A man claiming to be God fended off two Taser blasts before Colorado Springs police tackled and arrested him Thursday morning.
Jorelle Antivo, 21, charged police in the hallway at an apartment building in central Colorado Springs just after 3:30 a.m., according to police reports.
Officers had been called to the Residence at Austin Bluffs, 4130 Morning Sun Ave., to investigate a burglary. They found Antivo, who police later learned had been smoking hallucinogenic psilocybin mushrooms, also known as magic mushrooms.
The officers ordered Antivo to lie down, but he refused. That’s when he was shot with the first Taser blast, which had no effect, according to the report.
Antivo advanced on the officers, at some point professing his divine status, and the officers pushed him away and hit him a second time with the Taser. Once again, Antivo didn’t slow, and this time tried to run from the officers. He was tackled in the hallway.
According to the report, it took four officers to finally control Antivo. He was taken to an area hospital, arrested for obstructing an officer, and later released.
Antivo had not been trying to burglarize apartments, police said, but had mistaken the apartment building for his own dwelling and was attempting to open apartment doors with his house key.
The National Weather Service is predicting windy conditions Thursday, with gusts of up to 45 mph for the Colorado Springs area. Despite the winds, partly sunny skies are predicted with temperatures remaining mild. The high should be about 55, according to the weather service.
Dems kill 2nd Arizona-style immigration bill
(AP) — Colorado Democrats have killed a Republican proposal that would have allowed law enforcement to arrest people suspected of being in the country illegally.
The failure of Senate Bill 54 Wednesday is the second blow this week to a Republican agenda to mimic Arizona's divisive illegal immigration crackdown. Sponsor Sen. Kent Lambert argued his bill would give law enforcement the authority to enforce current laws and he disagreed with the criticism that his proposal would trigger racial profiling.
The State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee killed Lambert's bill on a 3-2 party-line vote.
A House Bill that would give law enforcement the power to arrest illegal immigrants and required them to carry their legal documents was shelved Monday by its Republican sponsor out of concern over possible legal challenges.
Teachers unions criticize proposed $375M cut
(AP) — Unions representing Colorado's teachers are criticizing Gov. John Hickenlooper's proposal to slash school funding by $375 million to help balance the state budget.
State lawmakers must decide whether they want to go along with the proposal, which would follow a $260 million cut this school year for a combined 14 percent drop.
The Colorado Education Association and the state branch of the American Federation of Teachers say the proposed cut is short-sighted and risks the state's future competitiveness.
Jane Urschel of the Colorado Association of School Boards says about 5,500 teachers, or 10 percent statewide, could lose their jobs if districts handle the cuts through layoffs.
With one-time fixes and federal stimulus money running out, Hickenlooper said he had no choice but look at cutting education, which comprises about 40 percent of the budget.
Education chief weighs in on union-busting
(AP) — Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he's sticking up for teachers' unions in states where governors have threatened to shut them down.
Duncan wrapped up a two-day summit of union organizers, school board members and school administrators in Denver by saying he's "very concerned" about calls by governors in several states to bar teachers from organizing, or to limit their powers to bargain for pay and benefits.
Duncan says he plans to place a personal call to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican who has proposed ending bargaining rights for teachers there.
The education chief's remark won applause from the audience. The summit on improving labor-management relations in schools was attended by representatives from about 150 school districts in 40 states.
Bidders gather for Colorado oil, gas lease auction
(AP) — A few dozen bidders are gathering for the Colorado State Land Board's latest quarterly auction of leases on land for oil and gas development.
The State Land Board manages more than 4 million acres of mineral rights that the federal government granted to Colorado to generate money for schools and other institutions. The board has more than 100 parcels around the state listed for auction Thursday.
Interest in the auction has been high because of industry excitement over the Niobrara shale under parts of northeast Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and Kansas.
In August, a State Land Board auction drew a bid of $4,000 per acre for 480 acres in Weld County in northeast Colorado, setting a state oil and gas lease auction record.
Obama budget includes money to destroy chemical weapons
(AP) — Army officials say President Barack Obama's budget proposal includes $477 million for destroying obsolete chemical weapons stored in Colorado and Kentucky.
The Pueblo Chieftain newspaper reported Wednesday that the Pueblo Chemical Depot in southern Colorado would get about $227 million and the Blue Grass Army Depot in Kentucky would get about $223 million.
The Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives Program, which oversees the destruction projects at both sites, would get about $27 million for program management.
The U.S. is obligated under treaties to destroy its chemical weapons.
- “Illegal” film showing, 6 p.m., Colorado College, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, Screening Room, 825 N. Cascade Ave., $4, $2 for students at the door.
- “Showcase at Studio Bee,” 6 p.m. Jamaican Eclipse, 6:45 p.m. Jeremy Fracknitz/Lindsay Weidmann, Studio Bee, east of Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., free.
- Black Forest Acoustic Society fiddle jam, 7-9 p.m., Rockrimmon Church, 4301 Forest Hills Road. Free; donations accepted.
- “Communities of the Palmer Divide - A Pictorial History,” 7-8 p.m., Palmer Lake Town Hall, 66 Lower Glenway, Palmer Lake, free.