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Citrus Heights Marching Band ‘Flash Mobs’ Walmart

With trumpets blaring and drums rolling, about 30 members of the Citrus Heights Community Marching Band filled the Auburn Boulevard Walmart with sounds of Christmas for about half an hour, Saturday, as surprised shoppers looked on. "I think it's great that we have a community marching band," said Walmart shopper Rita Fox, highlighting the diverse ages of band members. "It gives the older people a chance to mingle with the younger people." Parading through the isles in a circle inside the store shortly after 11 a.m., band members assembled near the entrance to play several more songs, while many onlookers took video on cellphones. "It sounds very nice, just a little loud -- you know, marching bands in the store," said Liz Rohan of Citrus Heights, who stopped by to watch the group play tunes like "Silent Night," and "Jolly ol' Saint Nicholas."

Police arrest man suspected of posing as firefighter to enter homes, steal items

Updated 9:32 p.m.-- Citrus Heights police have arrested a man suspected of gaining access into homes by posing as a fireman in uniform, allegedly to perform smoke detector inspections, according to a press release tonight from the department. "We want to remind the public to be mindful of public safety impersonators," Citrus Heights police said in the release. "If there is any question as to the true identity of any public safety officer, citizens are encouraged to call the police." Police said they responded to a report at Sunrise Vista Mobile Home Park on Friday regarding suspicious activity with a man in a Sacramento Fire uniform, saying they later found he had stolen items from at least two homes. On Saturday, police said "additional victims came forward with new information," leading investigators to identify and arrest a 30-year-old firefighter from Roseville, who they said was "confirmed to be a current Firefighter/Paramedic with Sacramento City Fire Department."

Attic fire ravages home across from Citrus Heights fire station

An attic fire caused extensive damage to a Citrus Heights home early Saturday morning, occurring just feet away from the Oak Avenue fire station. Although aided by crews from as far as Folsom, firefighters from Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District's Station 28 didn't have to travel far to respond to the scene around 5:30 a.m., blocking most of Oak Avenue off with at least five fire trucks and several vehicles from the Citrus Heights Police Department. Sac Metro's public information officer tweeted there were no injuries from the fire, but that "extensive salvage" was required to save belongings. Damage appeared to be primarily on the inside, although a charred hole could be seen in the roof from the outside the home...

18th annual Christmas tree lighting draws over 1000

Updated Dec. 10, 1:20 p.m.-- Rain held off as about 1200 people gathered outside city hall in Citrus Heights for the annual Christmas tree lighting Thursday night, followed by an evening of family-friendly activities and performances in the Community Center next door...

Mariposa Ave. closed after water main breaks overnight

Updated 6:14 p.m.-- Mariposa Avenue has been re-opened. Previous update-- A section of Mariposa Avenue has been closed after Citrus Heights Water District crews tore a large hole in the pavement to allow for an emergency repair on a water main that broke at the intersection of Cook Lane, near Old Auburn Road. By 11 a.m., crews had uncovered the damaged water line, buried several feet under the intersection -- and had hauled off several truck loads of dirt and broken up pavement. A foreman on scene said he expects repairs to be finished by 5 p.m. Thursday, and will re-open Mariposa Avenue after the access hole in the intersection is patched and dried. He was unsure how many homes were affected by the breakage, but said water was turned back on by noon, Thursday...

Mall’s 15ft Christmas ‘CanTree’ to benefit needy families

A huge, 15-foot-high Christmas "tree" built entirely of donated cans is now complete and on display at Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights, soon to be distributed by The Salvation Army to provide food for needy families in the Sacramento region. The Christmas "CanTree" is an annual fundraiser put on by the Sacramento Association of Realtors (SAR), which says its helped raise over $2 million to help local efforts to feed those in need, since launching in 1983. After breaking a record last year with a $90,000 donation, this year, the group says it has a goal of raising $100,000. The Association says donated food will be distributed to needy families and individuals through The Salvation Army’s Holiday Food Basket and year-round food assistance program, beginning December 27...

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