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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 15, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas                                V V THURSDAY JANUARY Jm T JG SPORTS NATIONAL CHAMP 2000 New Braunfels graduate Christina Moore went on to help Trinity Tigers earn NCAA national title Page 8 FORUM CAL THOMAS Pete Roses new false repen tance doesnt get him off the hook it dishonors him and the sport of baseball Page 4 10 pages 1 section www FRONT and CENTER Scooter Store lays off 250 DAVID A group of Scooter Store employees walks through the parking lot from the main building to an adjacent one early Wednesday afternoon CEO blames layoffs on poor 2003 sales By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal Countys largest pri vate employer Wednesday announced the layoff of 250 of them in New Braunfels Scooter Store President and CEO Doug Harrison Wednes day blamed the layoffs on unmet sales projections dur ing the last half of 2003 and a new Medicare policy that tight ens eligibility for motorized scooters or power wheelchairs The reductions would still leave more than ees in New Braunfels and just more than nationwide Those figures do not include parttime or contract employ ees The layoffs corne one week after Fortune magazine listed the Scooter Store as one of its 100 best places to work in 2004 The layoffs Harrison said mostly mset sales staff and workers who go out for in home evaluations and assis tance A few were in related support jobs Harrison said Its a horrible horrible thing to have to lay people he said This is a bad day for In late 2002 and 2003 the Scooter Store added 500 jobs in anticipated continued growth The Scooter Store began as a small operation in New Braun fels in 1991 and has since become the nations largest seller of scooters and power wheelchairs We overexpanded We had planned on and geared up for some pretty substantial growth that just didnt happen Were still keeping about half of the new jobs we created last year but we added more than we can actually keep based on what our current volume Harrison said That still leaves See LAYOFFS Page 3A BIG JOB HITS 2001 Flextronics Mission Valley Mills 350 2002 Mission Valley Mills 150 New Braunfels Smoker 110 2003 Mission Valley Mills 45 Dynacast 100 COUNTYS LARGEST EMPLOYERS Comal Independent School District WaWvlart Distribution Scooter Store IOBP New Braunfels Independent School District 860 McKenna Health Systems 750 edicare and Medlcajd COMING SUNDAY iy Ron MaJoney Staff Writer Comal County commission ers will get their first look today at an automated system designed to keep victims of crimes updated on the status of their attacker PfecuictlCojruiiissiojierJack Dawson said Sheriffs Cpl and 1 Commissioners geyrj Thursday on Tfesas Vtoto tofe Notification Everyday through the state I ATAOIAMCI crime victims corn pensation fund and wW cost the county no money Pawson said It sets up an electronic link between crime vic tims and perpetrators so that the bandwagon to be like vvoen court dates are pending we usually Dawson said or a convicted criminal is Its been out there for a while to be released from prison and it KoJbe said the system could ul think tiiiscouid be a great inn nHftllf Infrtrnnariftn raniiactc justice officers from time spent research ing public requests for Dawsoji said 90 counties statewide now use Hie system We didnt jump on 70 ehancc for f aifi High Low 62 87 Details 6 DEAR ABBY 8 CLASSIFieOS MO COMICS 7 CROSSWORD 7 FORUM 4 OBITUARIES 3 SPORTS 6 tvefiios i Local man charged in connection with killing By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SPRING BRANCH 35yearold Spring Branch man was arrested Tliesday night in connection with a May 2002 killing in Bexar County Robert W Fischer was arrested about in a felony traffic stop Comal County Sher iffs Detective Wayne Lehman said deputies Greg Van de Loo Vance Weltner and Mike Coons made the arrest Fischer was booked into Comal Coun ty Jail on a firstdegree felony murder charge in connection with the May 27 2002 shooting of Edith Camp Fischers bail is He is awaiting transport back to Bexar County Camp 69 owned a number of San Antonioarea pawn shops She was found dead in her Hill Country Village home of a single gunshot wound to the head Hill Country Village Chief of Police Frank Morales said Tuesday nights arrest came after the Bexar County Grand Jury indicted Fischer earlier that day I cant go into specifics about the Morales said Our detectives here and the Texas Rangers put an arrest plan into action with an investigator in Comal County They waited for him all day and Comal County deputies arrested him as he left his home Tuesday The Camp killing Morales said was the first in 20 years in his community which is located at the junction of Loop 1604 and 281 Robert Fischer System keeps crime victims updated on cases Uid candMatesc Seguin native tapped to fill NB park post By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The recreation manager for the City of Arlington has been named the director of New Braunfels parks and recreation department City Manager Chuck Pinto announced Wednesday that Stacey Laird 36 accepted the position Tuesday She will begin work Feb 17 The position has been vacant since October 2003 when Iris Neffendorff was The program is paid for sjld First its good for yicticis Page3A Pinto said laird was one of a number of candidates provided by Ralph Andersen and Associates a headhunting firm in Dallas They initially gave us a fairly long list of candidates but over the past months we narrowed it down to about seven Pinto said We interviewed five of tfie applicants over the last three weeks including Ms1 flint Puuo said Lairds salary will be We were paying the previous manag er in the range but we want someone who can bring a broad range of experience to the he said Laird uhowijj resign lier current posi uonFeb 13 is a 19B5 graduate of Seguin High School   

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