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Citrus Heights News Briefs: arrest, water mains, obituary, crackdown

Latest news briefs include a suspect being arrested after breaking into a local gas station last month, an obituary for a Citrus Heights resident, several local restaurants targeted for COVID-19 violations, and an update on a broken water main that shut down Old Auburn Road on Thursday.

State cracks down on two Citrus Heights restaurants over alleged COVID-19 violations
California’s COVID-19 website now lists two Citrus Heights restaurants on its citations list of businesses violating coronavirus restrictions. R Vida Cantina on Sunrise Boulevard is the latest to join the list, with a description stating: “report filed with DA’s office for criminal charges,” regarding alleged on-site consumption of alcohol. La Fiesta Taqueria on Greenback Lane is also listed for a citation issued last year regarding alleged indoor operations. (See state website)

Suspect arrested in Citrus Heights gas station break-in
Pastor’s Valero Gas Station said in a social media update last week that a masked suspect who reportedly broke into their business on Jan. 15 has been arrested. The suspect was identified after the business shared images of the man on social media.

Obituary: Joanne Leo Schmidt (1955-2021)
Citrus Heights resident Joanne Leo Schmidt passed away on Jan. 3, 2021, after complications with breast cancer. She majored in theatre while in Colorado and later studied language and culture in Moscow, Russia. After moving to California, she earned a Juris Doctorate in 1985 and later became a junior high school teacher for almost two decades. She is survived by her mother, two children, and grandchildren. (See full obituary)

Broken Citrus Heights water main was over 60 years old, district says
The Citrus Heights Water District said an 8-inch water main that closed down Old Auburn Road for several hours Thursday had been in service since 1960 and failed due to old age. District spokeswoman Madeline Henry said water mains typically have an average lifespan of 70 years. The district has been working on a “Project 2030” plan to increase the number of aging water mains it replaces beginning in 2030, enlisting the help of a 24-member Customer Advisory Committee to aid in planning. (See more)

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