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Old November 23rd 06, 08:05 AM posted to alt.mountain-bike,rec.bicycles.soc,rec.backcountry,ca.environment,sci.environment
Mike Vandeman
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Cops: Sparta man killed brother
Victim's young daughter saw shooting, police say
BY ABBOTT KOLOFF
AND MATT MANOCHIO
DAILY RECORD

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SPARTA -- A township man, considered a local biking and skiing legend,
shot and killed his older brother in front of his kindergarten-age
niece on Tuesday morning, authorities said.
Daniel Thropp, 43, was in jail Tuesday evening, with police saying
they planned to file gun and murder charges against him.
Alan Thropp, 49, was shot multiple times at his East Shore Trail home,
where police responded early Tuesday, authorities said. He made an
emergency call to police at 6:41 a.m.
Police said they recovered a hunting rifle outside the house but had
not determined who owned it and had not determined whether it was used
in the shooting. Alan Thropp was alive when police arrived, but it was
not clear on Tuesday whether he said anything to authorities about the
shooting.
"I don't think there was any ongoing feud or anything like that that
I've heard of," said Bill Fitzgibbons, first assistant prosecutor with
the Sussex County Prosecutor's office.
Daniel Thropp, who lives on Hunter's Lane and owned his own
landscaping business, had recently visited a Daily Record office and
presented papers claiming a developer was trying to poison him to get
his house. He also indicated in those papers that he had tried to get
Sparta Police Chief Ernest Reigstad to sign a paper acknowledging
Thropp's claims of "criminal poisoning."
Fitzgibbons said he couldn't say anything about Thropp's mental
condition, adding that it's part of the investigation. He said he
hadn't heard about Thropp's alleged dealings with the Sparta police.
Reigstad was unavailable for comment and did not respond to an
interview request.
Authorities said first aid crews tried to revive Alan Thropp, but he
died in the Newton Memorial Hospital emergency room at 7:47 a.m.,
about one hour after police were called.
At the scene
Police also said Alan Thropp's daughter, who they said was either 5 or
6 years old, was the only witness to the shooting. They said Daniel
Thropp was at his brother's house when police arrived but did not
appear agitated. They said he didn't give a statement to authorities,
and instead asked for an attorney.
"It was very calm," Fitzgibbons said.
Daniel Thropp was lodged in the Sussex County jail Tuesday night with
a hearing set for today in Newton.
Alan Thropp was divorced and had joint custody of a daughter,
according to authorities. The little girl was staying with her mother
in Hopatcong Tuesday night, they said.
Lisa Champion, Alan Thropp's neighbor, described him as a hard worker
who owned an excavating and septic business, and who would plow
neighbors' driveways in winter. She also said he was a doting father.
She said she saw police at the scene Tuesday morning.
"I saw them performing CPR," she said. "I didn't know who it was until
they confirmed (it was Alan). ... Alan was a workaholic. He was an
awesome neighbor to have. He watched out for all of us. ... It's a
tragedy, an absolute tragedy."
She said that Thropp's young daughter was a bright spot in his life.
"His life went around her,"she said. "He dropped everything. You knew
a child was part of that house, with the toys and the swings, and the
blow-up inflatables for the holiday. He lived for her. He was so proud
to show her off. It just fills your heart with how much love he had
for that little girl."
A tri-athlete
Daniel Thropp was described by friends as an athletic legend around
Sussex County, with a quirky personality, who suddenly stopped
communicating with many of his old friends a couple of years ago. They
said they would see him around town, often at the library, but that he
no longer participated in local athletic events.
He had been known as a tri-athlete, who won a grueling three-sport
race that involved mountain biking, skiing and running in Killington,
Vt., several years running. They said he had been captain of ski teams
at Sparta High School and Penn State University. He later went into
finance, friends said -- but then dropped out of the business world to
spend more time skiing, doing the things he loved.
"I admired that he knew what he wanted to do, and did it," said Tracy
Blake, 46, of Andover Township, who knew the Thropp family while
growing up in Sparta.
In papers he gave to the Daily Record, Daniel Thropp said that he
owned Sparta Exterior Services and Sparta Lawn Care for many years. He
also claimed in those papers that he was suffering from "acute
exposure" to some sort of compound but indicated that no one took him
seriously.
"If you are a landscaper, sheep farmer or Gulf War veteran and claim
damage you will be ignored," he wrote.
Blake remained friendly with Daniel Thropp over the years because they
were both members of a local bicycling club. She and other friends
said he often showed up riding a clunker bike, sometimes his
girlfriend's bike, without a water bottle, helmet, or proper cycling
clothes. His friends said he easily won races competing against
cyclists who rode much more expensive bicycles.
"He was an extremely talented athlete, easy going, friendly, helpful,"
Blake said.
Blake said Daniel talked fondly about his brother, Alan. She also said
Daniel Thropp stopped coming to bicycling events a couple of years ago
and appeared to stop working as a landscaper. She said he seemed to
lose contact with his old friends.
"I don't know what's been in his mind lately," she said.
===
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humans ("pure habitat"). Want to help? (I spent the previous 8
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Old November 23rd 06, 08:23 AM posted to alt.mountain-bike,rec.bicycles.soc,rec.backcountry,ca.environment,sci.environment
Mike Vandeman
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http://www.dailyrecord.com/apps/pbcs...32/1203/NEWS01
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On Thu, 23 Nov 2006 07:05:49 GMT, Mike Vandeman
wrote:

