Articles by: Citrus Heights Sentinel

Photo released by Citrus Heights police, showing various weapons seized, Tuesday.

PD: Citrus Heights SWAT raids seized 20+ guns, drugs, $93k

Citrus Heights police released additional information tonight regarding Tuesday’s SWAT raids, reporting the seizure of numerous firearms, ammunition, narcotics and $93,000 in cash, following the execution of search warrants at three locations in the city…

by · February 18, 2015 · Police
Citrus Heights SWAT members exit S&S Tire after a Tuesday morning weapons-related raid.

3 arrested for weapons violations in Citrus Heights SWAT raids

Citrus Heights police said Tuesday night that three separate SWAT raids conducted this morning resulted in three men being arrested for “numerous weapons violations.”

“Based on the evidence recovered at the locations,” a press release by Sergeant Mike Wells said 55-year-old Alphonso Harris, 29-year-old Mohammed Javed, and 67-year-old David Smith were arrested for alleged weapons violations, with Smith arrested for narcotics violations as well.

All three men were booked into the Sacramento County Jail, according to police.

The press release contained limited information, with police citing the ongoing nature of the investigation and stating “there is no further information at this time.”

The raids resulted in Auburn Boulevard being shut down around 8 a.m. Tuesday, with drivers and residents witnessing heavy police presence and SWAT team activity outside S&S Tire on Auburn Boulevard near Kanai Ave…

by · February 17, 2015 · Police
Citrus Heights police SWAT team members block off a portion of Kanai Ave, Tuesday.

Breaking: heavy police activity, SWAT team at Auburn Blvd tire shop

Updated 10:49 a.m. —
Auburn Boulevard was shut down around 8 a.m. Tuesday due to heavy police presence and SWAT team activity outside S&S Tire on Auburn Boulevard near Kanai Ave.

SWAT team members from the Citrus Heights Police Department armed with rifles, saws and other equipment were observed entering and exiting S&S Tire around 8 a.m., with CHPD’s recently acquired Mine Resistant Armor Protected (MRAP) military surplus vehicle parked outside.

By about 8:45 a.m., the SWAT team had packed up and left, the road re-opened and CHPD officers had left the scene, along with Sacramento Sheriff’s Department deputies who were observed to be assisting.

According to Sergeant Mike Wells, CHPD’s Investigative Services Division “was involved in an active investigation into illegal weapons sales,” and was able to obtain search warrants for multiple locations within Citrus Heights — one of which was S&S Tire…

by · February 17, 2015 · Police
A computer rendering of the new three-story medical office building on Greenback Lane, approved by Citrus Heights council members on March 26.

Proposed new city hall, medical building set for final vote in March

Wondering what’s going on with the proposal to construct a new three-story medical office building in place of the existing city hall in Citrus Heights?

by · February 16, 2015 · City Hall
An officer documents the scene of a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash which closed down southbound Auburn Blvd for 10 hours, Saturday.

Police close Auburn Blvd for 10hrs after Valentine’s Day crash

Citrus Heights police said a 2 a.m. collision between a car and pedestrian sent a young woman to the hospital in critical condition Saturday morning and caused officers to close all southbound lanes of traffic on Auburn Boulevard for 10 hours while conducting an investigation.

Officer Anthony Boehle said police were dispatched to a report of a collision near Kanai Avenue just before 2 a.m. on Valentine’s Day, finding the vehicle and driver on scene, as well as the pedestrian who had been hit. He said the woman was immediately transported to the hospital for treatment and is currently listed in critical condition.

Boehle said the investigation is still ongoing, but speed does not appear to be a factor and the driver showed “no indication of impairment.” Referencing the nearby Rocky’s 7440 Club, Boehle said “it’s possible” alcohol played a role on the pedestrian’s part, as “the young lady was coming from the bar…”

by · February 14, 2015 · Police
Clouds at sunrise on Valentines Day 2015. View from Mariposa Ave., Citrus Heights.

Picture of the week: Local shots from around Citrus Heights

by · February 14, 2015 · Community
Police lights, stock photo. // Citrus Heights Sentinel

Police: missing 10-year-old girl from Citrus Heights found

Citrus Heights police said a search for a missing “at-risk” girl ended successfully Thursday, after a search team formed and the 10-year-old was located.

“We are relieved to announce [the missing person] has been located and is currently being reunited with her family,” said CHPD’s Public Information Officer Chad Morris in an email update to media just after 3 p.m., Thursday.

Police said officers responded to a report of the missing girl, who reportedly had last been seen at her Citrus Heights residence around 11:30 a.m. A detailed description and photograph of the minor was then sent out by police in a press release around 2:50 p.m., urging anyone with information regarding her whereabouts to call the Department.

Just 20 minutes after sending the release out, police said the missing girl had been located, and thanked those involved in the search effort for their willingness to help…

by · February 13, 2015 · Police
Citrus Heights water official talks drought, rain, rates

Citrus Heights water official talks drought, rain, rates

Wondering how much local rainfall has affected the drought, or if higher water rates are planned for 2015?

A spokesman for the Citrus Heights Water District said Wednesday that local water users maintained a 20 percent average reduction in consumption for 2014 and shouldn’t anticipate increased drought rates this year, in light of seasonal rainfall totals being near average.

“We are pleased that CHWD customers voluntarily met the California statewide goal for reducing water use in 2014 without the need for penalties or extra enforcement measures,” said David Kane, assistant general manager for the local water district.

Looking ahead at 2015, Kane said the good news is local rainfall totals are “near seasonal averages” – despite January being the driest month in California’s recorded weather history. But the bad news is mountain snow pack is “well-below normal….”

by · February 12, 2015 · City Hall
A sign on Sunrise Boulevard alerts drivers to be on the lookout for fire "fighters in street" for the upcoming boot drive.

Firefighters hit streets for local burn fundraiser, safety fair

In an effort to raise funds for burn survivors, hundreds of firefighters from across the state will be out seeking to fill boots with donations at the intersection of Sunrise Boulevard and Greenback Lane this weekend during the 21st annual “Fill the Boot for Burns” fundraiser in Citrus Heights.

Reporting donations totaling over $100,000 last year, the local four-day fundraiser is one of several dozen “boot drives” across the state that together raised over half-a-million dollars last year for the Firefighters Burn Institute — a Sacramento-based nonprofit which helps provide treatment and recovery programs for burn survivors, as well as host burn-related training and kids camps.

Weather permitting, the weekend fundraiser will also have a safety fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, featuring a “Jaws of Life” car-cutting demonstration by Metro Fire, a live helicopter landing, fire truck and ambulance displays, clowns, face painting, vendor booths and more, according to an event flier…

by · February 10, 2015 · Community
CFL light bulbs, stock photo. // Citrus Heights Sentinel

Feb 21: Free opportunity to safely dump hazardous waste

Have some household chemicals or other waste you think might not be okay to put in the trash or down the sink?

On February 21, Citrus Heights residents will have their first opportunity of 2015 to dispose of hazardous items like paint, cleaning supplies, vehicle batteries and fluorescent light bulbs, at a free Household Hazardous Waste drop-off event held in the city.

Sponsored by Republic Services and the City, the drop-off is open to any Citrus Heights resident, as long as proof of residency – like a recent bill or photo ID – is provided.

Although many hazardous items will be accepted, a flier for the event states that ammunition, explosives, pharmaceuticals, radioactive material…

by · February 10, 2015 · City Hall, Community