TODAY: Alleged Gang Members Arrested, Partial Solar Eclipse, ‘Tony the Tagger’
DENVER — Here are your 10 Things to Know for Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014.
1. 24 alleged gang members arrested after Arapahoe County indictment
Law enforcement agencies arrested 24 alleged members and associates of the “Rollin 60s” street gang after an Arapahoe County grand jury indicted them on 73 criminal counts.
2. Twitter and alert friends, teachers, parents may have saved girls from making it to Syria
Three girls who left Denver to join ISIS in Syria were stopped just in time, thanks to some tweets they made about their plans.
3. Denver teacher fired for injury-inducing experiment criminally charged
A Denver teacher fired after a science experiment went horribly wrong now faces criminal charges. Daniel Powell was charged with four counts of third-degree assault stemming from a Sept. 15 science experiment at Strive Academy that injured four students.
4. AP U.S. history among topics at student town hall with superintendent
Weeks after walking out of schools in order to protest a review of Advanced Placement U.S. history, Jefferson County students walked into a school to take part in a first-of-its-kind town hall meeting with JeffCo superintendent Dan McMinimee.
5. Denver police arrest suspected ‘Tony the Tagger’
Police officers responded to a report of someone in a “Tony the Tiger” costume spray painting in the 1100 block of Clarkson Street. The suspect was allegedly spray painting the victim’s home. Timothy Heckler, dubbed “Tony the Tagger” was arrested.
6. Partial solar eclipse Thursday afternoon
Mostly clear skies are forecast for Thursday afternoon when a partial solar eclipse will be visible across most of the Front Range. The eclipse will begin at 3:18 p.m., reach its maximum about 4:35 p.m. and be over by 5:44 p.m.
7. Protecting students from threats is main goal at Colorado Safe Schools Summit
The Colorado Safe Schools Summit is designed to address the issue of keeping kids safe by bringing school administrators and teachers together with law enforcement in order to create a better plan to respond to school threats. Day 2 of the summit is Thursday.
8. ‘Terrorist’ murdered soldier ‘in cold blood,’ Canada’s Prime Minister tells world
A soldier gunned down while guarding a hallowed war memorial and a shootout in the halls of Parliament shocked Canada’s capital and left parts of the city on lockdown for hours.
9. White House fence jumper quickly caught by Secret Service
A man jumped over the White House fence, but this time, the man barely made it onto the lawn before being taken down by a K-9 and quickly detained by Secret Service agents.
10. Video shows Texas police officer shooting pit bull puppy
Cleburne, Texas, Police video shows an officer firing three shots at a 7-month-old pit bull wagging his tail. The officer also could be heard making kiss noises right before killing Maximus. The officer is on paid leave and the family is considering a lawsuit.