Cops: Sparta man killed brother
Victim's young daughter saw shooting, police say
BY ABBOTT KOLOFF
AND MATT MANOCHIO
DAILY RECORD

Post Comment

SPARTA -- A township man, considered a local biking and skiing legend,
shot and killed his older brother in front of his kindergarten-age
niece on Tuesday morning, authorities said.
Daniel Thropp, 43, was in jail Tuesday evening, with police saying
they planned to file gun and murder charges against him.
Alan Thropp, 49, was shot multiple times at his East Shore Trail home,
where police responded early Tuesday, authorities said. He made an
emergency call to police at 6:41 a.m.
Police said they recovered a hunting rifle outside the house but had
not determined who owned it and had not determined whether it was used
in the shooting. Alan Thropp was alive when police arrived, but it was
not clear on Tuesday whether he said anything to authorities about the
shooting.
"I don't think there was any ongoing feud or anything like that that
I've heard of," said Bill Fitzgibbons, first assistant prosecutor with
the Sussex County Prosecutor's office.
Daniel Thropp, who lives on Hunter's Lane and owned his own
landscaping business, had recently visited a Daily Record office and
presented papers claiming a developer was trying to poison him to get
his house. He also indicated in those papers that he had tried to get
Sparta Police Chief Ernest Reigstad to sign a paper acknowledging
Thropp's claims of "criminal poisoning."
Fitzgibbons said he couldn't say anything about Thropp's mental
condition, adding that it's part of the investigation. He said he
hadn't heard about Thropp's alleged dealings with the Sparta police.
Reigstad was unavailable for comment and did not respond to an
interview request.
Authorities said first aid crews tried to revive Alan Thropp, but he
died in the Newton Memorial Hospital emergency room at 7:47 a.m.,
about one hour after police were called.
At the scene
Police also said Alan Thropp's daughter, who they said was either 5 or
6 years old, was the only witness to the shooting. They said Daniel
Thropp was at his brother's house when police arrived but did not
appear agitated. They said he didn't give a statement to authorities,
and instead asked for an attorney.
"It was very calm," Fitzgibbons said.
Daniel Thropp was lodged in the Sussex County jail Tuesday night with
a hearing set for today in Newton.
Alan Thropp was divorced and had joint custody of a daughter,
according to authorities. The little girl was staying with her mother
in Hopatcong Tuesday night, they said.
Lisa Champion, Alan Thropp's neighbor, described him as a hard worker
who owned an excavating and septic business, and who would plow
neighbors' driveways in winter. She also said he was a doting father.
She said she saw police at the scene Tuesday morning.
"I saw them performing CPR," she said. "I didn't know who it was until
they confirmed (it was Alan). ... Alan was a workaholic. He was an
awesome neighbor to have. He watched out for all of us. ... It's a
tragedy, an absolute tragedy."
She said that Thropp's young daughter was a bright spot in his life.
"His life went around her,"she said. "He dropped everything. You knew
a child was part of that house, with the toys and the swings, and the
blow-up inflatables for the holiday. He lived for her. He was so proud
to show her off. It just fills your heart with how much love he had
for that little girl."
A tri-athlete
Daniel Thropp was described by friends as an athletic legend around
Sussex County, with a quirky personality, who suddenly stopped
communicating with many of his old friends a couple of years ago. They
said they would see him around town, often at the library, but that he
no longer participated in local athletic events.
He had been known as a tri-athlete, who won a grueling three-sport
race that involved mountain biking, skiing and running in Killington,
Vt., several years running. They said he had been captain of ski teams
at Sparta High School and Penn State University. He later went into
finance, friends said -- but then dropped out of the business world to
spend more time skiing, doing the things he loved.
"I admired that he knew what he wanted to do, and did it," said Tracy
Blake, 46, of Andover Township, who knew the Thropp family while
growing up in Sparta.
In papers he gave to the Daily Record, Daniel Thropp said that he
owned Sparta Exterior Services and Sparta Lawn Care for many years. He
also claimed in those papers that he was suffering from "acute
exposure" to some sort of compound but indicated that no one took him
seriously.
"If you are a landscaper, sheep farmer or Gulf War veteran and claim
damage you will be ignored," he wrote.
Blake remained friendly with Daniel Thropp over the years because they
were both members of a local bicycling club. She and other friends
said he often showed up riding a clunker bike, sometimes his
girlfriend's bike, without a water bottle, helmet, or proper cycling
clothes. His friends said he easily won races competing against
cyclists who rode much more expensive bicycles.
"He was an extremely talented athlete, easy going, friendly, helpful,"
Blake said.
Blake said Daniel talked fondly about his brother, Alan. She also said
Daniel Thropp stopped coming to bicycling events a couple of years ago
and appeared to stop working as a landscaper. She said he seemed to
lose contact with his old friends.
"I don't know what's been in his mind lately," she said.
===
I am working on creating wildlife habitat that is off-limits to
humans ("pure habitat"). Want to help? (I spent the previous 8
years fighting auto dependence and road construction.)

