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Moreau makes first court appearance By Randy Wyrick

Richard “Rossi” Moreau at the Eagle County Courthouse yesterday. Moreau will be charged with first degree murder following a shooting in West Vail Saturday. Avery Cunliffe photo.

Gary Bruce Kitching just wanted to watch a college football game. Rossi Moreau’s deceased victim and his wife stopped by the Sandbar in West Vail Saturday on their way through town, because they’d heard it had a big-screen television. When the situation in the bar began to deteriorate, the man walked outside to his car to make sure they could get the game on their satellite radio. He left his wife inside. He found the game being broadcast on his digital radio dial, and headed back inside to get his wife and then [See VICTIM, page 15]

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Moreau has lengthy arrest record By Dawn Witlin Richard “Rossi” Moreau had a lengthy arrest record in Eagle County, including two gun charges. The following is a timeline of those arrests. More details will be released as they are made available. Nov. 26, 2004: Vail Police arrested Moreau and charged him with larceny. Oct. 28, 1999: Vail Police arrested Moreau on suspicion of discharging a firearm. Sept. 1, 1998: Vail Police arrested Moreau, charging him with reckless endangerment. Aug. 30, 1995: Avon Police arrested

Moreau at the Beaver Creek City Market on suspicion of shoplifting two packs of cigarettes. “I am sorry guys, I did it,” Moreau told police, according to the police report. “I just wanted a couple packs of cigarettes.” July 8, 1995: Avon Police arrested Moreau at Venture Out Sports, charging him with shoplifting a yellow rain suit. “I didn’t do it,” Moreau said as police approached him at the scene, according to the report. Moreau told police he had stolen the jacket because someone else had stolen his.

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The Dow Jones industrial average stormed to its highest level in more than a year Monday as a falling dollar boosted prices for commodities including gold and oil. Stocks also jumped as investors grew more confident that governments around the world will keep interest rates low to help the global economy. Energy and materials stocks led the market. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 203.52, or 2 percent, to 10,226.94. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 23.78, or 2.2 percent, to 1,093.08. The Nasdaq composite index rose 41.62, or 2 percent, to 2,154.06.

Pedro Romero from Floral Art works on Christmas decorations Saturday at Gorsuch in Vail Village. Avery Cunliffe photo.

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Students get lessons from local vets on cost of freedom By Randy Wyrick Mountaineer Staff Writer For someone to appreciate freedom, they should know where it comes from. A group of military veterans kicked off Veterans Week in local schools, designed to show students that people from right up the street fought and sometimes died for the freedoms Americans enjoy. They started Monday morning in Eagle Valley High School. The lessons were sharply worded, meant to be embedded in the student’s minds. • “We live with liberty and justice each day. They do not.” Lt. Col. Bernie Kreuger, U.S. Marines, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. • “Our enemy’s aim is to kill us and bring our country down,” Krueger said. • “Make sure you can get back and live another day,” Krueger said. • “If you want to change society, educate the women.” Pat Hammon, who served as a nurse in Vietnam. Hammon pointed out that the key to avoiding war is educating everyone, and that the more people can think for themselves, the less likely they are to think it’s a good idea to kill one another. Major Josh Day agreed. He’s the local High Altitude Aviation Training Site commander. • “They may not agree 100 percent with our lifestyle, but we do some things right and education is one of them,” he said. War is heck Charlie Ridgway served in the U.S. Marines, during peacetime after Korea and before Vietnam. “I never fired a shot in anger, and I never had a shot fired at me in anger,” Ridgway said. He was close once. President Eisenhower dispatched the Marines to Beirut, Lebanon - “A hot spot in the Cold War,” Ridgway called it. He had never heard of Beirut before climbing down from the ship and onto the landing craft to hit the beaches. They’d been told that they might come under fire as they landed. What they came under was the gaze of women in bikinis lounging on the beach. War is heck. War is also hell, as Ridgway pointed out when the conversation turned to the coordinated terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. “Before 9/11, we had no idea that people hated us

ABOVE: Major Somogyi speaks yesterday to children from the Vail Valley High School who welcomed him with message on their dry erase board. LEFT: Major Day speaks to children from the Vail Valley High School yesterday. Avery Cunliffe photos.

so badly that they’d die to destroy us,” he told the students. A dozen or so young men raised their hands when Lt. Col. Krueger asked if anyone was considering joining the armed forces after graduation. Sophomore Connor Serba’s older brother Calder is a recent Eagle Valley grad. He’s in the Army and headed for Afghanistan, but isn’t allowed to tell them exactly when.

