Articles by: Citrus Heights Sentinel

Tents dot the grassy fields of Rusch Park during the 2014 Community Camp Out event. // CH Sentinel

2017 Community Camp Out to again fill Rusch Park with tents

Called “one of the best family events” in the city each year by organizers, Citrus Heights’ annual Community Camp Out is scheduled to once again take over Rusch Park with an activity-filled overnight event this July 22 and 23.

According to organizer Forrest Allen, with the Residents’ Empowerment Association of Citrus Heights, campers can again expect swimming, crafts, games, face-painting, balloons and entertainment — along with a dinner barbecue and Sunday morning breakfast. He said an annual favorite, water balloon tossing, is also on schedule this year…

by · July 8, 2017 · Community
Michael Jones, 27, of Citrus Heights. // Courtesy, EGPD

Citrus Heights man, 27, arrested in fatal parking lot shooting

A July 3 shooting at an apartment complex in Elk Grove left one man dead and a suspect briefly on the loose. Two days after the shooting, Elk Grove police announced 27-year-old Michael Jones, from Citrus Heights, had been arrested after a local hospital reported a man had arrived for treatment of several gunshot wounds.

According to a police news release issued on July 5, officials said the shooting had occurred shortly after 9 p.m. on Monday in the parking lot of Avery Gardens Apartments on the 7500 block of Elk Grove Blvd. Responding officers found a deceased man in a parked vehicle and a subsequent investigation led detectives to later identify Jones as the suspect responsible for the shooting death…

by · July 5, 2017 · Police
File photo, a homeless man pushes a shopping cart along Greenback Lane. // CH Sentinel

CHPD: new survey shows significant drop in homeless-related calls in Citrus Heights

The results of a Citrus Heights Police Department annual survey on homelessness are in: the homeless population has dropped in Citrus Heights and the number of homeless-related calls for service have dropped significantly as well.

During the department’s latest month-long survey, conducted annually in April, police identified a total of 85 homeless individuals in Citrus Heights — compared with 192 individuals identified the prior year, according to a June 22 report to the city council by Commander Gina Anderson…

2017 Citrus Heights Police Logs: egging, Panera robbery, vandalism

2017 Citrus Heights Police Logs: egging, Panera robbery, vandalism

Latest police logs include a report of a house being egged, strong-arm robbery at Panera Bread, scooter suspects vandalizing mailboxes and cars, and a naked man found bathing in a private spa at a housing complex.

The following is a summary of select incidents listed in the Citrus Heights Police Department’s daily incident bulletins, from June 22 to June 28, 2017:

by · July 2, 2017 · Police Logs
Bret Daniels, pictured during a September candidate forum, won election to the city council on Nov. 8.

Citrus Heights News Briefs: local politics, attempted murder, campaign announcements

Latest local news briefs include an upcoming July 4 DUI enforcement effort, a Citrus Heights planning commissioner confirming plans to run for school board, Councilman Bret Daniels announcing his latest bid for county sheriff, and the arrest of a man for allegedly attempting to murder his neighbor.

Citrus Heights councilman announces campaign for sheriff–
It may be more than a year out from the 2018 election, but candidates are already busy preparing for a long campaign season. Councilman Bret Daniels officially announced Tuesday that he is running for Sacramento County Sheriff for the…

A new Checkers restaurant is planned to open in Citrus Heights. // PRNewswire

Checkers: Local franchisee plans new burger drive-thru in Citrus Heights

Seasoned fries, big burgers, chicken wings and milkshakes will soon be served up in Citrus Heights at a new drive-thru restaurant on Auburn Boulevard, if everything goes as planned.

Local Franchisee Ben Aibuedefe told The Sentinel his new Checkers drive-thru is planned for the corner of Grand Oaks and Auburn Boulevards, next to the Fireside Lanes bowling alley. He said the location will likely be around 1,000 square feet in size and won’t have any indoor seating, but will have a walk-up window and a few outdoor seats — a typical setup seen at Checkers around the country…

by · July 1, 2017 · Business
A barrier fence along Greenback Lane near Mariposa Avenue directs pedestrians to cross using the crosswalk. Another fence is planned near the intersection of Greenback and Auburn. // CH Sentinel

Community voices: readers react to plan for new barrier fence at Auburn/Greenback

Plans to install new barrier fencing to reduce pedestrian-involved collisions near Auburn Boulevard and Greenback Lane drew mixed responses from readers over the past week. Here’s what readers have been saying in letters to the editor and on Facebook:

Barrier fences look bad and lessen visibility for drivers–
Please, just don’t install new barrier fencing. The barriers installed near Mariposa Avenue and Greenback Lane create a hazard for drivers who simply cannot see oncoming traffic when using the turn lanes that don’t have stop lights.

A still frame from surveillance video released by police appears to show an erratic shirtless man attempting to rob a restaurant in Citrus Heights.

Citrus Heights PD announce arrest after violent attempted robbery at restaurant

On Wednesday evening, Citrus Heights police released surveillance video and announced the arrest of a shirtless man who allegedly “jumped the counter of a fast food restaurant and went after employees.”

Police said suspect James Bradford Nelson III sustained injuries to his chest during a “prolonged struggle on hot asphalt” after he resisted arrest and was “taken to the ground in the parking lot where he continued to resist.” The incident occurred around 4 p.m. on June 23 at…

by · June 28, 2017 · Police
2017 Citrus Heights Police Logs: irate parent, violent transient, out-of-control kids

2017 Citrus Heights Police Logs: irate parent, violent transient, out-of-control kids

Latest Citrus Heights police logs include officers being called to handle an irate parent at Skycrest Elementary, an out-of-control daughter allegedly assaulting her mother, teens causing a ruckus at a community pool, and a citation being issued after a woman asked police to make a gas station clerk get her a breakfast sandwich.

The following is a summary of select incidents listed in the Citrus Heights Police Department’s daily incident bulletins, from June 14 to June 21, 2017:

by · June 24, 2017 · Police Logs
Parade-watchers line the streets for the 2017 annual Red, White and Blue parade in Citrus Heights. // CH Sentinel

Thousands fill Sunrise Blvd for annual Red, White & Blue Parade

Colorful banners, balloons and marching bands took over Sunrise Boulevard Saturday morning as thousands lined the street for Citrus Heights’ 18th annual Red, White and Blue Parade.

With morning temperatures in the mid-seventies, the parade kicked off just after 9 a.m. with a high-speed entry by two skydivers dropped from high above Sunrise Mall. The event concluded about an hour-and-a-half later after a steady stream of classic cars, blaring bands, police vehicles, and…

by · June 24, 2017 · Community