Please don't put a cell phone next to any part of your body that you are fond of!

http://home.pacbell.net/mjvande

===
I am working on creating wildlife habitat that is off-limits to
humans ("pure habitat"). Want to help? (I spent the previous 8
years fighting auto dependence and road construction.)

Please don't put a cell phone next to any part of your body that you are fond of!

http://home.pacbell.net/mjvande
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Old November 23rd 06, 08:57 AM posted to alt.mountain-bike,rec.bicycles.soc,rec.backcountry,ca.environment,sci.environment
Roberto Baggio
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Default Famous Mountain Biker Kills His Brother!

I very much hope that in reality you are somewhat joking in what you post,
because if not, then you are in need of some serious psychiatric care.

"Mike Vandeman" wrote in message
...
Cops: Sparta man killed brother
Victim's young daughter saw shooting, police say
BY ABBOTT KOLOFF
AND MATT MANOCHIO
DAILY RECORD

Post Comment

SPARTA -- A township man, considered a local biking and skiing legend,
shot and killed his older brother in front of his kindergarten-age
niece on Tuesday morning, authorities said.
Daniel Thropp, 43, was in jail Tuesday evening, with police saying
they planned to file gun and murder charges against him.
Alan Thropp, 49, was shot multiple times at his East Shore Trail home,
where police responded early Tuesday, authorities said. He made an
emergency call to police at 6:41 a.m.
Police said they recovered a hunting rifle outside the house but had
not determined who owned it and had not determined whether it was used
in the shooting. Alan Thropp was alive when police arrived, but it was
not clear on Tuesday whether he said anything to authorities about the
shooting.
"I don't think there was any ongoing feud or anything like that that
I've heard of," said Bill Fitzgibbons, first assistant prosecutor with
the Sussex County Prosecutor's office.
Daniel Thropp, who lives on Hunter's Lane and owned his own
landscaping business, had recently visited a Daily Record office and
presented papers claiming a developer was trying to poison him to get
his house. He also indicated in those papers that he had tried to get
Sparta Police Chief Ernest Reigstad to sign a paper acknowledging
Thropp's claims of "criminal poisoning."
Fitzgibbons said he couldn't say anything about Thropp's mental
condition, adding that it's part of the investigation. He said he
hadn't heard about Thropp's alleged dealings with the Sparta police.
Reigstad was unavailable for comment and did not respond to an
interview request.
Authorities said first aid crews tried to revive Alan Thropp, but he
died in the Newton Memorial Hospital emergency room at 7:47 a.m.,
about one hour after police were called.
At the scene
Police also said Alan Thropp's daughter, who they said was either 5 or
6 years old, was the only witness to the shooting. They said Daniel
Thropp was at his brother's house when police arrived but did not
appear agitated. They said he didn't give a statement to authorities,
and instead asked for an attorney.
"It was very calm," Fitzgibbons said.
Daniel Thropp was lodged in the Sussex County jail Tuesday night with
a hearing set for today in Newton.
