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Citrus Heights News Briefs: food drive, drowning, ducks, homeless, quarantine

Latest news briefs include a local homeless assistance group being recognized in the state assembly, a Citrus Heights man drowning in Lake Tahoe on the Fourth of July, Grocery Outlet on Greenback Lane being featured on Fox 40, a video showing a car plowing over ducks crossing Fair Oaks Boulevard, and a quarantine in effect for Citrus Heights after an invasive tree insect was discovered in the area.

Assemblyman honors Citrus Heights homeless assistance group
The Citrus Heights and Rancho Cordova Homeless Assistance Resource Teams were recognized by Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) during a 2017 California Nonprofits Day Celebration held at the Capitol last month. The annual celebration is held by the California legislature each year “to recognize nonprofit organizations that make significant contributions to their communities,” according to a June 28 news release from the assemblyman. Citrus Heights HART Chair Kathilynn Carpenter said her organization was honored to be part of the celebration and called the recognition “a validation of the countless hours and hard work of our many volunteers.” (Learn more about HART)

Local Grocery Outlet featured on Fox40 for ‘Independence From Hunger’ food drive
Grocery Outlet on Greenback Lane in Citrus Heights was featured in a Fox 40 news segment last week to discuss their “Independence From Hunger Food Drive.” Owners Paul and Sara Wheeler said the annual food drive continues through the month of July, with a special “give $5, get $5” offer this year promising a $5 store credit when shoppers donate $5 to the effort. Options for donating include placing items in a collection bin at the store, purchasing pre-made assortment bags, and donating cash at the register. Grocery Outlet is located at 6059 Greenback Ln. and is open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Watch Fox 40 news report)

Citrus tree insect found near Citrus Heights, quarantine now in effect
The California Department of Food and Agriculture announced last week that an invasive tree insect, the Asian Citrus Psyllid, had been found in Roseville. The insect is known to vector a bacteria that officials say is “100 percent fatal to citrus trees.” The CDFA has put the surrounding area under quarantine, which includes Citrus Heights. Residents and businesses are now “prohibited from moving or selling citrus plant material including stems and leaves from within the quarantine boundaries,” according to a posting on the City of Citrus Heights’ website. Areas affected by the quarantine include “a significant portion” of the City of Roseville, as well as portions of Rocklin, Lincoln, North Highlands, Citrus Heights, and unincorporated Placer County. (See link)

Citrus Heights man drowns on 4th of July in Lake Tahoe
A man who drowned in Lake Tahoe on Independence Day was later identified as 41-year-old William Weaver, of Citrus Heights, according to regional news reports. Weaver was reportedly in a double kayak with his wife when the kayak capsized. South Tahoe Now reported Weaver was not wearing a life jacket. (See news report)

Video shows car plowing over ducks crossing road in Citrus Heights
Cellphone video showing a mother duck being run over by a vehicle was picked up by various news outlets in the Sacramento region last week, including a news station as far away as Baltimore, MD. The video shows a family of ducks crossing the street at Fair Oaks Boulevard and Sunrise East Way last Saturday, but when the light turns green, a vehicle plows over a mother duck — leaving it injured and flapping in the roadway. Witnesses followed the driver, who police said could potentially face a misdemeanor fish and game charge, if it could be proven the duck was intentionally run over. Police said it is unclear from the video whether the driver saw the ducks or not. (Watch CBS 13 video)

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