Wallie Riedel 98 of Lockhart died Thursday Aug 3 2000 in Lockhart Funeral ser vices will be at 3 Saturday Aug 5 2000 in the chapel of the Beds Funeral Home in Lockhart with Rev Carolyn Rosenbalm officiating Interment will follow in the Lockhart Cemetery Mrs Riedel is survived by her daugh terinlaw Lorene Riedel of New Braunfels her grandson Nile Riedel and his wife Dana of New Braunfels greatgranddaughters Loren Riedel and Kaitlin Riedel both of New Braunfels Eeds Funeral Home in Lockhart MATTRESS IN BUYING OUT ALL FUTON FRAMES FROM A RETAILER IN NOTICE1 SAN AND AUSTIN THAT HAS GONE BANKRUPT COME CHECK THESE UNBELIEVABLE DEALS ttr IliM l MATTRESS HI I UN LiALLtHV MOCK SOUTH OF TAROfT SHOPPING CINTW 40HC8M i i
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