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Citrus Heights News Briefs: volunteers, arrest, Sears, rapist

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A packed audience attended the April 26 Citrus Heights city council meeting, as volunteers were recognized for their work. // Image credit: City of Citrus Heights

Latest local news briefs include comments from the mayor of Citrus Heights on the suspected East Area Rapist arrest, city volunteers being recognized for contributing nearly half a million dollars in free labor last year, liquidation sales beginning at Sears, and more.

Citrus Heights mayor comments on East Area Rapist suspect’s arrest
At the opening of the April 26 city council meeting, Citrus Heights Mayor Steve Miller began by offering a comment on the highly publicized arrest of the East Area Rapist suspect, who reportedly lived in the city for several decades and is accused of committing at least 12 murders and over 50 rapes in the 1970s and 80s.

“I’d like to open our meeting tonight by thanking the many men and women in law enforcement, in particular the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department and the district attorney’s crime lab, for their tireless efforts over the last two decades which led to the capture of the East Area Rapist here in Citrus Heights,” said Miller in his brief remarks. “Of course it’s not the national spotlight one would hope for, but I do hope in all seriousness this brings some closure, comfort and peace to the victims and their families.” The meeting then proceeded with the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and other regularly scheduled items.

Council meeting packed as city volunteers recognized
The Citrus Heights City Council meeting on Thursday was also packed with city volunteers who were recognized during the meeting as part of Volunteer Week. Sandy Maraviov, the Citrus Heights Police Department’s Support Services Director, said volunteers working for the city and police department contributed a total of 18,162 hours in 2017, amounting to a donated value of over $488,000 in labor costs. She said volunteers assist with the police department’s Live Scan operations, parking tickets, Project Lifesaver, radar equipment deployment, removal of blight advertising signs near streets, vehicle abatement, vacation checks, and more.

Councilman Bret Daniels read a proclamation honoring the volunteers during the meeting and said, “Citrus Heights is not Citrus Heights today without volunteers.” The councilman added an “amen to that” remark in reading part of the proclamation where it stated that “experience teaches us that government by itself cannot solve all of our nation’s social problems.” Other volunteer groups, like churches and nonprofits, were acknowledged during the meeting but were not included in the calculation of volunteer hours.

More briefly:

  • Sears. The Sears store at Sunrise Mall began liquidation sales on Friday, ranging from 10-40% off. (See more)
  • Arrest. 53-year-old Larry Hindman was arrested by police on Tuesday for drug-related and counterfeit money charges. (See photo)
  • Fundraiser. A fundraiser will be held on May 1 from 3-10 p.m. at Texas Roadhouse in Citrus Heights, benefiting American Legion Post 637. (See flier)
  • Scam. A San Juan High School baseball coach alleged a fundraiser scam is ripping off businesses. (See CBS story)
  • Casino. A new 30-second promotional video from the California Gaming Association features Citrus Heights leaders commenting about Stones Casino’s local impact. (See video)
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