Major Day commands the local High Altitude Aviation Training Site. He encouraged the students to become more aware of their world, because young people being recruited to wage war on the U.S. certainly are. “When you go online, they’re looking at many of the same things you’re looking at,” Day told the students. “Your enemy is studying us and they’re not stupid. Many are graduates of colleges in the U.S.”

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Pentagon limestone to get hero’s welcome Stone blown from Pentagon wall on 9/11 to be part of Freedom Park Memorial By Randy Wyrick Author’s note: This is the first of a two-part series On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, a piece of Indiana limestone rested in the west wall of the Pentagon, its life as solid as America. One minute later, the world changed. That 700-pound piece of limestone was blown from the wall when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon, ripping a gaping hole in that west wall and in the American fabric. All 64 people on board and 125 in the Pentagon building were killed. The three attacks that day ended, along with thousands of lives, but the remembering continues. New Freedom Park Memorial That piece of limestone becomes part of the Freedom Park Veterans and EMS Memorial in Edwards this week. It’s being placed in honor of the 184 who died in the Pentagon attack, the thousands at the World Trade Center, the hundreds in the Pennsylvania airline crash when passengers overpowered their terrorist captives, and the local and regional emergency responders who serve the public every day of their professional lives. The pedestal upon which it will rest being constructed by volunteer local contractors, a labor of love, they say. “Our Pentagon Limestone is one of 100 stones saved from the attack for U.S. memorials to remember 9/11, and is the only piece located in Colorado,” said Buddy Sims, one of the leaders of the local VFW Post and a retired Air Force officer. My name is BB0045 When the Pentagon building was built in early 1940s, each layered stone was numbered by the stone masons in those Indiana limestone quarries from which they were cut. The numbering system made sure each stone goes where it’s supposed to go, does what it’s supposed to do. The Pentagon is a military building; everything in its place. Our stone is BB0045. It’s 3-feet wide, 8-feet long, a foot thick and millions of memories deep. It will be unveiled during a Veterans Day ceremony, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at Freedom Park in Edwards. “The display won’t quite be showroom quality yet, but we thought it was important to give people an opportunity to be part of this in the context of Veterans Day,” Sims said. “We’ll add the spit and polish, get the plaques in place and everything else, then have a full dedication next spring.”

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Pentagon Limestone Unveiling Part of the Veterans Day ceremony 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11 Freedom Park, Edwards It’s place of honor in Freedom Park is another memorial to those who died in that particular attack. The 184 victims of the Pentagon attack are memorialized in the Pentagon Memorial, adjacent to the Pentagon. The 1.93-acre park consists of 184 benches, one for each of the victims and arranged according to the year of birth, ranging from 1930 (age 71) to 1998 (age 3). Flight 77’s flight path cuts directly through the park.

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Kids Fly Free program continues Children 2-12 also receive free ground transportation, lodging and lift tickets Vail Resorts and American Airlines continue to drum up out of town business with their Kids Fly Free program. But the program gets kids more than just a free airline ticket. Ground transportation, lodging and ski tickets are also taken care of. It works like this. With each paid adult fare (age 18 and above) for direct commercial flights into Eagle Airport, American Airlines is offering one free child’s ticket for ages 2-12. Upon arrival, children also receive free transportation to and from Vail or Beaver Creek via Colorado Mountain Express (CME) with a paying adult; free skiing or riding at Vail and Beaver Creek with a paying adult; and free lodging with a paying adult at select properties in Vail and Beaver Creek. The entire family can get in on the deal with two specials unique to Vail and Beaver Creek; Fly In Ski Free at Vail, and Ski Free Stay Free – the value-oriented “buy three, get one free” lodging and lift ticket offer. Guests flying into Eagle Airport on a direct commercial flight from Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Detroit, Denver, Miami and Newark between Nov. 20, 2009 and Apr. 11, 2010 can ski or ride for free at Vail and Beaver Creek on their day of arrival. To participate, skiers and riders simply show their same-day boarding pass and Vail Valley lodging confirmation at any Vail or Beaver Creek ticket window to redeem their free lift ticket valid the day of arrival only. Guests save even more on lodging and lift tickets with the Ski Free Stay Free offer. Purchase three nights of lodging and three days of lift tickets and receive the fourth night of lodging and day of skiing or riding free. For current Ski Free Stay Free rates and details, visit www.snow.com. New this year, Eagle Airport will provide a nonstop Detroit route on Saturdays for a total of 13 nonstop domestic routes including Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Newark, New York/Kennedy and New York/LaGuardia. Fifteen daily flights are offered in and out of EGE with an additional eight flights on weekends. The majority of service begins December 17 and continues through April 5, 2010. Airline tickets for the Kids Fly Free promotion cannot be purchased without lodging. Families must travel to Vail or Beaver Creek between Sunday and Wednesday and from the resorts between Tuesday and Friday. The American Airlines offer is valid for travel Dec. 1-17, 2009 and Jan. 3 – Feb. 10, 2010 with no blackout dates; travel must be booked by Feb. 10, 2010. Guests may stay a minimum of 2 days and a maximum of 30 days. Additional restrictions may apply. For information or to book contact Vail Beaver Creek Reservations at 866-668-8245 or visit www. FlyVail.com.

