Sunday, August 24, 2008

Pelosi evacuated from hotel in weapons scare

By Felisa Cardona A Wyoming man was arrested Saturday afternoon at the Grand Hyatt hotel in downtown Denver when police noticed he was carrying weapons in the lobby.

Joseph Calanchini of Pinedale, Wyo., was arrested for unlawful carrying of a weapon and remained in custody today in Denver.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was briefly evacuated from the hotel after a police dog appeared to indicate that there may be something in Calanchini's car, but the vehicle was eventually cleared for weapons, officials said.

Calanchini was carrying two rifles and two pistols as he was checking into the hotel, according to law enforcement at Denver's Joint Information Center. ...

Calanchini told police he was in Denver on business and that he brought the guns to be repaired at a local gun shop for an upcoming hunting trip.

In an interview with 9News, Calanchini said he was sorry for causing any trouble.

"I didn't even know the DNC was in town. I don't watch the news," Calanchini told the station from the Denver City Jail. "If I had known, I would have done things differently. It was a simple mistake."

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