Articles by: Citrus Heights Sentinel

Citrus Heights police meet with residents during Coffee with a Cop at Starbucks on Wednesday. // Image courtesy, CHPD

Citrus Heights News Briefs: housing, cops & coffee, city award, dropped charges

Latest local news briefs include Citrus Heights winning an award for its homeless navigator program, felony charges dropped against a suspect who was severely burned during an arrest in June, police hosting a “Coffee with a Cop” event at Starbucks on Sunrise Boulevard, and a local senator blasting the passage of several housing-related bills.

Citrus Heights wins statewide award for homeless navigator program–
Citrus Heights was recognized by the League of California Cities this month for the city’s innovative navigator program, winning a 2017 Helen Putnam Award in the category of Housing Programs and Innovations. The city was recognized during the League’s Sept. 13 general session at the Sacramento Convention Center. The city first launched the pilot program in 2015 in partnership with the Citrus Heights Homeless Assistance Resource Team, a local nonprofit organization. After the program was credited with helping house the homeless, the city provided additional funding to expand the program…

by · September 17, 2017 · Community
2017 Citrus Heights police logs: burglaries, roommate trouble, golf clubs

2017 Citrus Heights police logs: burglaries, roommate trouble, golf clubs

Latest police logs include several burglaries, another indecent exposure report of a man flashing his female neighbor, a suspicious man with a golf club outside a 7-Eleven store, and an altercation outside the WIC office on Greenback Lane.

The following is a summary of select incidents listed in the Citrus Heights Police Department’s daily incident bulletins for Sept. 7-13th.

by · September 16, 2017 · Police Logs
A massive big top will be set up outside Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights for Circus Vargas. // Archive photo, courtesy Circus Vargas

Circus Vargas to bring big top entertainment back to Sunrise Mall

The big top is returning to Citrus Heights, with new performances and entertainment scheduled for Sept. 21-25 at Sunrise Mall. A massive tent for the circus will be set up in the mall parking lot, made of 90,000 square feet of fabric and secured by over four miles of rope and cable that reportedly weigh over 17 tons.

Although bringing the circus annually to Citrus Heights and cities, Circus Vargas seeks to change up the performances offered each year for a unique experience. This year’s “Steam Cirque” theme will feature a new “retro-futuristic production” with goggles, gears and gadgets in a “science-fiction fantasy inspired circus odyssey,” according to a news release.

Showtimes are largely scheduled to begin in the evenings, with additional daytime showings on Saturday and Sunday. Organizers recommend attendees arrive 45 minutes early for the better seating options and also to participate in pre-show interactive features, where kids “can create their own magic under the big top, learning circus skills such as juggling, balancing and more.”

by · September 16, 2017 · Community
Citrus Heights Community Marching Band Director Kathy Cook with husband, bill, next to "Brassie" the dinosaur. // Photo courtesy, CHCMB

Citrus Heights marching band unveils dinosaur made of old instruments

By Hazel Ford–
A community marching band in Citrus Heights has added a giant dinosaur to its formation. “Brassie the Brassaurous” is over seven feet tall and 18 feet long, and is a tyrannosaurus-shaped statue made from 45 different “extinct” musical instruments.

Brassie was built in about a week’s time by Bill Cook, the Citrus Heights Community Marching Band’s co-program director, along with part-time help from the band’s music director, Kody Tickner.

“I just started laying out old instruments and used my construction experience and knowledge to put everything together,” Cook said in a Sept. 15 news release. He said the idea to build Brassie came after he saw a dinosaur made out of tuba parts on Facebook and also because the band has a Jurassic theme for 2017…

by · September 16, 2017 · Community
Suspect Steven Roberts, 2014 booking photo released by Citrus Heights police.

CHPD: suspect in critical condition after pursuit, officer-involved shooting

An officer-involved shooting that followed a brief pursuit near Rusch Park left a 50-year-old suspect in critical condition, Citrus Heights police said in a news release late Thursday night.

Police said the shooting occurred around 3:30 p.m. Thursday after a solo officer began pursuing a Ford SUV that was reportedly “driving erratically” and in opposite lanes of traffic, according to a witness’ account cited by police. The pursuit lasted less than one mile and ended “abruptly” on the 7400 block of Summer Avenue, off Rusch Drive.

Police said a witness saw the driver of the SUV, later identified as Steven Roberts of Citrus Heights, come to a sudden stop in the driveway of a home. The witness, who was not named by police, then “saw and heard the involved officer yelling commands at the suspect and then heard the sounds of gunshots.” The officer also radioed that shots had been fired and that Roberts had been hit…

by · September 14, 2017 · Police
Citrus Heights PD: suspect shot near Rusch Park after vehicle pursuit

Citrus Heights PD: suspect shot near Rusch Park after vehicle pursuit

Citrus Heights police said a suspect was shot near Rusch Park on Thursday afternoon following a vehicle pursuit.

In a brief statement on social media just after 4 p.m. Thursday, police said the sole suspect involved was taken to an area hospital with at least one gunshot wound. The officer involved is okay.

No other details were immediately released, but police said “there is no ongoing threat to the public.”

by · September 14, 2017 · Police
2017 Citrus Heights Police Logs: robbery, assault, indecent exposure

2017 Citrus Heights Police Logs: robbery, assault, indecent exposure

Latest Citrus Heights police logs include indecent exposure at Walmart, robbery of a driver on Antelope Road, criminal threats at an apartment complex, and an alleged assault at the 7440 Club on Auburn Boulevard.

The following is a summary of select incidents listed in the Citrus Heights Police Department’s daily incident bulletins for August 29 through September 6.

by · September 10, 2017 · Police Logs
File photo, development proposal sign. // CH Sentinel

Public hearings set for 3 development proposals in Citrus Heights

Planning commissioners in Citrus Heights are scheduled to hold three separate public hearings this coming Wednesday, with proposals including a plan to allow additional restaurants on Auburn Boulevard, a subdivision proposal at the new Capital Nursery Plaza, and a proposed 60-foot-high Verizon cell tower disguised as a tree on Verner Avenue.

Proposed cell tower–
The first hearing on schedule for the Sept. 13 meeting at city hall is the new cell tower proposed at 7000 Verner Ave. in the Foothill Golf Center, situated near Interstate 80. Planning commission documents indicate Verizon Wireless has identified a “significant gap” in coverage in the area and is seeking a use permit in order to construct a 60-foot “stealth” cell tower, disguised as a pine tree in the golf park. The property is owned by the Sunrise Recreation and Park District, which supports the…

by · September 10, 2017 · Business
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

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

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 knew their parents had survived, but with communication lines down, they…

by · September 10, 2017 · Community
Domestic violence incidents/calls in Citrus Heights, comparing 2013 with 2016. Chart compiled using crime data from CHPD. // CH Sentinel

CHPD credits nonprofit partnership with drop in domestic violence incidents

By Hazel Ford–
The Citrus Heights Police Department has been partnering with a local nonprofit crisis center for the past eight years in a collaborative effort to reduce domestic violence — and latest statistics released by police indicate the effort has been a success.

In a recent news release, police cited a 23 percent drop in felony domestic violence incidents in Citrus Heights from 2013 to 2016, along with a 31 percent drop in misdemeanor domestic violence, a 20 percent drop in protective order violations, and a 21 percent drop in non-criminal domestic violence calls, such as verbal arguments. Overall that amounts to a total drop in domestic violence-related calls and incidents from 1,069 in 2013, down to 825 in 2016, according to data provided to The Sentinel by Lt. David Gutierrez…

by · September 9, 2017 · Police