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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

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Then & Now: Citrus Heights residents reflect on 1997 floods, rain

By Sara Beth Williams-- In the early weeks of 2023, a stream of back-to-back storms in Citrus Heights caused flooding and damage across the city and region, but this wasn’t the first time Citrus Heights has weathered such storms.

Citrus Heights council votes 3-2 to fund fireworks show, patriotic event

Sentinel staff report-- In a controversial vote Thursday night the Citrus Heights City Council narrowly approved spending up to $80,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds to pay for a patriotic event this summer that will include a 20-minute professional fireworks show.

Business News

New burgers and brews restaurant opens at Sylvan Corners

By Mike Hazlip— A new bar and burger restaurant is now open at Sylvan Corners, replacing the former Beer Dogs eatery that had occupied the space since 2016.

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Community

Citrus Heights Letters: Fireworks, homeless, library

By Barbara L. Babcock, Citrus Heights-- My daughter is one of the homeless people that often stays at the Sylvan Library. She has an addiction, which contributes to a mental illness and Multiple Sclerosis which she is not getting treatment for.

Police

One injured in fire at Citrus Heights home

By Mike Hazlip— A fire at a home in Citrus Heights damaged the garage and attic Sunday night, leaving one person with burn injuries, Metro Fire said.

Pedestrian, driver killed in Citrus Heights collision

By Mike Hazlip— Both a pedestrian and a driver were killed in a two-vehicle collision on Auburn Boulevard Sunday evening, police said in a news release.

Security guard arrested for allegedly setting fire to structure with homeless man inside

By Mike Hazlip— Citrus Heights police arrested a 29-year-old security guard early Friday morning after he allegedly set fire to a dumpster enclosure with a homeless man inside.

Helicopter aids in search for suspect near Sylvan Corners

Sentinel staff report-- Residents near Sylvan Corners heard sounds of a helicopter circling the area Thursday night as police searched for an individual who fled from police on foot.

Standoff: Police arrest suspect after shots fired near Sunrise Mall

By Mike Hazlip— Citrus Heights police officers on Saturday night responded to reports of a shooting at an apartment complex on Sunrise East Way, leading to the arrest of a barricaded suspect.

City Hall

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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...

Donations sought for Citrus Heights ‘Holiday Referral’ program

The City of Citrus Heights is partnering with the community this year to help provide food, household items, toys and clothes to families in need through its annual Holiday Referral Program. "This unique community-involved program was created to help families who have experienced a hardship or critical event in their life over the past year," said Citrus Heights Police Department Sergeant Mike Wells in a press release about the program. "We rely heavily on the community to help make the effort a success." Last year, organizers said the program brought together over 40 clubs, business groups, churches, schools and residents to help nearly 400 adults and children in Citrus Heights -- and are again seeking those willing to donate items, adopt a family or volunteer this year...

Schools

Citrus Heights 5th graders bring historical figures to life

By Sara Beth Williams-- Fifth graders at Cambridge Heights Elementary in Citrus Heights brought historical figures to life on Thursday with a "living wax museum" event held at the school.

Resident questions idea of forming new Citrus Heights school district

Sentinel staff report– Discussion of Citrus Heights breaking away from the San Juan Unified School District to form its own district has continued to be brought up in public comments at City Council meetings, with comments being received on both sides of the issue.

LETTER: Safety upgrades at schools should have happened years ago

By Mark Mitchell-- I really have a hard time believing that our schools need more money to upgrade fencing and other aspects of keeping kids safe. It's 2023, this should have taken place years ago.