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November 6, 2013
Citrus Heights police seek witnesses to fatal attack on disabled man

Christopher Sorgani.jpgCitrus Heights police detectives, police volunteers and civilian employees will hit the streets tonight seeking information in the beating of a man Oct. 23 in the 7700 block of Greenback Lane.

They will be canvassing the area, interviewing pedestrians and handing out fliers in hopes of finding someone who witnessed the attack that resulted in the death of 49-year-old Christopher Sorgani (pictured) of Citrus Heights four days later.

Sorgani, who had physical disabilities, was attacked about 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23. Officers responding to the report of an assault found Sorgani on the sidewalk with serious head injuries. He died Oct. 27 as a result of the injuries.

November 5, 2013
Pet oxygen mask used to revive cat at Citrus Heights fire

Rescued cat.PNGA cat survived a fire at at Citrus Heights home this afternoon thanks to pet oxygen masks donated to the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District earlier this year.

Fire crews responded about 4:30 p.m. to the report of a structure fire with visible flames in the 6600 block of Golden Rain Court. They arrived to find a fire in the garage of a single-story house.

Firefighters were able to confine the fire to the garage.

November 4, 2013
Citrus Heights police rally community to aid local families during holidays

The Citrus Heights Police Department is partnering with local service clubs, schools, neighborhood groups, businesses and individuals to meet the holiday needs of several families in the community.

The fifth annual Holiday Referral Program aims to provide needy families with food, household items, and toys and clothes for the children.

Organizers stress that they rely heavily on the community to make the effort a success. Last year, the Police Department worked with more than 40 service clubs, business groups, social organizations, churches, schools and other members of the community to assist 80 families, including 180 children and 160 adults.

October 31, 2013
Update: Citrus Heights police identify suspect shot by officers

Citrus Heights police have identified the suspect shot by officers this morning as Panogiotis Eliopoulos, and said he is in critical condition at a local hospital.

Citrus Heights police said the shooting followed reports that Eliopoulos, 29, had threatened people with a knife and then charged officers. They said he was found with two knives.

Police said the incident began about 9:15 a.m. when the department received multiple calls about a man armed with knife inside a home on the 7900 block of Oak Avenue.

The man was said to be threatening people with the weapon, said Lt. Ryan Kinnan. While officers were heading to the scene, police got follow-up calls to say the man had fled the first home and forced his way into a second occupied residence.

October 29, 2013
Police need help finding killer of Citrus Heights man

Citrus Heights police are asking for the public's assistance in finding a man who struck and killed Christopher Sorgani.

Sorgani, 49, of Citrus Heights, died from injuries suffered in an attack last week. Police were called to the 7700 block of Greenback Lane at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday where they found Sorgani on the sidewalk with serious head injuries.

A witness told police they saw Sorgani being struck by another man. The motive for the assault is not known.

Sorgani died from his injuires on Sunday. Anyone who has information about Sorgani's death may call police at (916) 727-5500.

October 16, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to 1980s TV weatherman accused of lewd acts?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: Back in the late 1980s there was a weather man dubbed Stormin' Norman. He was accused of lewd sexual acts in a bathroom in Sunrise Mall. Was he found guilty?
Submitted by: Tony, Sacramento

ANSWER: Norman Francis Jacobs, also known as Stormin' Norman, a television weatherman for KTXL Channel 40, was one of six men arrested in 1987 on charges of soliciting and engaging in lewd acts in a Macy's department store restroom in Sunrise Mall.

October 11, 2013
Punctured sewer line creates traffic back-up on Greenback Lane

The Citrus Heights Police Department reports that the right lane of westbound Greenback Lane between Burich and Mariposa avenues, just east of San Juan High School, is closed after street construction workers punctured a sewer line.

Repairs are expected to be completed in two to three hours.

The lane closure has caused heavy congestion on westbound Greenback, and police encourage motorists to use alternate routes.

October 11, 2013
Cops seek tips to benefit Special Olympics

Law enforcement officers in the Sacramento area will be serving in a different capacity Saturday, working as waiters and waitresses at Red Robin restaurants and collecting tips to support Special Olympics.

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies will be serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. as part of the Tip-A-Cop event at four Red Robin locations: 360 Palladio Parkway, No. 410 in Folsom; 1184 Galleria Blvd. in Roseville; 751 E Joiner Parkway in Lincoln; and 7990 Greenback Lane in Citrus Heights.

Members of the Elk Grove Police Department will volunteer their services from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. at the Red Robin at 8245 Laguna Blvd., Elk Grove.

October 6, 2013
Update: Missing at-risk Citrus Heights man has been found

A 67-year-old man earlier reported missing has been found, the Citrus Heights Police Department reports.

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James Taylor (pictured) was found at 7:30 a.m. today and is in good health, officials said. He had last been seen at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at his home on Sylvan Road in Citrus Heights.

Officials said he was considered an at-risk adult because he is non-verbal due to a mental disorder.

September 30, 2013
Carjacking leads to arrests of two men in Citrus Heights

Two stolen vehicles were recovered by Citrus Heights police with the help of an alert citizen.

Police said that at 3 p.m. Saturday, two men in an SUV cornered a man in his car after a road rage incident near Lichen and Carmelwood Drive. Police said that they intimidated the man into giving up his Honda sedan.

An alert citizen saw what was happening and got the license plate number of the sport utility vehicle and provided the information to police. The SUV was reported stolen, police said.

Police found the SUV nearby and took David Issac, 33, into custody. Officers also found stolen property in the SUV.

Police eventually found the Honda being stripped in Carmichael. Christopher Long, believed by police to be the man who drove it from the scene of the earlier car-jacking, was arrested, according to a Citrus Heights police press release.

Police lauded the eye witness who provided information leading the arrests.

"The witness in this case kept a safe distance, obtained great information and alerted police in a timely manner," stated the press release.

September 3, 2013
Former Citrus Heights man draws 300-year prison term for child molestation

A man found guilty of molesting boys after luring them to his Citrus Heights home with video games has been sentenced to 300 years to life in prison.

Ryan Matthew Haley, 32, was convicted by a jury in July of 20 counts of lewd and lascivious acts against a minor younger than 14. Haley also pleaded no contest to possessing child pornography and was sentenced to an additional consecutive term of two years in prison, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. He was sentenced Friday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny.

Between 1999 and 2005, Haley molested several neighborhood boys after luring them to his home to play video games. Three of the victims, who were approximately 6 to 8 years old when the molestation began, were continuously victimized over a period of seven years, authorities said.

At the time of his arrest in June 2011, he was living in Rancho Cordova.

September 3, 2013
DUI crackdown results in 400 arrests in Sacramento County

An 18-day DUI crackdown has resulted in more than 400 arrests in Sacramento County.

The summer-Labor Day effort composed of sobriety checkpoints, special squad car saturation patrols and routine patrols resulted in at least 405 people being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs between Aug. 16 and Monday.

During a similar effort last year, 442 DUI arrests were made. No DUI deaths occurred this year, compared to five alcohol-related deaths in 2012.

A total of 17 county law enforcement agencies participated in the effort. Other anti-DUI crackdowns are planned for around Halloween and Thanksgiving.

August 29, 2013
Authorities announce DUI crackdown in Sacramento area for Labor Day weekend

Sacramento law enforcement officers will be out in full force during the long Labor Day weekend.

On Friday night, authorities will man a DUI checkpoint in Sacramento. For Saturday and Sunday evenings, several DUI patrols are planned for Citrus Heights, Folsom and unincorporated Sacramento County.

The California Highway Patrol is also deploying officers for DUI enforcement on freeways starting 6 p.m. Friday.

August 27, 2013
Citrus Heights man in custody after pursuit, standoff with CHP

A 27-year-old Citrus Heights man is in custody after he led the California Highway Patrol on a brief pursuit and then locked himself in a bathroom while threatening to hurt himself.

The man, who apparently has mental health issues, was hit with a Taser but otherwise not injured, according to the CHP.

The incident began about 3:30 p.m. when the CHP received a call of somebody doing donuts in the area of Auburn Boulebard and Watt Avenue.

Soon thereafter, an officer in the area saw a man driving a Ford Mustang pull out of a gas station on Hemlock Street, between Auburn and Palm Avenue, and drive on the wrong side of the road, said CHP spokeswoman Officer Lizz Dutton.

The officer tried to stop the driver, but he failed to yield, and a pursuit ensued, Dutton said.

As the man was driving, the hood of his car flew up and blocked his windshield, but he continued to drive northbound on Auburn Boulevard, Dutton said.

The man then parked outside of an antique store on Auburn Boulevard that is owned by his grandmother, Dutton said. He ran to the back of the store and barricaded himself in the bathroom. When officers tried to go in and get him, he threatened to hurt himself with broken glass.

Citrus Heights police also arrived on scene to help.

Firefighters assisted by cutting a hole in the wall, which distracted the man long enough for officers to move in and use a Taser, Dutton said. They then were able to safely detain him after about an hour-long standoff.

His grandmother told officers he suffers from bipolar disorder and other mental issues, Dutton said.

- Kim Minugh

August 23, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone arrested for 2004 slaying of Citrus Heights teen?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: In the early '90s, a teen was killed in a condo on Cavan Drive in Greenback Estates in Citrus Heights. I believe his dad came home and found him in the a.m. The boy was beaten to death and maybe stabbed as well. Did they ever find the boy's killers?
Submitted by: Marcifiddler, Citrus Heights

ANSWER: Two men in prison for another murder admitted to the 2004 slaying of 17-year-old Eddie Heydaragha in Citrus Heights.

August 20, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to fire captain accused of child pornography?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: What was the outcome from Sac Metro Fire Capt. Steve Campbell's arrest for child pornography in December 2008?
Submitted by: SilverFox47, Sacramento

ANSWER: Steven Craig Campbell, a captain with the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, was arrested by Citrus Heights police in December 2008, accused of possessing and exchanging images of children in sexual situations.

August 9, 2013
Suspected of burglary, man out on bail lands back in jail

rogers jason earl aug 2013.jpgA Citrus Heights man who was out of jail on bail awaiting trial for several residential burglaries was arrested this morning in Placer County, accused of breaking into additional homes in the area.

Jason Earl Rogers (pictured), 31, was booked into Placer County Jail on suspicion of residential burglary, according to a Sheriff's Office news release. Officials said he had recently bailed out of jail pending a jury trial. He is suspected of breaking into homes in Granite Bay, Roseville and Folsom.

Rogers is being held in lieu for $255,000 bail.

August 8, 2013
Citrus Heights police: Mother gave baby a fatal drug overdose

Sarah Stephens mugshot.jpgA 32-year-old woman is accused of giving her 8-month-old baby boy a fatal drug overdose in Citrus Heights, according to authorities.

On Wednesday night, Citrus Heights police booked Sarah Ann Stephens (pictured) of Sacramento into the Sacramento County Main Jail on suspicion of murder and child endangerment, according to authorities.

In September 2012, Citrus Heights police went to an apartment in the 7000 block of Auburn Boulevard after fire paramedics responded to a 911 call reporting an unresponsive infant. Officers found the baby dead, but detected no immediate signs of foul play, according to a news release.

Toxicology reports, however, would later show that the baby died of an apparent drug overdose. In their investigation, police found that Stephens "knowingly and without regard for the infant's health, administered controlled substances to the infant ultimately causing his death," according to the news release.

Citrus Heights police spokesman Officer Bryan Fritsch said the controlled substance was a prescription medication. He declined to identify the medication or say whether it was prescribed for the infant or someone else.

