Snowboarder claims skier pushed him off chairlift

Published: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 @ 9:48 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 @ 9:48 PM

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A trip to an Aspen, Colorado, skiing mountain went left when a skier pushed a snowboarder off a chairlift, according to the snowboarder's claims.

The Aspen Times reported that Seth Beckton was on a chairlift preparing to snowboard at the Aspen Highlands.

Beckton said in a colorful Facebook post that he made small talk with the skier next to him while they took the chairlift up the mountain. The pair spoke about the fresh snow on the grounds and Beckton said he made a comment to the skier about getting good powder shots.

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The snowboarder then said the skier asked, “Are you making fun of me?” but Beckton could not tell if he was kidding or not because he could not see his face. Beckton said he replied, “Not really — but maybe,” in an effort to playfully respond.

Then Beckton claimed the skier responded by saying, “If you think that’s funny, do you think this is funny?” and pushed Beckton 20 to 25 feet to the ground. Because of a “large pocket of snow,” he was not injured.

Beckton thinks the skier took offense to the comment, pushing him off the chairlift was his response.

Beckton said the incident happened around 9:30 a.m.

“I honestly thought I was dead,” Beckton said. "because I didn’t know where we were (within the lift path). It’s not cool to think anyone would do that."

“I was really (shaken) up,” he said. “I was like, ‘Was that a joke? Did that really happen?’ Because I wasn’t hurt, I wasn’t super-outraged. I didn’t want to let it ruin my day. I decided to continue on my way.”

But when Beckton told his friends, he said their reaction prompted him to report it later in the day.

“This is not the kind of behavior we want on our mountain,” Jeff Hanle, spokesman for Aspen Skiing Co., said. “We will do our best to find the person.”

Hanle said it would have been easier to find the skier if Beckton had reported the incident earlier.

Deputy Alex Burchetta with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office said officers are investigating the incident and working with officials at the skiing mountain.

What if a government shutdown happened? Five things to know

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 5:30 AM


            The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base BARRIE BARBER/STAFF
The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base BARRIE BARBER/STAFF

The federal government faces a partial federal shutdown threat Friday without a $1.1 trillion appropriations spending budget or a temporary stopgap spending measure in place.

Here’s what could happen in the Miami Valley if a shutdown occurs:

FURLOUGHS: A Wright-Patterson Air Force Base spokesman said this week the base had not received guidance on what actions to take. But the last time a federal government shutdown occurred in 2013, thousands of Wright-Patterson civilian employees were furloughed temporarily. Among those exempted were police, fire, medical and airfield operations. Military service members remained on the job.

MUSEUM: The region’s biggest tourist attraction, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, would close until a funding deal is reached, according to a spokesman.

MAIL SERVICE: The U.S. Postal Service, which is considered self-funded, would continue operations, including home delivery and post offices would stay open, a spokesman said.

DAYTON VA: The Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities would remain open. The VA operates on a two-year budget cycle, exempting the department from the latest funding skirmish in Washington.

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE: NPS sites in the Dayton region closed during the last shutdown in 2013. A NPS directive issued in September 2017, said parks would close if a lapse in federal government appropriations occurs.

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Grandson surprises grandfather with restored 1957 Chevy

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 2:06 PM

Man Surprises Grandfather With Restored Chevy Classic

Fred Lamar’s 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air sat in a garage, just as he left it, for 30 years.

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Until about a year ago, when his grandson, Cameron Dedman, started restoring the iconic Motor City machine.

On Saturday, Lamar, 81, nearly passed out when the car was revealed to him.

“I have been doing a full frame off restoration of this car a big surprise for my grandpa,” Dedman wrote in a post with the photos of the restored Bel Air. “He’s my best friend and truly deserves it.”

Lamar has owned the vehicle since the 1950s. The pair plan to take it to car shows this spring and summer, according to WHAS.

Dog found covered in icicles, sores, needs forever home

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 10:18 PM

Dog Found Freezing and Terrified Looking For Forever Home

A firefighter was driving home from work when he saw a dog in the middle of the road. While many drivers honked their horns and continued past the dog, the firefighter, Justin Luttrell, stopped. 

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“She was freezing, shaking and terrified -- it was written all over her face with her tail tucked between her legs,” Lutrell said in a Facebook post Wednesday. “Before I left work I checked the weather. It was -1 with wind chill. I pulled over to try and pick her up.”

Lutrell said the dog was nearly hit by cars. He used cooked chicken and lunch meat to get her close and he finally caught up to the dog a fourth of a mile down the road.

“She had icicles hanging off of her with multiple sores on her body and looked anorexic,” Lutrell said in the post. “Not knowing if she’d bite me or if she had rabies, etc., I picked her up and put her in the back seat of my truck.”

Lutrell said he drove to an Animal Emergency Center in Memphis, where he was told the dog was heartworm negative, didn’t appear spayed and did not have a microchip.

Lutrell made the public post in hopes of getting the dog adopted.

“She is extremely sweet and will be needing a home,” he wrote. “Please share this to find this sweetheart a good loving home and keep her off the streets.”

Suspect sought after stealing SUV, abandoning children on freezing roads

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 11:21 PM

Suspect Stole SUV, Abandoned Children on Side of Freezing Roads

Authorities in Clayton County, Georgia, are searching for the person they say stole an SUV with two children inside from a gas station Wednesday before abandoning them in below-freezing temperatures on major roadways.

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One-month-old Ava Wilmer and 4-year-old Arya Davenport were found miles apart after mother Precious Wilmer’s 2009 Chevy Equinox was stolen about 5 p.m. from a QuikTrip on Riverdale Road, Clayton County police Sgt. Ashanti Marbury said. 

Precious Wilmer left the girls in the car with the engine running near a gas pump while she went inside the convenience store, Marbury said. 

She came out of the store and saw her car being driven away with her children in the back seat. 

Shortly into the search, Georgia State University police Chief Josephy Spillane found Arya walking down the shoulder of a roadway near I-285 and Riverdale Road, Clayton County polcie said. 

After roughly two hours, baby Ava was found in the middle of South Fulton Parkway still strapped in her car seat. 

Marbury said WSB-TV photojournalist Brian Ferguson led police to her after he saw an objecting sitting in the road on his way to cover the scene. 

The girls appeared to be OK, but were taken to Southern Regional Medical Center as a precaution. Metro Atlanta temperatures were in the 20s, but with winds reaching 20 mph, it felt like they were in the single digits, WSB-TV reported

Atlanta police later located Precious Wilmer’s stolen SUV on Metropolitan Parkway. 

No description of the suspect has been released. 

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