A new Sacramento Kings-themed basketball court is now open at Madera Park in Citrus Heights. // Image Credit: KPGreaterSacramento video

Citrus Heights News Briefs: new court, police protest, BBQ turtle, garage sale trouble

Latest local news briefs include a new basketball court unveiled at Madera Park, complaints of a “never-ending” garage sale outside a Citrus Heights home, a local man hospitalized with a rare and deadly virus, protesters outside the Citrus Heights Police Department on Friday, and a local man arrested for allegedly stabbing and barbecuing a pet turtle.

Kings team up to provide new basketball court at Madera Park–
A new Sacramento Kings-themed basketball court was unveiled at Madera Park on Thursday, thanks to a charitable effort from the Kings basketball team, Kaiser Permanente of Greater Sacramento, and the Good Tidings Foundation. A video posted on social media by Kaiser shows the ribbon-cutting ceremony…

by · July 23, 2017 · Community
A young contestant shows off some scooter skills at the 2015 Rusch Park Scooter Competition.

New Summer Jam event at Citrus Heights skate park to draw youth, families

A brand new “summer jam” event at the Rusch Park Skate Park on July 29 is promising hours of activities for youth and families, with a scooter competition, two-lane slip-and-slide, live local bands, and pizza-by-the-slice all on schedule for the day.

The event will kick off with a scooter competition from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., followed by an inflatable slip-and-slide activity beginning at 11 a.m., according to a promotional flier. Special performances by the Sacramento-based reggae band Arden Park Roots and Pacific Skyway will wind up the day from 4 to 6:30 p.m…

by · July 22, 2017 · Community
A line of parade floats and entries march down Sunrise Boulevard during the 2016 Red, White & Blue Parade. // CH Sentinel

Like local events? Here’s 20 top annual events in Citrus Heights

Looking for some local events to attend in Citrus Heights? With crab feeds kicking off each year at the community center, followed by outdoor events in the summer and the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at city hall in the winter, there’s something going on every month of the year in Citrus Heights.

Here’s a list of 20 top annual events in town:

by · July 22, 2017 · Community
The future of a run-down home at the corner of Mariposa Avenue and Old Auburn Road in Citrus Heights is unknown, following the owner's death. // CH Sentinel

Community voices: readers react to story about home at Mariposa/Old Auburn

Reactions to news of the death of longtime Citrus Heights resident James Wheeler and his 1940 home at the corner of Mariposa Avenue and Old Auburn Road drew a variety of responses from readers over the past week.

Here’s what readers have been saying on The Sentinel’s Facebook page:

Citrus Heights News Briefs: appointments, top 20 events, new CHPD vehicles

Citrus Heights News Briefs: appointments, top 20 events, new CHPD vehicles

Latest local news briefs include the appointment of two planning commissioners, Comcast accused of damaging Citrus Heights trees, the unveiling of a Top 20 events list for Citrus Heights, and the city council authorizing purchase of four new police vehicles.

Top 20 events in Citrus Heights announced during council meeting–
A list of the Top 20 events in Citrus Heights was released during the city’s council meeting on July 13, the latest in a series of “top 20” lists released by the city each month in celebration of 20 years of cityhood. The list was presented in the following alphabetical order: 20th Anniversary Block Party…

by · July 15, 2017 · Community
A home at 7716 Old Auburn Rd. has been the scene of 'a litany of code violations,' according to Citrus Heights Police. // CH Sentinel

What’s going on with that run-down home at Old Auburn and Mariposa Ave?

Neighbors and drivers passing by the intersection of Mariposa Avenue and Old Auburn Road in Citrus Heights know the site all too well. An overgrown yard, a two-story home that’s falling apart, people apparently living out of vans in the yard, and most recently: boarded up windows.

So what’s going on?

Citrus Heights Police Sgt. Jason Baldwin said the home at 7716 Old Auburn Rd. has been the site of “a litany of code violations” for several years, with…

by · July 8, 2017 · Community
Citrus Heights News Briefs: food drive, drowning, ducks, homeless, quarantine

Citrus Heights News Briefs: food drive, drowning, ducks, homeless, quarantine

Latest news briefs include a local homeless assistance group being recognized in the state assembly, a Citrus Heights man drowning in Lake Tahoe on the Fourth of July, Grocery Outlet on Greenback Lane being featured on Fox 40, a video showing a car plowing over ducks crossing Fair Oaks Boulevard, and a quarantine in effect for Citrus Heights after an invasive tree insect was discovered in the area.

Assemblyman honors Citrus Heights homeless assistance group–
The Citrus Heights and Rancho Cordova Homeless Assistance Resource Teams were recognized by Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) during a 2017 California Nonprofits Day Celebration held at the Capitol last month. The annual celebration…

by · July 8, 2017 · Community
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
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…

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…