Fritsch said Stephens has one older child, but police were not releasing information on the status of that child.

Assisting police in the investigation were the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office and its Crime Lab, the coroner's office, Child Protective Services and medical professionals.

August 7, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Any update on convicted sex offender accused of receiving child porn?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: I'm wondering if there is any follow-up information on the outcome of the trial for the case of Travis Marshall Grey, who was charged with receiving child pornography?
Submitted by: missjenny, Sacramento

ANSWER: Travis Marshall Grey, 29, is in Sacramento County Jail awaiting trial in federal court.

August 5, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man who killed girls with claw hammer in 1980s?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: What ever happened in the case of a young man who worked at a computer store in Fair Oaks about 25 or so years ago who, I believe, was found guilty of using a claw hammer on two teenage girls at his Citrus Heights duplex?
Submitted by: Bo, Fair Oaks

ANSWER: Alan Edward Rice was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the claw-hammer slayings of 12-year-old Angelique Diamond and 14-year-old Laraine Roberts on April 16, 1986.

July 31, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Any arrests in death of Citrus Heights man shot at his computer?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: "Bob" of Citrus Heights was shot execution style in back of the head while sitting at his computer while his roommate slept and never heard a sound. This murder took place in his apartment 12 to 14 years ago. Are there any suspects or convictions?
Submitted by: Kathy, Orangevale

ANSWER: The shooting death of 44-year-old Robert Thomas Newberry on July 26, 2005, remains unsolved.

July 24, 2013
Former Citrus Heights man convicted of molesting children

A man accused of molesting boys after luring them to his Citrus Heights home with video games was convicted today by a Sacramento County jury.

Ryan Matthew Haley, 32, was found guilty of 19 counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14 as well as one count of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14 with force. On July 15, Haley pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in the case, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

Between 1999 and 2005, Haley molested several neighborhood boys after luring them to his Citrus Heights home. Three of the victims, who were approximately 6 to 8 years old when the molestation began, were continuously victimized over a period of seven years, authorities said.

July 22, 2013
Man, dog stabbed at Citrus Heights apartment complex

Citrus Heights police are searching for a suspect in the stabbing of a man and his dog at an apartment complex this morning.

Officers responded about 9:53 a.m. to the 7400 block of Auburn Oaks Court and arrived to find a man who had suffered stab wounds. The man was transported to a local hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, according to a Police Department news release.

Police said the man's dog also was stabbed, but the animal's injuries also were not believed to be life-threatening. An animal control officer responded to the scene.

July 19, 2013
Citrus Heights police investigate shooting death

Citrus Heights police are investigating the a fatal shooting that may have resulted from a family dispute.

Officers responded about 8:30 p.m. to a report of a shooting in the 7600 block of Kensington Drive. When officers arrived, they found male gunshot victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a Police Department news release.

The suspect also was at the scene when officers arrived and was taken into custody without incident.

Police said the shooting appears to be related to a family disturbance and detectives are conducting an investigation.

July 10, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone arrested for Citrus Heights man's 1995 beating death?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: Do you know if anyone was ever caught for the murder of John A. Somers that happened in February 1995? He was at home sleeping in Citrus Heights and someone broke in, then killed him with his own cane.
Submitted by: Lorena, Elk Grove

ANSWER: Donald Lawrence Pequeen was convicted of murdering 70-year-old John Albert Somers during a burglary at Somers' Citrus Heights home Feb. 9, 1995.

July 5, 2013
Convicted bank robber sentenced under 'three strikes' law

A 62-year-old man convicted of bank robbery was sentenced today in Sacramento to 30 years plus 75 years to life in prison under California's "three strikes" law.

A Sacramento County jury convicted Ralph Edward Stewart of three bank robberies at U.S. Bank locations in Citrus Heights and Rancho Cordova during June and July of 2011. The jury also found true that Stewart had a previous robbery conviction and four previous bank robbery convictions, all occurring in the Bay Area between 1993 and 2003, according to a District Attorney's Office news release.

In each instance, officials said, Stewart entered the bank, waited in line, demanded money from the tellers and left on foot. He was recognized and apprehended by law enforcement officers, who contacted him regarding an unrelated matter weeks later.

July 3, 2013
Citrus Heights woman brings home dog rescued from storm drain

dog.JPGA dog abandoned in a storm drain late last month is adjusting nicely to her new home in Citrus Heights.

After the story of the dog was publicized there were plenty of people interested in adopting the little mutt. People were drawn to the plight of the dog who had to be extracted from deep in a storm drain by Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District firefighters.

A bicycle cable lock wrapped around her hind legs restricted the dog's movement. The woman who adopted the dog this week can't believe that such a nice dog was treated in such a callous way.

June 23, 2013
Male body found in Citrus Heights Park Creek

Authorities said a bicyclist discovered a body in a creek at Rusch Park early Sunday, adding that they found no signs of foul play.

The Citrus Heights Police Department said the cyclist was riding along Antelope Road when he noticed the body in the creek at 6:30 a.m.

Police determined that the body was that of a deceased male. It wasn't known how the man died. The Sacramento County Coroner's Office will be determining the cause of death and the identity of the individual.

The creek runs east-west in the park, and the body was found near the south end of Rusch Park, which is well traveled.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact the Citrus Heights Police Department.

June 18, 2013
Man convicted of Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova robberies

A 62-year-old man has been convicted of three bank robberies committed in Sacramento County in 2011.

A jury on Thursday also found true that Ralph Stewart had previous bank robbery convictions for robberies in the Bay Area between 1993 and 2003, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

The Sacramento County robberies occurred at U.S. Bank locations in Citrus Heights and Rancho Cordova during June and July of 2011. In each instance, Stewart entered the bank, waited in line, demanded money from the tellers, then left on foot, officials said. He was recognized and apprehended by law enforcement officers during an unrelated contact weeks later.

Stewart is to be sentenced July 5.

June 11, 2013
Citrus Heights police investigate suspicious device at bus stop

A section of Auburn Boulevard was closed to traffic this evening after Citrus Heights police responded to a report of a suspicious device next to a bus stop.

The device was reported about 6:58 p.m. in the 6000 block of Auburn Boulevard. The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department's explosive ordinance disposal unit was called to the location and rendered the device safe, according to a Police Department news release.

Police said no specific threats were made regarding the device and detectives are investigating the incident.

June 10, 2013
UPDATE: Woman missing from Citrus Heights care center found

Citrus Heights police report that an at-risk adult who walked away from a care center Monday morning has been found.

Linda Beller was reported missing from a Willow Way care center at 9:30 a.m. Police this afternoon canceled a request for the public's help in locating Beller, announcing that she has been found.

June 6, 2013
Video report: Boy killed by falling iron gate

Police are investigating how an iron gate fell on top of and killed a 5-year-old boy. The boy's uncle talks about the child. Fox40 reports.

June 5, 2013
Update: Citrus Heights boy killed in gate accident identified

Editor's note: This post was updated at 3 p.m. after officials confirmed the death.

A 5-year-old boy died Tuesday night when an iron gate fell on top of him in front of his Citrus Heights home.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office identified the boy as Jason Kolyadich.

Lt. Doug Fletcher of the Citrus Heights Police Department called the death a "tragic accident."

"The child was attempting to close the gate," Fletcher said. "The gate came off the track and fell on the juvenile."

The boy was rushed to nearby Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Carmichael after the police and fire crews responded about 8:30 p.m. to the home in the 7300 block of Cross Drive.

Police continue to investigate the circumstances of the accident.

A woman who reportedly tried to lift the gate off of the boy also sustained minor injuries and was taken to a hospital to be treated.

May 29, 2013
Sacramento Skinhead gets lengthy sentence under three-strikes law

A Sacramento Superior Court judge has sentenced a white supremacist to more than 75 years in prison after a jury convicted him of distributing methamphetamine to benefit the Sacramento Skinheads street gang.

Judge Marjorie Koller sentenced Charles Gilbert Demar to 75 years to life plus nine years under the state's three-strikes law.

Demar was convicted May 1 of manufacturing, transporting and possessing methamphetamine for sale. The jury also found true the allegation that his crimes were committed to benefit the white supremacist street gang, according the Sacramento County District Attorney's office.

Demar was under surveillance by law enforcement in March 2011 when he drove away in his truck from officers. Demar would not immediately pull over and was seen throwing drugs out the truck window, the DA's news release said.

A search of his apartment and garage turned up Sacramento Skinhead signs and photos, chemicals and apparatus used to make methamphetamine and finished methamphetamine. A search of his cell phone turned up a video he had made of himself and another person making the drug, according to the release.

May 28, 2013
Coroner's Office identifies male victim in Citrus Heights double homicide

The Sacramento County Coroner's has identified the male victim in last week's double homicide in Citrus Heights as Enrique De La Cruz, 29.

De La Cruz and 41-year-old Gladis Janeth Quinteros Ramos, both of Citrus Heights, were found shot to death about 11:30 p.m. May 21 inside a car on the shoulder of Birdcage Street.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 6000 block of Birdcage Street, where they found the two dead inside the vehicle.

Police said a light-colored sedan was seen speeding from the scene northbound on Birdcage toward Greenback Lane around the time of the shooting. Witnesses also reported seeing a white pickup truck driving away southbound on Birdcage Street.

May 28, 2013
More than 100 arrested for DUI in Sacramento County over holiday

Sacramento County law enforcement arrested 104 motorists for driving under the influence over the long Memorial Day holiday.

From early Friday morning to late Monday night, officers from 17 jurisdictions kept a watchful eye for drunk drivers. One sobriety checkpoint was set up, two special saturation patrols were mounted and officers on routine patrol were especially attentive to the problem of drunk drivers.

During the 2012 Memorial Day weekend, 135 suspected drunk drivers were arrested. No DUI deaths were reported in Sacramento County either 2012 or 2013 Memorial Day weekend.

May 24, 2013
Third suspect arrested in January Citrus Heights homicide

johnson.jpgpowell.jpglanglois.jpgCitrus Heights police have announced a third arrest in connection with the death of a 52-year-old man Jan. 5.

Andrew Les Johnson (top left photo), 28, of Citrus Heights was arrested May 17 in San Diego. He was the last outstanding suspect in the death of Jack Swaim, who was found outside his home in the 6300 block of Stonehand Avenue, police said. Johnson, who was arrested by San Diego police, has been transported to Sacramento and booked into Sacramento County Jail.

Police responded to the Stonehand Avenue address about 6:30 a.m. Jan. 5 and found Swaim unconscious. Swaim reportedly had been struck with an unknown object outside his home. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Jeffrey Douglas Powell (top right photo), 30, of Sacramento was arrested Jan. 12 in the 7700 block of Wintergreen Drive in Citrus Heights by detectives serving an arrest warrant. Police also announced at the time that they had an arrest warrant for Johnson. In February, police arrested Christopher Langlois (lower photo), 29, of Orangevale in connection with the homicide.

Powell and Johnson were booked on suspicion of murder and burglary, and Langlois, on suspicion of murder.

Because the three men have been charged by the District Attorney's Office, police said they could not comment specifically about the facts of the case. A news release announcing Johnson's arrest states that this was not a random crime and investigators believe Swaim was an unintended victim.

May 23, 2013
Coroner identifies woman killed in Citrus Heights double homicide

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has released the name of a woman found shot to death in a double homicide Tuesday night in Citrus Heights.

She was identified as Gladys Quinteros, 41, of Citrus Heights. The man found dead with Quinteros has yet to be identified by the coroner.

