NEWS

RIFLE MAN SOUGHT IN MURDER OF SON-IN-LAW

Rifle—The Rifle Police Department along with county and state authorities are looking for the man suspected of shooting and killing his son-in-law Wednesday night outside a North Rifle apartment building.  An an arrest warrant for first degree murder has been issued for 45 year old Michael Francis Montgomery in the death of 28 year old Christopher Lee Gallegos.  According to Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire, Gallegos was shot in the head on Acacia Avenue, near Walmsley Elementary School just before 8 o’clock Wednesday night.  Montgomery was arrested last month on a felony drug charge and should be considered armed and dangerous.  He is described as 5-8, 175 pounds with tattoos on both arms.  His mug shot from last month’s arrest shows him with long brown hair, a receding hairline and a goatee.  If you have any information regarding Montgomery’s whereabouts call 9-1-1.

FIGHT IN CRAIG LEAVES ONE MAN DEAD

Craig—A man was killed last night in Craig after two workers trying to restore power to the city after an outage, got into a fight.  According to reports from the Craig Police Department, 36 year old Raymond Terrill of Missouri was found unconscious in an alley last night.  He was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead.  Meanwhile, his co-worker is behind bars at the Moffat County Jail.  26 year old Justin Blodgett of Grand Junction is facing a manslaughter charge.  Authorities say Blodgett and Terrill stopped and had a few drinks at several bars while tending to the power outage.  Blodgett apparently has a violent history.  Police say he’s been arrested twice for assault including one incident where he stabbed a man in the leg.

NATIONAL HEALTH CARE SURVEY IN GARCO

Glenwood Springs—Ever since the Affordable Care Act went into effect, Garfield County Commissioners have been crying foul over exorbitant premiums that are among the highest in the nation.  The county’s voice has been heard as a field representative from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be busy for the next couple of years interviewing a small group of pre-selected families in the county to hear their personal stories of hardship and challenges.  The survey is nothing new for the federal government but it’s the first time data has been gathered at the local level.  During the voluntary information gathering process, each household will take part in five interviews over a two and a half year span to ensure accuracy.  Questions will be posed about recent visits to the doctor or hospital, experiences as well as education, health status, employment and health care coverage.

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