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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 12, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Air Quality Health Alert Day Reduce emissions by carpooling and avoiding unnecessary driving today Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in or 4 can water before 9 and after 7 today Well users cannot water today HERALDZE j Vol 149 No 197 20 pages in 2 sections August 12 2000 O 4 TQ TV Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents K JESSSIE NBPD patrolman Jesse Villarreal pho tographs footprints near the employee entrance of McKenna Hospital where a newborn girl was left Friday night Newborn abandoned at McKenna BY RON MALONEY AND K JESSIE SLATEN Staff Writers The staff at McKenna Memorial Hospital is treating a newborn baby girl abandoned out side the facility Friday night McKenna Health Systems Chief Executive Officer Tim Brierty said late Friday the girl was in good condition Child Protective Ser vices caseworkers and New Braunfels police were called to investigate According to reports police were checking local motels late Friday to identify the infant or its mother because the child was wrapped in a white towel The apparently Hispanic blackhaired 5 pound 8 ounce baby was placed near a con crete bench outside an entrance commonly referred to as the employee near the hospitals emergency room She was found between and 8 Brierty said wrapped in a white towel no note no shoes no Brierty said the infants umbilical cord was still moist and had been cauterized Shes Brierty said Were actually very pleased shes here as opposed to the alternative Its a blessing for the child Well continue to work with CPS as the first The next step is to run a battery of tests to make sure the baby is healthy which includes cultures This isnt the first time this has Brierty said noting it had hap pened twice during the past decade So far the baby was being officially referred to as Baby Jane Brierty said But he noted a lot of people were working over her and he chuckled Shell probably have another name before the nights What is different from the previous two times babies were abandoned at McKenna is House Bill 3423 Under HB 3423 enacted Sept 1 1999 a new mother who leaves an infant less than 30 days old with an emergency medical provider can avoid prosecution for abandonment The legislation is commonly referred to as the Baby Moses law Tour of duty ends New Braunfels lawmen say farewell to slain trooper BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer The Texas Department of Public Safety offices in Austin and San Anto nio called Trooper Randall Wade Vet ter on the radio Friday But he did not answer A calm sad silence filled the air after each office called twice for Vetter by the number they had assigned him while he More phOtOS was stationed in New Braunfels coverage from and 6265 while funeral he was stationed in San Marcos 10A11A Finally Capt Chuck Smith the Texas highway patrol commander in Austin respond ed over the radio Smith said Trooper Randall Vet ter is 107 outofservice and which is police radio code for ending tour of Smiths words brought sniffles and tears to what a crowd of at least hun dreds if not thousands gathered at the Comal Cemetery Friday to say a final goodbye to Vetter Vetter 28 died Monday after he was shot in the head during an Aug 3 traf fic stop near Kyle off Interstate 35 He was the 75th Texas DPS officer to die in the line of duty Vetter was buried in the Comal Cemetery Friday after a funeral ser vice at St Paul Lutheran Church in New Braunfels K JESSIE After funeral services one of many troopers leaves a memorial button atop the casket as another sign of respect and said one trooper so a lit tle piece of us goes with K JESSIE Above The crowd at St Paul Lutheran Church in New Braunfels stands as the body of Trooper Randall W Vetter enters the sanctuary Above right A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper hands a flag to a Zoeller Funeral Home representative during the graveside ceremony Vetter was reported to have exchanged fire with Kyle resident Melvin Edison Hale 72 after pulling the elderly man over for not wearing his seat belt Hale has been charged with capital murder of a peace officer and is being held in the Hays County Jail Vetter is survived by his wife Cyn thia 8monthold son Robert father Kermit Vetter sisters Amanda and Sandy Vetter and other relatives Law enforcement officers from around the state and country joined with Vetters family and friends Fri day to mourn his death and celebrate his life People arrived at the church as early as to find a seat The crowd eventually spilled out of the sanctuary where the services were conducted and into the courtyard fel lowship hall chapel and courtyard where big screen televisions and speak ers had been set up to extend the ser vice to more people See OA INSIDE Your guide to New Braunfels River conditions weather what to do where to go road work map Cory Morrow takes the stage at Gruene Hall tonight County headed for small lot moratorium BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County Commissioners are poised to vote on a ninemonth moratorium on high density housing development after a special meeting Friday They will decide Tues day whether to prohibit temporarily construction of homes on lots of less than one acre in unincorporated areas Construction on lots larger than one acre would be unaffected by the pro posed moratorium Commissioners will meet at 9 in the commis sioners courtroom third floor of the courthouse annex In a special meeting Friday Scheel present ed commissioners a draft county resolution and order The order would impose the mora torium to give the county time to assess the effects of large scale dense residential devel opment on aquifers infrastructure environ ment and quality of life in Comal County The resolution asks the City of New Braun fels and New Braunfels Utilities to join the county in its effort The city would be asked to enact a similar temporary moratorium on what the county calls new ultradensity housing NBU would be asked not to extend sewer and water service to such developments in incor porated areas as well as extraterritorial juris dictions Were certainly not trying to dictate to the City of New Braunfels or Scheel said Were simply asking them to join with He also invited NBU to join a commission he wants to appoint to study growth issues in the county Included on the proposed com mission would be a pair of developers along with representatives of the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority Edwards Aquifer Authority Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation District and the City of New Braunfels Scheel said the moratorium became neces See SCHEEL Abby INSIDE Coming Sunday Key Code 76 FFJhis f German it grand mother has a tradition that makes sending youngsters off to school on the first day much Help children prepare for new school year BY HEATHER TOOD Staff Writer About Comal Independent School District students are expected to walk into classrooms Monday morning ready to start another school year Most students have all the necessary school supplies new school clothes to wear and class schedules telling them where to go But some students especially little ones attending for the first time or students going to a new school might not be ready to step on campus Monday morning For some it might be jitters or anxiety or others just might be dreading homework and getting up early School officials said parents can take steps to help their children have a smooth transition on the first day of school Some are as basic as knowing the childs bus stop and others are more challenging such as getting a child academically moti vated for another school year Parents who drive their children to school are advised to keep in mind that construc tion work and lane closures around Inter state 35 could affect the drive time to school Parents who drop off children in the morning are encouraged to leave early in case they are delayed by traffic jams around construction work Nancy Cobb assistant to CISD superin tendent Jerry Major said If the parents are dropping them off make sure you get them there before school starts Coming in late is very difficult for a student especially on the first Cobb said parents whose children ride buses should know where the bus stops are and the bus numbers Jackie Sundt principal at Bill Brown Elementary School a prekindergarten See
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