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Citrus Heights News Briefs: arrest, mosquito update, house fire, water

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Metro Fire video shows smoke coming from a home on the 8300 block of Butternut Drive in Citrus Heights on Aug. 17, 2018.

Latest local news briefs include video of a house fire on Butternut Drive, an update on aerial spraying for mosquitoes, police arresting a drug dealer, and latest news on the Citrus Heights Water District election.

Mosquito officials say aerial spraying is still being considered for Citrus Heights area
In an Aug. 15 news release, the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District said it is continuing to closely monitor West Nile Virus activity in the area, with Citrus Heights being listed as a continued “area of concern,” along with portions of North Highlands, Rio Linda and Davis. District Manager Gary Goodman was quoted in the statement saying “the intensity of the virus continues to escalate and aerial spraying may be necessary.”

The District reports that 242 mosquito samples and 200 dead birds have tested positive for the virus so far this year in Sacramento County. Last year, a total of 553 human cases were recorded, including 44 fatalities.

Citrus Heights PD announce arrest of man for drug dealing
Special Investigations Detectives with the Citrus Heights Police Department arrested a 34-year-old on Tuesday for selling methamphetamine, authorities announced in postings on social media. Police said the suspect, Christian Morrow, was already on two dockets of probation for various charges, including selling methamphetamine while in possession of a firearm. The posts were accompanied by a booking photo, along with several hash tags stating, “not on our watch” and “don’t sell drugs.” (See post)

Citrus Heights Water District election won’t be on the November ballot
Voters won’t see any names for the Citrus Heights Water District board of directors on their ballot this year, after only two people applied to run for two open seats on the three-member governing board. Current Director Ray Riehle and newcomer David Wheaton both won their seats by default after no other candidates filed to run for the positions by the Aug. 10 deadline, which was extended to Aug. 15 for the seat won by Wheaton. The election of both candidates is referred to by voting officials as being “appointed in lieu of election,” which is often the case with less-well-known races like water and fire district positions.

Metro Fire respond to Citrus Heights house fire
Firefighters responded to the scene of a house fire on the 8300 block of Butternut Drive in Citrus Heights on Friday, with officials later posting video of the incident on social media. The short video clip shows firefighters moving hoses around as smoke pours from a home and garage in the background. According to Metro Fire, no residents or firefighters were injured during the blaze. The cause of fire was listed as unknown.

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