Articles by: Citrus Heights Sentinel

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Donations sought for Citrus Heights ‘Holiday Referral’ program

The City of Citrus Heights is partnering with the community this year to help provide food, household items, toys and clothes to families in need through its annual Holiday Referral Program.

“This unique community-involved program was created to help families who have experienced a hardship or critical event in their life over the past year,” said Citrus Heights Police Department Sergeant Mike Wells in a press release about the program. “We rely heavily on the community to help make the effort a success.”

Last year, organizers said the program brought together over 40 clubs, business groups, churches, schools and residents to help nearly 400 adults and children in Citrus Heights — and are again seeking those willing to donate items, adopt a family or volunteer this year…

by · November 28, 2014 · Community
Hot Java Cafe in Citrus Heights.

Giving Thanks: Local biz offers free coffee to all in uniform

Hot Java Cafe in Citrus Heights says it’s giving thanks by “giving back” this year, with free coffee for nurses, firefighters, police and any other uniformed profession, through Thanksgiving…

by · November 22, 2014 · Business
Citrus Heights Water District votes 2-0 to raise rates

Citrus Heights Water District votes 2-0 to raise rates

Updated Nov. 21, 11:55 a.m.–
Directors for the Citrus Heights Water District voted unanimously in favor of raising rates and approving a new water shortage pricing structure Wednesday night, despite receiving 72 protest letters and hearing from a handful of residents who questioned the increase.

Under approvals made Wednesday, rates will rise three percent in 2015 and District directors will have discretion to raise rates 10 percent during a Stage 3 Water Warning, and up to 55 percent under the most extreme shortage stage. Additionally, directors can now increase excess water use rates by 50 percent during a Stage 4 Water Warning, with the option of a 250 percent increase during a situation exceeding Stage 5.

Ratepayer Dan Heideman acknowledged the need for some rise in rates, calling the three percent increase “no big deal” afterwards, but said he wanted to see some cost-cutting efforts from the District during a time when they’re asking ratepayers to pay more. He cited a current District office expansion and renovation project and the proposed 2015 water district budget increasing the general manager’s $166,964 salary up to $186,132 — although the budget also shows some positions taking double-digit pay cuts…

by · November 19, 2014 · Community
Board decides final fate of Sylvan Middle School

Board decides final fate of Sylvan Middle School

Updated Nov. 19, 7:29 a.m.–
In a 4-0 vote Tuesday night, San Juan Unified School District board members made the controversial decision to move students from Sylvan Middle School over to the adjacent Citrus Heights Elementary campus in 2016, rejecting an alternative proposal to rebuild the aging school for an estimated cost of $44 million…

by · November 18, 2014 · Schools
POLICE: neighbor utilized gun to detain theft suspects; say tactic ‘not encouraged’

POLICE: neighbor utilized gun to detain theft suspects; say tactic ‘not encouraged’

The neighbor who single-handedly detained three juveniles in the middle of the street after an alleged vehicle burglary Wednesday was aided by a personal firearm, a sergeant from the Citrus Heights Police Department (CHPD) said today – adding that the Department prefers uniformed officers handle such situations.

CHPD Sergeant Mike Wells made the following statement today in an email to The Sentinel regarding the Department’s position on the use of firearms by residents:

“The Citrus Heights Police Department appreciates citizens being aware of the incidents occurring in their neighborhood and contacting police when illegal activity occurs. However, we do not encourage residents to actively get involved with the detention of individuals suspected of crimes, particularly utilizing a firearm to accomplish this task…

by · November 13, 2014 · Police
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Free composting workshop hosted in Citrus Heights

Updated Nov. 17, 12:45 p.m. — Got piles of leaves in your yard? Why not try composting them? A free workshop taught by UC Davis Master Gardeners at the Sylvan Ranch Community Garden offers training on “anything and everything about composting,” as well as free “backyard composting kits” for all attendees, according to organizers. Offered twice a year by Republic […]

by · November 13, 2014 · Community
Citrus Heights police and SMUD crews respond to the Antelope Road accident, Thursday morning.

Truck collision severs power pole; closes Antelope Road

Updated 12:52 p.m.–
A power pole was left severed at the base and dangling along the roadside this morning when a pickup slammed into the pole, cutting power and causing Citrus Heights police to temporarily shut down traffic on Antelope Road.

Sergeant Mike Wells with the Citrus Heights Police Department said the vehicle was traveling east on Antelope Road around 6:20 a.m. when it struck the pole, causing it to fall into the roadway. Responding officers closed down both directions of Antelope from Auburn Boulevard to Mariposa Avenue.

No other vehicles were involved in the collision, and there were no reports of injuries “at this time,” according to the sergeant.

Sacramento Municipal Utility District crews were observed working on the downed pole shortly after the collision, and estimate power to be restored by 1 p.m., according to the utility company’s website…

by · November 13, 2014 · Community
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Neighbor detains teens after vehicle break-in, 3 arrested

Three juveniles were arrested early Wednesday morning after a witness’ husband detained them in the middle of the street following an alleged vehicle break-in, according to a press release from the Citrus Heights Police Department.

Police say the incident occurred around 2 a.m. on the 7300 block of Parkvale Way, where a neighbor observed the teens breaking into a vehicle. Officers found and arrested the suspects on Blackthorn Way and Tupelo Drive, where the witnesses’ husband had caught them.

Stolen electronics from the vehicle were discovered on one of the suspects, and the other two had property which police say appeared to be stolen — although ownership is still being investigated. Police say the witness was able to identify the suspects, who range in age from 15 to 17 years old.

The teens were arrested for possession of stolen property, conspiracy and possession of burglary tools…

by · November 12, 2014 · Police
Jerry Smith of American Legion Citrus Heights Post 637 walks in front of the Honor Guard during the Veterans Day event.

Citrus Heights: Veterans honored for sacrifice, defending freedom

Nearly 200 veterans, families and community leaders took part in a ceremony and solemn march around Sylvan Cemetery in Citrus Heights Tuesday, honoring the lives of those who fought on behalf of their county.

“Our vets, they basically give away their time and life so that we can have our way of life at home,” said Citrus Heights Vice Mayor Sue Frost afterwards, attending the event along with four fellow council members. “So in Citrus Heights, we consider them our treasure.”

Tuesday’s event began with an eight-man Honor Guard from the Citrus Heights Police Department leading a march around the cemetery’s flag-lined road known as the Avenue of Flags, with stops for commemoration and prayer from Jerry Smith of the American Legion Citrus Heights Post 637.

“Real heroes don’t wear capes; they wear dog tags,” said Paul Reyes of Post 637, during an opening speech after the morning march…

by · November 11, 2014 · Community
Local Veterans Day event today at Sylvan Cemetery

Local Veterans Day event today at Sylvan Cemetery

Looking for a local Veterans Day event?

There’s one right here in Citrus Heights, hosted by the American Legion Citrus Heights Post 637.

What: Veterans Day Ceremony
When: 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Sylvan Cemetery
7410 Auburn Blvd.
Citrus Heights, CA 95610

by · November 10, 2014 · Community