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Citrus Heights News Briefs: Schools, obituary, dispatcher

Latest local news briefs include the unexpected passing of a Citrus Heights police dispatcher, classes back in session at local schools, and an obituary of a 42-year resident.

Classes back in session at Citrus Heights schools
Students at public schools in Citrus Heights and across the San Juan Unified School District had their first day back in class on Thursday, Aug. 10. Police said officers were on the lookout for unsafe driving behavior in school zones, posting a photo on Twitter of one of the department’s motorcycle officers parked outside Sylvan Middle School.

Obituary: Michael J. Johnson
Michael Johnson, a 42-year resident of Citrus Heights, passed away at the age of 70, according to an Aug. 9 obituary published online. He attended La Sierra High School and served in the United States Navy. Johnson was described as a “quiet person with a heart of gold,” as well as having a dry sense of humor. He is survived by his brother and sister. (See full obituary)

Council meeting adjourns in honor of dispatcher who passed away
Mayor Tim Schaefer closed the Aug. 10 Citrus Heights City Council meeting in memory of Citrus Heights Police Dispatcher Katie Vryheid, who the city said passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 3 from an off-duty medical issue. She had served with the city since 2016 and was known as a “compassionate dispatcher, an incredible wife, an amazing mother, and an inspiration to all who knew her,” according to a slide shared during the council meeting.

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