Vail Resorts employees receive helmets ...

Vail Village looked like the scene of the largest helmet store robber in history Saturday as dozens of Vail Resorts employees showed up to receive a free helmet for this year’s ski season. First-year liftie Erik Asplund was excited about receiving the free helmet. “They’re great,” said Asplund. “Plus we get to use them outside the hill.” Aspllund is pictured here walking through Lionshead Saturday after picking up his helmet. For the first time in company history, Vail Resorts will require all of its on-mountain employees to wear helmets when skiing or riding on the job this year. Employees at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado and Heavenly in Lake Tahoe in California and Nevada received the helmets as part of their standard uniforms. “It’s taking our commitment to safety up a whole notch,” said Kelly Ladyga, a Vail Resorts spokeswoman. “We thought it was the right time to do the right thing.” John LaConte photo.

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What’s built in the Valley, stays in the Valley Habitat announces new donation programs, Web site

From left is Jim Himmes, Dallas Martinez, Cassandra Lazareno, Edyn Banegas, Karen Nanez, Ashley Kanter, Marisa Trujillo, Alan Olivas, Fabian Archuleta and Tom Gladitsch at a local Habitat site. Avery Cunliffe photo.

By Dawn Witlin Our local Habitat for Humanity affiliate has undergone some construction. An extensive overhaul of the program has made room for new approaches to fund-raising and a revamped Web site. The Habitat Home Outlet in Gypsum - a store that collects donated furniture, appliances and building materials for sale at a discount to the community - is now accepting automobiles as donations for their much needed “Cars for Homes,” program. The Cars for Homes Program is asking for vehicle donations and will provide a tax-deductible receipt for your generosity. Habitat will analyze the vehicle, determine the best fund raising method - and in most cases, do minor repairs to get the highest possible value for the car. In another new fundraising effort, the outlet wants homeowners and contractors to call on Habitat volunteers to remove and donate reusable materials from a home remodel for its “Deconstruction Program.” “We have such amazing homes here in our Valley,” said Jean Klein, Habitat Outlet Committee member. “It is nice to have a place to send such beautiful items and keep them from unnecessarily ending up at the landfill. It’s a wonderful circle,” Habitat will recruit a group of workers to help remove the items from the home along side the contractor and their crew for free. In most cases, Habitat moving truck

will arrive to pick up the items same day. Habitat is looking for everything from kitchen cabinets, appliances, doors, trim, bathroom fixtures, and in some cases banisters, fireplaces and even hot tubs. “The process works pretty smoothly and the volunteers enjoy ‘ripping’ things out and knowing that they are saving space at our landfill and raising money for Habitat” said Kalie Palmer, Volunteer Coordinator for Habitat. Operating for roughly six years, the Home Outlet Store is a 6,000 square foot warehouse jam packed with gently used furniture, appliances and building materials. “If you’ve never been to the store, you’ve got to come in and see for yourself,” said Tom McKay, the outlet’s director. “You can see a brand new Mercedes, parked next to a $100 jalopy and know that both shoppers are going to find something they like and get the same great deal.” A Habitat for Humanity affiliate was founded in Eagle County in 1995 to create low-income housing partnerships for residents who could not afford housing prices in a ski area. A new Web site has recently been created for the Vail Valley at www.habitatvailvalley.org The Home Outlet Store at 500 Trail Gulch Rd. in Gypsum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information about Cars for Homes or Deconstruction, email tommckay@habitateaglelake.org or call 524-0669.

