Signs announce a DUI and Drivers License Checkpoint conducted by Citrus Heights Police, Friday.

CHPD: 9 cited, 1 arrested at weekend DUI checkpoint

Citrus Heights police conducted a six-hour DUI checkpoint on San Juan Avenue Friday night, screening 689 vehicles and reporting nine citations, two vehicle impounds, and one arrest.

Although eight sobriety tests were administered by officers with Citrus Heights Police Department’s Traffic Unit, Sergeant David Gutierrez told The Sentinel there were “zero DUI arrests” during the checkpoint — though one was arrested for a “felony no-bail drug warrant.” Gutierrez said officers also issued various citations for violations including driving without a valid license or with a suspended license.

Police announced on Thursday the DUI and driver’s license checkpoint would begin at 8 p.m. Friday and continue through 2 a.m., with the location chosen being “based on collision statistics…

by · June 21, 2015 · Police
Citrus Heights police and a Sacramento Sheriff's Department EOD specialist responded to a reported finding of a world war two-era hand grenade, Wednesday.

Citrus Heights police investigate report of hand grenade found; explosion heard

Updated June 11, 12:23 p.m.–
Citrus Heights police said a woman cleaning out her deceased father’s residence Wednesday reported finding a “World War II style hand grenade,” causing an explosives specialist to be deployed to the scene and streets near Kingswood Drive and Sunrise Boulevard temporarily shut down by police.

Witnesses reported hearing an explosion around 6 p.m., which a Sacramento Sheriff’s Department Explosive Ordnance Device specialist on scene described as “rendering safe” an “unknown package,” rather than explosion.

The discovery of the possible hand grenade was made around 4:30 p.m. according to police, who evacuated some residents as a precaution…

by · June 10, 2015 · Police
Police lights, stock photo. // Citrus Heights Sentinel

CHPD: man found in street apparently run over; witnesses sought

Updated June 10, 10:19 a.m. with video link–

After finding a seriously injured man lying in the street around 3 a.m. Sunday, Citrus Heights police are requesting assistance from the public to aid in their investigation.

Police said officers were called out to the 7200 block of Carriage Drive on the morning of June 7 and found the man in the roadway “with injuries consistent with being run over by a vehicle,” according to a police statement Tuesday morning. The man was taken to a local hospital with “major injuries,” but police said he is expected to survive.

Officers found no other involved people or vehicles in the area — located near Mesa Verde High School and Sylvan Middle School — and an extensive canvas of the neighborhood in search of possible witnesses or evidence was unsuccessful…

by · June 9, 2015 · Police
Police lights, stock photo. // Citrus Heights Sentinel

Man fatally shot inside Citrus Heights residence, woman arrested

Police said a man was fatally shot inside a Citrus Heights residence early Saturday morning, with officers arresting a female suspect for involuntary manslaughter.

Citrus Heights police said officers responded around 2:32 a.m. to a report of a single gunshot from inside a residence on the 6000 block of Cheshire Way, near the Sunrise Marketplace at Birdcage. Officers arriving on scene found an “unresponsive male victim with a gunshot wound to his upper body,” according to a press statement authored by Citrus Heights Police Lt. Chad Courtney.

Sacramento Metro Fire personnel and police officers attempted life-saving efforts, but the man, identified later as 42-year-old John Rohrer, was pronounced deceased at the scene…

by · May 30, 2015 · Police
A sign on Auburn Boulevard alerted drivers of a Saturday DUI Checkpoint during a Memorial Day weekend crackdown in Citrus Heights.

11 arrested in Citrus Heights Memorial Day weekend DUI crackdown

Citrus Heights police were busy over Memorial Day weekend, reporting a total of 11 arrests, 13 vehicle tows and 37 citations issued during a two-night “Avoid the 15” DUI crackdown operation — with officers as far as Elk Grove coming to the city to help in the effort.

Kicking off the weekend with a Friday-night “saturation patrol,” officers from Rancho Cordova, Elk Grove and Sacramento police departments assisted in a four-hour crackdown effort, with roving patrols pulling over 69 vehicles and administering 11 field sobriety tests, according to Sergeant Gutierrez with the Citrus Heights Police Department (CHPD). Police said the operation resulted in five DUI arrests and four arrests for “non-DUI related crimes,” as well as 29 citations being issued for various violations — with about half from driving unlicensed or with a suspended license…

by · May 26, 2015 · Police
Stock photo, Citrus Heights Sentinel.

