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Jerome penthouse, garage get HPC nodPlans to put a penthouse atop the historic Hotel Jerome and expand the parking garage under the hotel’s Main Street lawn won approval from the Aspen Historic Preservation Commission this week.The redevelopment plans include an exercise room on the second floor that would connect the historic part of the hotel with an addition built in 1985.The plans now go on to the Planning and Zoning Commission and to the City Council for further review.John Denver adviser wants canoe backA California man who describes himself as the late John Denver’s personal adviser is suing an Aspen man to try to get possession of a canoe.The Old Town Canoe Co., a renowned canoe manufacturer based in Maine, built the vessel, says Malcolm MacDonald’s small-claims lawsuit against Doug Wilson.”John gave the canoe to Malcolm in 1988,” the lawsuit says. “Doug was storing [the] canoe for Malcolm [after] Malcolm’s car accident.”The boat’s serial number is registered to Denver’s name at the Old Town factory in Maine.Ski collision leads to lawsuitA man who says another skier at Snowmass Ski Area struck him earlier this month is suing the skier for more than $100,000.Jeffrey Muller’s lawsuit says he was skiing in control on a trail within his ability. The weather was clear and “the ski conditions were good,” the lawsuit says.The defendant, Douglas Schuster, was uphill of Muller and allegedly overtaking him at a high rate of speed. Schuster “had the primary duty, as the uphill skier, to avoid colliding into Mr. Muller,” the lawsuit says.Muller suffered pelvic fractures and knee injuries. His lawsuit was filed Monday in district court.Woman sues business owners over bank accountsA New Castle resident has filed suit against the owners of an Aspen business for allegedly bilking her out of thousands of dollars.Doris Shelton, in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in district court, says she became seriously ill in July 2004 while living in Basalt.She then “executed a durable power of attorney, appointing Dana Scott her attorney … to handle her financial affairs,” the lawsuit says.Scott and her husband, Randy, own Rare Optiks, an eyeglass and sunglasses shop.Shelton put $150,000 into a new account at an Aspen bank; the account was in her name and Dana Scott’s, the lawsuit says.Shelton alleges that the Scotts closed her original account, opened a new one for her at a different bank and began withdrawing money without her authorization. The money was used to pay expenses related to Rare Optiks, the lawsuit says.She is seeking about $180,000 from the Scotts.Man charged with theft of car, electronicsA Snowmass Village man was arrested Thursday and charged with aggravated motor vehicle theft.Jorge Ribeiro-Borges, 19, was in jail on $7,500 bond for the felony count.The manager at Spring Street Toys called police to report that an ex-employee took a company vehicle without permission and had taken several items from the store.Ribeiro-Borges was fired recently because another employee saw him driving the car, a 2006 Volkswagen Golf, around town. The suspect then gave back several items allegedly stolen from the store, including a $380 pair of Oakley sunglasses with an iPod in the earpieces, a video iPod and a PlayStation Portable.


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