Alan Thropp was divorced and had joint custody of a daughter,
according to authorities. The little girl was staying with her mother
in Hopatcong Tuesday night, they said.
Lisa Champion, Alan Thropp's neighbor, described him as a hard worker
who owned an excavating and septic business, and who would plow
neighbors' driveways in winter. She also said he was a doting father.
She said she saw police at the scene Tuesday morning.
"I saw them performing CPR," she said. "I didn't know who it was until
they confirmed (it was Alan). ... Alan was a workaholic. He was an
awesome neighbor to have. He watched out for all of us. ... It's a
tragedy, an absolute tragedy."
She said that Thropp's young daughter was a bright spot in his life.
"His life went around her,"she said. "He dropped everything. You knew
a child was part of that house, with the toys and the swings, and the
blow-up inflatables for the holiday. He lived for her. He was so proud
to show her off. It just fills your heart with how much love he had
for that little girl."
A tri-athlete
Daniel Thropp was described by friends as an athletic legend around
Sussex County, with a quirky personality, who suddenly stopped
communicating with many of his old friends a couple of years ago. They
said they would see him around town, often at the library, but that he
no longer participated in local athletic events.
He had been known as a tri-athlete, who won a grueling three-sport
race that involved mountain biking, skiing and running in Killington,
Vt., several years running. They said he had been captain of ski teams
at Sparta High School and Penn State University. He later went into
finance, friends said -- but then dropped out of the business world to
spend more time skiing, doing the things he loved.
"I admired that he knew what he wanted to do, and did it," said Tracy
Blake, 46, of Andover Township, who knew the Thropp family while
growing up in Sparta.
In papers he gave to the Daily Record, Daniel Thropp said that he
owned Sparta Exterior Services and Sparta Lawn Care for many years. He
also claimed in those papers that he was suffering from "acute
exposure" to some sort of compound but indicated that no one took him
seriously.
"If you are a landscaper, sheep farmer or Gulf War veteran and claim
damage you will be ignored," he wrote.
Blake remained friendly with Daniel Thropp over the years because they
were both members of a local bicycling club. She and other friends
said he often showed up riding a clunker bike, sometimes his
girlfriend's bike, without a water bottle, helmet, or proper cycling
clothes. His friends said he easily won races competing against
cyclists who rode much more expensive bicycles.
"He was an extremely talented athlete, easy going, friendly, helpful,"
Blake said.
Blake said Daniel talked fondly about his brother, Alan. She also said
Daniel Thropp stopped coming to bicycling events a couple of years ago
and appeared to stop working as a landscaper. She said he seemed to
lose contact with his old friends.
"I don't know what's been in his mind lately," she said.
===
I am working on creating wildlife habitat that is off-limits to
humans ("pure habitat"). Want to help? (I spent the previous 8
years fighting auto dependence and road construction.)

