National Night Out, Citrus Heights.

Parade, parties highlight National Night Out in Citrus Heights

Updated August 5, 11:30 p.m.–
At least 13 different neighborhood groups held various outdoor social events around Citrus Heights Tuesday night, as part of National Night Out – an annual event focused on preventing crime by knowing and looking out for your neighbor.

“It was wonderful out here tonight,” said Greenback Wood Neighborhood Watch leader Susan Jenkins, who noticed a rise in participation this year. “It’s so important for people to come out and meet the neighbors they haven’t met before… it’s so important for crime prevention.”

Jenkins’ neighborhood celebration included free ice cream from a sponsor and a small parade led by a half-dozen Citrus Heights police vehicles and a Metro Fire ladder truck in the rear…

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National Night Out, citrus heights. Photo by Luke Otterstad

Citrus Heights residents, police prep for National Night Out

Updated Aug 3, 5:21 p.m.–
Police and neighborhood groups across Citrus Heights are once again preparing for participation in the August 4th National Night Out, as part of a country-wide effort to prevent crime by connecting neighbors and building local partnerships between communities and police.

Called the “nation’s night out against crime,” Sgt. Michael Wells with the Citrus Heights Police Department said the evening is one where residents “are encouraged to join with their neighbors to have a neighborhood block party, ice cream social or other outdoor event to build neighborhood spirit and unity.”

The police sergeant said building strong neighborhoods is the “first defense against crime,” stating research shows crime goes down when neighbors know and look out for each other…

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Motorcycle competition at Sunrise Mall

Police motorcycle competition draws crowds to Citrus Heights

Police said about 2,000 people and 27 motorcycle officers from as far as Nevada attended the third annual Citrus Heights Traffic Safety Day and Police Motorcycle Competition in the Sunrise Mall parking lot, Saturday.

Citrus Heights police took home several awards throughout the day, with Officer Kristopher Frey earning an award for first place on his Harley Davidson motorcycle and Sgt. David Gutierrez narrowly outperforming a Fresno PD rider to take first place in a BMW “Division B Class” competition.

Other competition events included a “Money Ball Challenge,” where riders had to play basketball while on their motorcycles, and a final competition involving nearly all 27 officers called “Last Man Standing…

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July 25: Citrus Heights Police to host motorcycle competition, safety fair

Police officers from across the western states plan to show off their motorcycle skills in the Sunrise Mall parking lot, as Citrus Heights Police host the 2015 Traffic Safety Day and Police Motorcycle Competition on July 25.

The free Saturday event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature a safety-cone competition course for officers to navigate through in various timed challenges, as well as a bike safety skills rodeo and bounce house for kids, vendor booths, and various demonstrations throughout the day.

Last year, the annual event drew about 2,000 people and raised over $2600 for charity, according to Officer Anthony Boehle. It also left the Citrus Heights Police Department (CHPD) with six awards earned by several competing officers…

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Citrus Heights police roll out new 2015 patrol SUVs

Citrus Heights police are rolling out a fleet of new 2015 patrol SUVs and will be auctioning off their 2006 patrol cars in favor of what officers say is a better-handling, faster, safer, and more “roomy” vehicle.

Although Citrus Heights residents have been seeing police SUVs in use around town since the end of 2013, Police Sgt. Eric Dias said the department had only purchased a limited number initially and had them retrofitted for K-9 or sergeant use only. He said the first patrol units hit the streets in June this year, with more to follow in the next few months.

Through a discounted rate, the SUVs cost about $28,200 for the base unit, with an additional $4,800 for additional equipment through Ford like a backup camera and blind-spot notification sensors. Dias said an additional $12,500 is put into the vehicle to install items like computers, radios and lights, bringing the total price to about $45,500…

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Citrus Heights police: man fatally shot after firing at officers

Citrus Heights police said four officers responding to a domestic violence incident at a Greenback Lane apartment complex shot and killed a 35-year-old man Monday night, after the suspect allegedly fired at officers.

Although “countless officers” responded to the scene from multiple agencies, Citrus Heights Police Lt. Ryan Kinnan said the shooting involved four officers firing their guns at the man. Those officers will be placed on administrative leave — a standard department procedure for officer-involved shootings, according to Kinnan.

The shooting occurred at an apartment complex located near San Juan Avenue on the 7500 block of Greenback Lane…

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DUI Checkpoint sign. Photo by Luke Otterstad

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…

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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…

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