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Skier dies after collapsing at VailVAIL An autopsy on a 62-year-old Fort Collins man who collapsed while skiing at Vail was planned for Sunday.David John Luttropp collapsed Friday on a ski run, said Sue Franciose, a deputy coroner in Eagle County. She did not say what might have caused his death.He was taken to the Vail Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.(From The Associated Press)Former police sergeant suing town for $950,000A former New Castle police sergeant who was terminated more than a year ago in an incident involving the shooting of a family dog has filed a notice of intent to sue the town for $950,000.The town fired Edward J. Wilks in December 2003, after the dog was shot and killed under his authority. Wilks maintained that the dog was vicious after one of his officers captured it running at large. Nine shots were fired at the dog as it attempted to run away from containment in a police patrol car. Wilks appealed, and a final hearing in February 2004 by the towns four-person Public Safety Committee upheld the decision in a 3-1 vote.In a notice of claim filed in mid-June, which shows intent to file a lawsuit, Wilks said through his attorney, David H. Miller of King & Greisen LLP of Denver, that he was fired due to his religious beliefs and the fact that he is Mormon.On information and belief, Sergeant Wilks was terminated from his employment because of his religious beliefs and membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Miller wrote in the letter. (From the Glenwood Springs Post Independent)Crash injures four near RifleA crash on a wet and icy Highway 13 outside Rifle sent four people to the hospital Saturday.Christopher Huskey, 24, of Rifle, was driving a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo north on Highway 13 when he lost control of the vehicle, according to a press release from the Colorado State Patrol. The vehicle fishtailed and slid off the road, striking a delineator post. The vehicle rolled two and three-quarter times, ejecting the front passenger, John McDonnell, 44 of Rifle. McDonnell was taken to St. Marys Medical Center in Grand Junction with serious injuries, along with Robert Robbins, 42, of Delta, who was riding in the left rear passenger seat. (From the Glenwood Springs Post Independent)


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