Articles by: Citrus Heights Sentinel

Mel Turner, a sitting Citrus Heights councilman and former  mayor, passed away on April 20. // Image courtesy, City of Citrus Heights

Community voices: reflections on the life of Mel Turner

Following the death of Citrus Heights councilman and former mayor Mel Turner on April 20, many who knew him have offered reflections and statements about his life. He is remembered as a listener, a mentor, a friend, and a caring leader — as well as for his deep voice and beaming smile.

A compilation of recent statements from city leaders and community members is included below. Service arrangements have…

by · April 22, 2017 · City Hall, Community
Police vehicles block off a portion of Glen Tree Drive Thursday night to investigate a collision involving a pedestrian and a vehicle. // CH Sentinel

Pedestrian in critical condition after being hit by suspected DUI driver

Citrus Heights police said they are investigating a collision that occurred on a residential side street near Madera Park Thursday night, involving a suspected drunk driver and a pedestrian.

Police Lt. Jason Russo said the collision occurred on the 8000 block of Glen Tree Drive, about a half-mile from Old Auburn Road. He said the 42-year-old pedestrian involved in the collision was transported to a local hospital and was listed in critical condition Friday morning, but is expected to survive…

by · April 21, 2017 · Police
Citrus Heights Councilman and former mayor Mel Turner, pictured during a December 2014 council meeting. // CH Sentinel

City leaders, community mourn passing of Citrus Heights Councilman Mel Turner

Citrus Heights Councilman Mel Turner, known for his warm leadership and deep voice, has died in office after battling pancreatic cancer for more than a year.

Following Turner’s passing on the morning of April 20, a ceremony was held at noon on Thursday in honor of the councilman, attended by more than 100 community members, staff, and city leaders.

by · April 20, 2017 · City Hall, Community
A pair of images of a suspect were released by Citrus Heights police late Tuesday. // Source CHPD

Citrus Heights police seek suspect after high speed chase called off

Police are seeking help from the public to identify a suspect sought in connection with a stolen vehicle and high-speed pursuit that began shortly after 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Images of the suspect were released on the Citrus Heights Police Department’s social media pages late Tuesday evening, with limited details. Additional information was later provided to The Sentinel on Wednesday afternoon by Special Operations Lt. Jason Russo.

Police said the pursuit began in Citrus Heights after officers located a stolen pickup truck and attempted to stop the driver…

by · April 19, 2017 · Police
Signs at the entrance advertise the Citrus Heights Community Marching Band's annual Fall Yard Sale fundraiser.

Citrus Heights marching band hosting huge 2017 spring yard sale

A large yard sale benefiting the Citrus Heights Community Marching Band will be held on April 28-30 this year, with organizers annually promising a large selection of items at bargain prices.

The all-volunteer marching band announced its 2017 yard sale fundraiser on its Facebook page this month, advertising the event will feature everything from furniture to kitchen appliances, and more…

by · April 18, 2017 · Community
Citrus Heights News Briefs: home invasion, night club update, top 20 leaders

Citrus Heights News Briefs: home invasion, night club update, top 20 leaders

Latest local news briefs include a proposal for a Latin-themed night club gaining unanimous approval following a public hearing, a home invasion robbery under investigation, and the latest “Top 20” list unveiled in celebration of Citrus Heights’ 20th birthday.

New Citrus Heights night club approved 6-0 by planning commission–
The owner of Alley Katz bar on Arcadia Drive received a green light from planning commissioners on Wednesday, allowing him to proceed with plans to reformat his facility into a Latin-themed night club. The new “Plush Restaurant and Lounge” will…

by · April 16, 2017 · Business, Community
2017 Citrus Heights Police Logs: Uber assault, motel trouble, armed robbery

2017 Citrus Heights Police Logs: Uber assault, motel trouble, armed robbery

Latest Citrus Heights police logs include an Uber driver reportedly being assaulted by passengers, flame-throwing transients, an armed robbery at a liquor store, and “towel” trouble at a local motel.

The following is a summary of select incidents listed in the Citrus Heights Police Department’s daily incident bulletins, from April 7 to April 13, 2017:

by · April 15, 2017 · Police Logs
A Taste of Citrus Heights will be held at the community center on April 28. // Image courtesy, GFWC Citrus Heights Women's Club

‘Taste of Citrus Heights’ event to offer local flavor, raise funds for CHPD

An upcoming all-you-can-eat fundraiser at the Citrus Heights Community Center on April 28 is promising to treat attendees with catered food and beverage tasting from several dozen local restaurants, incorporated with an evening of comedy, dance, and support for local police.

GFWC Citrus Heights Women’s Club President Kristy Hernandez, whose group is putting on the “Taste of Citrus Heights” event, said the evening will feature DJ Angelique Bianca, a silent auction and raffle, stand-up comedy, two hours of all-you-can-eat tasting, and a…

by · April 14, 2017 · Business, Community
A computer rendering of the new three-story medical office building on Greenback Lane, approved by Citrus Heights council members on March 26.

3-story Dignity Health building on Greenback still moving forward, officials say

Construction of a 68,000-square-feet medical office building on Greenback Lane is now expected to begin by the end of May, following an extended period of delays since being approved by the Citrus Heights city council in March 2015.

Although an official groundbreaking date for the project has not yet been set, Dignity Health Spokeswoman Brooke Burgess said on Monday that a contract is being finalized with the project’s developer, Panattoni Development Company. She said a construction start date will be announced “as soon as [the contract is] set…”

by · April 12, 2017 · Business
Senior Police Dispatcher Amy Rumfelt received the Citrus Heights Police Department's "Dispatcher of the Year" award for 2017.

Citrus Heights police announce ‘Dispatcher of the Year’ award

As part of a week-long national effort to recognize the role of public safety dispatchers in April, the Citrus Heights Police Department announced an award this week to 911 Dispatcher Amy Rumfelt for “outstanding” service and dedication.

“Every day, across the nation, 911 operators field millions of phone calls per day and quickly connect emergency services to those people in dire need,” the department said in a news release on Monday. “This week we honor our 911 dispatchers and thank them for their dedication to duty…”

by · April 12, 2017 · Police