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Citrus Heights News Briefs: bankruptcy, break-ins, obituary, speeding

The front page of The Sacramento Bee on Friday announced the newspaper’s parent company, McClatchy Co., filed for bankruptcy on Feb. 13, 2020.

Latest local news briefs include The Sacramento Bee’s parent company filing for bankruptcy, Citrus Heights police clocking in a driver at 70 MPH on Greenback Lane, a “loophole” in the law for vehicle break-ins, and an obituary for a local resident.

SacBee parent company files for bankruptcy
The front page of The Sacramento Bee on Friday announced the newspaper’s parent company, McClatchy Co., filed for bankruptcy on Feb. 13, 2020. The company, which owns 30 major papers nationwide, announced last year that it was unable to meet over $100 million in pension obligations. It also suffered from an ill-timed takeover of a competitor for $4.4 billion in 2006, just before ad revenues in the print news industry plummeted. McClatchy reported the loss of 80% of its ad revenue between 2006 and 2018, and a loss of nearly 60% of its circulation. (See article)

Citrus Heights PD clocks driver at 70 MPH on Greenback
The Citrus Heights Police Department posted a photo of a speed radar showing 70 miles per hour, which police said was clocking a vehicle travelling on Greenback Lane Thursday morning. “Our motors are watching,” the department said on Facebook, along with a hashtag message reading “drive safe be safe.”

Citrus Heights woman gets 4 years for fatal DUI crash
Alexis Little, the 22-year-old Citrus Heights woman whose SUV hit a light pole and overturned in April last year, killing a 28-year-old passenger, was sentenced last week to four years in prison, The Sacramento Bee reported. In September, she pleaded guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter.

Citrus Heights police chief discusses ‘loophole’ in auto burglary law
Citrus Heights Police Chief Ron Lawrence, speaking in his role as head of the California Police Chiefs Association, was interviewed by Fox40 last week about a new assembly bill that seeks to enhance penalties for forcibly breaking into a vehicle, regardless if the door was locked or unlocked. The bill’s author says it can be hard to prove that a door was locked, allowing criminals to get off with a lighter sentence. (See Fox40 video)

Obituary: Patricia Ann Strebel (1945-2020)
Citrus Heights resident Pat Strebel died on Feb. 5 after suffering a long illness, according to her obituary. She is described as one who “loved everyone she met,” along with a love for playing the organ, singing, bike riding, shopping and time with family. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Robert Strebel, along with her son and daughter. (Read full obituary)

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