Citrus Heights News Briefs: CHPD wins, marching band, jobs, drug arrest

Latest local news briefs include the arrest of a 28-year-old man suspected of being a drug dealer, student entries being sought for a local “Make a Difference” campaign, Citrus Heights police taking home a trophy after winning a softball game at Raley Field, a new video of the Citrus Heights Marching Band’s latest performance, and a new job posting for a position with the City of Citrus Heights.

Citrus Heights police make drug arrest, seize heroin & fentanyl
Citrus Heights police announced the arrest of a 28-year-old suspect on Thursday after detectives from the department’s special investigations unit served a narcotics search warrant at a home just outside Citrus Heights on the 6900 block of Laurel Oak Way. Police said detectives seized 2.2 ounces of heroin, fentanyl, LSD, several pharmaceuticals, 6.3 grams of methamphetamine, and over $1,000 in cash. Other evidence “identifying the suspect as a drug dealer” was also found, police said.

Mitchell Laurance, of Fair Oaks, was arrested on suspicion of drug possession and methamphetamine for sale, as well as selling and transporting heroin, and a local warrant for possessing drugs.

Citrus Heights PD wins softball game 17-9 vs Sac PD
The Citrus Heights Police Department took home a trophy last Sunday after beating the Sacramento Police Department 17-9 in a softball game at Raley Field. Sergeant Jason Baldwin said each department brought 10 players and a few alternates to the game, with CHPD’s team scoring a total of six home runs. Lieut. Jason Russo called it “an awesome experience to play on the big fields,” and said the department was thankful for sponsors and Sacramento River Cats staff for helping make the event possible. The game was the 2nd annual softball game held between Sac PD and CHPD. Last year’s game was won by Sac PD.

Student entries sought for ‘Make a Difference’ Campaign
“Think you have the next project that will improve the lives of others in the community? Don’t know where to begin or how to get funding? Enter the Make a Difference Campaign and win prize money to begin your project!” That’s the message the Sylvan Old Auburn Road neighborhood association is getting out to local students, as part of a joint “Make a Difference” effort with the Citrus Heights Lions Club.

Any project idea created by Citrus Heights students in grades 1-12 can be presented and eligible for one of four $250 awards to start their project, with a grand prize winner receiving an additional $250. Projects will be presented on Nov. 8 at the Sylvan Community Clubhouse, with winners announced on Nov. 10 at the Citrus Heights Community Center. See campaign flier for additional information. (See flier)

City of Citrus Heights seeks to hire financial assistant
The City of Citrus Heights is seeking to hire a financial assistant to perform a variety of accounting clerical duties. An Oct. 6 job listing describes the “ideal candidate” as someone who understands accounting and related math, as well as being proficient in spelling and grammar.

The salary range listed for the position is $19-$24 per hour and is listed as a full-time position. “First class” benefits include CalPERS retirement, 136 hours of annual leave for vacation or sick time, 40 hours of long-term medical leave, and “a substantial monthly City contribution toward health insurance.” An online application form is available for those seeking the position. (See job listing)

New video shows marching band performing at Bella Vista with ‘Brassie’
The Citrus Heights Community Marching Band posted an 11-minute video on Facebook Thursday showing their latest performance at Bella Vista High School. The Sept. 30 performance featured the debut appearance of “Brassie,” the band’s new dinosaur statue made of dozens of “extinct” instruments. (See video)

Related: Citrus Heights marching band unveils dinosaur made of old instruments

More Briefly: A Community for Peace held its Celebration of Hope fundraiser at the Citrus Heights Community Center with guest speaker Ruthie Bolton on Friday night. The following night, Alternatives Pregnancy Center took over the Community Center for its annual Gala For Life fundraiser. The local post of American Legion also held its annual Battle of the Bands & BBQ at the Rusch Home on Saturday.