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News in Brief

Lee Schumacher was sworn in as the newest member of the Aspen Valley Hospital Board of Directors at the board’s March 10 meeting.

Schumacher fills former Director Elaine Gerson’s seat. Gerson stepped down from her position on the board when she was hired for a paid position at the hospital. By law, employees cannot serve on the board.

When a seat on the board is prematurely vacated, the remaining board members are assigned the task of appointing someone to fill the position until the next election. Schumacher was chosen following an interview process with board members John Sarpa, John Jellinek, Dr. Greg Balko and Dr. Barry Mink.

Schumacher is an attorney specializing in taxation and real estate. He has lived in the valley since 1980. With six children and a law firm that has represented physicians and physician groups for more than 20 years, he is familiar with the health care field from more than one perspective.

Schumacher will serve in his appointed position until May 2006. At that time an election will be held for his seat as well as that of two other board members.

Three juveniles, residents of the Rifle area, were arrested on Tuesday night after allegedly being caught breaking into a car at the Pitkin County Airport.

Bruce Benjamin, Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office juvenile investigator, said the teens are suspected of breaking into up to 10 cars in the Roaring Fork Valley that evening, taking a number of car stereos and other loose items of value.

The car break-ins stretch from the Basalt Park and Ride to the city of Aspen. Benjamin said police received word of a car break-in in progress at the airport, and a witness gave police a description of the suspects and their vehicle, a green 1996 Mustang convertible.

The teens were intercepted by deputies near Old Snowmass on Highway 82 and reportedly had a number of car stereos in their vehicle. Police are asking that anyone who has been victimized by a car break-in in recent months and has not filed a report do so with the appropriate law enforcement agency where the theft occurred.

The three young men were taken to Pitkin County Jail and then released to their parents. Benjamin said the sheriff’s office is trying to match the stolen goods with the appropriate victims.

A former employee who had an ownership stake in the Ski Service Center contends the owner owes him $15,000 in wages.

Demetrios Hassos’ lawsuit against Edward Leibowitz and the service center was filed Wednesday in county court.

“Owner/employee Hassos did not receive wages between November 2003 through February 2004 working at the Ski Service Center,” the lawsuit says.

Hassos said he was shop manager at the center, which offers tuning, edging, waxing and also sells skis and equipment.

A message left for Leibowitz at the service center was not returned Thursday.

East Valley Road in Basalt will be closed between Juniper Court and Harris Street for construction improvements, starting in mid-March. The closure will be in effect until late summer or early fall.

No pedestrian traffic will be permitted through the work zone; pedestrian and vehicular traffic will be detoured to Willits Lane via Evans Road or Meadow Drive.

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