Articles by: Citrus Heights Sentinel

Crime data for Citrus Heights comparing Jan.-Aug. 2016 with Jan.-Aug. 2017. // Data source: CHPD

Citrus Heights sees spike in burglaries, drop in violent crime

Sentinel staff report–
Latest crime data released by the Citrus Heights Police Department shows a sharp rise in burglaries in the city so far in 2017, compared to the same period last year. Data also shows an overall decrease in violent crimes, largely due to a drop in assaults as well as zero homicides in 2017.

Through August of this year, a total of 492 vehicle burglaries were reported in the city, up 47 percent compared to the same period last year. Residential and commercial burglaries also rose sharply, with 312 reported through August, compared with 227 during the same period last year — a 37 percent increase.

Violent crime in the city has fared better, with a 19 percent drop in assaults and a 100 percent drop in homicides. Reports of rape have tracked about the same as 2016, but robberies — defined as taking personal property by force — rose from 49 reports last year to…

by · September 23, 2017 · Police
2017 Citrus Heights Police Logs: arson, mariachi music, grand theft

2017 Citrus Heights Police Logs: arson, mariachi music, grand theft

Latest police logs include reports of a man with a knife outside Grand Oaks Elementary, “mariachi music” causing a disturbance with neighbors on a dead-end street, grand theft at Rite Aid, an arson report of a neighbor setting another resident’s lawn on fire, and a woman finding 300 pieces of mail in the street.

The following is a summary of select incidents listed in the Citrus Heights Police Department’s daily incident bulletins for Sept. 14-21st.

by · September 23, 2017 · carousel, Police Logs
An aerial view from Google Earth of the area proposed to be developed along Auburn Boulevard.

Community Voices: ideas abound for new restaurants on Auburn Blvd

Following a developer winning approval from the Citrus Heights Planning Commission earlier this month to add more restaurant tenants in front of Costco and Walmart on Auburn Boulevard, over 100 comments from Sentinel readers on Facebook poured in with suggestions on which restaurants would make a good fit. Popular choices ranged from Jack’s Urban Eats, In-N-Out Burger, Fresh Choice and “anything but fast food.”

But what’s really coming to the area? As of last week, property spokesman John Stock said two restaurant tenants are confirmed, but he wouldn’t say who. The property’s leasing broker, CBRE Senior Vice President Jon Schultz, also told The Sentinel that new tenant announcements would not be made until next month.

The only public announcement from a future tenant has been from resident and former Citrus Heights Construction Board of Appeals member Amor Taylor, who announced last year she would be opening a Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt shop in the new shopping center. She later backed out of plans to open the shop, but said earlier this month that a Menchie’s will still be opening in the center under different ownership…

by · September 23, 2017 · Business
Citrus Heights News Briefs: strategic planning, street flood, marijuana bust

Citrus Heights News Briefs: strategic planning, street flood, marijuana bust

Latest news briefs include business owners gathering to discuss homelessness and vacancies on Auburn Boulevard, a 300-plant indoor marijuana grow discovered by Citrus Heights detectives, flooding near Sunrise Mall after a contractor hit an underground water main, results from a weekend DUI checkpoint, and more.

Business owners developing strategy to address homelessness, vacancies on Auburn Blvd.–
A pair of meetings held on Sept. 12 and 18 at city hall by the recently formed Auburn Boulevard Business Association resulted in a major step forward in developing a strategy for improving the high-traffic boulevard in Citrus Heights, association President Rich Hale told The Sentinel. The top issue discussed at the meetings was homelessness, which Hale said businesses on the boulevard “deal with every day.” He also said the group discussed three other key issues, including cleaning up vacancies, branding and marketing the boulevard, and “keeping the boulevard looking clean and safe.”

by · September 23, 2017 · Community
File photo, Citrus Heights Water District office on Sylvan Road. // CH Sentinel

Citrus Heights Water District seeks applicants for new 17-member advisory board

By Hazel Ford–
Care about local water issues? The Citrus Heights Water District is forming a volunteer advisory committee made up of local customers to help develop long-term plans for the future of the water district.

A district news release says members of its new Customer Advisory Committee “will gain valuable insight while sharing individual expertise and experience within a structured, yet flexible, series of meetings on issues that will affect the community for the next generation.” The district says seats on the committee are ideal for those who “geek out” over infrastructure or consider themselves to be “water-wise gurus.”

