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ASPEN MAN WHO SHOVED SNOWBOARD OFF LIFT APPEARS IN COURT

Aspen—The Aspen man accused of pushing a snowboarder off the Loge Peak Chairlift at Highlands last month, went before a judge yesterday.  31 year old Thomas Proesel appeared in Pitkin County Court after being treated at a mental hospital in Grand Junction.  He was released on a 10 thousand dollar bond and allowed to got a treatment facility in Tennessee accompanied by his father and uncle.  Proesel is being represented by Pamela Mackey,  the Denver attorney who defended Kobe Bryant on rape charges in Eagle County in 2004.  Police say Proesel  shoved Seth Beckton off the chairlift on January 17th, causing him to fall, face first about 25 feet into deep snow.  Beckton, who was unhurt, says he made a harmless remark about the powder conditions that somehow offended Proesel and when he turned away, Proesel pushed him off.

RACE CAR DRIVER ABOUT TO LOSE HIS ASPEN HOME

Aspen—Race car driver Scott Tucker is about to lose his palatial, 8 million dollar home in Aspen for running a bogus, payday lending operation.  According to police reports, Tucker was busted in Kansas City, Kansas on fraud charges in an indictment unsealed in federal court in New York.  Now, federal agents are close to seizing  his home as well as a Learjet and a fleet of expensive cars including five Ferraris.  Court documents show Tucker ripped off over four million people in the United States who were struggling to pay bills by offering quick cash over the internet.  Tucker’s operation charged up to 700 percent interest using deceptive and misleading contracts.  Tucker’s attorney was also arrested in Kansas City.

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