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Citrus Heights News Briefs: fundraiser, car chase, marijuana regs

Updated Aug. 28, 12:22 a.m.–
Latest local news briefs from the past week include a Special Olympics fundraiser pulling in over $3,000 at Texas Roadhouse, planning commissioners voting in favor of tightening marijuana regulations, a fatal motorcycle collision, and a police chase that ended with a suspect’s vehicle smashed into a fence outside a Citrus Heights home.

CHPD, Texas Roadhouse help raise $3,000 for Special Olympics
The Texas Roadhouse restaurant on Sunrise Boulevard teamed up with Citrus Heights police for a “Tip-A-Cop” lunchtime fundraiser on Monday, helping raise money for the Northern California Special Olympics. About 200 guests participated in the fundraiser, which included a free meal served up by local police officers, according to the restaurant’s managing partner, Brad Kirby. Rather than pay for the meal, guests were encouraged to leave a donation of any amount, all of which went to the Special Olympics. Kirby said the three-hour event raised over $3,000 from the Citrus Heights location, with additional funds raised at other participating Roadhouse restaurants in Northern California and Nevada.

Planning Commission votes 7-0 in favor of marijuana regs
Citrus Heights planning commissioners voted on Wednesday to unanimously support two proposed ordinances that would tighten marijuana regulations in the city, citing concern that pot could be legalized at the the state level in November. An uneventful public hearing held before the vote was attended by less than a half-dozen audience members, and no one from the public spoke in favor or against the proposal. The ordinances still need city council approval, but were designed to address potential impacts of Proposition 64 — an upcoming state ballot initiative that would legalize and tax recreational marijuana in California. If Prop 64 is approved by voters, the proposed ordinances would enable the City to still prohibit commercial marijuana businesses and pot distribution, as well as add definitions to the City code related to commercial, medical, and non-medical uses. A cap on the volume of medical marijuana that can be cultivated in the city is also included in the wording. (See actual wording in agenda packet)

Car chase ends in crash outside Citrus Heights home
Police sirens lit up the night early Friday morning in Citrus Heights after a police pursuit in Sacramento County ended up with a suspect’s vehicle smashed into a fence near Van Maren and Greenback Lane. According to a CBS 13 news report, the chase began around 3 a.m. near Interstate 80 and Watt Avenue, when the driver of a Lexus sedan fled from law enforcement after being pulled over for expired license plates. The pursuit ended several minutes later after the vehicle crashed in a yard on Mercedes Avenue, off Van Maren Lane. Watch CBS 13 news coverage.

Motorcyclist killed in Saturday-night collision on Van Maren
A fatal collision involving a motorcycle and a vehicle on Saturday night left one motorcyclist dead and another hospitalized. The crash occurred shortly before 9 p.m. on Van Maren Lane near Auburn Boulevard, causing one motorcyclist to be ejected more than 100 feet away, according to a KCRA news report. The motorcycle was reportedly traveling on Van Maren Lane when it struck a vehicle that was turning from Somersworth Drive onto Van Maren. As of 12:15 a.m. Sunday, police still had a portion of Van Maren Lane shut down in both directions. See KCRA news report.

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