News Briefs, Sept. 19, 2017
Local woman is likely Powerball winner
A local woman has been identified as the probable winner of Colorado’s largest Powerball jackpot ever.
Colorado Lottery officials confirmed Monday that a woman identified only as Judy F. had come forward with the winning numbers: 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and 24. The ticket is worth $133.2 million and was sold at a local convenience store called Lucky Me, on the corner of 29 and Patterson roads.
The woman, whose full name has not been released, is someone lottery officials are calling a “tentative” winner because they need their security and investigations officials to verify she is the legitimate owner of the winning ticket.
Two additional winning tickets worth $100,000 and $50,000 were also sold at Grand Valley stores, lottery officials said. The winner of the $100,000 ticket has come forward but has not been identified. The winner of the $50,000 ticket hasn’t come forward yet.
Lottery officials are scheduled to hold a news conference this morning with the woman who holds the winning ticket. They are also scheduled this afternoon to present a $50,000 award to the retailer who sold the jackpot ticket.
Hit and run victim in critical condition
A 22-year-old Grand Junction woman struck by a vehicle Saturday morning in the parking lot of a Clifton liquor store remained in critical condition Monday afternoon, according to a Mesa County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.
The woman — whose name has not yet been released by the Sheriff’s Office — suffered life-threatening injuries in a hit-and-run outside East Valley Liquors, 422 32 Road, just outside Candlewood Trailer Park, according to spokeswoman Megan Terlecky.
Investigators are looking for David Arellano Jr. and Cheyenne Dean to interview about the suspected vehicular assault, which was reported at 4:16 a.m. Saturday.
The department has not named Arellano and Dean as suspects in the wreck.
Father, son arrested on drug charges
A father and son were arrested last week on multiple felony drug charges after Garfield County authorities executed a search warrant at a Rifle apartment complex and found several drugs and a firearm.
Moses Alfonso Gallegos Sr., 39, and Moses Delfino Gallegos Jr., 20, face several felony and misdemeanor counts after law enforcement officers with the Garfield County Threat Assessment Group, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and the Rifle Police Department executed the warrant as part of an investigation into illegal gun possession and drug distribution throughout Rifle and Garfield County. The Gallegoses, identified by police as local Sureno street gang members, were targeted in the warrant.
Police said Monday they found the elder Gallegos, who was babysitting a toddler in the apartment, in possession of heroin and pills. A .45-caliber pistol was reportedly within his reach. A further search of the apartment turned up heroin, methamphetamine, psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, an assortment of pills, two other firearms, ammunition and two items that had recently been reported stolen during a home burglary in the Rifle area, according to police.
The elder Gallegos was taken to the Garfield County Jail. The younger Gallegos was already in custody there.
The mother of the toddler, Cassandra Dawn Brueckmann, 19, was issued a summons on suspicion of misdemeanor child abuse.