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U.S. Army knew Hasan tried to contact al Qaeda

U.S. intelligence agencies were aware months ago that Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan was attempting to make contact with people associated with al Qaeda, two American officials briefed on classified material reportedly told ABC News. According to the officials, the Army was informed of Hasan’s contact, but it is unclear what, if anything, the Army did in response. Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI), the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, was quoted saying that he requested the CIA and other intelligence agencies brief the committee on what was known, if anything, about Hasan by the U.S. intelligence community, only to be refused.

Homeland Security chief concerned about Muslim well-being

The U.S. Homeland Security secretary says she is working to prevent a possible wave of anti-Muslim sentiment after the shootings at Fort Hood in Texas. Janet Napolitano says her agency is working with groups across the United States to try to deflect any backlash against American Muslims following Thursday’s rampage by Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim who reportedly expressed growing dismay over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The shootings left 13 people dead and 29 wounded. Napolitano was in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday for talks with security officials and a meeting with women university students in Abu Dhabi.

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Muslim U.S. Army major who shot U.S. troops is awake and talking

The man accused of killing 13 people and wounding 29 at Fort Hood is able to talk, a hospital spokesman said Monday, but it’s unknown when investigators might take advantage of his improving health to press forward with their probe into the shooting spree. Authorities say Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan fired off more than 100 rounds Thursday at a soldier processing center before civilian police shot him in the torso. He was taken into custody and eventually moved to an Army hospital in San Antonio, where he was in stable condition and able to talk, said Dewey Mitchell, a Brooke Army Medical Center spokesman. Authorities continue to refer to Hasan, 39, as the only suspect in the shootings, but they won’t say when charges would be filed and have said they have not determined a motive. Fifteen of the shooting victims remained hospitalized with gunshot wounds, and eight were in intensive care.

Attorney General to speak to CAIR-linked group

Attorney General Eric Holder has agreed to give a keynote speech next week to a Michigan group which includes the local branch of the Council on AmericanIslamic Relations even though the FBI has formally severed contacts with the controversial Muslim civil rights organization, according to Politico. On Nov. 19, Holder is scheduled to speak in Detroit to the first annual awards banquet of Advocates and Leaders for Police and Community Trust, a coalition of several dozen law enforcement and community groups. An online registration form for the event includes the Council on American Islamic Relations-Michigan on a list of “official & participating organizations,” writes Politico’s Josh Gerstein. A spokeswoman for ALPACT reportedly confirmed

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Senior Democrat confident abortion language will be changed

A House Democratic leader said Monday she’s “confident” controversial language on abortion will be stripped from a final healthcare bill, according to TheHill.com. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the Democrats’ chief deputy whip in the House, was quoted saying that she and other pro-abortion rights lawmakers would work to strip the amendment included in the House health bill that bars federal funding from subsidizing abortions. “I am confident that when it comes back from the conference committee that that language won’t be there,” Wasserman Schultz reportedly said during an appearance on MSNBC. “And I think we’re all going to be working very hard, particularly the pro-choice members, to make sure that’s the case.” The amendment, offered by Rep. Bart Stupak (DMich.), won the support of Republicans and dozens of centrist Democrats in the House, but revealed a deep divide in the Democratic caucus over abortion, writes Michael O’Brien for TheHill.com.

Truck jumps wall and falls 200 feet from Bay Bridge

An accident-plagued stretch of the San FranciscoOakland Bay Bridge saw its first fatality Monday when the driver of a speeding big rig lost control and the truck plummeted 200 feet from the span, authorities said. The truck hauling a full load of pears was traveling about 50 mph — 10 mph over the speed limit — when the driver lost control on a westbound S-curve, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Trent Cross said. The rig hit a rail and went over the side, landing on Yerba Buena Island. “The driver was going way too fast,” Cross said. The name of the trucker killed in the crash was not released. Authorities said the speed coupled with the shifting load propelled the truck over the side of the bridge.

