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Citrus Heights News Briefs: DeAngelo trial, city districting, needles

Latest local news briefs include an update on the East Area Rapist’s trial, needles at Madera Park, and an upcoming public hearing regarding splitting Citrus Heights into voting districts for City Council elections.

East Area Rapist suspect’s pending divorce could impact trial
Fox 40 reported Monday that Joseph DeAngelo’s estranged wife, Sharon Huddle, has filed for divorce — which could have legal implications in his trial. An attorney told the TV station that the divorce “is a treasure trove for the prosecution,” as she now “loses her right to say no” and can face subpoena from the district attorney’s office.

DeAngelo and Huddle married in 1973, but neighbors told Fox 40 that they hadn’t seen DeAngelo’s wife at his Citrus Heights home in “many, many years.” DeAngelo was arrested last year on suspicion of being the East Area Rapist and is accused of 13 murders and 50 rapes occurring several decades ago. (See Fox 40 report)

City to hold first public hearing on districting this Thursday
Thursday’s City Council meeting on Feb. 28 will include a public hearing to introduce residents to the process of switching over to district-based elections from at-large elections, as well as receive public input. The meeting is set to begin at 7 p.m., at 6360 Fountain Square Drive in the Council Chambers. For more, see agenda or see prior story: First public hearing set for Citrus Heights’ transition to district-based elections

ABC 10: Parents concerned about drug use, waste at Madera Park
A news report that aired on ABC 10 last week featured an interview with Citrus Heights Little League representative Mara Crist, who said needles and drug paraphernalia have been increasing at Madera Park.

Another parent interviewed by ABC 10 said she had seen homeless activity in the evenings at the park, but a transient man told the TV station “it’s not right” to blame homeless for a problem that could be attributed to other people using the park. (See ABC 10 report)

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