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Telluride

Resort employee under arrest after skier death

TELLURIDE (AP) ” A Telluride Ski Resort worker was arrested on a charge of criminally negligent homicide after the death of a 16-year-old skier who was riding a snowmachine with him.

Snowcat operator Aaron Apanel, 26, was free Sunday after posting a $10,000 bond, San Miguel County Jail officials said.

He was arrested after Brooks Brown, of Telluride, suffered fatal injuries Friday during a photo shoot near the terrain park after the resort was closed, Mountain Village police and resort officials said. The snow machine was transporting photo shoot participants, resort officials said.

KUSA-TV reported that Brown and other teens were riding on the snowcat when Brown fell off.

Resort officials said the accident was under investigation and declined to discuss details.

Police said drugs and alcohol were not believed to be a factor. Police did not release other details of the accident Sunday.

“This is a very sad, isolated incident,” Telluride vice president of mountain operations Jeff Proteau said in a written statement. He also expressed sympathy and condolences to Brown’s family and friends.

“Everyone involved in this event has been traumatized,” Proteau said.

A phone number for Apanel was not listed.

Grand Junction

Bombs resemble

device in Tennessee

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) ” Three explosive devices detonated at the homes of aviation industry employees here are very similar to a device exploded at the same company’s corporate headquarters in Murfreesboro, Tenn., last month.

“There are strong similarities between the components and design of these devices in attacks on Serco employees in Grand Junction and Tennessee,” said Kenny Spann of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Three explosive devices went off Friday and two others were disarmed at homes of Serco and Federal Aviation Administration employees. No one was hurt and damage was minor.

The ATF has obtained an arrest warrant for Robert L. Burke, 54, a former Serco employee who was fired two years ago while working as an air traffic controller at Walker Field in Grand Junction.

Spann said an improvised explosive device similar to the ones in Grand Junction was detonated on the roof of the Serco management office in Murfreesboro on Feb. 1. No one was hurt.

Burke, who worked for Serco for 10 years, also uses the name Robert Pope, Spann said.

All 56 towers operated by Serco had increased their security since the bombings, he said.


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