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Citrus Heights News Briefs: arrest, awards, Harvey fundraiser, vacancy

Latest news briefs include a local fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey relief, a 20-year-old Citrus Heights man being arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting, police motorcycle competition awards announced, a temporary cooling center opening inside the community center, and applications being sought to fill a vacancy on a local water board.

Citrus Heights man, 20, arrested in connection with drive-by shooting
Roseville police detectives announced the arrest of a Citrus Heights man on Aug. 25, charging him with firing at least five handgun rounds into a Roseville residence in April of this year. Police said the shots were fired around 5 a.m. at a home on the 1200 block of Schooner Way on April 30, with a vehicle heard speeding away. Although a resident was home at the time of the shooting, no one was hit.

20-year-old Christopher Martino of Citrus Heights was arrested following a lengthy investigation, with investigators believing the home was specifically targeted. Martino is currently being held in the Placer County Jail, with bail set at $500,000. Anyone with additional information about the shooting is asked to contact Sgt. Kelby Newton, at

Citrus Heights Community Center to serve as ‘cooling center’ during expected heat wave
With weather forecasted to reach 110 degrees in the area during Labor Day Weekend, the City of Citrus Heights announced that a cooling center will be opened inside the community center on Fountain Square Drive from 1-8 p.m. on Sept. 2-4. According to the National Weather Service, which issued an “excessive heat warning” for the region, the number-one cause of weather-related fatalities is heat.

In a news release Friday afternoon, the city said its cooling station will be located in the senior center at the Citrus Heights Community Center, located at 6300 Fountain Square Drive. Water, television, and free internet access will be available to the public. The community center was also utilized as a cooling center during a heat wave in June and averaged about 10 to 12 people using the center per day, as previously reported on The Sentinel.

Local Grocery Outlet raising funds for hurricane Harvey relief
The Grocery Outlet store in Citrus Heights announced on Thursday via social media that it is collecting donations for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts through Labor Day. Donations are being received at the register, with funds raised going to the American Red Cross Harvey Relief Fund. “Any amount helps, you can even round up your change,” a post reads on the store’s Facebook page. Grocery Outlet is located at 6059 Greenback Ln.

Citrus Heights PD wins 3 awards at motorcycle competition
Results are in for last month’s law enforcement motorcycle competition held at Sunrise Mall — Citrus Heights police officers won three awards in various competitions between more than 40 motorcycle officers from around Northern California. Officer Brian Pon won an award for placing first in the “Metric Class B event,” a solo speed course for BMW, Honda, and Kawasaki riders that had never placed in a prior competition. Pon clocked in with a time of 2-minutes-and-1 second for the course, with the next closest time coming in 4 seconds behind him.

Sgt. Kris Frey also won an award for placing third in the “American Class A event,” a solo speed course with Harley Davidson bikes competing, and Sgt. Frey also teamed up with Officer Anthony Boehle to win third place in a team relay competition.  Organizers said all riders or teams that ranked within the top three received awards to take back to their respective agencies.

Other briefs:

  • San Juan Water District seeks to fill board vacancy; deadline Sept. 8
    Following the death of board member Bob Walters last month, the San Juan Water District is seeking to fill a vacancy on its five-member board. (See vacancy posting)
  • Local police chief offers condolences after sheriff’s deputy fatally shot; Dutch Bros to donate
    Following the Aug. 30 fatal shooting of Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert French at the Ramada Inn on Auburn Boulevard, Citrus Heights Police Chief Ron Lawrence tweeted: “Words cannot express the sadness that myself & everyone @citrusheightspd has for @sacsheriff loss. Condolences to the family & SSD.” Dutch Bros Coffee announced its location at 7445 Madison Ave. will donate $1 from every drink sold on Sept. 4 to a memorial fund for Deputy French. (See announcement)
  • Sept. 5th: Last day to submit additional names of longest Citrus Heights residents
    If you know someone who has lived in Citrus Heights for over 50 years, the city wants to hear from you. A list of the top 20 longest residents of Citrus Heights was released by the city in August, but a deadline of Sept. 5 has been set to submit additional names for the city’s finalized list. Names and information can be sent to Devon Rodriguez, at
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