Please don't put a cell phone next to any part of your body that you are
fond of!

http://home.pacbell.net/mjvande



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Old November 23rd 06, 03:02 PM posted to alt.mountain-bike,rec.bicycles.soc,rec.backcountry,ca.environment,sci.environment
JP
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"Roberto Baggio" wrote in message
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I very much hope that in reality you are somewhat joking in what you post,
because if not, then you are in need of some serious psychiatric care.


Somehow Roberto you found it necessary to repost MV's totally ridiculous
post
a THIRD time. How many servers have to be filled up with his mindless
nonsense?


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Old November 23rd 06, 05:38 PM posted to alt.mountain-bike,rec.bicycles.soc,rec.backcountry,ca.environment,sci.environment
S Curtiss
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"Mike Vandeman" wrote in message
...
Cops: Sparta man killed brother


"Daniel Thropp was described by friends as an athletic legend around Sussex
County, with a quirky personality, who suddenly stopped communicating with
many of his old friends a couple of years ago. They said they would see him
around town, often at the library, but that he no longer participated in
local athletic events."

"Blake said Daniel talked fondly about his brother, Alan. She also said
Daniel Thropp stopped coming to bicycling events a couple of years ago and
appeared to stop working as a landscaper. She said he seemed to lose contact
with his old friends.
"I don't know what's been in his mind lately," she said."

There is no indication this person commited this crime because he was a
cyclist. It is simply a side note. The quotes above also indicate he had
ceased to be involved as an athlete, cyclist or otherwise. It would be
interesting to know what sidetracked him from these activities as that would
likely be a greater indicator as to his mindset at the time of the crime.

On the other hand, the people referenced below do their crimes IN THE NAME
OF environmentalism:
"During the past two decades, radical environmental and animal rights groups
have claimed responsibility for hundreds of crimes and acts of terrorism,
including arson, bombings, vandalism and harassment, causing more than $100
million in damage. While some activists have been captured, ecoterror
cells - small and loosely affiliated - are extremely difficult to identify
and most attacks remain unsolved. Although it has been overshadowed by
Islamic terrorist threats since September 11, ecoterrorism remains one of
the country's most active terrorist movements."

Again, in the context of reality, MV has NO credibility.


  #6  
Old November 23rd 06, 07:20 PM posted to alt.mountain-bike,rec.bicycles.soc,rec.backcountry,ca.environment,sci.environment
Treebeard
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The only good mountain biker is a dead mountain biker.


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Old November 23rd 06, 07:58 PM posted to alt.mountain-bike,rec.bicycles.soc,rec.backcountry,ca.environment,sci.environment
Mike Vandeman
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Default Famous Mountain Biker Kills His Brother!

On Thu, 23 Nov 2006 07:57:44 GMT, "Roberto Baggio"
wrote:

I very much hope that in reality you are somewhat joking in what you post,
because if not, then you are in need of some serious psychiatric care.


Of course not. This actually happened (if we can believe the news
media). Check the URL yourself (given in a later port).

"Mike Vandeman" wrote in message
.. .
Cops: Sparta man killed brother
Victim's young daughter saw shooting, police say
BY ABBOTT KOLOFF
AND MATT MANOCHIO
DAILY RECORD

