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Citrus Heights News Briefs: missing boy, gun seizure, Irma, transit

Dutch Bros fundraiser
Citrus Heights police officers pose for a photo outside Dutch Bros. on Madison Avenue during a fundraiser on Monday for slain Sacramento Sheriff’s Deputy Robert French. // Image credit: CHPD, Twitter

Latest Citrus Heights news briefs include a traveling Citrus Heights couple stranded in the wake of Hurricane Irma, new faces added to a local most-wanted list, a missing boy found after a helicopter-assisted search, community coffee planned at a bus stop, an 18-year-old arrested for possessing a loaded sawed-off shotgun in his vehicle, and more.

Fox40: Citrus Heights couple trapped in Virgin Islands after Hurricane Irma strikes
A couple from Citrus Heights who were visiting the Virgin Islands are currently stranded without power and cellphone service after Hurricane Irma hit the island they were on, according to a Fox 40 news report on Saturday. Two of the couple’s grown children, Kenny and Samantha Tullgren, told the TV station they know their parents had survived, but with communication lines down, they don’t know anything more.

“We are just kind of worried, not only for our own family, but everyone else out there,” Kenny Tullgren told Fox 40. “We just want to do as much as we can to get the word out there that it has affected a lot more people than you would think.” Irma, a category 4 hurricane, is expected to hit Florida this weekend. (See Fox 40 video)

Four new faces added to Citrus Heights Most Wanted list
Citrus Heights police added four new suspects to its most-wanted list on Friday, all of whom are being sought for outstanding warrants. The updated list includes Aleksandr Prikhodko, 22; Vincent Timblin, 41; and Travis Tubbs, 27 — all of whom are wanted for possession of narcotics. The fourth face added to the list is 22-year-old Vincent Lee Tibbetts, who is wanted as a domestic violence suspect. Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to contact police at (916) 727-5500. Anonymous tips can be left by calling (916) 727-5524. (See updated list/photos)

Community invited for coffee to discuss the future of public transit
The City of Citrus Heights is inviting community members for coffee on Sept. 13 at the bus stop on Arcadia Drive near Greenback Lane. The morning event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. and will feature discussion about a new comprehensive transit plan the city is working on. The effort seeks to identify ways to improve public transit in the city in order to meet current and future needs of residents. A questionnaire about local transit needs can be taken online at, through October 15.

Detectives seize sawed-off shotgun from 18-year-old, arrest another for stolen pistol
An 18-year-old Citrus Heights man was arrested on Sept. 5 after detectives pulled his vehicle over for several code violations and discovered he was on probation. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a loaded sawed-off shotgun and ammunition, police said in a news release on Wednesday. Justin Gardner, of Citrus Heights, was arrested on felony firearms and ammunition charges.

Several hours later, police said detectives contacted three men on the 6100 block of San Pablo Drive, off Greenback Lane, and discovered one of the men had “a loaded, concealed semi-automatic pistol that had been stolen during a Citrus Heights residential burglary.” 29-year-old Jamar Williams, of Citrus Heights, was subsequently arrested on felony firearms and ammunition charges, as well as possessing a stolen firearm.

More briefly:
A local fundraiser hosted by Dutch Bros. for slain Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert French raised a total of $22,490 on Sept. 4th, the coffee company reported on social media Wednesday. Dutch Bros. Citrus Heights location on Madison Avenue participated in the fundraiser along with three other locations, donating $1 for each drink sold on Monday. Citrus Heights police officers tweeted a photo of a group of officers standing outside Dutch Bros. along with several baristas.

Following a helicopter-assisted search, a missing 9-year-old boy was located “safe and sound,” police said in a tweet Friday afternoon. A helicopter could be heard circling over the western area of Citrus Heights near Interstate 80 on Friday, broadcasting the boy’s name and description to residents from the air. No other details were provided, but police said the incident was not an abduction.

James Nelson, who was severely burned in June after Citrus Heights police said he resisted arrest and was held down by officers on hot pavement, turned himself in on Tuesday after being released from the hospital. A $500,000 felony warrant had been issued for his arrest. An article and video published by the Sacramento Bee on Sept. 7 quotes Nelson saying he believes the charges should be dropped due to his history of mental illness, which he says caused him to act “out of the ordinary and bizarre.” (See SacBee story)

Residents on Cross Drive were saddened by the death of a neighborhood rooster after a vehicle struck the bird on Sept. 1st. According to a Fox40 story, some neighbors believe the rooster was hit and killed on purpose by the driver of an SUV who was captured on video. (See Fox 40 story)

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