Aero may leave Smith

Classic rock band Aerosmith may be calling it a day, according to the LA Times. Comments made to the media from Aerosmith principals Steven Tyler and Joe Perry cast doubt on the band’s future, and the act’s official camp is mum on providing any sort of clarification, writes the Times’ Todd Martens. “Steven quit, as far as I can tell,” Perry reportedly told the Las Vegas Sun in an article posted online Friday. “I don’t know any more than you do about it. I got off the plane two nights ago. I saw online that Steven


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Mel Gibson the Octo-Dad

Actor-director Mel Gibson and his girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, are the new parents of a daughter named Lucia, according to CNN. No other details were released about the baby, who was born Friday at an undisclosed hospital in Los Angeles, California. Baby Lucia is the eighth child for Gibson, 53, and the second for Grigorieva, 39. Gibson has six sons and a daughter from his marriage to his wife of 30 years, Robyn. The couple filed for GIBSON divorce in April. Grigorieva has a son with her former boyfriend, actor Timothy Dalton, according to the report.

Bachelor Gulch homeowners may live longer

Heart attack survivor and Bachelor Gulch homeowner Kelsey Grammer is convinced he’ll live to be 140, after using the Bible to forecast his future, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The former “Frasier” star came close to dying in 2008 when he suffered a heart attack near his Hawaii home. He survived and the experience encouraged him to embrace God and the Bible. Grammer is reportedly now convinced he has more than half of his life left to live, after turning to the good book to see into his future. GRAMMER “I read the Bible a lot. One day I asked: ‘How old am I going to be when I die?’ And I had the Bible in front of me so I just closed my eyes and opened it up to a page in the Book of Job, and I pointed,” the 54 year old was quoted telling the New York Post. “There was a reading that said when I die I am going to be 140 years old. And I like that.”

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Federal prosecutors are seeking a prison term of at

least 27 years for a former Louisiana congressman convicted of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes. William Jefferson, a Democrat who represented parts of New Orleans, was convicted in August of bribery, racketeering and other counts. The case made headlines when authorities found $90,000 cash hidden in his freezer, money he received as part of a videotaped FBI sting. He will be sentenced on Friday. Prosecutors are urging the judge to stick to federal sentencing guidelines, which call for a term of 27 to 33 years. Such a term would be far longer than those received by other congressman in recent scandals. Former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, R-Calif., for example, was sentenced to more than eight years in prison after pleading guilty in 2005 to taking $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors. Former Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for taking bribes from lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Somali pirates go after Big Oil

Somali pirates attacked an oil tanker and fired automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades Monday farther out at sea than any previous assault, suggesting that pirate capabilities are growing as they increase activity off East Africa. Pirates in two skiffs fired at the Hong Kong-flagged BW Lion about 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) east of the Somali coast, the European Union Naval Force said. The tanker’s captain increased speed and took evasive maneuvers, avoiding the attack, the force said. No casualties were reported. The naval force sent a plane from the Seychelles islands to investigate. Pirates have launched increasingly bold attacks against vessels in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden in hopes of capturing a ship and crew and collecting ransom. They currently hold more than 190 hostages, including a British couple seized from their personal yacht late last month. The high-seas hijackings have increased after the recent end of the monsoon season despite an international armada of warships deployed by the United States, the European Union, NATO, Japan, South Korea and China to patrol the region. U.S. drones launched from nearby Seychelles are also patrolling for pirates.

Beltway sniper execution set for today

John Allen Muhammad was convicted of masterminding the shooting rampage that killed 10 people in the Washington area in 2002. He is now to be put to death tonight. On Oct. 24 2002, police captured Muhammad and teenage accomplice Lee Boyd Malvo at a rest stop 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of D.C. The nerve-

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tingling terror that had gripped the region’s 5.4 million people and captivated the nation was finally over. Now Virginia is preparing to lethally inject Muhammad at 9 p.m. tonight for murdering Dean Harold Meyers at a gas station in Virginia. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined without comment to consider the appeal and stop the execution. Muhammad’s lawyers also have asked Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine to commute his sentence to life in prison, saying Muhammad is mentally ill and should not be executed, but Kaine typically does not respond until the court has ruled.

