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Citrus Heights News Briefs: smoke, obituary, donation

Members of the Citrus Heights Inner Wheel stand outside the Citrus Heights Police Department with several officers, each holding blankets donated by the group.

Latest news briefs include a local church cancelling its outdoor services again due to wildfire smoke, updates on an arson report at a preschool and abuse at a daycare, and an obituary for a 34-year-old Citrus Heights man.

Smoke-filled skies prompt cancellation of outdoor church services, again
Heights Church on Sylvan Road cancelled its plans for an outdoor church service on Wednesday after smoke-filled skies from California’s wildfires returned. The church had cancelled its outdoor services several times in prior weeks due to the smoke as well. Pastor Craig Sweeney said in a Facebook post Friday that the church will be announcing plans next week for reopening indoor services, with up to 100 people. He said the outdoor services on Wednesdays will continue.

Police still investigating report of man setting fire outside preschool
CBS 13 reported Monday that Citrus Heights police say they still have no leads in the search for a man accused of trying to light a fire outside Little Friends Learning Center last week, after he was reportedly denied a soda. (See latest story)

Local women’s group donates blankets to CHPD
The Citrus Heights chapter of the International Inner Wheel women’s organization donated 31 fleece blankets made by its members to the Citrus Heights Police Department. Police posted a photo on social media showing several Inner Wheel members with officers holding the blankets outside the police station. The department said blankets will be carried by officers to hand out to anyone in need.

SacBee: Family demands accountability after report of abuse at Citrus Heights daycare
The Sacramento Bee on Tuesday posted a new video interview of Robin Johnson, who said a staff member last month forcefully dragged her son to the administrative office at San Juan KinderCare, causing injuries. The daycare responded to the incident by firing the staff member, but Johnson has enlisted the help of an attorney and is calling for independent investigations to prevent anything similar from occurring again. (See video)

Obituary: Michael James Athey (1986-2020)
Citrus Heights resident Michael Athey passed away on Sept. 14, according to an obituary published this week in the East Bay Times. Athey graduated from Dublin High School in the Bay Area and served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Chicago. He is survived by his wife nd two daughters. (See full obituary)

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