The advisory committee will be composed of 17 customers from across the district who will work with water district staff and technical consultants to provide input and formulate plans for replacing aging water mains and water meters within the district’s service area, known as…

by · September 23, 2017 · Community
File photo, kids line up for a turn on the "Log Jammer" inflatable during a prior Sunday Funday event at Rusch Park. // Image courtesy, City of Citrus Heights.

Sunday Funday event at Rusch Park to feature inflatables, pony rides, tours

The 21st annual Sunday Funday event is scheduled for Sept. 24 at Rusch Park, promising free activities like inflatables and pony rides for kids, as well as vendor booths and free tours of the historic Rusch Home. The four-hour event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the northwest corner of the park.

According to a news release from the City of Citrus Heights, K-9 demonstrations will be featured by the police department and a “Smile Keepers” mobile truck will be on site to offer free dental screenings, referrals, and oral health education for children.

Tours of the nearby Rusch Home, which was built in 1914, will also be hosted during the event by the Citrus Heights Historical Society and the Citrus Heights History and Arts Commission…

by · September 22, 2017 · Community
File photo, Citrus Heights police conduct a DUI Checkpoint operation on Auburn Blvd. // CH Sentinel

DUI checkpoint to be held in Citrus Heights this weekend, police announce

Another DUI and drivers license checkpoint will be conducted this Friday and Saturday in Citrus Heights, police said in a news release issued this week.

The checkpoint will be held at “an undisclosed location” in the city between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m., beginning Friday night, Sept. 22, and continuing through early Saturday morning.

Police said the operation will include officers briefly stopping vehicles to look for signs of alcohol and drug impairment, as well as checking drivers for proper licensing. Specially trained officers will also be on scene to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which can include many prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications, according to the news release.

by · September 22, 2017 · Police
Citrus Heights police released an updated most-wanted list of eight suspects on Sept. 20, which featured the addition of four new faces. // Image credit: CHPD

Citrus Heights PD: most-wanted lists are ‘working quite well’

Since August, Citrus Heights police have begun regularly publishing names and photos of most-wanted suspects sought by law enforcement — and so far police say that effort has proved successful.

“The CHPD most-wanted list is working quite well,” Sgt. Jason Baldwin told The Sentinel via email on Wednesday, following the release of an updated list of suspects on the police department’s social media accounts. “Wanted subjects are turning themselves in or, clearing up their warrants. Citizens have been giving tips and people are keeping their eyes out for those listed.”

The department’s latest list of eight most-wanted suspects was published on Sept. 20 and included four new faces: Anthony James Bost, Paul Valencia, Joseph Ryan Manseau, and Jason Munoz Hall. Their alleged crimes range from drug-related offenses to burglary and resisting arrest…

by · September 20, 2017 · Police
Citrus Heights police released these surveillance images of a suspected bank robber at Wells Fargo on Lichen Drive.

Bank robbery: Citrus Heights police release images of suspect

Updated Sept. 20, 11:11 a.m.–
Police released several images this week of a suspect who allegedly robbed a Wells Fargo Bank in Citrus Heights and made off with an “undisclosed amount of money.”

Authorities said in a news release that a man in his mid-twenties to mid-thirties entered the bank at 7847 Lichen Drive around 2:12 p.m. on Sept. 16 and demanded money from a teller, stating that he had a gun. Although no weapon was seen, police said the teller “feared for their safety” and complied with the man’s instructions.

The man then took the money and fled the scene, police said…

by · September 20, 2017 · Police
A map presented to planning commissioners showing modifications to existing traffic flow in the Costco and Walmart parking lots. // Courtesy, City of Citrus Heights

Developer gets green light for more restaurants along Auburn Blvd

Planning commissioners on Wednesday unanimously approved a developer’s plan designed to help improve traffic flow and allow up to 28,000 square feet of restaurants in a new shopping area planned for the long-vacant pads in front of Costco and Walmart.

California C&S Properties, which owns the Stock Ranch Plaza at 7000 Auburn Blvd., won 6-0 approval from commissioners to develop the site with up to 15,000 square feet of fast-casual restaurants and an additional 13,000 square feet of fast food users.

C&S Spokesman John Stock, after whose family the “Stock Ranch Plaza” is named, was present at the meeting and later told The Sentinel he was pleased with the outcome and looks forward to finally developing the vacant pads along Auburn Boulevard…

by · September 17, 2017 · Business