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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Police Warn of Counterfeiters at Fireworks Stands

The Stockton Police Department is warning those working at firework booths this week: Watch out for counterfeiters.

"We've had several calls from different booths saying they've received fake, counterfeit money," Officer Joe Silva with the Stockton Police Department said. 

Silva says in the past few days at least eight firework booths run by charity groups have fallen victims to accepting counterfeit money, resulting in hundreds of dollars in losses. 

The Community Center for the Blind and Visually impaired found out they lost $500 over
the weekend when they tried depositing the fake money at a bank. 

Silva says it might not be just one person going around with this scam. "Sounds like there's several people that have been going to different booths and taking advantage of this situation -- going up to these nonprofits who are selling these fireworks and trying to pass counterfeit bills," he said. 

Silva is advising volunteers working the booths not to confront someone if they think they were given counterfeit money, but rather call the police and get a good description of the suspect and their vehicle. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Argument Between Roommates Leads to Shooting

An argument between two roommates in Citrus Heights almost turned deadly. 

A man is recovering in the hospital after being shot inside his home apparently by his roommate.

Citrus Heights police say just after 9 p.m. Sunday, in the 600 block of Chapel View Drive -- the man's roommate, 57-year-old Russel Fechter shot the victim, then called 911. 

"The shooting stems from a verbal altercation, that turned violent and ended up resulting in a shooting," Chad Morris with the Citrus Heights Police Department said. 

Morris says when officers got to the scene, they found the victim conscious and still breathing. He was taken to an area hospital, underwent surgery and is expected to survive.   

Morris says Fechter admitted to shooting his roommate and was booked into the Sacramento County Jail for assault with a deadly weapon.