Post Comment

SPARTA -- A township man, considered a local biking and skiing legend,
shot and killed his older brother in front of his kindergarten-age
niece on Tuesday morning, authorities said.
Daniel Thropp, 43, was in jail Tuesday evening, with police saying
they planned to file gun and murder charges against him.
Alan Thropp, 49, was shot multiple times at his East Shore Trail home,
where police responded early Tuesday, authorities said. He made an
emergency call to police at 6:41 a.m.
Police said they recovered a hunting rifle outside the house but had
not determined who owned it and had not determined whether it was used
in the shooting. Alan Thropp was alive when police arrived, but it was
not clear on Tuesday whether he said anything to authorities about the
shooting.
"I don't think there was any ongoing feud or anything like that that
I've heard of," said Bill Fitzgibbons, first assistant prosecutor with
the Sussex County Prosecutor's office.
Daniel Thropp, who lives on Hunter's Lane and owned his own
landscaping business, had recently visited a Daily Record office and
presented papers claiming a developer was trying to poison him to get
his house. He also indicated in those papers that he had tried to get
Sparta Police Chief Ernest Reigstad to sign a paper acknowledging
Thropp's claims of "criminal poisoning."
Fitzgibbons said he couldn't say anything about Thropp's mental
condition, adding that it's part of the investigation. He said he
hadn't heard about Thropp's alleged dealings with the Sparta police.
Reigstad was unavailable for comment and did not respond to an
interview request.
Authorities said first aid crews tried to revive Alan Thropp, but he
died in the Newton Memorial Hospital emergency room at 7:47 a.m.,
about one hour after police were called.
At the scene
Police also said Alan Thropp's daughter, who they said was either 5 or
6 years old, was the only witness to the shooting. They said Daniel
Thropp was at his brother's house when police arrived but did not
appear agitated. They said he didn't give a statement to authorities,
and instead asked for an attorney.
"It was very calm," Fitzgibbons said.
Daniel Thropp was lodged in the Sussex County jail Tuesday night with
a hearing set for today in Newton.
Alan Thropp was divorced and had joint custody of a daughter,
according to authorities. The little girl was staying with her mother
in Hopatcong Tuesday night, they said.
Lisa Champion, Alan Thropp's neighbor, described him as a hard worker
who owned an excavating and septic business, and who would plow
neighbors' driveways in winter. She also said he was a doting father.
She said she saw police at the scene Tuesday morning.
"I saw them performing CPR," she said. "I didn't know who it was until
they confirmed (it was Alan). ... Alan was a workaholic. He was an
awesome neighbor to have. He watched out for all of us. ... It's a
tragedy, an absolute tragedy."
She said that Thropp's young daughter was a bright spot in his life.
"His life went around her,"she said. "He dropped everything. You knew
a child was part of that house, with the toys and the swings, and the
blow-up inflatables for the holiday. He lived for her. He was so proud
to show her off. It just fills your heart with how much love he had
for that little girl."
A tri-athlete
Daniel Thropp was described by friends as an athletic legend around
Sussex County, with a quirky personality, who suddenly stopped
communicating with many of his old friends a couple of years ago. They
said they would see him around town, often at the library, but that he
no longer participated in local athletic events.
He had been known as a tri-athlete, who won a grueling three-sport
race that involved mountain biking, skiing and running in Killington,
Vt., several years running. They said he had been captain of ski teams
at Sparta High School and Penn State University. He later went into
finance, friends said -- but then dropped out of the business world to
spend more time skiing, doing the things he loved.
"I admired that he knew what he wanted to do, and did it," said Tracy
Blake, 46, of Andover Township, who knew the Thropp family while
growing up in Sparta.
In papers he gave to the Daily Record, Daniel Thropp said that he
owned Sparta Exterior Services and Sparta Lawn Care for many years. He
also claimed in those papers that he was suffering from "acute
exposure" to some sort of compound but indicated that no one took him
seriously.
"If you are a landscaper, sheep farmer or Gulf War veteran and claim
damage you will be ignored," he wrote.
Blake remained friendly with Daniel Thropp over the years because they
were both members of a local bicycling club. She and other friends
said he often showed up riding a clunker bike, sometimes his
girlfriend's bike, without a water bottle, helmet, or proper cycling
clothes. His friends said he easily won races competing against
cyclists who rode much more expensive bicycles.
"He was an extremely talented athlete, easy going, friendly, helpful,"
Blake said.
Blake said Daniel talked fondly about his brother, Alan. She also said
Daniel Thropp stopped coming to bicycling events a couple of years ago
and appeared to stop working as a landscaper. She said he seemed to
lose contact with his old friends.
"I don't know what's been in his mind lately," she said.
===
I am working on creating wildlife habitat that is off-limits to
humans ("pure habitat"). Want to help? (I spent the previous 8
years fighting auto dependence and road construction.)

Please don't put a cell phone next to any part of your body that you are
fond of!

http://home.pacbell.net/mjvande


===
I am working on creating wildlife habitat that is off-limits to
humans ("pure habitat"). Want to help? (I spent the previous 8
years fighting auto dependence and road construction.)