Officers were called to a report of shots fired in the 6000 block of Birdcage Street about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. Once on the scene, they found a man and Quinteros dead inside in a car along the shoulder of Birdcage Street.

Police said a light-colored sedan was seen speeding away northbound from the scene on Birdcage Street toward Greenback Lane around the time of the shooting. Witnesses also reported seeing a white pickup truck driving away southbound on Birdcage Street.

No further information was released by police.

May 22, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to woman accused of fatal Citrus Heights stabbing?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: On March 13, 2010, there was a stabbing death of Monica Ann Anderson at an apartment complex in Citrus Heights. Lan Anh Le was arrested. Could you tell me what the outcome was?
Submitted by:Jim, Sacramento

ANSWER: Lan Anh Le was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of 26-year-old Monica Anne Anderson at Anderson's Citrus Heights apartment.

Le, 23, was sentenced in October 2012 to 25 years to life in prison and is incarcerated at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla.

May 22, 2013
Double homicide on Citrus Heights street last night

Two people were found shot to death in a car in Citrus Heights last night.

Officers were called to a report of shots fired in the 6000 block of Birdcage Street about 11:30 p.m. Once there, they found a man and a woman dead inside in a car along the shoulder of Birdcage Street.

The names of the victims were not immediately released.

May 21, 2013
Citrus Heights police investigate Monday drive-by shooting

Citrus Heights police are investigating a drive-by shooting that injured a 19-year-old man late Monday, authorities said.

The teen suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot to his ankle, said Citrus Heights police Sgt. David Moranz. He was treated at a local hospital and released this morning.

Officers responded to reports of a drive-by shooting in the 6300 block of San Pablo Drive, near Greenback Lane and Mariposa Avenue, just before midnight Monday. Detectives are investigating the shooting, but have few leads and no suspects, Moranz said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police at (916) 727-5500.

May 14, 2013
Citrus Heights couple sentenced for credit card fraud

A Citrus Heights couple has been sentenced to prison in a case of credit card fraud and mail theft involving more than 300 victims in Sacramento County.

Matthew Ray Ausborn, 33, and Christina Leanne Barrios, 29, were charged with ID theft, credit card fraud and three counts of possession of stolen U.S. mail, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. Ausborn was sentenced to three years and one month in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, and Barrios was sentenced to two years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. A restitution hearing is scheduled for June 4 before U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez.

According to court documents, on July 2, 2011, Sacramento County sheriff's deputies found Ausborn and Barrios asleep inside an idling car on a residential street in Carmichael. The deputies arrested Barrios on an outstanding warrant, and Ausborn consented to a search of his vehicle. The search turned up a small amount of methamphetamine and approximately 400 pieces of stolen mail involving more than 250 Sacramento County victims. Also found were multiple identification documents for other people, checks, financial documents, handwritten notes containing personal identifying information, a laptop computer, printer and blank-check paper.

May 1, 2013
Jury finds Skinhead gang member guilty of drug offenses

A member of the Skinhead criminal street gang today was convicted by a Sacramento County jury of manufacturing and transporting methamphetamine, and possessing methamphetamine for sale.

The jury also determined that 38-year-old Charles Gilbert Demar III committed the crimes for the benefit or in association with the Sacramento Skinheads street gang and that he had four prior convictions, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

Demar was under surveillance by undercover Citrus Heights police officers in March 2011, following the shooting death of white supremacist David Austin Lynch at Lynch's Citrus Heights home. Demar was described by police at the time as a close friend of Lynch and a "person of interest," although he was not identified as a suspect in the Lynch homicide.

April 17, 2013
Update: Greenback Lane re-opens after bomb squad determines area safe

Citrus Heights police re-opened Greenback Lane after a suspicious package turned out only to be a briefcase with nothing explosive inside.

Police responded to the report of a suspicious package at about 10:15 a.m. today in a parking lot at 6124 San Juan Avenue, near Greenback Lane.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's department's bomb disposal unit was requested by Citrus Heights police to go to the scene.

Greenback Lane was closed in both directions between San Juan Avenue and Mariposa Avenue until about 1:30 p.m..

April 3, 2013
Convicted sex offender indicted for receiving child pornography

A Citrus Heights man previously convicted of sex offenses was arraigned today in federal court in Sacramento on charges of receiving child pornography and failing to register as a sex offender.

Travis Marshall Grey, 29, entered a not guilty plea in proceedings before Magistrate Judge Dale A. Drozd, according to federal court online records.

Between Jan. 25 and Jan. 29, Grey allegedly received images of child pornography through the Internet. In addition, in December 2012 and January 2013, while living in Citrus Heights, Grey failed to register as a sex offender, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

April 1, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What's latest in case of driver who struck children in Citrus Heights?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: What is the status of the case against Tresa Bales-Sterba of Orangevale, who is accused of hitting two brothers in a crosswalk with her car last October in Citrus Heights?
Submitted by: Tim, Folsom

ANSWER: Tresa Bales-Sterba is free on bail as her case makes its way through the court process.

March 31, 2013
Sunrise Mall evacuated in Saturday bomb scare

Sunrise Mall was evacuated Saturday afternoon, and the bomb squad was called in, after a suitcase was found sitting unattended in one of the walkways, Citrus Heights police said.

The suitcase turned out to be empty, and a 15-year-old girl was eventually taken into custody by police for intentionally causing the scare, according to police.

Sunrise Mall security officers saw the suitcase placed in the middle of a walkway in front of two stores at about 2:25 p.m. Mall security immediately notified Citrus Heights Police Department and evacuated the shopping center on Sunrise Boulevard.

The Sacramento County sheriff's department Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit investigated whether there was explosive material in the luggage and found the suitcase empty.

The teenager eventually came forward and claimed ownership of the suitcase, Citrus Heights police reports said. Officers said the girl placed the suitcase in the walkway with intent to cause fear and took her into custody.

March 29, 2013
Citrus Heights police seek suspect in commercial burglary

Citrus Heights police seek to identify a suspect in the burglary of a commercial complex that occurred early this morning.

Between midnight and 8 a.m., someone forced entry to a business complex through the roof, then broke through the walls of adjoining businesses to enter a convenience store in the 12400 block of Fair Oaks Boulevard.

Preliminary investigation determined that money had been taken from the business, according to a Police Department news release. No employees were at the affected businesses when the break-ins occurred.

March 26, 2013
Investigation leads to man's arrest in child porn case

Danny+Smith+mugshot.jpgSacramento County sheriff's detectives have arrested a 50-year-old man on suspicion of distributing child pornography.

Danny R. Smith (pictured) was booked into Sacramento County Jail this afternoon and is being held on $50,000 bail.

The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received information that Smith was trading files of child pornography via the Internet, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. A federal search warrant was served at Smith's residence in the 2000 block of Bluebird Lane in the Arden Arcade area. Detectives discovered, however, that Smith had recently moved and tracked him to Citrus Heights, where he was taken into custody.

March 25, 2013
Cooking fire damages Citrus Heights apartments

Two families were displaced after a cooking fire at a Citrus Heights apartment complex.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews responded to the 5800 block of Sunrise Vista Drive just before noon today and arrived to find a fire in an upstairs unit. The fire was largely contained to the kitchen area, with some extension into the attic, according to a fire district news release.

The second-floor unit where the fire started sustained the majority of the damage. The exterior of the unit suffered minor fire damage, and the unit below sustained water damage.

March 25, 2013
Sunrise Mall auto burglaries ignite police chase

Police activity around Sunrise Mall on Saturday night involved a chase of suspected auto burglars.

Citrus Heights police said that a citizen noticed two people breaking into cars in the mall parking lot about 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Officers saw a car driven by Anthony Shane Junkin, 25, leave the scene and head eastbound on Greenback Lane.

Police said Junkin sideswiped a car at Greenback Lane and Illinois Avenue in Orangevale. Junkin and a passenger, Marcus Culbertson, 28, abandoned their vehicle and fled on foot.

A perimeter was set up and one of the men was found in a nearby backyard, the other walking away from the scene. Both men were booked into jail.

Junkin was arrested on suspicion of evading an officer, drug possession, hit and run, violation of probation and resisting an officer. Police said Culbertson was arrested on suspicion of evading an officer.

March 23, 2013
Authorities warn of police impersonator in Citrus Heights

By Allen Piereoni
apierleoni@sacbee.com

The Citrus Heights Police Department is warning residents to beware of a police impersonator.

About 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Citrus Heights police responded to a theft in the 7500 block of Auburn Boulevard when a man wearing a police-style uniform stole clothes from a local business.

Police describe him as black, 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing about 155 pounds.

He has visible tattoos on his arms. He was wearing a black baseball cap with an unknown emblem, a black vest with a "Sheriff" patch on it, black cargo pants, a police utility belt with a silver star badge attached and black boots. He was driving a gold or tan Ford sport-utility vehicle last seen southbound on Auburn Boulevard.

Citrus Heights police remind motorists to drive to a well-lit public place and call 911 if they suspect they are dealing with someone who is impersonating a police officer.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the Citrus Heights Police Department at (916) 727-5500.

March 7, 2013
Immigration consultant pleads guilty in marriage fraud scheme

An immigration consultant characterized by authorities as the mastermind of a marriage fraud scheme pleaded guilty today in federal court in Sacramento.

Sergey Potepalov, 57, of Citrus Heights admitted to his role in a scheme that involved sham marriages, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. He is to be sentenced Aug. 15 by U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr.

Potepalov, a naturalized U.S. citizen of Russian descent, was the leader of a scheme with 13 other defendants who were charged in July 2011 with conspiring to commit marriage fraud, to defraud the United States, to make false statements and to induce foreign nationals to enter and remain in the United States, according to court records.

March 7, 2013
Traffic accidents drop in Citrus Heights

Citrus Heights police are touting a sharp decline in traffic fatalities and other on-the-road accidents in the past six years thanks to lower speed limits and more robust enforcement.

Police said in 2006, the city began reducing posted speeds on major thoroughfares. At the same time, the police department began to closely watch out for speeders violating the new lower speed limits.

Fatalities went from a high of 14 in 2006 to an average of 3 over the past four years, according to a police press release. In addition, the number of accidents city-wide has been reduced from 1,203 in 2006 to 670 in 2012.

March 1, 2013
Citrus Heights bookkeeper ordered to pay $1.5 million in restitution

A federal judge has sentenced a bookkeeper from Citrus Heights to nearly six years in prison for fraud and tax evasion.

U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell sentenced Kathe Rascher, 53, on Friday to 57 months in prison for one count of mail fraud and one count of tax evasion. She was ordered to pay $1.5 milllion in restitution.

A press release from the U.S. Attorney's office in Sacramento said court documents indicate that Rascher embezzled $1.7 million while she was a bookkeeper at River Valley Insurance Inc. Rascher wrote checks to herself and family members from the River Valley bank account.

To cover her tracks she changed the names of the payees on the unauthorized checks in the accounting records, altered carbon copies of checks and created fake invoices, according to the press release.

Rascher also failed to disclose embezzled income on tax returns, according to prosecutors.

February 28, 2013
UPDATE: Missing North Highlands man found safe

John Killins.JPGThe Sacramento County Sheriff's Department reports that a North Highlands man who disappeared from his home Wednesday night has been found and is safe.

John Killins, 55 (pictured), who deputies say has a diminished mental capacity, had last been seen at 10 p.m. Wednesday at his North Highlands home in the 3600 block of Turner Drive.

Killins typically uses a bus pass to ride Regional Transit.

