Latest local news briefs include a 23-year-old probationer being arrested on multiple charges, results of a poll on whether plastic straws should be banned in Sacramento County, Citrus Heights police assisting in recovering a stolen little league trailer packed with gear, a “Dunk a Dignitary” fundraiser being held at the Community Center, and more.
23-year-old arrested on drug charges, possession of burglary tools
Citrus Heights police on Thursday announced the arrest of a 23-year-old suspect on charges of selling methamphetamine, possession of burglary tools, and violation of probation. Police said the suspect, Jacob James Smith, was already on four dockets of probation for various charges including vehicle theft, assault with a deadly weapon, and battery.
More than 150 comments were posted in response to police publishing Smith’s booking photo on Facebook, many commenting on his unusual facial tattoos. According to online inmate records, Smith’s bail is listed at $85,000 for two felony drug-related charges and another misdemeanor. However, he is currently ineligible to post bail due to another pending charge related to violation of probation.
Supervisor Frost polls constituents on whether county should ban straws
A poll conducted by County Supervisor Sue Frost, who represents Citrus Heights at the county level, found two-thirds of responders would not be in favor of bringing a ban on plastic straws to Sacramento County. The poll, which was posted on Frost’s Facebook page on July 26, resulted in 470 votes and 75 comments. 34% voted “yes, ban them,” while 66% selected the option, “no, do not ban them.”
Comments on the poll were varied. One man said, “How about the government start leaving us alone, and let the free market decide,” while another said she was fine with the ban, but didn’t want waiters and waitresses face jail time for violating the policy, if implemented. In posting the poll, Frost did not say whether Sacramento County is formally considering a ban. (See poll results)
CHPD assist in locating stolen little league gear
KCRA 3 reported that an out-of-state little league team competing in Sacramento had their trailer stolen before a game last weekend, but it was soon found in Citrus Heights. The station reported the team was able to loan gear from another team to begin the game as planned, but Citrus Heights police soon called and said the trailer had been found at an apartment complex on Auburn Boulevard — with all the gear still inside. The trailer was located after a resident at the complex reported that the trailer had been sitting in the carport for several hours. (See KCRA story)
- Prince Mural. Citrus Heights artist Christine Stein had her “flowery fro” mural of Prince featured in SacTown Magazine’s recently published “Best of the City 2018.” (See link)
- Dunk tank. The Citrus Heights Rotary Club hosted a “Dunk a Dignitary” fundraiser on Wednesday, with several city and business dignitaries being dunked to raise funds to fight sex trafficking. (See video)
- New cops. Two new reserve officers, along with two community services officers, and a records assistant were sworn in on Monday, joining the Citrus Heights Police Department. (See names, photos)