Please don't put a cell phone next to any part of your body that you are fond of!

http://home.pacbell.net/mjvande
  #8  
Old November 23rd 06, 08:02 PM posted to alt.mountain-bike,rec.bicycles.soc,rec.backcountry,ca.environment,sci.environment
Mike Vandeman
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Posts: 4,798
Default Famous Mountain Biker Kills His Brother!

On Thu, 23 Nov 2006 11:38:05 -0500, "S Curtiss"
wrote:


"Mike Vandeman" wrote in message
.. .
Cops: Sparta man killed brother


"Daniel Thropp was described by friends as an athletic legend around Sussex
County, with a quirky personality, who suddenly stopped communicating with
many of his old friends a couple of years ago. They said they would see him
around town, often at the library, but that he no longer participated in
local athletic events."

"Blake said Daniel talked fondly about his brother, Alan. She also said
Daniel Thropp stopped coming to bicycling events a couple of years ago and
appeared to stop working as a landscaper. She said he seemed to lose contact
with his old friends.
"I don't know what's been in his mind lately," she said."

There is no indication this person commited this crime because he was a
cyclist. It is simply a side note. The quotes above also indicate he had
ceased to be involved as an athlete, cyclist or otherwise. It would be
interesting to know what sidetracked him from these activities as that would
likely be a greater indicator as to his mindset at the time of the crime.

On the other hand, the people referenced below do their crimes IN THE NAME
OF environmentalism:


They at least care about nature, and such acts are extremely rare,
whereas mountain bikers do their environmental destruction in the name
of cheap thrills. Mountain biking and criminal activity are like hand
and glove.

"During the past two decades, radical environmental and animal rights groups
have claimed responsibility for hundreds of crimes and acts of terrorism,
including arson, bombings, vandalism and harassment, causing more than $100
million in damage. While some activists have been captured, ecoterror
cells - small and loosely affiliated - are extremely difficult to identify
and most attacks remain unsolved. Although it has been overshadowed by
Islamic terrorist threats since September 11, ecoterrorism remains one of
the country's most active terrorist movements."

Again, in the context of reality, MV has NO credibility.

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I am working on creating wildlife habitat that is off-limits to
humans ("pure habitat"). Want to help? (I spent the previous 8
years fighting auto dependence and road construction.)

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Old November 23rd 06, 08:33 PM posted to alt.mountain-bike,rec.bicycles.soc,rec.backcountry,ca.environment,sci.environment
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Default Famous Mountain Biker Kills His Brother!

How come the Subject Line isn't, "Landscaper kills brother!" or "Skiing
legend kills brother!" or simply, "Man kills brother."


Once again you prove that you are an idiot.




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Cops: Sparta man killed brother
Victim's young daughter saw shooting, police say
BY ABBOTT KOLOFF
AND MATT MANOCHIO
DAILY RECORD