February 23, 2013
Man arrested on suspicion of DUI after leading police on chase

A man allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol was arrested after he led police on a chase, authorities said.

While Citrus Heights police were conducting a DUI checkpoint on Friday at Greenback Lane and Birdcage Drive, officers noticed a reckless driver around Sayonara and San Simeon Drives, according to reports.

Police attempted to stop the driver, but he refused to stop. The suspect, later identified as 25-year-old Michael Ballard, allegedly led police on a chase toward the DUI checkpoint, driving the wrong way on Greenback Lane and striking the center divider.

Ballard's vehicle eventually became disabled, and he fled on foot, police said. Moments later, he was apprehended and arrested on suspicion of multiple violations, including driving under the influence.

February 20, 2013
Pursuit ends with four arrests in Citrus Heights burglary

Padilla, Samantha image (1).pngReyes, Michael image.pngStacey Brown image.pngFigueroa,  Williamimage.pngFour Fresno County residents were arrested in Citrus Heights early this morning after police received reports of several people removing property from a local business.

Officers responded to the 7200 block of Auburn Boulevard about 4:45 a.m. As they arrived at the scene, the suspects drove away from the business in what was later determined to be a stolen U-Haul box van, according to a Police Department news release.

Officers tried to make a vehicle stop, but the van sped off and police gave chase. The pursuit ended when the U-Haul driver tried to ram apartment complex security gates on Auburn Oaks Court, police said.

February 20, 2013
Citrus Heights man accused of credit card scam

A Citrus Heights man was arrested today, accused of participating in a credit card fraud scheme and money laundering activities.

A federal grand jury in Sacramento on Thursday returned a 36-count indictment against Oganes Serobyan, 40. The indictment was unsealed after his arrest today. He is to be arraigned Friday, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to the indictment, in November 2009, Serobyan established a sham business, Link & Work Holdings LLC, which purported to sell "e-books" online. Between November 2010 and May 2011, the company is alleged to have unlawfully obtained American Express charge card numbers and made tens of thousands of unauthorized charges on them that were ultimately credited to Link & Work Holdings' bank account.

February 20, 2013
CHP issues 'Silver Alert' for missing Citrus Heights woman

A Silver Alert has been activated for am 89-year-old woman missing from Citrus Heights.

The woman, Evelyn Nash, possibly has early onset of dementia, according to a news release from the California Highway Patrol's Emergency Notification and Tactical Alert Center.

She was last seen about 3:45 a.m. last Wednesday in the Citrus Heights area. According to the release, she was driving a gray, two-door Cadillac CTS with possible damage to the driver's door and a California license plate of 5LLT084.

February 14, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man arrested following slaying of white supremacist leader?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: What happened to the guy that was arrested for the killing of the leader of the white supremacist group?
Submitted by: Janice, Sacramento

ANSWER:No one has been charged in the March 2011 shooting death of white supremacist David Austin Lynch at his Citrus Heights home.

February 14, 2013
Firefighters plan safety fair, fundraising in Citrus Heights

The intersection of Sunrise Boulevard and Greenback Lane in Citrus Heights will serve as a fundraising hub for firefighters who will ask passing motorists to help fill their boots to aid burn survivors.

This year's "Fill the Boot" drive in Citrus Heights is scheduled Friday through Monday. Firefighters will be on hand to collect donations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday.

A free safety fair also is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday outside at Sunrise Mall.

February 6, 2013
Recruiting under way for 2013 Sacramento County Citizen Academy

Applications are being taken for a free, ten-week class that provides an overview of the criminal justice system.

The 13th Citizen Academy Class, established by the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office, seeks to answer community questions and build bridges between the criminal justice system and ethnic, racial and faith-based communities.

The course is held Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. beginning April 9 at the Sacramento Police Department headquarters, 5770 Freeport Blvd.

Members will learn about racial profiling, gang and hate crimes, in-car cameras and police internal affairs departments. Scheduled this year are a tour of the county jail and a police dog demonstration.

Application forms are at http://www.sacda.org/community. Call Cecile Velasco at (916) 874-7428 for more information.

February 1, 2013
Citrus Heights police seek information on restaurant robbery

Citrus Heights police are seeking three people who robbed a local restaurant Thursday night.

Officers responded to the Star of Siam restaurant at 6029 Greenback Lane about 8:40 p.m. regarding a reported robbery.

Three males wearing dark-colored ski masks, and each armed with a gun, entered the business and demanded money from the cashier, according to a Police Department news release. The suspects also ordered customers to the floor and took personal items, including a cell phone and camera.

January 31, 2013
Update: Missing Citrus Heights mother, son found safe in Reno

pics.jpgboy.jpgA woman and her 7-year-old son who had been sought by Citrus Heights police because of concerns about the boy's welfare have been located in Reno.

Danielle Virginia Lake walked into the Reno Police Department with her son, Justice, indicating that she had seen a news story in Reno, according to a Citrus Heights Police Department news release. Reno police, as the request of Citrus Heights police, took boy into protective custody.

Justice Terrence Seiler of Citrus Heights had been last seen at his home on Sunday and was believed to be with his 41-year-old mother.

A police news release stated, "circumstances surrounding the contact of Justice at his home," prompted the request for the public's help in finding the boy.

January 30, 2013
Citrus Heights man accused of burglaries, auto thefts

A Citrus Heights man has been arrested in connection with several burglaries that have occurred in the city in recent weeks.

Citrus Heights police officers contacted a suspicious looking man in the 7800 block of Sayonara Drive about 2:34 a.m. today. The man, identified as Scott Alan James, 42, was found to be in possession of jewelry, and officers located a flat-screen television and other property nearby, according to a Police Department news release.

The property was found to belong to a resident in the 6600 block of Rinconada Drive. Police said the home had been broken into and the property stolen while the residents slept.

January 30, 2013
Free catalytic converter engraving Feb. 9 in Citrus Heights

Motorists can have catalytic converters etched with their license plate numbers for free in Citrus Heights.

The Citrus Heights Police Department is teaming up with Scott's Econo Lube N' Tune to offer the service in an effort to reduce the theft of the emission control devices.

The engraving will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 9 at Scott's, 8013 Arcadia Drive near Sunrise Mall.

Thieves often steal the emission control devices from high-off-the-ground trucks and SUVs because they can easily slide under the vehicles and then unbolt or saw off the converter.

The converters are stolen for the metals contained within the devices. Thefts have occurred at shopping centers and home driveways, according to Citrus Heights police.

January 25, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What is status of case against former Creative Frontiers school principal?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: What is the legal standing of the Citrus Heights private school principal? It's been quite a while since he was charged, and I haven't seen any information lately.
Submitted by: J. Smith, Sacramento

ANSWER: A preliminary hearing for Robert Benson Adams, former principal of Creative Frontiers school in Citrus Heights, has been continued several times.

January 24, 2013
Citrus Heights man sentenced in child pornography case

A 27-year-old Citrus Heights man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for possessing child pornography.

Derrick James Kennedy was sentenced today in Sacramento by U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. Kennedy also will be subject to 10 years of supervised release following his prison term, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

Kennedy pleaded guilty in March to one count of possession of child pornography. According to court documents, law enforcement agents traced user-sharing files of child pornography on a peer-to-peer file-sharing program to Kennedy's Citrus Heights residence.

January 17, 2013
Citrus Heights boy hit by suspected impaired driver dies 3 months later

Henry Perez-Rocha.JPGThree months after he was hit by a driver allegedly under the influence of drugs, little Henry Perez-Rocha (pictured) has died.

The Sacramento County Coroner's website notes that the six-year-old died at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Henry and his brother, Juan Perez-Rocha, 8, were struck in a crosswalk Oct. 5 at Greenback Lane and Mariposa Avenue on their way to Skycrest Elementary in Citrus Heights.

Police said that a Chrysler 300 driven by Tresa Bales-Sterba, 52, of Orangevale collided with a Chevy Suburban in the intersection, then spun into the children. The boys' mother was walking behind her sons with another child and witnessed the accident.

January 16, 2013
SMUD business customers continuing to be scam targets

SMUD is warning a phone scam continues to be perpetrated on its business customers.

Around the holiday season, some customers reported getting phone calls by someone pretending to represent the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. The caller threatened to shut off a home's or business's electric power unless the customer pays a past-due bill immediately at a payment facility.

The scam attempts were reported by several business customers, the utility said. SMUD said this week that those fraudulent calls continue to be made.

January 13, 2013
Citrus Heights man arrested in slaying; second man sought

Jeffrey Douglas Powell.jpgPolice have arrested Citrus Heights man in connection with the death of Jack Swaim, 52, who was hit with an unknown object outside his home the morning of Jan. 5 and subsequently died in a local hospital.

Citrus Heights Police detectives serving an arrest warrant took Jeffrey Douglas Powell, 27, (pictured at left) into custody in the 7700 block of Wintergreen Drive in Citrus Heights just after 9 p.m. on Saturday, the department announced today. He was booked in the Sacramento County Main Jail for investigation of homicide.

Police reported they have an arrest warrant for 28-year-old Andrew Les Johnson (pictured at right) related to the homicide.

January 11, 2013
Warrant issued for suspect in Citrus Heights homicide

Andrew Les Johnson+pic.jpgCitrus Heights police report that warrant has been issued for the arrest of Andrew Les Johnson (pictured), 29, in connection with a Jan. 5 homicide.

Officers responded to the 6300 block of Stonehand Avenue about 6:28 a.m. regarding medical aid for an individual who had been struck with an unknown object. They found the victim unconscious outside of his residence. He was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced.

Police said the victim -- identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office as Jack Swaim, 52 -- had been stabbed multiple times.

Investigation in the case continues. Anyone with information regarding the incident for Johnson's whereabouts is asked to call the Citrus Heights Police Department at (916) 727-5500.

January 11, 2013
Citrus Heights police increase traffic patrols in school zones

The Citrus Heights Police Department is ushering in the new year with stepped-up traffic enforcement in school zones.

With students back in school following the holiday break, police remind motorists to slow down near schools.

The city's Police and General Services departments have been working to improve traffic safety in school zones, installing high-visibility signs to alert motorists, according to a Police Department news release. Drivers are reminded not to exceed 25 mph in school zones and to watch out for children, whose actions can be unexpected.

Officers will be conducting extra patrols in all school areas, enforcing school zone speed limits and looking for distracted driving, as well as right-of-way and pedestrian violations. Parents are reminded to make sure their children wear helmets when riding bicycles or scooters, or skating to school.

January 7, 2013
Citrus Heights police release new details in fatal officer-involved shooting

Citrus Heights police officials have released new information about the confrontation that led an officer to fatally shoot a suspected car thief.

About 2 a.m. Thursday, police responded to the 8000 block of Debbie Ann Court after a report of a car burglary in progress by two suspects.

According to updated information from the Police Department, the first officer to arrive on scene located one of the suspects, who, in a confrontation with the officer, ignored officer's commands to show his hands.

January 5, 2013
Citrus Heights police investigate second homicide in 12 hours

A Citrus Heights man is dead after being struck with an unknown object, the second homicide in the city in 12 hours.

However, though close in proximity and in timing, Citrus Heights police say the two incidents are not related.

Police responded to the 6300 block of Stonehand Avenue on a medical call involving a person struck with an unknown object, according to a police news release. There, they found the victim unconscious outside of his house.

January 5, 2013
Citrus Heights couple escapes blaze started by unattended fire in fireplace

A Citrus Heights couple awoke early this morning after an unattended fire in their fireplace caused a raging fire in the home's attic.

