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Beer baron loses his license over DUI arrest

Published July 16, 2006

DENVER - Beer company executive Peter Coors' driver's license has been revoked by a hearing officer who ruled the executive had been driving under the influence of alcohol, officials said.

Hearing officer Scott Garber ruled Friday that Coors did not stop at a stop sign on May 28 and was driving intoxicated.

Coors, 59, said he had consumed a beer about 30 minutes before leaving a wedding, the Rocky Mountain News reported Saturday. He faces an arraignment Thursday and has 30 days to appeal the revocation.

"I made a mistake. I should have planned ahead for a ride," Coors said in a statement. "For years, I've advocated the responsible use of our company's products."

Affected dorm lacked carbon monoxide sensors

SALEM, Va. - There was no carbon monoxide detector in the Roanoke College dormitory where one person died and dozens of teenagers and adults were sickened after a leak of the odorless gas, but the school is considering installing them, a spokeswoman said Saturday.

One woman remained hospitalized Saturday.

State law doesn't require carbon monoxide detectors in college dorms, but spokeswoman Teresa Gereaux said the private school would consider installing them.

A total of 114 people were taken to two hospitals Friday after waking up with headaches, nausea, dizziness and shakiness. A 91-year-old man was found dead in the dorm, but medical examiners had not determined the cause of death.

About 100 of the guests were there for a Lutheran conference at the campus. Thirty-seven teenage girls were there with Upward Bound, a college preparatory program.

Investigators were focusing on a gas water heater system as the possible cause, Gereaux said.

Five people had been hospitalized, but four were released Saturday, authorities said. The fifth was a woman who Gereaux said had been upgraded from critical to stable.

The man who died was identified as retired pastor Walter J. Vierling of Pearisburg.

[Last modified July 16, 2006, 02:03:03]

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