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Friend misses victim's phone call before his death


ID=24638641Friends and family of a man shot and killed Friday in Citrus Heights want to know what led to the shooting that police said started out as a fight.

Shaun Blechinger was shot and killed Friday morning around 10:30 a.m. in the 6500 block of Greenback Lane. Investigators said Blechinger, and the suspect knew each other and had gotten into a fight in the moments leading up to the shooting.

Suspect arrested in fatal Citrus Heights shooting; victim identified


A man found dead inside of a residence in the 6500 block of Greenback Lane around 11 a.m. Friday has been identified by the Sacramento County coroner as 22-year-old Shaun Blechinger.

The victim was found by officers responding to a shots-fired call, police said.

Investigators arrested 34-year-old Luther Frazier, of Citrus Heights, on Saturday for the shooting. Frazier was booked into Sacramento County Jail for murder, police spokesperson Christine Ford said.

Another victim accuses former choir director of sexual assault


A former North Highlands church choir director faces addition charges of sexual assault of a minor after another victim came forward, the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office said.

Kareem Mitchell, 42, was charged with four counts of oral copulation with a minor under the age of 18 during his arraignment Wednesday. According to the criminal complaint filed by the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office, the abuse lasted between January 2001 and August 2001.

Man killed at Arden-Arcade apartment complex

Man killed at Arden-Arcade apartment complex


A man was shot and killed early Saturday morning at an apartment complex in the Arden-Arcade area of Sacramento County.

Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman said the man in his mid-20s was shot at least once in the torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No other information about the victim was available. Bowman said the man's identity will be released by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office after next of kin is notified.

The shooting happened around midnight in the parking lot of the apartment complex on the 2200 block of Edison Avenue. Bowman said detectives are investigating the shooting. No other information about the homicide was available.

Expectant mother driver in Antelope crash


The California Highway Patrol said a woman who is 20 weeks pregnant was taken to the hospital with minor injuries after her minivan was struck by a pickup truck Monday in Antelope.

The baby is expected to live. CHP said the woman, 33, was driving south on Palmerson Drive when her minivan was struck by a pickup truck that ran a red light on westbound Palmerson Drive. The pickup truck was driven by a 39-year-old man from Sacramento.

Both the man and the pregnant woman were taken to the hospital. CHP said it suspects that alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash.


Domestic violence suspect arrested following unsuccessful SWAT team search in Citrus Heights


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A Citrus Heights police SWAT team was called to a home early Monday in response to a domestic violence report.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was taken to the hospital for treatment, Citrus Heights police said. Officers later arrested Benjamin Haven, 31, on felony domestic violence charges.

Police said at about 3:45 a.m. they received a report about domestic violence at a home in the 7800 block of Beaupre Way. The victim told the officers who responded that the suspect, Haven, was still in the home.

S&S Tires in Citrus Heights under investigation by police


ID=23552871An ongoing police investigation into S&S Tires in Citrus Heights Tuesday morning momentarily closed roads, according to tweets published by the Citrus Heights Police Department.

The police activity was in relation to search warrants being executed in connection to illegal weapons sales, according to police Sgt. Mike Wells.

Wells said the tire shop, a residence on nearby Watson Avenue and a third location were searched.