The couple escaped injury, but half of the Peoria Drive home was damaged in the fire, according to a Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District news release.

The first arriving firefighters were met with 30- to 40-foot flames. It took 24 firefighters to extinguish it.

Metro Fire officials say the fire is a reminder of the dangers of leaving a fire unattended in a fireplace, and want to remind people to never close the damper when there are hot ashes in the fireplace. According to the news release, a closed damper will help the fire heat up again and force carbon monoxide into the home.

January 5, 2013
Coroner IDs man found fatally shot outside McDonald's in Citrus Heights

The man fatally shot in a car parked outside a McDonald's in Citrus Heights on Friday night has been identified as 28-year-old Baron Seidel.

About 6 p.m., police responded to the 7800 block of Lichen Drive after reports of a shooting. There, they found a man, now identified as Seidel, inside a parked vehicle with a gunshot wound.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

January 5, 2013
Coroner IDs suspect fatally shot by Citrus Heights police during alleged car theft

RichardMartinDuran.jpgThe suspect fatally shot by a Citrus Heights police officer Wednesday has been identified as 20-year-old Hunter Todd.

Police also have identified the suspect who was with Todd at the time as 36-year-old Richard Martin Duran. Duran was arrested on suspicion of attempted car theft, burglary of a car and possession of burglary tools, according to a police news release.

Duran also had two warrants out for his arrest, one for possession of burglary tools and the other for a traffic matter, police said.

January 4, 2013
One man reported dead in Citrus Heights shooting

One man is dead following a shooting this evening in Citrus Heights.

Police spokesman Officer Bryan Fritsch said officers responded at 6 p.m. to a report of an assault with a firearm in the 7800 block of Lichen Drive, near Antelope Road. When they arrived, they found a man dead inside a vehicle in a McDonalds parking lot.

Fristch said investigators believe the shooting was an isolated incident and that the parties involved may have known each other.

January 3, 2013
Citrus Heights police fatally shoot suspected thief

A Citrus Heights police officer shot and killed a suspected thief this morning.

Suspicious activity was reported about 2 a.m. in the vicinity of Debbie Ann Court and Glen Alta Way, police said. A caller to the police department said that two men drove into the neighborhood and got out of their vehicle.

One man, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, got out and entered another vehicle two houses away from the caller. The reporting party did not recognize man in the hoodie nor the vehicle he arrived in.

December 31, 2012
Update: Boy, 3, dies after hit by car in Citrus Heights

A 3-year-old boy died this evening after he was struck by a vehicle at Sunrise Boulevard and Lawrence Avenue in Citrus Heights.

The accident was reported about 5:30 p.m. When police officers arrived they administered emergency aid, including CPR, until Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews arrived, according to a Police Department news release. The child was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police said the child's name was being withheld at the request of his family.

December 31, 2012
Citrus Heights activates red-light cameras at two intersections

Red-light enforcement cameras were activated today at two of Citrus Heights' busiest intersections.

Cameras and violation sensors now monitor the intersections at Greenback Lane and Auburn Boulevard and Greenback Lane and Sunrise Boulevard. The program is intended to improve safety and the flow of traffic, according to a Citrus Heights Police Department news release.

Drivers are granted a 30-day grace period following installation of the cameras before authorities begin issuing citations. During January, warning notices will be issued for red-light violations at these intersections. Beginning Jan. 31, violators will receive citations and will be responsible for a $481 fine.

December 26, 2012
Nearly 3,000 drivers caught in cell phone crackdown

Nearly 3,000 drivers were caught breaking cell phone rules during a crackdown in 37 police jurisdictions in and around Sacramento County.

"We are committed to saving lives on area roadways, and drivers should expect to continue to see officers enforcing cell phone driving laws time and time again," said state Office of Traffic Safety director Chris Murphy.

California was one of two states to receive grants for high-visibility law enforcement pilot programs to squelch motorists' hand-held cell phone use and texting. In addition to California, Delaware was selected to mount a pilot project.

The California program, dubbed "Phone in One Hand, Ticket in the Other," was conducted in eight counties with 3.8 million residents in an area ranging from Modesto to Marysville and Vallejo to South Lake Tahoe. The crackdown occurred from Nov. 30 to Dec. 9.

December 22, 2012
Citrus Heights woman held in Friday night shooting

By Phillip Reese
preese@sacbee.com

Citrus Heights Police have arrested a woman for investigation of attempted murder after she allegedly shot an acquaintance multiple times.

Kathleen French, 47, of Citrus Heights, is alleged to have shot the man inside a home on the 7300 block of Single Way around 8 p.m. Friday night. French knew the victim, whose name has not been released, but authorities are unsure of a motive for the shooting, according to a police statement.

The man's injuries are serious, but not life threatening, police said. He was taken to Mercy San Juan Hospital.

French is being held in the Sacramento Jail. She has also been charged with discharging a firearm in a negligent manner and battery against a person with bodily injury, both felonies.

December 19, 2012
Police seek to identify man seen at Citrus Heights school

The Citrus Heights Police Department seeks help identifying a man who has been seen twice on a school campus in the past couple of weeks.

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Officers responded to Citrus Heights Elementary School, 7085 Auburn Blvd., on Friday regarding a report of a suspicious subject on campus.

The man was discovered inside a classroom while students were in the library. When questioned by a teacher, he said he was waiting for his wife to park the car, according to a Police Department news release. He then left the campus, and officers were unable to locate him.

December 10, 2012
UPDATE: North Highlands man seriously injured in Citrus Heights crash

A Shasta Lake man is in custody following a hit-and-run collision in Citrus Heights that left a motorcyclist with major injuries, according to police.

Westbound Greenback Lane between Sunrise Boulevard and Birdcage Street was closed for about five hours while police investigated the collision, which occurred just before 12:30 p.m.

A van collided with a motorcycle and then fled the scene, according to a Citrus Heights Police Department news release. The van was located a few blocks away in a parking lot in the area of Sunrise and Sun Hill Drive, but the driver was gone. Police later located the suspected driver, identified as Adam McGue, 30, of Shasta Lake. He was arrested on suspicion of hit and run with injury.

December 6, 2012
Sacramento County looking for grand jury applicants

Citizens have until Feb. 6 to apply to serve on the 2013-2014 Sacramento County Grand Jury.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, U.S. citizens and reside in Sacramento County. The grand jury serves from July 10, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

To get an application questionnaire and view a fact sheet, go to www.sacgrandjury.org or call the grand jury coordinator at (916) 874-7559.

December 6, 2012
Couple missing from Citrus Heights found, boyfriend dead

A woman missing for nearly a week after leaving Citrus Heights for a trip across the stormy Sierra has been found alive, but her boyfriend is dead, authorities said.

Citrus Heights police said that Paula Lane, 46, of Gardnerville, Nev., was found alive walking along Highway 88/89 in Alpine County last night. Lane was located by a family member and she is recovering in a hospital.

Her boyfriend, Roderick Paul Clifton, 44, was found dead.

December 3, 2012
Agencies search for missing couple

Law enforcement agencies from four counties are searching for two adults who were reported missing by family members three days ago.

Roderick Clifton, 44, of Citrus Heights, and Paula Lane, 46, left a relative's Citrus Heights home Thursday in a dark blue 1989 Jeep Cherokee. They were expected to arrive at Lane's Gardnerville, Nev., home the same day.

Family members grew concerned given the inclement weather.

Neither has been heard from since, according to the Citrus Heights Police Department. While there is no evidence of foul play, a search of credit card and cell phone activity has yielded no leads on their whereabouts, authorities said.

Officers from the El Dorado Sheriff's, Alpine Sheriff's, California Highway Patrol and the Douglas County, Nev., Sheriff's departments have been involved in searching for Clifton and Lane.

November 19, 2012
Citrus Heights police say wife's beef with co-worker ends with husband's jail booking

Citrus Heights police said a husband is suspected of ramming one of his wife's co-workers and another man into a plate glass window with an SUV.

Detectives said that the incident began Sunday with an argument between two co-workers. One of the co-workers allegedly called her husband who went to the 7900 block of Auburn Boulevard about 9 p.m. Sunday.

There, the co-worker who had argued with the woman, was on foot in front of a closed business. That is when the husband, identified as Anthony Ray Robinson, 47, of North Highlands, ran his sport utility vehicle into his wife's co-worker and another man, police said.

November 16, 2012
Indictment accuses Citrus Heights man of mortgage fraud

A Citrus Heights man was arraigned today in federal court in Sacramento on mortgage fraud charges.

Daniel Gherasim, 36, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday for bank fraud, false statements on a loan and credit application, money laundering, and structuring in connection with an alleged scheme to defraud a bank in obtaining a home equity loan, according to a Department of Justice news release.

According to the indictment, in November 2008, Gherasim submitted a fraudulent loan application for a home equity line of credit that he took out on a home he owned at the time in Folsom. The application inflated the amount of equity he had in the property.

November 14, 2012
UPDATE: Greenback Lane reopens following collision

Citrus Heights police report that Greenback Lane has reopened to traffic.

Westbound lanes between Fair Oaks Boulevard and Arcadia Drive were closed earlier this evening because of a collision that resulted in serious injury.

The collision, which involved a motorcycle and a pick-up truck, is under investigation.

November 9, 2012
Another electrical fire prompts warning from Sac Metro Fire

The third fire traced to electrical problems in 30 days has prompted a suburban fire district to caution homeowners about doing electrical repairs themselves.

On Thursday at about 3:30 p.m. Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District firefighters were called to the 8100 block of Dunes Court, near Highway 99 and Calvine Road, where a garage was engulfed in flames. Crews stopped the fire from spreading into the home and also rescued the family dog and cat.

The residents of the home were away at the time of the fire. Arson investigators determined "the cause to be electrical in nature," according to a fire district press release.

November 2, 2012
Bookkeeper admits embezzling $1.7 million from employer

A Citrus Heights woman has admitted defrauding her employer of more than $1.7 million.

Kathe Rascher, 53, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Sacramento to one count of mail fraud and one count of tax evasion, according to a Department of Justice news release.

According to the plea agreement, Rascher, a bookkeeper for River Valley Insurance Associates Inc., defrauded the firm of more than $1.7 million and failed to disclose the embezzled income in May 2006, when she filed her federal tax returns for the years 2004 and 2005.

October 27, 2012
Man arrested after multiple home break-ins, Citrus Heights police say

By Richard Chang
rchang@sacbee.com

A man who broke into multiple homes and fled from police is behind bars, authorities said.

Officers were called out to the 8400 block of Pearl Way in Citrus Heights at 10:30 p.m. Friday for a botched burglary attempt. Police said the suspect, identified as Daniel Travis Tinney of Fair Oaks, fled in a stolen vehicle after the homeowner confronted him.

The 23-year-old Tinney crashed the vehicle into a telephone pole near Twin Oaks Avenue and Mariposa Avenue and then fled on foot, according to police reports.

Shortly after, a resident of the 7600 block of Roberts Lane called police after the suspect entered his house and "made threats to shoot the people inside." A police helicopter found Tinney leaving the house and making his way towards another home at the 7600 block of Twin Oaks Avenue.

Police then took Tinney into custody and booked him into Sacramento County Jail on multiple charges, including burglary and home invasion, according to reports.

October 26, 2012
Woman, two dogs die in Citrus Heights mobile home park blaze

A fire in a Citrus Heights mobile home park claimed the life of a female resident early Friday morning.

