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Eight felony charges were filed yesterday afternoon By Randy Wyrick Mountaineer Staff Writer Richard â€œRossiâ€? Moreau was charged yesterday with first degree murder charges for a Nov. 7 shooting spree that left a retired Carbondale doctor dead. District Attorney Mark Hurlbert hit Moreau with eight felony charges, filing the charges at around 1 p.m.
First degree murder carries mandatory life in prison, or the death penalty. Prosecutors have 90 days after Moreauâ€™s arraignment to decide whether theyâ€™ll seek the death penalty, Hurlbert said. The train of thought in filing first degree murder charges just followed the evidence, Hurlbert said. â€œWe felt that after reviewing all the evidence, the facts supported it,â€? he said.
To rise to first degree murder, a crime has to be carried out not only intentionally, but â€œthe action was done after reflection and judgment,â€? according to Coloradoâ€™s criminal code. â€œThereâ€™s no specific time outlined in the statute as to how long that reflection and judgment needs to be, and it can be a very, very short time,â€? Hurlbert said.
The charges In court documents filed yesterday, the eight felony charges are outlined like this: â€˘ First Degree Murder, life in prison or death: The charges allege that Moreau used his 1911 Springfield .45 caliber handgun to kill Dr. Gary Bruce Kitching, who was reportedly shot three times [See MURDER ONE, page 18]
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The stock market ended a three-day losing streak Monday, closing broadly higher as a weaker dollar and upbeat home sales numbers encouraged investors to take on more risk. The dollar resumed its slide, sending prices for commodities including gold and oil higher and in turn, the stocks of companies that produce them. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 132.79, or 1.3 percent, to 10,450.95. The Standard & Poorâ€™s 500 index rose 14.86, or 1.4 percent, to 1,106.24. The Nasdaq composite index rose 29.97, or 1.4 percent, to 2,176.01.
By Geoff Mintz Mountaineer Staff Writer Flobots, originally based out of Denver, now a nationally recognized alternative rock/hip-hop group, are making their way through Vail tonight with a stop at Sandbar. The group gained notoriety with its originally cathartic single â€œHandlebarsâ€?, which opens with childish bragging about riding a bike with no handlebars, then spirals through a series of exponentially more violent boasts. â€œThe song was obviously not meant to trigger uncomfortable memories for victims of something horrendous,â€? Jonny 5, the songâ€™s writer, tells the Colorado Springs Independent. â€œItâ€™s instead meant to point out that weâ€™re still capable of horrendous things, and that there are things happening right now that involve a lot of death and destruction.â€? When a pair of intelligent, visionary emcees [See FLOBOTS, page 19]
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Sarah Palin and Barack Obama may soon find their poll numbers meeting in the 40s, according to the Los Angeles Times. Sushi chef Raymond Wirjawan of Sushi Oka displays the Vail Cascade While the factâ€™s political significance restaurantâ€™s signature Dragon Roll on Sunday. Jon Feldman photo. remains up for debate, it certainly wonâ€™t go unnoticed that Palinâ€™s are strengthening and President Obamaâ€™s are sliding, writes the Timesâ€™ Andrew Malcolm. Depending, of course, on which recent set of numbers you peruse and how the questions are phrased, 307 days into his allotted 1,461 the 44th presidentâ€™s apgot the thumbs up from the International By Geoff Mintz proval rating among Americans has slid Ski Federation (FIS) snow control inMountaineer Staff Writer to 49 percent or 48 percent, showing no spectors. popularity bounce from his many happy With cold early-season temperatures, FIS sends the inspectors to all World trips, foreign and domestic. the Birds of Prey crew has been hard at Cup sites in advance of the competitions Riding the wave of immense publicity work up at the Beav. And Saturday they to ensure that racecourse conditions are [See THE UPDATE, pages 10-11]
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Goal is to win the 2010 Gubernatorial race By Peter Marcus Denver Daily News As if preparing for battle at Troy, the state’s heaviest-hitting Republican leaders gathered at a non-union manufacturing plant in Denver yesterday morning to let out their war cry and present a “unified” platform that they say will propel them into the executive branch of state government in 2011. With lots of firm handshakes between GOP leaders, plenty of pats on the back and high-fives, and a smorgasbord of cracks on the Democratic Party that only led to chuckles by fellow Republican comrades — the Colorado GOP laid out their battle plan. In the center ring is former Congressman Scott McInnis, who is vying for the Republican nod to challenge Democrat Gov. Bill Ritter next year. McInnis was flanked yesterday by his protege, Sen. Josh Penry, who also was running for governor in 2010 but decided recently to bow out, and on Sunday he endorsed McInnis. McInnis’ only competition in the primary race is Republican businessman Dan Maes. The news conference was held at RK Mechanical, Inc., a mechanical contracting company with long ties of campaign contributions to the Republican Party here in Colorado. The company has also been criticized by Democrats for violating prevailing-wage pay, according to a story last year in the Denver Post. Despite allegations that RK Mechanical shorted workers $40,814.27 between 2002 and 2005 — according to the city auditor’s office — McInnis said yesterday that he chose the location because of the company’s commitment to keeping people working. “That noise of production kind of reminds you of when Jackie Gleason used to say, ‘How sweet it is.’
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Keep the noise going.” McInnis said of the production noise at RK Mechanical. “Jobs are central to the issues that we’re going to discuss today.” The “Platform for Prosperity” released by Republicans yesterday focuses on keeping Colorado a low-tax state by supporting the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights; restoring a 6-percent cap on government spending; opposing the expansion of unions — including repealing an executive order by Ritter allowing state workers to unionize; — and easing restrictions on the oil and gas industry, to name a few. Other key principles include preventing the government from funding organizations that provide abortions; supporting charter and magnet schools; and cracking down on employers that hire undocumented workers, such as by requiring a workplace verification system like E-Verify. “We believe that big government breeds small ideas. But smaller government gives citizens the free-
dom to breed big ideas,” states the GOP’s “Platform for Prosperity.” In agreeing not to pursue a run for governor, Penry and Tancredo asked McInnis for assurances that he would uphold this new Republican platform. But Ritter during a conference call with reporters yesterday called the new conservative platform a “manifesto,” and said he does not believe in signing a document simply to please his party in order to get their nod for a campaign. “It seems like a decade-and-ahalf old strategy having a contract that has all of these things that are a part of it. We’re not about that. Nobody had me sit down and sign a kind of a manifesto when I ran for governor in 2006 as a Democrat, and nobody’s going to have me do that again,” said Ritter. “What I care about is how we lead this state out of the downturn — and quite frankly we’re very competitive — and being able to come out of this healthier and stronger.”
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