Roeder confesses to shooting

Defiant and unapologetic, a man accused of shooting a Kansas abortion provider confessed to the slaying Monday, telling The Associated Press that he killed the doctor to protect unborn children. Scott Roeder, 51, of Kansas City, Missouri, spoke to the AP in a telephone call from jail, saying he plans to argue at his trial that he was justified in shooting Dr. George Tiller. “Because of the fact preborn children’s lives were in imminent danger this was the action I chose. ... I want to make sure that the focus is, of course, obviously on the preborn children and the necessity to defend them,” Roeder said. “Defending innocent life — that is what prompted me. I mean, it is pretty simple,” he said. Roeder is charged with one count of first-degree murder in Tiller’s death and two counts of aggravated assault for allegedly threatening two ushers who tried to stop him during the May 31 melee in the foyer of the doctor’s Wichita church. Roeder has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to go to trial in January. Tiller family attorney Lee Thompson and groups that support abortion rights decried Roeder as a terrorist who used violence to achieve his political agenda.

Another Korean war brewing?

Navy ships of the two Koreas exchanged fire Tuesday along their disputed western sea border, South Korean military officers said. A South Korean warship shot at a North Korean navy ship that crossed the disputed western sea border on Tuesday morning and the North’s ship shot back, said an officer at the Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. Another officer said there were no South Korean casualties, though it was unclear whether there were any on the North Korean side. He said that the North Korean ship was seriously damaged and that it turned back toward northern waters after the brief skirmish. —Update stories, unless otherwise cited, appear courtesy The Associated Press

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Setback for American skating Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen withdrew from Skate America on Monday, saying she is still battling the tendinitis in her right calf that forced her to drop out of last month’s Trophee Eric Bompard before the event. As a reigning Olympic medalist, Cohen has a bye into the national championships Jan. 15-23 in Spokane, Wash. Though she said Monday she still hopes to compete there, she now would seem to be a long shot for the Vancouver Games. The Americans have only two spots in Vancouver and a half-dozen contenders for them. Although Cohen did triple jumps and many competitive moves while touring with Stars on Ice the last two years, she hasn’t appeared before judges. Her last competition was the 2006 world championships, where she won a bronze medal. Cohen will be replaced by 2006 Olympian Emily Hughes at Skate America, which begins Friday in Lake Placid, N.Y. RIGHT: Skater Sasha Cohen arrives for a gala benefiting Figure Skating In Harlem, at Central Park’s Wollman Rink in New York on March 31, 2008. Cohen’s comeback has taken another setback as the Olympic silver medalist withdrew from Skate America yesterday. AP photo.

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Scuffle between coach and player to be investigated The NFL is investigating an altercation between Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith and Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall that happened in the second quarter of Atlanta’s 31-17 victory over Washington at the Georgia Dome on Sunday. “That was a crazy deal,” Redskins running back Rock Cartwright said. “There was a lot going on over there. I see their head coach got involved, which I think was not right. I see a lot of their players got involved. I’m sure DeAngelo will get a fine for it, and I hope those guys get fined, too. There was a lot more of their guys than there was our guys.” A review of the video doesn’t help much. The commotion started when Redskins safety LaRon Landry was whistled for a late sideline hit on quarterback Matt Ryan. While Landry and Ryan were walking back on the field as if nothing major had happened, Hall — he wasn’t even involved in the play — is quickly surrounded by Atlanta players, coach Smith and Falcons director of athletic performance Jeff Fish. Hall said after the game that he went to the sideline to come to Landry’s aid. He accused Fish of trying to “get some licks in.” Of Smith, he said: “When a coach comes over there to put his hands on you in a harmful way, something needs to be done.” Hall said he would file a complaint with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, but he doesn’t have to bother. League spokesman Randall Liu said Monday that “any altercation of that nature is always reviewed for possible discipline.”

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VICTIM JUST WANTED TO SEE THE GAME -drive home to Carbondale. They’d listen to the game on their way home. After he walked into the bar, Moreau killed him, witnesses say, and wounded three others. Kitching, 70, was recently retired. One of Moreau’s other victims, Sandbar Manager Jason Barber, was scheduled to receive a second surgery on Monday but was doing OK, family members said. He was shot once; the bullet went through his forearm and grazed his stomach. Richard “Rossi” Moreau will be charged with first degree murder, District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said Monday during Moreau’s first court appearance. The charges should be made official during his next court appearance, Nov. 23. Moreau will be held in the Eagle County jail with no bail, a request from Hurlbert that Judge Katharine Sullivan granted. Outside the courtroom, one of Moreau’s long-time friends said she’d always thought Moreau might hurt himself, but not anyone else. His counselor, Darlene Hoffman, told a photographer in the Justice Center hallway that if Moreau had been on his medications, he would not have done it. But he was not on his meds during Saturday’s shooting rampage, she said. Moreau has lived in the Valley for three decades, and has reportedly had recurring bouts with alcohol problems since serving in Vietnam, his friends said Monday. He had been drinking the night of the incident, according to Sandbar employees, but not excessively. He was back on his meds Monday for court, his Public Defender Steve Owens told Judge Sullivan. Since Saturday’s shooting spree, the Veterans Administration has been in contact with Moreau’s jailers and will make sure Moreau has all the medications he needs, Owens said. Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger told Hurlbert that his investigators won’t be through interviewing witnesses for a week and a half, just in time for Moreau’s next court appearance. “The investigation and witness list is voluminous,” Hurlbert said.