Man arrested for attempted murder at Citrus Heights park

Citrus Heights police said a 54-year-old man was arrested on charges of attempted murder and mayhem after allegedly inflicting multiple stab wounds to a man in Tempo Park near Fair Oaks Boulevard Wednesday night.

Around 10:23 p.m., police said officers were dispatched to the area of Tempo Park after neighbors reported hearing a man calling for help from the park. Shortly after, another caller reported a man had knocked on a door asking for help, according to a police news release.

Officers found the injured man and he provided them with a description of the suspect, who officers believed was still in Tempo Park…

by · May 21, 2015 · Police
Photos provided by the Citrus Heights Police Department of three of the men arrested Tuesday.

Citrus Heights police arrest 5 suspects after robbery, chase

Following a 2 a.m. high-speed chase Tuesday morning, Citrus Heights police announced the arrest of five suspects — including two juveniles — with charges ranging from robbery, burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, felony evading of officers, conspiracy, and vandalism.

The incident occurred early Tuesday when Citrus Heights police said a resident on the 13000 block of Fair Oaks Boulevard reported hearing what he thought was a gunshot and seeing three people on his neighbor’s property “yelling at someone to get on the ground and making some reference to money.”

Responding officers observed several males running from the house into a silver vehicle which left “at a high rate of speed” and refused to stop, according to a news release from the Citrus Heights Police Department. A chase began, with the suspect vehicle running through several intersections and turning its headlights off…

by · May 19, 2015 · Police
Citrus Heights Mayor Sue Frost speaks to police Sgt. David Gutierrez during a May 14  council meeting where the sergeant was recognized for "heroic actions."

Council honors Citrus Heights police sgt. for ‘heroic actions’

Updated May 16, 5:01 p.m.–
During a council meeting Thursday, City leaders recognized Citrus Heights Police Sergeant David Gutierrez for “heroic actions,” after reports recently came to light about three situations where the sergeant responded to critical situations while off-duty, including pulling a trapped woman from a flaming vehicle before it exploded.

Citrus Heights Police Chief Christopher Boyd told council members of the first situation where Gutierrez was traveling on Grant Line Road in 2009 with his wife, daughter and newborn baby, when a driver made a sudden u-turn and the truck in front of Gutierrez’s car slammed into the side of the turning vehicle. Boyd told the council Gutierrez quickly grabbed a first aid kit and ran to the accident, finding a woman pinned inside and bleeding from her head, along with a young boy and a screaming two-year-old covered in glass.

While the sergeant’s wife called 9-1-1, Boyd said Gutierrez found that the young girl’s hand had been trapped between her car seat and a smashed-in door…

by · May 15, 2015 · Police
Photo released by the Citrus Heights Police Department of a masked robbery suspect.

Citrus Heights PD seek help to ID gorilla mask suspect

On Wednesday, Citrus Heights police said detectives recently found digital evidence showing a “possible strong arm robbery” involving a man wearing a gorilla mask, believed to have occurred on April 20 around 1:54 p.m.

According to a police news release, still images and video footage show an unidentified victim being confronted by the masked man, who robbed him of his bike. The digital evidence also indicates there were several other “unknown” persons present during the robbery…

by · May 6, 2015 · Police
Citrus Heights police surrounded a home during a 12-hour stand-off with a possibly armed man, Thursday.

Man’s 15-hour standoff with Citrus Heights police ends in arrest

Citrus Heights police said an arrest was made Thursday night in a domestic violence incident involving a possibly armed man who “barricaded” himself in his home and caused a 15-hour standoff with police.

58-year-old David Wilt was arrested around 10 p.m. Thursday, after a Citrus Heights SWAT team entered the home and found him hiding in a bathroom, Officer Wesley Herman said in a news release. Police said Wilt was to be treated at a hospital for “minor injuries” before being booked in the Sacramento County jail for felony domestic battery, resisting arrest and a firearms charge.

Officers had initially responded to the 6300 block of Trenton Way, near Auburn Boulevard, around 6:40 a.m. for a reported domestic violence incident involving a man and a woman, according to police. Responding officers were able to “safely remove” the woman involved, but were unable to get the man to exit the home…

by · April 17, 2015 · Police