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Crash in middle of intersection in Citrus Heights. Photo credit: Luke Otterstad

CRIME UPDATE: red-light runner fled scene of 4-car crash at Sunrise/Greenback

Citrus Heights police said this morning that a four-car accident Thursday night was caused by a female suspect who fled the scene after running a red light and ramming another vehicle in the intersection of Greenback Lane and Sunrise Boulevard.

“Initial reports are that the driver of [a] Cadillac ran a red light and broadsided another vehicle,” said Citrus Heights Police Department Sergeant Bryan Fritsch, who indicated the suspect was driving at a “high rate of speed” on Greenback Lane and fled the scene on foot afterwards. He said the suspect had been identified as a woman in her thirties, but added, “the status of her arrest is unknown at this time.”

The collision occurred just after 8 p.m. Thursday, partially blocking traffic at the intersection as about a dozen officers responded to the scene and diverted Sunrise Boulevard traffic to Greenback Lane.

The driver of the broadsided Hyundai was taken to a local hospital with unknown injuries, while drivers of the two other vehicles involved were uninjured, according to police…

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Burial for slain deputy held in Citrus Heights; community gives respect

Sacramento Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver was laid to rest Monday in Citrus Heights, after traffic was blocked on Greenback Lane to allow an extensive law enforcement procession to make its way to Sierra Hills Memorial Park & East Lawn mortuary, before continuing to Fountain Square Drive for a private reception at the Citrus Heights Community Center.

Although attendance at the burial and reception was restricted, those wishing to pay tribute to the fallen deputy were invited by the Sheriff’s Department to stand alongside portions of the procession route, with some doing so near city hall.

“I wanted to bring my grandson out to see the camaraderie of law enforcement coming together,” said Citrus Heights resident Sharon Day, who brought 3-year-old Jackson out to see the procession and pay respect to the fallen deputy…

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Citrus Heights police plan tickets-not-treats this Halloween

Warning that October 31 is statistically “one of the most deadly nights of the year,” the Citrus Heights Police Department announced it will be deploying extra officers to the streets as part of a “DUI Saturation Patrol” operation this weekend, according to a press release from the Department.

“We want people to remember: like ‘Trick-or-Treat;’ ‘Drink-or-Drive.’ One or the other, but never both,” said CHPD Sergeant Dave Gutierrez in a written statement to the media. “Before you take your first sip of alcohol on October 31, figure out who your designated sober driver will be.”

Police say additional officers will be out looking for signs of alcohol or drug impairment beginning Halloween night and extending through the weekend, adding that drinking-while-walking can be “just as dangerous” as drinking-while-driving.

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that among fatalities involving pedestrians in 2012, 34 percent involved the pedestrian being above the legal limit for blood alcohol content, while only 14 percent involved the driver being drunk…

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Saturday: Citrus Heights bank robbed, police arrest two

Citrus Heights police arrested two suspects Saturday after officers responded to a reported bank robbery at the Sunrise Boulevard Wells Fargo, where a possibly armed suspect entered the bank and demanded money, according to Lieutenant Jason Russo.

A press release by the Citrus Heights Police Department said the suspect fled in a dark vehicle along with an additional person, and was seen driving south on Sunrise Boulevard. The license plate for the vehicle indicated it was stolen, and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department was notified — with deputies shortly locating the vehicle, although unoccupied.

The Department says further investigation led officers to locate and detain two Rancho Cordova males, who are “suspected of being involved in the robbery” — although the investigation is still ongoing…

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Stock photo, Citrus Heights police officers. Photo credit: Luke Otterstad

CHPD wins $182k grant for more DUI checkpoints, safety enforcement

The Citrus Heights Police Department (CHPD) announced Tuesday it was awarded $182,525 in grant money for a one-year special enforcement and education program, aimed at reducing traffic-related deaths and injuries in the city.

“I am proud of our continued partnership with the Office of Traffic Safety,” said Lieutenant Ryan Kinnan in a press release, referring to past grants the local Department has received from OTS.

CHPD says deaths and injuries fell significantly between 2006 and 2010 in Citrus Heights, but saw “slight increases” in 2011 and 2012. Kinnan is hopeful that “innovative strategies” funded by this latest grant will help reduce collisions and injuries in the city…

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Citrus Heights Police Seek Help to ID Theft Suspects

Updated Oct. 18, 1:05 p.m. —
Citrus Heights police emailed and tweeted a request for help Friday night, seeking assistance from the community to identify two suspects who are alleged to have been caught on camera stealing a welding tool valued at over $1,000 from Barnes Welding Supply in Citrus Heights.

Police say on October 10, around 12:45 p.m., two suspects walked into the welding store at 6005 Auburn Blvd in Citrus Heights, and were observed to be engaged in suspicious activity. A Miller Electric TIG welding machine was taken off the shelf and brought to a waiting vehicle, without being paid for, according to police. The vehicle appeared to be a newer model silver Toyota Sequoia, and was seen driving away south on Auburn Boulevard toward Manzanita Avenue.

“Our smaller, family-owned businesses work tirelessly to keep their prices competitive and can’t afford to take losses of this magnitude due to the greed of a few,” said officer Wesley Herman in a press release containing photos of the suspects. “The photographs attached are very good quality and we’re certain that someone in the community will recognize these two theft suspects and assist us in identifying them.”

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City Council Votes 5-0 to Oppose Prop 47

Citrus Heights city council leaders unanimously voted Thursday to oppose California’s Proposition 47, following a recommendation by Police Chief Christopher Boyd about the controversial ballot measure which seeks to reduce penalties for certain nonviolent drug and property crimes.

“Obviously we have to support you,” said Citrus Heights Mayor Mel Turner after the chief highlighted concerns about crime increasing and requested the council officially go on record against Prop 47. “This makes a lot of sense.”

Calling Prop 47 “dangerous to our communities,” Chief Boyd told the council the measure would “virtually assure” the release of 10,000 inmates, and would reduce the penalty for stealing guns from a felony to a misdemeanor, as long as the gun is valued under $950…

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