Articles by: Citrus Heights Sentinel

File photo, forensics lab. // Public domain

Cold Case: 20 years later, DNA evidence ties man to rape of Fair Oaks teen

Two decades after a masked man entered a Fair Oaks home, tied up a mother and her two daughters at gunpoint and raped one of them, a 35-year-old man has plead guilty to the 1997 crime. Though unidentified for nearly 20 years, advancements in DNA technology later connected Joseph Brian Cox to a cigarette butt and a roll of tape found at the scene, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.

In a March 15 news release, the district attorney’s office said Cox plead guilty to three counts of “forcible digital penetration” and two counts of “forcible rape.” Cox, now 35, was a juvenile when he committed the crimes…

by · March 15, 2017 · Police
A wall of paintings created by local residents is on display at the Hidden Treasures art show at Sunrise Mall through March 12. // Image credit, City of Citrus Heights

Citrus Heights News Briefs: art show, arson, community projects, garage fire

Latest local news briefs include an investigation of a garage fire on Sperry Drive, news reports on the “Hidden Treasures” art show at Sunrise Mall, an arson spike in Citrus Heights, and the city’s unveiling of the top 20 community projects since cityhood.

Metro Fire investigating cause of Citrus Heights garage fire–
Emergency crews were dispatched on Wednesday to the scene of a structure fire on the 5900 block of Sperry Drive, located near Kohl’s in Citrus Heights. Metro Fire Captain Chris Vestal told The Sentinel the fire was reported around 12:30 p.m. on March 8 and was…

by · March 11, 2017 · Community
The new Crepes & Burgers restaurant in Citrus Heights was recently featured on Good Day Sacramento, along with another business. // CH Sentinel

Three Citrus Heights businesses featured in recent ‘Good Day’ TV spots

Three recently opened businesses in Citrus Heights were featured on Good Day Sacramento over the past two weeks, with owners and representatives showing off local food, music, and a look inside a large memory care facility that opened in the city last November.

Kicking off the month on March 1, Good Day featured a several-minute TV spot inside the new Crepes & Burgers cafe on Auburn Boulevard. Chef’s showed off the large menu for cameras, focusing in on a Nutella dessert crepe and a…

by · March 11, 2017 · Business, Community
2017 Citrus Heights Police Logs: March 3-8th

2017 Citrus Heights Police Logs: March 3-8th

Looking for records of local police activity? Here’s direct links to the Citrus Heights Police Department’s Daily Incident Logs for March 3 through March 8, 2017:

by · March 11, 2017 · Police Logs
All building have now been demolished at the old Sylvan Middle School property at Sylvan Corners. // CH Sentinel

More Letters: residents continue discussion about future use of old Sylvan

With all buildings at the old Sylvan Middle School now demolished, latest letters from the community continue discussion about future uses for the site at Sylvan Corners. Comments focus on kid-friendly uses for the property, with a sports complex being a popular recommendation.

A San Juan Unified School District surplus property committee has been charged with making an official recommendation to the school board, expected within a few months.

A rendering of the proposed new ARCO in Citrus Heights, as seen from Sunrise Boulevard. // Image courtesy, Barghausen Consulting

Take a Look: see 3 aerial, side views of proposed ARCO on Sunrise Blvd

The Sentinel has obtained these three renderings of the proposed new ARCO gas station and car wash at the corner of Sunrise Boulevard and Sungarden Drive. Images were provided by Barghausen Consulting, which is listed as the applicant for the project…

by · March 11, 2017 · Business
An architectural rendering shows the layout of a proposed ARCO gas station and car wash at the corner of Sunrise Boulevard and Sungarden Drive. // Image courtesy, Barghausen Consulting

Images of proposed Citrus Heights ARCO released; opposition continues

Artistic renderings of the proposed 24-hour ARCO on Sunrise Boulevard were presented to a group of residents and business owners Wednesday night, drawing some positive comments — but mostly objections from nearby residents.

In a meeting that was somewhat tense at times, Architect Dan Goalwin of Barghausen Consulting gave a short overview of the project, focusing on the layout being designed to be “very sympathetic to the neighborhood.” Knowing the audience was largely opposed to the proposal, he noted that the layout sought to address noise concerns by placing the car wash and dryer “as far away as possible” from homes located across the street on Sungarden Drive…

by · March 10, 2017 · Business
Suspect Shannon Marie Loveless was arrested March 7 and charged with grand theft and two other felonies. // Image courtesy, CHPD

Grand Theft: investigation leads to arrest of Citrus Heights woman

Police announced the arrest of a 35-year-old Citrus Heights woman this week after she allegedly stole a purse from an unlocked vehicle and then made purchases using a stolen credit card at several local retailers.

In a news release on Thursday, police said suspect Shannon Marie Loveless had been located and arrested on March 7, after officers investigated the incident and were able to connect her to the theft through video surveillance images obtained from stores where the stolen card had been…

by · March 10, 2017 · Police
PizzaRev plans to open a new 'flame-fired' pizza franchise in Citrus Heights later this year. // Courtesy, PizzaRev

These 6 restaurants and businesses plan to open in Citrus Heights this year

Yogurt. Coffee. Pizza. Southwestern food. What do all of these have in common? They’re all menu options at new restaurants slated to open in Citrus Heights by the end of 2017.

Restaurants and businesses already opened this year include Tres Hermanos Taqueria on Greenback Lane, Black Bear Diner at the corner of Madison Avenue and Sunrise Boulevard, Crepes & Burgers at 8000 Auburn Blvd., and a new raw pet food store near the corner of Sunrise Boulevard and Old Auburn Road.

Here are six more on tap to open this year…

File photo, Sylvan Corners.

Letters: homeless shelter, cemetery expansion, Citrus Heights dog park?

Latest letters from the community discuss sheltering the homeless, the lack of a fenced off-leash dog park in Citrus Heights, and a suggestion for Sylvan Cemetery to expand onto part of the old Sylvan Middle School property.

Sylvan Cemetery could use room to grow at old school site–
(RE: Feb. 26 letters: ideas abound for future use of old Sylvan school property) I know that growth to a cemetery doesn’t immediately spring to mind when thinking about Sylvan Corners and the use of the Sylvan school that is being torn down, but Sylvan cemetery, which is right next door to that property, does need to expand if it is to continue to support and…