The unidentified woman was found dead, along with two small dogs, inside a recreational vehicle at the Auburn Vista Mobile Home Park at 7721 Auburn Blvd., when Sacramento Metro firefighters arrived on the scene about 2:30 a.m., said Battalion Chief Patrick Ellis.

Ellis said the RV was apparently the woman's home.

October 17, 2012
Update: Citrus Heights police say shooting was about marijuana, not break-in

Citrus Heights police went to the 7700 block of Bierston Street this morning after reports that a resident had shot an intruder.

Turns out, the supposed intruder was actually the resident's former rooommate, who came to settle a drug dispute by grabbing some of the resident's pot plants growing in the backyard, according to Citrus Heights police.

The 34-year-old former roommate was taken to a local hospital with shotgun wounds that were not life-threatening, police said. The resident, later identified by police as 37-year-old Jeri Higby, was taken to jail.

Police arrested Higby on suspicion of arrest with a deadly weapon. He is being held in the Sacramento County Main Jail in lieu of $75,000.

When police arrived, they found the victim in the resident's backyard. Higby was cooperative, authorities said; however, it was not immediately clear whether initial information that the man he shot was trying to break in was accurate.

Detectives later learned that Higby was in an ongoing fight with his former roommate regarding an amount of marijuana, according to Detective Chad Morris. That former roommate came to the Bierston Street home today and attempted to take marijuana plants from the backyard. The shooting followed an argument between the men, Morris said.

According to Sacramento Superior Court records available online, Higby has a criminal record that includes convictions for misdemeanor possession of stolen property and grand theft.

He was sent to a drug diversion program in 1998 and again the next year after he was charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance, records show. That charge later was dismissed.

October 10, 2012
Boy, 6, remains in coma, older brother released after car struck both
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By Kim Minugh
kminugh@sacbee.com

Little Juan Perez-Rocha (above, right) is finally out of the hospital, but he keeps wanting to go back.

That's where his little brother, 6-year-old Henry (above, left), remains, still slumbering in a coma that set in when the two boys were struck by a car while walking to school Friday morning.

Eight-year-old Juan seems to understand what's going on around him, said the boys' aunt, Candice Perez, and he wants to be there for his brother.

October 10, 2012
Trust fund set up, carwash scheduled to benefit injured Skycrest students

Bales.Sterba_Teresa.jpgA trust fund has been set up and a carwash scheduled to help the family of two boys who were injured when hit by a driver in Citrus Heights last week.

Henry Perez-Rocha, 6, and his brother Juan, 8, were hit by the car shortly after 8 a.m. Friday in the intersection of Greenback Lane and Mariposa Road while walking to Skycrest Elementary School.

Witnesses said the boys were in the crosswalk when the car driven by Tresa Bales-Sterba, pictured at left, sideswiped another car at the busy intersection, spun out of control and struck the boys.

October 8, 2012
Honda is most stolen motorcycle in U.S.

Motorcycle thefts were down last year in the U.S., despite increased sales, according to an insurance industry group.

A report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau released today said 2011 motorcycle thefts are down six percent from the year before. A total of 46,667 motorcycles were reported stolen in 2011, compared with 49,791 in 2010.

The decrease in thefts came as sales were slightly up. Sales increased to 440,899 motorbikes in 2011 from 439,678 in 2010, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council.

October 5, 2012
Woman gets 25-to-life sentence for stabbing girlfriend to death in Citrus Heights

A Sacramento Superior Court judge this morning sentenced a 22-year-old woman to 25-years-to-life for stabbing her on-and-off-again lover to death - 91 times - in a fit of jealousy and rage.

In August, a jury convicted Lan Anh Le of first-degree murder in the March 2010 stabbing of Monica Anderson, 26. Le was 20 at the time.

Judge Ernest W. Sawtelle handed down the maximum sentence after addressing Anderson's tearful family in the audience, telling them he couldn't help but think of his own daughter and what it would be like to lose a child.

"My deepest sympathy is extended to you," Sawtelle said, "and I feel a great sense of sorrow on your behalf."

October 5, 2012
Update: Citrus Heights police ID suspect in crash that injured two children

By Tony Bizjak

tbizjak@sacbee.com

Citrus Heights police have identified the woman arrested in connection with this morning's crash that severely injured two young school children as 52-year-old Tresa Bales-Sterba of Orangevale.

Bales.Sterba_Teresa.jpgShe was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on suspicion of felony driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance. Police said she remained on the scene and was cooperative.

Police spokesman Chad Morris said the woman had been westbound on Greenback Lane when she hit another car, went into a spin and struck the two children.

The two students who suffered major injuries are siblings in first and third grades at Skycrest Elementary school.

The crash that injured the brothers occurred about 8 a.m. at Greenback Lane and Mariposa Avenue.

"We have our support folks standing by at the school, ready to assist as needed, " said Roger Stock, a San Juan Unified School District spokesman.

Another district spokesman said early reports indicated that the children were in a crosswalk when they were hit by the vehicle.

One boy was transported to UC Davis Medical Center and the other to Mercy San Juan Hospital. The boys' family has been contacted and the support group is at Skycrest to help any children.

Skycrest Elementary is located at 5641 Mariposa Ave, about a half mile from Greenback Lane.

Police said that both directions of Greenback Lane were closed between San Juan Avenue and Birdcage Street.

September 21, 2012
Coroner IDs man fatally stabbed outside Citrus Heights home

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office has identified the man stabbed to death outside his Citrus Heights home Tuesday night as 29-year-old Juan Rangel Villanueva.

rangel.jpgResidents of the home on the 5600 block of Mariposa Avenue tried to render aid to Villanueva, pictured at left, when he was discovered shortly before 11 p.m., as did Citrus Heights police officers who arrived on scene. However, Villanueva was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said Villanueva was attacked in front of the house.

Police say they have no viable leads and are asking that anyone with information about this crime call the Police Department at (916) 727-5500.

September 19, 2012
Man draws 115-year-to-life sentence for 2010 crime spree

A 31-year-old man has been sentenced to 115 years to life in prison for a string of crimes he committed in Citrus Heights and North Highlands two years ago.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Ben Davidian sentenced James Earl Lawhead under the "three strikes" law, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

On July 25, 2010, Lawhead disguised himself and robbed the manager of the Blockbuster Video store, 7291 Greenback Lane, at gunpoint as the woman walked to the bank to make a store deposit, authorities said. Following a Citrus Heights Police Department investigation, a warrant was issued for Lawhead's arrest.

September 19, 2012
Update: Citrus Heights police release more information on fatal stabbing

Citrus Heights police this morning are investigating the fatal stabbing of a man found last night outside his residence.

Police were called about 10:50 p.m. to a home in the 5600 block of Mariposa Avenue across the street from Skycrest Elementary School. Initially, residents of the home tried to render aid to the man.

Once police arrived, officers also attempted life-saving efforts. However, the man was pronounced dead shortly after police responded.

Police said it appears that the man was attacked in front of the house. The victim's name has not been released, however, he is described as being in his late 20s or early 30s.

The motive for the stabbing is not known. Police do not have any information to indicate the killing is gang related.

Investigators continue to gather evidence this morning.

September 18, 2012
Citrus Heights woman accused of making false police report

A Citrus Heights woman was arrested this evening, accused of making a false police report that led officers to cordone off an apartment complex this afternoon.

Citrus Heights officers responded to the 12800 block of Fair Oaks Boulevard about 3 p.m. after receiving a call from Nicholl Schmid, 31, who said there were men in her apartment with guns and they wouldn't let her leave, according to a Police Department news release.

Police received information that Schmid was in an apartment with one man. Officers were able to contact the man, who came out of the apartment without incident. Police subsequently negotiated with Schmid, who agreed to leave the apartment, and officers detained her.

After further investigation, police arrested Schmid on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and making a false police report. She was booked into Sacramento County Jail.

September 17, 2012
Car-theft suspect accused of ramming Citrus Heights police car

Corey Lather.jpgA San Francisco man was arrested Saturday after allegedly ramming a Citrus Heights police car as he tried to flee from officers.

About 6:30 p.m., a Citrus Heights officer spotted an occupied stolen vehicle near Greenback and Van Maren lanes. The driver, identified as 27-year-old Corey Lather (pictured), fled in the vehicle, according to a Police Department news release.

The officer pursued Lather onto Mariposa Avenue and continued onto Challis Court. Lather turned around in the cul de sac and attempted to escape by ramming the police vehicle, officials said.

September 8, 2012
Suspicious fire burns vacant Citrus Heights home

Officials are investigating a suspicious fire that erupted this morning at a vacant house in Citrus Heights, the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District said.

Firefighters responded just before 8 a.m. to heavy smoke and flames pouring from a home at 6921 Birchwood Circle, according to a news statement. Crews discovered the house was vacant and extinguished the fire, which burned into the attic and attached garage.

Investigators said frequent squatters were reported at the house. One witness described a man in his 30s with a beard leaving the scene on a bike and pulling a trailer just before the fire was reported.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call the Metro Fire arson tip line at (916) 859-3775.

September 7, 2012
Antelope man injured in drive-by shooting in Citrus Heights

Citrus Heights police are investigating a drive-by shooting that wounded an Antelope man this morning.

Officers responded to the area of Kanai Avenue and Auburn Boulevard at 10:51 a.m. regarding a report of a drive-by shooting into a vehicle. They said the victim, a man in his early 20s, called 911 immediately after he was shot.

The victim was alert and talking when emergency personnel arrived, according to a Police Department news release. He was transported to a local hospital with injuries that were believed to be serious but not life-threatening, authorities said. No one else was injured.

September 6, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to father, girlfriend accused of baby's death?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: What happened to the man and his girlfriend who stuffed a sock in his baby's mouth, covered him with a blanket, strapped him in his car seat and put it in the hall closet? The baby was discovered dead by the woman's pre-teen daughter when she came home from a sleepover.

Submitted by: Mary, Sacramento

ANSWER: A Sacramento County jury convicted Tye Malecha and his girlfriend, Cheri Hall, of second-degree murder, child homicide and child endangerment in the 2001 death of Malecha's 19-month old son, Randy.

September 4, 2012
Citrus Heights police arrest 7 at home

Citrus Heights police struck out Monday night when they went looking for a suspect in a home on Sawgrass Circle -- but ended up booking seven other people at the residence on suspicion of various charges.

Officers went to the 7900 block of Sawgrass Circle in search of a woman wanted on suspicion of committing property crimes in the area. She was not at the home.

However, seven other people in the house, on parole or probation, were arrested on charges, including possession of dangerous drugs, possession of burglary tools and parole violations.

The original wanted suspect was found in Orangevale where she was arrested.

August 31, 2012
Drunk driving checkpoints planned in Davis and Citrus Heights

Drunk driving checkpoints are planned in Citrus Heights and Davis during the long Labor Day weekend.

The Citrus Heights checkpoint begins tonight at 7 p.m. and continues to 3 a.m. Saturday at a still-undisclosed location. Officers at the checkpoint will also check to see if motorists have proper driver's licenses.

Officers from a variety of Yolo County jurisdictions will be conducting a drunk driving checkpoint in Davis from 7 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday. Exact location of the checkpoint has not been released.

Participating officers include Woodland police, Davis police, Winters police, Yolo County sheriff's deputies and the California Highway Patrol.

August 16, 2012
Special ops effort searches 42 Citrus Heights locations for wanted, parolees, probationers

A special enforcement operation in Citrus Heights resulted in the arrest of three wanted suspects and the discovery of seven probation violations.

Investigators from eight agencies on Wednesday conducted the special ops enforcement. They searched 42 locations from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for wanted individuals and those on probation or parole.

