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Citrus Heights News Briefs: arson update, mosquitoes, dancing cops

Latest news briefs in Citrus Heights include an arson investigation update on three suspicious fires near Costco, dancing cops at a local fundraiser, restaurant news, and outdoor safety tips to prevent the spread of West Nile virus.

Video shows off Citrus Heights PD officers’ dance moves
In a four minute video clip published on YouTube this week, a team of uniformed CHPD officers are shown demonstrating their teamwork with a coordinated dance performance. According to Lt. Jason Russo, the group of officers practiced “for weeks” to prepare for the performance, which was part of a sold-out May 21 fundraiser for the Citrus Heights Police Activities League. The League is a local nonprofit that says its goal is to foster positive relationships between youth and law enforcement through various activities in the community. (Watch video)

New Vietnamese restaurant opening delayed
The new “Pho ABC” restaurant coming to the old Waffle Square building on Greenback Lane has been delayed until June. Although originally planning for a mid-May opening, owner Tom Nguyen told The Sentinel via email last week that “unforeseen circumstances” caused a delay. According to the restaurant’s latest update on Facebook, the new location is now set to open in the first week of June. Pho ABC’s first location opened in Folsom in 2011.

See prior story: Popular Vietnamese ‘pho’ restaurant expanding to Citrus Heights

Arson investigator unable to determine cause of 3 fires near Costco
The cause of three suspicious fires that originated in the field areas around Costco and Walmart on May 18 was unable to be determined by an arson investigation. Metro Fire spokesman Brian Gonsalves told The Sentinel in a followup interview that although the fires are still considered “absolutely” suspicious, the lack of evidence pointing to any particular person made it so there was “no way to determine what the definitive cause was.” He said anyone with information about the fires is still asked to contact Metro Fire’s Arson Tip Line at (916) 859-3775.

See prior story: Metro Fire: 3 separate fires near Costco ‘not accidental’

Mosquitoes: agency warns of local West Nile virus activity, offers prevention tips
With the seasonal increase in barbecues, camping and other outdoor activities, the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito Control District issued a statement reminding the public to take preventative action against mosquito bites. In a May 27 news release, the District said three birds found in the Fair Oaks area have tested positive for West Nile virus so far this year, with virus activity increasing throughout the state “in the last few days.”

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The District said there were 783 confirmed human cases and 53 deaths related to West Nile virus in California last year. Officials recommend using effective repellents and avoiding outdoor activities at dawn and dusk. For more tips, see

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