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Multi-state armed robbery suspects nabbed in Citrus Heights


A man and woman believed to have committed multiple armed robberies in California and Colorado have been arrested, the Citrus Heights Police Department announced Friday.

One of the crimes was at a Domino's Pizza in Citrus Heights where suspects Michael Ortiz, 33, and Chanzie Cox, 27, were taken into custody, police spokesperson Office Chad Morris said. Ortiz was arrested with a stolen gun, added Morris.

Detectives said they have linked 11 robberies to the suspects and think the pair may be responsible for additional similar crimes in California, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and Oregon.

Investigators urged other potential victims of the suspects to contact the Citrus Heights Police Department at (916) 727-5500.

Ortiz and Cox were booked into Sacramento County Main Jail for robbery, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of narcotics and conspiracy, Morris said.

Three killed in head-on, wrong-way crash on 80


Three people were killed early Saturday morning in a head-on crash on Interstate 80 northeast of Sacramento, the California Highway Patrol said.

The victims included Kendra Langham, 18, of Granite Bay, the CHP said. Mathew Beard-Witt, 18, and Matthew Azar, 20, also were killed in the crash. Beard-Witt and Langham worked together at a Granite Bay Taco Bell; Azar was driving the car when the crash occurred.

They were driving east on Interstate 80 west of Madison Avenue at about 2:10 a.m. when they were struck head-on by a car driven by Aaron Jordon Caudillo, 24, of Roseville. Caudillo was driving west in the eastbound lanes, the CHP said. His speed was not immediately known.

Caudillo survived and was taken to a hospital for treatment. He was in critical condition Saturday morning.

Local 'child genius' competes in reality TV show

Local 'child genius' competes in reality TV show


Tanishq Abraham, 10, of Sacramento, was one of the youngest people to graduate high school.

His intelligence was ranked in the top 10th of a percent in the nation. Now at 11, the child prodigy was vying for the title of "Child Genius" through America Mensa's TV competition.

The Lifetime reality show featured 20 of the brightest young minds in the country as they competed for a shot at a $100,000 scholarship. "I know it's a very big prize but it's just for fun as well," said Tanishq Abraham, whose goal is to get a PhD by the time he's eligible for his driver's license.

The full time college student, who attends American River College, admitted he was a bit nervous going into the eight-week competition, but took it all in stride.

"I wasn't scared. I was having fun, playing with the other kids," said Tanishq.

Suspect arrested in North Highlands stabbing death


A man was arrested Wednesday in connection to a North Highlands stabbing death.

Harley Edward Stratton, 19, of Citrus Heights was taken into custody for the stabbing death of 39-year-old Jason Westmoreland on Dec. 23, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said.

Detectives believe Stratton and Westmoreland got into a fight at the intersection of Karen Lane and Canary Drive in North Highlands. The department said Stratton stabbed Westmoreland, who then died of his injuries.

Stratton was booked into Sacramento County Jail for murder. He is being held without bail.


Elderly Citrus Heights man found in Truckee


A man who was missing for nearly 24 hours was found on Christmas Day, the Citrus Heights Police Department said.

James Mengel, 77, was last seen Christmas Eve when he left for midnight mass in Citrus Heights.

Police tweeted around 9:30 p.m. that Mengel was found safe in Truckee.


Gold River standoff ends with 1 arrest


One suspect is in custody and another is still outstanding after an hour and a half standoff outside a Gold River home Tuesday night.

Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman said an off-duty deputy was unloading his car in his driveway around 9:30 p.m. when he saw illegal fireworks coming from down the street and landing on his roof in the 2300 block of Playa Way. He then walked over, identified himself as a deputy and asked the suspects to stop.

The deputy was then jumped by at least two people, Bowman said. The suspects then ran from the scene. Bowman said the deputy suffered mild injuries, and it is unclear if he got precautionary medical attention.

Four rescued from kayaks on Dry Creek


Cal Fire crews rescued four people from the waters along Dry Creek Friday evening.

John Hotchkiss with Cal Fire says the four juveniles were kayaking down the creek when they ran into some trouble on the water near Walerga Road and PFE Road in Antelope.

Hotchkiss said they made it less than 1,000 feet before getting into trouble and each person was in their own kayak.

By 6:30 p.m. Friday, all four had been safely rescued. Each kayaker was evaluated for hypothermia and released to their parents.