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March 9, 1995: Moreau was arrested and charged by Vail Police with Seven minute session carrying a concealed weapon As Monday’s appearance got underway, January 28, 1992: Vail Police arrested Moreau for suspicion of larRossi Moreau limped along a corridor lined ceny. with stacks of law books, and followed Eagle Jan. 24, 1987: Vail Police again picked Moreau up for a warrant with County Sheriff’s Sgt. Bill Kaufman through another police agency. a side door of Judge Katharine Sullivan’s Feb. 10, 1976: Moreau was arrested by Vail Police and charged with courtroom, Courtroom driving under the influence. 1, and eased into a chair Minturn Police had no record of police contact with at the defendant’s table. Moreau. At his right was Steve Owens, his public deKnown for carrying a weapon fender. Bill Mounsey, who had a “distant” relationship with During Saturday’s Moreau since moving to the Valley in 1984, said Moreau night’s chaos, officers was known for his tendency to carry either a displayed or could be heard over concealed weapon. the scanners repeatedly “We’re all in disbelief, lots of Vietnam veterans lost it saying Moreau had told in the 70s, 80s and 90s, but he held out a long time to keep them his shoulder was all that stuff under control, we wish he could have made it broken. In the courtuntil the end, but he didn’t,” said Mounsey. room yesterday his arm Mounsey said Moreau was troubled, but a good man who was in a sling. always seemed to have an unstable living situation. Across the aisle at the “He was a genuinely good person and he wanted to be prosecution table were known and accepted as a Vietnam veteran, he had such a Hurlbert and Assistant hard time fitting in,” he said. “It’s true he was kind of difDistrict Attorney Steve ferent, but that’s our responsibility as a community to take Mallory. care of our own.” Owens asked that future court proceedings ‘I’ve raised hell here’ not be videotaped, wavOn a YouTube video posted by the Vail Daily in August ing his right arm toward of 2007, Moreau displays a tattoo of Vail’s infamous logo a Denver Fox 31 televiwith the words “1970 Forever - Keep Up,” and a silhouette sion camera that Judge of a figure skiing. Sullivan had allowed in “This is my home,” said Moreau. “I’m very, very frusher courtroom Monday. Moreau in a Veterans Day cere- trated, I’ve given 100 percent to this town…I’ve given evOwens said too much mony 2008 at Edwards Freedom erything I can to this town, I’ve influenced a lot of young publicity would make it Park. Avery Cunliffe photo. kids in this town, I’ve also raised hell here because I got difficult for his client to here in my twenties.” get a fair trial. The intimate account by Moreau tells of his inability to “This is a close community,” Owens told find a home, his struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and his Judge Sullivan as she took notes. medication. On his way out, through that side door from “I’ve got post traumatic stress disorder, I’m 100 percent disabled from which he’d entered, Moreau turned around to Vietnam and there are certain things I can and can’t do,” said Moreau. “I his left, back toward the crowded courtroom. can’t drive, it freaks me out. I have to live from East Vail to West Vail and As his handcuffs and shackles rattled and he I can’t get on the Interstate. I take drugs every four hours to keep down limped away, he reached around with his tatthe anxiety and depression.” tooed right arm to wave a peace sign toward In the video, Moreau also denies using alcohol and names outdoor acsome friends and acquaintances in the galtivities as the only thing that keeps him sane. lery. “I don’t drink, I smoke a couple cigars a day and I don’t smoke them The whole proceeding took less than seven inside,” said Moreau. “I live here because the one thing that keeps me life-changing minutes. going are the activities like the skiing or the archery or the fly fishing.”

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