New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 4, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
Computer virus infects county e-mailSystem down temporarily, now repaired
By Ron Maloney
The subject line of the e-mail is “Funny Joke” but its not: it’s one of the latest permutations of the “I Love You” computer virus, and it struck a computer in the Comal County Sheriff’s Off ice Thursday.
John Dumas, Comal C ounty’s director of computer services, passed word to county
commissioners at the end of court Thursday that an employee who opened an e-mail attachment labeled “Funny Joke” infected computers at the Comal County Sheriff’s Off ice w ith a variation of the “I Love You” virus that originated a few weeks ago in the Philippines.
The virus attacks e-mail address books, sending itself to other users listed there, and replicates itself in jpg picture files — replacing the image.
“It’s destructive,” 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 sheriff’s office before it was shut down.
“We caught it and were able to disable it at the server,” Liv-ernois said.
The virus had not posed much of a challenge.
“Whenever you say ‘computer virus,’ it starts a panic. But as long as you have safety measures in place, it’s not a big deal. Its more like a bump in the road, an inconvenience,”
Livemois said. “The e-mail was down for about 35 minutes.”
Livernois said this was the third time in his two years w itll the county that a virus had struck county computers.
He said he believed the virus received at the sheriff’s office was just a random act not targeted 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 See COMPUTE RMAInside
Key Code 76Shoppers asked to Pack 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 non-profit organization that keeps at-risk students in school, is sponsoring the sixth annual “Pack the Bus” from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Residents can donate school supplies or give money to CIS staff by stopping by the yellow school bus in the H-E-B Shopping Center parking lot, 651 S. Walnut Ave. The supplies w ill be distributed to students who have a financial need. For information, call CIS at 620-4247.
_— —- ——— ..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 a.m. and from 8 p.m. to midnight
Vol. 149 No. 190 18 pages in 2 sections August 4, 2000 RI DAY Serving Comal County since 1852
Trooper shot in traffic stop
NB man clings to life after pulling over suspect for seat belt violation
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
TROOPER RANDALL W. VETTER
■ Age: 28
■ Residence: New
— 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 ISD
— 8-month old son
— Valedictorian of the Class of 1990 at Canyon High School
— Activities included student 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 worded as a security officer.
— Honors included American Legion award,
Boy’s State participant, Who’s Who Among American High School students, Optimist’s award for Boy’s Academic Achievement, Presidential Academic Fitness Award and Tandy Technical Scholar.
■ Law enforcement career
— June 2, 1995 — Graduated from DPS academy
— Assigned to Brownsville DPS station
— Aug. 1, 1996 — assigned to New Braunfels station
— July 1, 2000 — assigned to San Marcos station
— Served on the DPS accident reconstruction team.
"He always knew what he wanted to do," she said. "He always wanted to go into law enforcement.” — CHS classmate
“He was an excellent student. He was a very wellrounded student and wellliked by most of the kids in school.” — Will Krieg, former CHS principal
“He’s a fighter. He’s very stubborn. He doesn’t give up. That’s one thing I admire about him.” — Cpl. Rick Alvarez with the Texas Department of Public Safety.
An elderly man allegedly shot a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper in the head Thursday and then used the officer’s radio to call authorities.
Trooper Randall W. Vetter, 28, remained in critical condition late Thursday at Austin’s 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 Interstate 35, said HALE Mike Cox. head
of the DPS public information office. Flale 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 SI million. He is suspected of using w hat Cox described as an “assault-type, high-powered rifle” to shoot Vetter.
“.. .it was the suspect, we believe, who used the trooper’s radio to contact authorities” after the shooting, Cox said.
Flale 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 shortly after the shooting Thursday. They held hands as they bowed their heads and prayed.
“We’re just asking everyone to pull for (Vetter) and pull for his family:’ Cox said late Thursday afternoon.
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 w ith the DPS for six years.
Cox said Vetter’s wife, son and father were in the intensive care unit waiting room at Brackenridge hospital Thursday afternoon. Doctors said the next 48 hours would be critical, Cox reported.
Investigators still were piecing together exactly what happened
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung
Officers and investigators take a moment from their work at the scene of a shooting to pray for Department of Public Safety Trooper ll 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 high-powered assault-type 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 questions or just shake their heads. Murmurings of empathy, sadness and understanding were offered.
It has happened again: another lawman shot down in a so-called “routine” traffic stop — this time on an open stretch of highway and in late morning daylight.
Trooper Randall Vetter, 28, of New Braunfels, 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
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung
A Department of Public Safety criminologist checks Trooper Randall Vetter’s patrol car for evidence Thursday as part of the effort to gather evidence in connection with the shooting of the 28-year-old New Braunfels man.