Citrus Heights police said one of those being sought ran from them. Marcus Campbell, 29, wanted for a parole violation, was encountered by officers near Bremen Drive and Van Maren Lane.

August 7, 2012
Citrus Heights residents plead guilty to mail theft, credit card fraud

Two Citrus Heights residents today pleaded guilty in federal court in Sacramento to identity theft, credit card fraud and possessing stolen U.S. mail.

Court documents show sheriff's deputies on July 2, 2011, found Matthew Ray Ausborn, 32, and Christina Leanne Barrios, 29, asleep inside an idling car on a residential street in Carmichael. Barrios was arrested on an outstanding warrant and consented to the search of his vehicle.

The search turned up a small amount of methamphetamine, approximately 400 pieces of stolen mail involving more than 250 victims, multiple identification documents for other people, checks, financial documents, handwritten notes containing personal identifying information, a laptop computer, printer and blank check paper, a federal Department Justice news release shows.

July 31, 2012
Murder trial begins for woman accused of stabbing lover 91 times in 2010

SinglePhotoFromID.jpgThere was no question in Dept. 17 this morning of who killed Monica Anderson.

Instead, attorneys in the Sacramento Superior courtroom debated in their opening statements whether Lan Anh Le stabbed her 26-year-old lover in a premeditated, calculated attack on March 13, 2010 or in a fit of passion.

Deputy District Attorney Anthony Ortiz warned jurors that they would see gruesome evidence during the trial, but argued that the case is a "straightforward" murder case.

July 27, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What became of man who killed wife in Citrus Heights?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: What became of Dennis Mains, convicted for murdering his wife, Pamela Wales?
Submitted by: Brian, Carmichael

ANSWER: Dennis Robert Mains was sentenced in March 2011 to 50 years to life in prison for killing his wife.

According to stories in The Bee, Mains shot Pamela Wales, 61, twice in the head April 25, 2008, as she slept in the guest house the couple shared behind her daughter's home on Jana Maria Court in Citrus Heights.

Prosecutors said Mains killed his wife because she wanted to divorce him.

Mains pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but a Sacramento County jury determined that he was sane when he shot his wife and convicted him of first-degree murder.

Mains, 62, is in Mule Creek State Prison in Ione.

July 24, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What's story behind 1999 slaying of man found near Ice House Road?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: In the '90s there was a killing committed by Douglas Randall Carlyle. The victim was David Dukes. Were these two friends and what were the details of the crime?
Submitted by: Michael, Roseville

ANSWER: Douglas Randall Carlyle was arrested in November 1999 at his home in the Arden Arcade area.

July 24, 2012
Citrus Heights police arrest suspect found hiding in attic

A man wanted on warrants for domestic violence and narcotics offenses was arrested this afternoon after Citrus Heights police located him in the attic of an apartment complex.

Officers responded to the 7700 block of Greenback Lane regarding a report that a wanted suspect was in the area. The officers received information that 37-year-old Shem Ortiz was inside an apartment and had two outstanding warrants for his arrest, according to a Police Department news release.

Officers confirmed the Ortiz was in the attic of an apartment in the complex. After negotiations with officers, Ortiz came out of the attic and was taken into custody without incident, officials said.

Ortiz was arrested on a domestic violence warrant out of Sacramento County and a narcotics warrant out of Placer County. He was booked into Sacramento County Jail.

July 18, 2012
Citrus Heights woman pleads no contest to embezzlement

A Citrus Heights woman has pleaded no contest in Sacramento Superior Court to embezzling from her employer.

In 2010-11, Jewel Taheerah Carbone, 34, was an escrow clerk at Fidelity National Title Co. As part of her duties, Carbone oversaw the collection and disbursement of monies from various escrow accounts. She illegally diverted funds from 22 escrow accounts into her personal bank accounts, resulting in a theft of $42,950, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

Carbone is to be sentenced Aug. 31 by Superior Court Judge Lloyd Connelly.

According the District Attorney's Office, Carbone will be placed on five years probation and ordered to serve up to one year in county jail, of which 90 days must be served in custody and the remainder on a sheriff's work release program. She also will be ordered to pay restitution.

July 9, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Where is Rio Linda preacher serving time?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: When and where was Tom Daniels, the Rio Linda Baptist Church preacher, sentenced to do his time?
Submitted by: Cathi, Antelope

ANSWER: Tommy Gene Daniels was sentenced March 2 to 158 years to life in prison and is incarcerated at California State Prison, Corcoran.

July 5, 2012
Fireworks prompt police and fire response in Sacramento County

Police and firefighters were kept busy with Fourth of July calls, including dispersing celebrants setting off illegal fireworks near an east Sacramento park and putting out fires caused by bottle rockets.

Sacramento police responded to at least two fireworks-related calls:

At 9 a.m., police were called Marysville and Arcade boulevards where a security guard was attacked when he tried to stop the burglary of a fireworks stand. The burglars, one armed with a club, fled.

About 3:30 p.m., police were called to the 1100 block of Rodeo Way in east Sacramento on a call regarding suspected illegal fireworks being ignited. When police arrived, the teens scattered, leaving behind a backpack containing illegal fireworks.

June 27, 2012
Citrus Heights police seek to identify bank robbery suspect

211.BankoftheWest.jpgCitrus Heights police seek to identify the suspect (pictured) in an armed robbery that occurred this afternoon at the Bank of the West.

Police were called to the bank at 7381 Greenback Lane shortly before 3:30 p.m. They were told that a man entered the bank and approached a teller. He brandished a firearm and demanded cash. After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, he left on foot and was last seen heading north toward Sylvan Road, according to a Police Department news release.

The man was described as 30 to 35 years old, with a medium build and a small tattoo on his neck. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt with green and black writing on it and a long -sleeve white undershirt with black designs on both sleeves. He was reportedly wearing a black beret-style hat.

June 25, 2012
Man accused to trying to strangle infant in Citrus Heights parking lot

Graf+2.jpgA 32-year-old man was arrested in the parking lot of a Citrus Heights store Friday night after he allegedly tried to strangle an infant during an argument with his estranged wife.

Daniel Graf (pictured) met his estranged wife in the Walmart parking lot at 7010 Auburn Blvd. shortly before 9 p.m. Friday. They met so that he could visit their 3-month-old infant, but during the visit the couple argued over child custody arrangements and Graf's wife called police, according to a Citrus Heights Police Department news release.

When officers arrived, they began to speak with Graf as he held the infant in his arms. During the conversation, Graf became angry and told the officers that he was going to kill the child, officials said. He allegedly began to choke the infant with his hands.

June 13, 2012
Two men arrested in October carjacking in Citrus Heights

Alejandro AReyes+booking+photo.jpgMarlin Garcia+booking+photo.jpgCitrus Heights police today announced the arrests of two men in connection with an October carjacking.

Detectives on Tuesday served arrest and search warrants on two suspects. Arrested on suspicion of carjacking, robbery and conspiracy were Alejandro Reyes (left photo) of Citrus Heights and Marlin Garcia (right photo) of Sacramento, both 20 years old. The men were taken into custody at their respective homes, according to a Police Department news release.

A third suspect is still at large.

June 13, 2012
Burglary suspects evade police after chase in Citrus Heights

Citrus Heights police are investigating a burglary this morning that led to a fruitless car and foot chase around San Juan Avenue and Farmgate Way.

Citrus Heights Police Officer Chad Morris said two men dressed all in black were burglarizing a cigarette shop around 5 a.m. when police starting tearing after them. The two men hopped into a truck that police later found to be stolen.

After a brief vehicle chase, the men jumped out in a Citrus Heights neighborhood, causing the police to set up a perimeter around San Juan Avenue and Farmgate Way. Although police brought in K-9 units and investigated the area, they were unable to locate the suspects.

June 12, 2012
Update: Citrus Heights stabbing sends man to hospital, suspect arrested

stabbingmug.JPGA man sustained non-life-threatening injuries after being stabbed in three times in his torso and back regions this morning on the 6400 block of Denton Way, according to Citrus Heights Police Lieutenant Daman Christensen.

The 36-year-old man was outside of the home of 44-year-old Gayleen Ramsay, with whom he had a prior relationship, when he was stabbed around 3 a.m., Christensen said. Police arrested Ramsay for assault with a deadly weapon because of her role in the man's stabbing.

June 7, 2012
Citrus Heights police offer traffic safety workshop for teens, parents

The Citrus Heights Police Department will conduct a workshop June 16 for teenagers and their parents focusing on the importance of traffic safety.

Officials cite statistics showing that for both men and women, drivers age 16 to 19 years old have the highest average annual crash and traffic violation rates of any age group. Traffic crashes also are the leading cause of death for teenagers nationwide.

The traffic safety workshop will focus on driver safety, rules of the road, distracted driving, driving under the influence and safety statistics. Parents and teenagers are encouraged to help address the safety concerns.

June 4, 2012
Citrus Heights police investigate vandalism at four schools

Citrus Heights police are investigating vandalism that included broken windows and other damage at four schools in the city over the weekend.

The vandals hit Mesa Verde High School at 7501 Carriage Drive and nearby Carriage Drive Elementary School at 7519 Carriage Drive, as well as Sylvan Middle School at 7137 Auburn Blvd. and neighboring Citrus Heights Elementary School at 7085 Auburn Blvd.

Officers responded to Mesa Verde High School at 10:42 p.m. Sunday after a citizen reported seeing a large hole in a school window with broken glass on the ground. Police determined that the school had been entered and notified San Juan Unified School District personnel, according to a Police Department news release.

June 4, 2012
Citrus Heights middle school vandalized

Vandals broke windows, sprayed graffiti and tipped over computers at a Citrus Heights middle school.

Police were investigating the scene this morning at Sylvan Middle School, 7137 Auburn Blvd., where windows on 11 classrooms were broken, according to a San Juan Unified School District spokesman.

The tipped over computers in one classroom do not appear to be broken. The vandals also used a fire extinguisher to spray its contents around one room.

Most of the rooms will be able to re-open today for students.

June 3, 2012
Patio cooking eyed as possible source of Citrus Heights blaze

Fire officials today are continuing to investigate the cause of a fire that displaced 10 families in a Citrus Heights apartment complex on Saturday evening.

No one was injured. The blaze, however, caused significant damage to 10 units in the Edgewater Apartments on Sunrise Vista Drive, fire officials said Saturday night.

Assistant Chief Walt White of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District said today that investigators have not been able to rule out outdoor cooking or improperly discarded cooking material as the source of the blaze.

June 2, 2012
Two-alarm fire displaces families at Citrus Heights complex

By Brad Branan
bbranan@sacbee.com

A two-alarm fire this evening displaced 10 families in a Citrus Heights apartment complex.

No one was injured but the blaze caused significant damage to 10 units in the Edgewater Apartments on Sunrise Vista Drive, said Assistant Chief Scott Cockrum of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department.

The department arrived about 7 p.m. and had the fire put out in about 30 minutes, he said. A creek running behind the complex prevented the department from accessing the rear part of the building, where the fire started, he said.

May 23, 2012
Former Creative Frontiers principal pleads not guilty to child molestation

A former private school principal who has been charged with six felony counts of child molestation pleaded not guilty today.

Robert Benson Adams, 61, who used to run the Creative Frontiers school in Citrus Heights, entered his plea on his eighth court appearance since his arrest last September.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge John P. Winn scheduled Adams' preliminary hearing for Aug. 17.

