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Citrus Heights News Briefs: counterfeiting scheme, texting 9-1-1, ‘Good Samaritan’

Howl-o-Ween, parade, dog, Citrus Heights
“Butters,” a canine dressed up in a Citrus Heights police costume, won second place in a contest during this year’s Howl-o-Ween Parade.

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Latest local news briefs include a Citrus Heights couple set to serve jail time for selling illegal pharmaceuticals and counterfeit clothes, a “Good Samaritan” helping out a crime victim, police announcing a new texting option for contacting 9-1-1, and more.

Citrus Heights business among several busted for illegal pharmaceuticals, counterfeits
Fox 40 reported on Friday that a Citrus Heights couple will serve several months behind bars after a multi-year state investigation alleged the pair engaged in tax evasion and illegal sales of imported pharmaceuticals and counterfeit goods. The couple, Stivlana and Serhiy Kybych, own Victoria’s Health Products at 6041 Greenback Ln., along with two other businesses in the region.

According to Fox 40, the couple has agreed to pay almost $90,000 in back taxes and copyright restitution, along with serving 120 days in jail. Their son has also been placed on three years probation for his involvement. (See Fox 40 story)

Citrus Heights police announce new option to text 9-1-1
As of Oct. 17, those in Citrus Heights and across Sacramento County can now text 9-1-1 to contact emergency services. The Citrus Heights Police Department announced the news on Wednesday in a one-minute video posted on social media and Youtube. The video says although texting 9-1-1 is now possible, police request the public still “call if you can,” and only “text if you can’t.” The department said one reason calls are still preferred is due to location pin-pointing being more accurate with phone calls.

Taco Bell employee gets new bike after theft
An ABC 10 report on Wednesday credited a “Good Samaritan” in Citrus Heights for giving a Taco Bell employee a new bike, after the employee had his bike stolen for the second time. The news report said a co-worker wrote about the theft in a private crime watch page on Facebook, which is how community member Russell Proffitt heard about the incident and decided to buy the employee a new bike. “He’s really young and he’s just starting out,” Proffitt told the news station. “Maybe it’ll change his life in some way.” (Watch ABC 10 video)

More briefly:

  • Textbooks. Community members are invited to review SJUSD pilot science instructional materials for grades 6-8, on Oct. 23 from 3-7 p.m. at Choices Charter School. (Read more)
  • Parade. Crowds lined the streets of a section of Auburn Boulevard Saturday morning for the 7th annual Howl-o-Ween parade, followed by a festival in Rusch Park. (See photos from CHPD)
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