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Citrus Heights News Briefs: home sales, house fire, sex trafficking

Kids eagerly participate in an Easter Egg Hunt at Rusch Park on Saturday. // Michael Bullington

Latest local news briefs include an update on housing prices and trends in Citrus Heights, a fire causing $50,000 in damage to a duplex, and an arrest made for sex trafficking of area minors.

Night-time blaze causes $50k in damage to Citrus Heights duplex; displaces two families
Firefighters responded to the scene of a duplex fire on the 7500 block of Saint Philomena around 10:30 p.m. last Sunday, with crews reporting heavy fire activity coming from the front of the home. Metro Fire tweeted that crews reported knockdown on the fire several minutes after arrival, with no injuries to anyone involved.

The blaze caused damage to both sides of the duplex, with damage estimated at around $50,000. A total of nine people were displaced. Metro Fire did not list the cause of the fire, but tweeted on Sunday that the blaze was under investigation. (See tweets)

Easter Egg Hunt draws kids, families to Rusch Park
Submitted by Michael Bullington– 
The Citrus Heights Kiwanis Club hosted their annual Easter Egg Hunt this year at Rusch Park on Saturday morning, to the delight of many area kids and parents. Senior Club Member Bill Hooper said that this was his 37th year participating in the event, establishing the event’s longevity for at least that many years. Aiding the Kiwanians were Citrus Heights Police Department Explorers, young people preparing for a career in law enforcement.

The highlight of the event was the stampedes of five different groups of children, according to age, in search of plentifully sown eggs across the shamrock-laden carpet of the park. CHPD Lt. Ryan Kinnan, himself a Kiwanian, organized the hunt and gave the signal to charge. And charge they did, as can be seen in the photos of the last and oldest group of the day. Adding to the festivities were a DJ, face painting, sack races, tug-o-war, fishing boots and vendor booths.

DATA: Average home sale prices in Citrus Heights tapered off in February
Average home sale prices in Citrus Heights dropped by 8.7% in the 95610 zip code during February and rose by just under 1% in the city’s 95621 zip code, compared to January, according to the most recent data reported in The Sacramento Bee on Saturday. In contrast, home sale prices rose an average of 6% in Sacramento County in February.

Latest year-over-year comparisons show prices in Citrus Heights were still up from 2017 prices, with the city’s 95621 zip code showing home sale prices rose by 13.5%, from an average of $270,500 in February 2017 up to $307,000 for the same month this year. In the 95610 zip code, which covers the eastern half of Citrus Heights, prices rose somewhat less, increasing from an average of $310,000 up to $331,000 during the same period, a difference of about 7%. The report included data for sales of detached single-family homes and also included price comparisons of homes sales of all zip codes in the Sacramento region, through February.

CHPD tip leads to arrest of Sacramento man on suspicion of sex trafficking
A Citrus Heights police detective was credited by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office for sharing information that led to the arrest of a sex trafficking suspect and the rescue of five women believed to be trafficking victims. The Sheriff’s Office said in a news release on Friday that the tip indicated a 14-year-old runaway girl from the Sacramento area was possibly involved in sex trafficking in Ventura County, based on an internet post advertising sexual services with the girl.

The tip led to the discovery of three women, age 14 to 22, at a hotel in Camarillo. Based on evidence obtained during the investigation, authorities said the women were believed to be victims of sex trafficking. The investigation also led officers to locate another 16-year-old girl in the Sacramento area, along with a 20-year-old woman who was found with suspect James Powell. The suspect was arrested as the pair were reportedly checking into a hotel in Manhattan Beach. (See news release)

More briefly:

  • Purse snatcher. Citrus Heights police released a video on Monday of a suspect appearing to steal a purse from a vehicle and reminded readers to lock doors and remove valuables from vehicles. (See video)
  • Toys R Us. The local Toys R Us store in Citrus Heights has begun liquidation sales, with prices initially discounted by 5-30% on various items.
  • ‘Stolen’ dog. ABC 10 reported on Monday that a man in Citrus Heights is going to great lengths to get his dog back, which he believes was stolen. (See video)
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