Adams is accused in the felony counts of molesting girls at the school who were under the age of 14. He faces a seventh, misdemeanor count of annoying or molesting a child under the age of 18.

May 16, 2012
Suspected Highway 99 tagger booked in Sacramento

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A suspected tagger from Citrus Heights was arrested Tuesday night for allegedly defacing freeway signs in the Oak Park-Curtis Park area.

Timothy Navarro, 20, was booked into Sacramento County jail on suspicion of felony vandalism.

At about 10:45 p.m. a citizen reported that somebody was spray painting graffiti on the freeway signs on Highway 99 near 12th Avenue. Responding California Highway Patrol officers saw fresh graffiti on northbound and southbound signs -- and a man standing on a highway sign catwalk.

The CHP requested help from the Sacramento Police Department and shortly after 11 p.m., city officers had somebody who matched the tagger's description. CHP officers responded and took the suspect, Navarro, into custody.

The CHP said in a press release that Navarro had fresh paint on his clothing and hands.

PHOTO CAPTION: Timothy Navarro

May 14, 2012
Cameras on Sacramento probation cars pinpoint another stolen vehicle

Christoper Ramirez.JPGCameras on the cars of Sacramento County probation officers have snagged another stolen vehicle - this time a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado pickup.

Cameras on two probation department cars automatically focus on license plates of cars and trucks as officers go about their regular duties on the streets of Sacramento County. More than 3,000 license plates can be scanned in an hour.

Every so often they get a hit, matching a vehicle with cars and trucks on a statewide list of stolen vehicles. Since April 2010, the department has found 193 stolen vehicles using the plate-matching technology.

May 10, 2012
Citrus Heights bookkeeper charged with embezzling $1.7 million

A Citrus Heights bookkeeper has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly embezzling more than $1.7 million from her employer over a five-year period and not paying income taxes on the loot.

Kathe Rascher, 53, is charged in 12 counts of mail fraud and five counts of tax evasion. She was arrested this morning and is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon before U. S. Magistrate Judge Kendall J. Newman.

According to the indictment, Rascher systematically drained the funds of River Valley Insurance Associates Inc. by writing checks to herself and her family members on the company's bank account and, due to her position as bookkeeper, was able to cover her tracks by altering internal records and creating fictitious invoices.

The indictment also accuses Rascher of evading federal income taxes on the stolen money for the years 2004 through 2008.

May 6, 2012
Citrus Heights man held on bail after allegedly firing AK-47

Kelly+Miller+49.jpgA Citrus Heights man arrested after allegedly firing an AK-47 assault rifle in the backyard of a Sacramento home was being held today in lieu of $105,000 bail for investigation of numerous felony violations.

Kelly Miller, 49, was leaving in his vehicle from the home in the 2200 block of Bell Avenue in Sacramento when police arrived shortly after 3:30 p.m. Friday, authorities said. Police stopped the car, detained the suspect and found the AK-47 with him.

A search of his home in Citrus Heights also turned up a cache of survivalist gear and weapons, including two additional AK-47 rifles, a gas mask, night vision goggles, a ballistic vest, ammunition and methamphetamine pipes, said Sacramento Police spokesman Sgt. Andrew Pettit.

May 4, 2012
Sacramento Sheriff: New gang task force has seized 112 guns, made 124 arrests

In a news conference this afternoon, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones formally introduced his new anti-gang "Impact Division," and announced preliminary results from the team's efforts.

impact guns 1.jpgSince the division began its work in January, gang detectives assigned to the division have seized more than 100 guns, some of which are pictured at left, and arrested nearly 125 suspects, Jones said.

In addition, deputies have seized 4.3 pounds of cocaine, 153 pounds of marijuana, 29 grams of heroin and almost a pound of methamphetamines, Jones said.

"Can I say we've beaten the gang problem? No," said Jones, flanked by commanders from partnering agencies. "We have a lot of work to do."

impact guns 3.jpgBut Jones said he has high expectations for the division and believes it is off to a strong start.

"Hopefully it gives people optimism we are taking the youth violence problem seriously," Jones said.

Last fall, the Sheriff's Department was awarded a $11.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's COPS Office. The money was to fund a collaborative anti-gang approach that Jones said he began crafting after he took office in 2010.

impact guns 2.jpgThe division is made up of 31 sheriff's employees and 10 officers from outside agencies. Those partnering with the Sheriff's Department are: Police departments from Elk Grove, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova and Galt; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's Special Service Unit; Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and homeland security.

Jones also announced a new tipline for information about gang-related activity. The tipline is also designed for youths who want help getting out of the gang life, Jones said. That number is (855) 2NO-GANG, or (855) 266-4264.

"It's never too late to turn around," Jones said.

To those who have no interest in changing their habits, Jones had a message: "We will find you, we will identify you, and we will arrest you."

The division has a three-pronged approach: gang suppression, intelligence and youth outreach. To read more about the Impact division, go here.

Photos show some of the guns seized by members of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Impact Division. Photo by Bee staff writer Kim Minugh.

May 1, 2012
Cops to be out in force on Cinco de Mayo to halt DUI

Saturation patrols on surface streets and Sacramento freeways are scheduled for Cinco de Mayo.

The deploying of saturation patrols to cut down on drunk driving begins at 7 p.m. Saturday. Friends gather to celebrate the Mexican holiday with barbecues, beer and margaritas, but be careful after the party ends, warned law enforcement.

"Everyone, including hosts, local bars and restaurants must be sure to promote designated sober drivers in advance, before the festivities begin," said Citrus Heights Police Chief Chris Boyd.

The greatest number of DUI deaths and injuries occur late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, according to a press release from the police department.

April 29, 2012
Crash knocks down power lines in Citrus Heights

By Robert D. Dávila
rdavila@sacbee.com

A 63-year-old man was taken to a hospital Sunday after crashing his car into a power pole and becoming trapped by fallen high-voltage lines on Auburn Boulevard in Citrus Heights.

The collision is under investigation as a possible case of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to a Citrus Heights police statement.

According to police, officers who responded around 4:45 p.m. to a call about a vehicle collision on Auburn Drive near Greenback Lane learned the California High Patrol was helping a disabled motorist. While pushing the car out of the roadway, the driver tried to flee and drove the car into oncoming traffic and across Auburn Boulevard before hitting the power pole, the statement said.

The crash knocked down live power lines that trapped the driver, officials said. A SMUD crew was called to turn off the power to allow Sacramento Metropolitan firefighters to extricate the driver from the car.

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call the Citrus Heights Police Department at (916) 727-5500 or the Traffic Tip Line at (916) 727-5525.

April 20, 2012
Search for masked Citrus Heights robbers unsuccessful

A Citrus Heights mini-mart was held up last night by robbers who got away despite a multi-agency search for the culprits.

Citrus Heights police said that about 9 p.m. Thursday, three men wearing ski masks entered the Citrus Mart, 7601 Sunrise Boulevard. At gunpoint, they demanded cash from the clerk and then fled the store with an undisclosed amount of money.

They were last seen running toward the rear of the building. Citrus Heights officers, along with a Sacramento police dog unit and the California Highway Patrol helicopter crew, searched without luck to find the robbers.

Anyone who may have information about the hold-up are encouraged to call police at (916) 727-5500.

April 18, 2012
Suspect arrested in assault on Citrus Heights man during transaction

A 20-year-old man was arrested today in Richmond in connection with a January assault on a Citrus Heights man in Vacaville.

Julian Broussard was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Pacific Regional Fugitive Task Force, according to a U.S. Marshals Service news release.

About 5:35 p.m. Jan. 17, Vacaville police received a report of a shooting in the 1100 block of Alamo Drive. The victim was a 58-year-old Citrus Heights man who had posted property for sale on Craigslist.

April 14, 2012
Person of interest arrested in Sunrise Mall shooting

By Chris Macias

A "person of interest" has been arrested in a possible gang related shooting which occurred Saturday afternoon in the Sunrise Mall parking lot.

Citrus Heights police were dispatched to the scene at 4:31 p.m. following reports of a single gun shot fired at a victim. The suspected shooter then fled southbound on foot.

A perimeter was set up by police, where an individual was detained and arrested on an unrelated charge. Police are investigating this "person of interest" for the shooting.

No injuries were reported in the shooting. Police are still investigating whether the shooting was gang related.

April 13, 2012
Citrus Heights street with violent past is scene of drive-by gunfire

A Citrus Heights street with a crime-ridden past was the scene of a drive-by shooting last night.

Police said that at about 9:15 p.m. Thursday, officers were called to Sayonara Drive after gunshots rang out. Nobody was struck by the gunfire, but three vehicles and an occupied home were hit.

Several bullet casings were recovered by police.

April 6, 2012
Citrus Heights man accused of two attempts to set fire to home

Chance, Anthony.bmpA 46-year-old man has been arrested after he allegedly tried on two occasions to cause an explosion and fire at his Citrus Heights home.

Anthony Alan Chance (pictured) was arrested Thursday on suspicion of willfully and maliciously attempting to set fire to a structure using a flammable natural gas and making terrorist threats.

On March 4, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews responded to a report of a gas leak in the 6900 block of Amberwick Lane in Citrus Heights. When they arrived, firefighters reported a strong odor of natural gas emanating from the structure. After forcing entry to the residence, they found that a supply line to a natural gas clothes dryer had been manually cut.

March 30, 2012
Sacramento homicide detectives take over search for missing child

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Homicide detectives have taken over the lead role in the investigation of missing 22-month-old Dwight Stallings.

However, Sacramento County sheriff's officials stressed that giving homicide detectives command of the search for the little Dwight, does not mean that it is a death investigation.

"Due to the unusual circumstances present in this case, the decision was made that homicide detectives would be better equipped to handle the investigation from this point forward," said a press release this morning from the department.

First order of business for homicide is a morning meeting with volunteers in the south area. The volunteers will help detectives hand out and post flyers with Dwight's picture and information about the case.

March 26, 2012
Crews stop natural gas lead at San Juan High School

Pacific Gas and Electric crews have stopped a natural gas leak reported this afternoon at San Juan High School.

Firefighters were dispatched about 3:30 p.m. after a leak was reported on the Citrus Heights campus.

Assistant Chief Scott Cockrum of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Protection District said school was out for the day so no evacuations were required, but authorities prevented anyone from entering the grounds.

Cockrum said Pacific Gas and Electric crews were working at the school when a tool broke, causing a leak in a 1.25-inch natural gas line.

He said a day care center on the campus was evacuated before firefighters arrived.

March 21, 2012
Police tally arrests from St. Patrick's Day DUI crackdown

A St. Patrick's Day and night crackdown on drunken driving in Sacramento County resulted in nearly a dozen DUI arrests.

Sacramento's DUI Task Force was made up of officers from Sacramento, Folsom, Citrus Heights, Twin Rivers and Rancho Cordova police department. The task force's next enforcement operation is planned for Cinco de Mayo.

Results of the St. Patrick's Day saturation patrols:

DUI arrests: 11

Citations: 22

Non-DUI-related arrests: 1

Vehicles towed: 6

March 15, 2012
Citrus Heights resident knifed by suspect

A man in Citrus Heights was the victim of a knife attack this morning following a confrontation outside his home.

Police said the 32-year-old Citrus Heights resident went out of his home in the 6400 block of Denton Way about 7 a.m. Thursday and was confronted by and man. The two exchanged words and the unarmed resident was cut or stabbed with the knife on his face and body.

The suspect fled on foot with the victim giving chase. His pursuit was halted due to his injuries.

March 10, 2012
Citrus Heights police to hold checkpoint for DUI