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SPARTA -- A township man, considered a local biking and skiing legend,
shot and killed his older brother in front of his kindergarten-age
niece on Tuesday morning, authorities said.
Daniel Thropp, 43, was in jail Tuesday evening, with police saying
they planned to file gun and murder charges against him.
Alan Thropp, 49, was shot multiple times at his East Shore Trail home,
where police responded early Tuesday, authorities said. He made an
emergency call to police at 6:41 a.m.
Police said they recovered a hunting rifle outside the house but had
not determined who owned it and had not determined whether it was used
in the shooting. Alan Thropp was alive when police arrived, but it was
not clear on Tuesday whether he said anything to authorities about the
shooting.
"I don't think there was any ongoing feud or anything like that that
I've heard of," said Bill Fitzgibbons, first assistant prosecutor with
the Sussex County Prosecutor's office.
Daniel Thropp, who lives on Hunter's Lane and owned his own
landscaping business, had recently visited a Daily Record office and
presented papers claiming a developer was trying to poison him to get
his house. He also indicated in those papers that he had tried to get
Sparta Police Chief Ernest Reigstad to sign a paper acknowledging
Thropp's claims of "criminal poisoning."
Fitzgibbons said he couldn't say anything about Thropp's mental
condition, adding that it's part of the investigation. He said he
hadn't heard about Thropp's alleged dealings with the Sparta police.
Reigstad was unavailable for comment and did not respond to an
interview request.
Authorities said first aid crews tried to revive Alan Thropp, but he
died in the Newton Memorial Hospital emergency room at 7:47 a.m.,
about one hour after police were called.
At the scene
Police also said Alan Thropp's daughter, who they said was either 5 or
6 years old, was the only witness to the shooting. They said Daniel
Thropp was at his brother's house when police arrived but did not
appear agitated. They said he didn't give a statement to authorities,
and instead asked for an attorney.
"It was very calm," Fitzgibbons said.
Daniel Thropp was lodged in the Sussex County jail Tuesday night with
a hearing set for today in Newton.
Alan Thropp was divorced and had joint custody of a daughter,
according to authorities. The little girl was staying with her mother
in Hopatcong Tuesday night, they said.
Lisa Champion, Alan Thropp's neighbor, described him as a hard worker
who owned an excavating and septic business, and who would plow
neighbors' driveways in winter. She also said he was a doting father.
She said she saw police at the scene Tuesday morning.
"I saw them performing CPR," she said. "I didn't know who it was until
they confirmed (it was Alan). ... Alan was a workaholic. He was an
awesome neighbor to have. He watched out for all of us. ... It's a
tragedy, an absolute tragedy."
She said that Thropp's young daughter was a bright spot in his life.
"His life went around her,"she said. "He dropped everything. You knew
a child was part of that house, with the toys and the swings, and the
blow-up inflatables for the holiday. He lived for her. He was so proud
to show her off. It just fills your heart with how much love he had
for that little girl."
A tri-athlete
Daniel Thropp was described by friends as an athletic legend around
Sussex County, with a quirky personality, who suddenly stopped
communicating with many of his old friends a couple of years ago. They
said they would see him around town, often at the library, but that he
no longer participated in local athletic events.
He had been known as a tri-athlete, who won a grueling three-sport
race that involved mountain biking, skiing and running in Killington,
Vt., several years running. They said he had been captain of ski teams
at Sparta High School and Penn State University. He later went into
finance, friends said -- but then dropped out of the business world to
spend more time skiing, doing the things he loved.
"I admired that he knew what he wanted to do, and did it," said Tracy
Blake, 46, of Andover Township, who knew the Thropp family while
growing up in Sparta.
In papers he gave to the Daily Record, Daniel Thropp said that he
owned Sparta Exterior Services and Sparta Lawn Care for many years. He
also claimed in those papers that he was suffering from "acute
exposure" to some sort of compound but indicated that no one took him
seriously.
"If you are a landscaper, sheep farmer or Gulf War veteran and claim
damage you will be ignored," he wrote.
Blake remained friendly with Daniel Thropp over the years because they
were both members of a local bicycling club. She and other friends
said he often showed up riding a clunker bike, sometimes his
girlfriend's bike, without a water bottle, helmet, or proper cycling
clothes. His friends said he easily won races competing against
cyclists who rode much more expensive bicycles.
"He was an extremely talented athlete, easy going, friendly, helpful,"
Blake said.
Blake said Daniel talked fondly about his brother, Alan. She also said
Daniel Thropp stopped coming to bicycling events a couple of years ago
and appeared to stop working as a landscaper. She said he seemed to
lose contact with his old friends.
"I don't know what's been in his mind lately," she said.
===
I am working on creating wildlife habitat that is off-limits to
humans ("pure habitat"). Want to help? (I spent the previous 8
years fighting auto dependence and road construction.)

Please don't put a cell phone next to any part of your body that you are
fond of!

http://home.pacbell.net/mjvande


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Old November 24th 06, 12:07 AM posted to alt.mountain-bike,rec.bicycles.soc,rec.backcountry,ca.environment,sci.environment
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"Treebeard" wrote in message
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The only good mountain biker is a dead mountain biker.



That's really original, bet you are proud of yourself.


 




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