May 26, 2010
A Haysville doctor linked to dozens of overdose deaths takes the stand in his trial, as his former clinic goes up on the auction block. Dr. Stephen Schneider and his wife are accused of illegally prescribing pain medication to patients. Wednesday, his former clinic was sold at auction.
"We've watched it over the years, and watched the people come and go... watched them line up outside waiting to get in," said Glen Raupe, who owns the business next door to the former Schneider clinic.
Raupe even sold the Schneiders the land where their former clinic now sits, but he says he doesn't know the couple well. He says he has watched the clinic change over the past few years.
"They've at times wanted to park stuff over here, they had so much traffic and so much business," said Raupe.
Now, the parking lot sits empty, as it has for about two-and-a-half years. But that may soon change.
"I've been driving by it for quite a long time, and it looked like a nice building. I was just going to see what it brings," said Dick Schremmer who bought the building.
Schremmer, who is already a business owner, bought the 8,248 square foot building for $450,000, which auctioneers called "a steal." Schremmer says he may use the building for his company, Bear Petroleum, but hasn't decided quite yet.
"I kind of have a plan. I really didn't think I'd get it bought, so I didn't make any big plans," said Schremmer.
As for the building's history, Schremmer says it's not an issue.
"Oh I don't know, I think it makes it more interesting, don't you?" said Schremmer.
Whatever he decides to do, those who watched the Schneider scandal unfold, say it's time to move on.
"It'd be a boom to the whole city of Haysville if we could have a new business go in there. We're all receptive to that, we'd like to see it," said Raupe.