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An arrest warrant for Julio Cruz De Medina, 22, of Alamosa, was issued Thursday afternoon with charges of aggravated robbery and felony assault. De Medina is the 3rd suspect and is wanted in connection with the early morning burglary and assault at the home of Paul Quintana in southeast Alamosa. The Pueblo Gang Task Force was scheduled to attempt to locate and arrest De Medina on the felony warrant at a Northern Avenue address in Pueblo on Friday. De Medina was last known to be in the company of Eric Valenzuela and Jesus ‚€œChewy‚€Ě Moreno. Authorities believe the three may be on their way to Mexico. Investigators believe the suspects in the case and the victim were known to each other, but didn‚€™t elaborate on the depth of the relationship. Witnesses at the Quintana home reportedly identified the suspects to authorities by name. Anyone with knowledge as to the whereabouts of De Medina, Valenzuela or Moreno is urged to call the Alamosa Police Department, or Crimestoppers at 589-4111. Callers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a $1000 reward.
Vincent Montez, 52, of Gardner, was acquitted last Thursday evening of the October 2006 death of Stephanie Ortiz in Huerfano County District Court. Authorities had charged Montez with vehicular homicide, saying that Montez was driving under the influence of alcohol when he crashed the Isuzu Trooper that he and Ortiz, 38, were riding in. Pueblo Police Sgt. Dan Rutherford, and expert witness and owner of Southern Colorado Accident Reconstruction of Pueblo, told the jury last week that there was no evidence to support that Montez was driving when the accident occurred. Rutherford also testified that bruise marks on Montez‚€™s shoulder and lower torso were most likely caused by blunt force trauma, not the driver‚€™s seat belt, as the investigators asserted. Montez has always maintained that it was Ortiz who was driving when the accident occurred. The jury took just 45 minutes to acquit Montez.
San Luis Valley residents are being warned about the potential of Internet scams that they might be lured into. A Monte Vista woman reportedly received a strange call telling her to be home for a UPS package delivery that same night. According to Rio Grande County Sheriff Brian Norton, the woman immediately knew she was being scammed. The man who called said the woman had won a sweepstakes and should pay the UPS driver for the delivery, a sum of between $675 and $685. The woman should then keep one of the items she receives and forward the rest on to another address given in the package. Norton advises all valley residents to be alert to email and telephone scams as con artists change their tactics often to avoid discovery. Norton said if you receive strange phone calls or emails, never give out any personal information and report the contact to local law enforcement immediately.
Authorities are investigating a reported suicide at the Royal Gorge Bridge. Witnesses say a man was seen jumping from the bridge at 2:44pm on Friday. The man reportedly fell 1,200 feet and hit the rocks below before falling into the Arkansas River. The Fremont County Search and Rescue Team was working along with American Medical Response personnel to locate the body late Friday. Canon City Fire and Fremont County Sheriff‚€™s officers were also called to the scene.
Kip and Clarissa Norton, 28 and 27 respectively, are the proud parents of triplets born at the San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center last Tuesday. The three babies are the first triplets born at the Alamosa hospital. Benjamin Kip was born at 8:03am, followed by his brother Ryder Duane at 8:04am, followed again by a sister Alyvia Avie at 8:05am. The babies were born at 35 weeks gestation and each weighed about 4 pounds. Even though twins are often born at the Alamosa hospital, other multiple births normally take place at larger hospitals.