CHPD Targets Human Trafficking in Multi Agency Operation

Source: Citrus Heights Police Department  |  2017-02-09

Citrus Heights Police Officers and Detectives conducted multiple sting operations last week as part of the 3rd Annual Rebuild and Reclaim Enforcement Operation. Our efforts were focused on identifying and arresting the “Pimps” and “Johns” and rescuing the victims of human trafficking.

Using the internet and various other tactics including undercover operations, CHPD made (16) arrests. These arrests included “Pimps” (those who were coordinating the services of victims) and “Johns” (those seeking to take advantage of those victims). Our officers were able to rescue four victims, including one juvenile, in hopes to free them from the criminal activity and or human trafficking.

This operation was in coordination with many agencies throughout California on an effort to identify and rescue commercially, sexually exploited victims of human trafficking and to disrupt the demand of prostitution by targeting the men who seek to victimize other through either soliciting or requesting services of prostitution.

CHPD and the community of Citrus Heights does not tolerate human trafficking and will continue to detect, deter, and hold those accountable for their involvement in prostitution and victimizing our youth.

If you or someone you know needs help or you suspect human trafficking may be occurring, please contact the Citrus Heights Police Department to help us stop human trafficking and rescue those who are victimized.

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CHPD Investigating Injury Traffic Collision

Source: Citrus Heights Police Department  |  2017-02-09

The Citrus Heights Police Department’s Traffic unit is investigating an injury collision involving a motor vehicle and two pedestrians on Sunrise Boulevard.

At approximately 5:50pm, officers were dispatched to a collision between a vehicle and two pedestrians in the 8100 block of Sunrise Boulevard. Preliminary investigation revealed the two pedestrians, a male in his 60’s and a female in her 50’s, were crossing Sunrise Boulevard from the east to the west, outside of any crosswalk or controlled intersection. As the pedestrians were crossing the southbound lanes of Sunrise Boulevard, they were struck by a Prius sedan that was traveling southbound on Sunrise Boulevard. Upon arrival, CHPD officers located the male and female in the roadway with injures consistent with being struck by a vehicle. The driver of the Prius was contacted at the scene and is fully cooperating with the investigation.

Both pedestrians were immediately transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. The male pedestrian has died and the female pedestrian is listed in stable condition.

The cause of collision remains under investigation by the Citrus Heights Police Department’s Traffic Unit. It does not appear that alcohol nor speed were a factor in the Collison on the driver’s behalf. We encourage anyone who may have witnessed the collision, or provided aid to the two pedestrians, to contact the police department at (916) 727-5500.

The Citrus Heights Police Department would like to remind the community to use caution when crossing the roadway, and look for locations where the utilization of crosswalks and pedestrian signals will aid in the crossing the street safely.

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Wrong Way Driver Kills Oncoming Driver and Self

California Highway Patrol Special Report  |  2017-02-09

On February 7, 2017, at 9:55 p.m. the CHP received a call of a wrong way driver going westbound in the eastbound lane of I-80 at Watt Ave. The driver was a female driving a dark Ford Mustang. CHP officers immediately began responding to the wrong way driver in an attempt to prevent a head on collision from happening. Shortly thereafter the Ford sideswiped a Chevrolet Impala near Raley Blvd. and continued going the wrong way on I-80.

As the Ford approached Northgate Blvd in the #1 lane it struck head on with a white Dodge Challenger driven by a male. The collision killed both drivers upon impact. A toxicology report is being taken by the Sacramento County Coroner to determine if alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in this collision.

The eastbound lanes of I-80 were closed for a little over 2 hours due to extraction and investigation and all traffic was diverted off to Northgate Blvd.

Any additional information about this news release should be directed to Officer Chad Hertzell who will be available at the CHP North Sacramento Area business phone number: (916) 348-2317, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Package Theft Suspects Arrested

Citrus Heights Police Department Special Release  |  2017-01-26

On January 4, 2017 at approximately 11:27 a.m., Citrus Heights Police Officers responded to the 6600 block of Auburn Boulevard regarding a person stealing packages from the front porch of a nearby residence. Video surveillance showed a white adult male concealing two packages into a red bag he was carrying. The theft suspect left the scene prior to officer arrival and his identity was unknown at that time.

Citrus Heights Police Officers initiated an investigation into the theft and the identity of the suspect, including the use of community social media. Twenty-year-old Shawn Flemens of Sacramento was identified as the suspect and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office issued a warrant for his arrest. A second suspect was also identified during the investigation as 25-year-old, David Whitley of Citrus Heights.

On January 21, 2017, Citrus Heights Police officer located Whitley during the execution of the arrest warrant. Flemens had fled prior to officer arrival, but was located approximately 30 minutes later during an area search. Both men were arrested for their warrants and transported to the Sacramento County Main Jail.

The Citrus Heights Police Department appreciates our community partnership and their interactive involvement in helping to solve crime. The video surveillance images provided by neighbors in the victim’s neighborhood were instrumental in allowing our officers to identify the suspects. With the continued reduction in cost of video surveillance equipment, CHPD appreciates all those residents who have invested in a home surveillance system. Our ability to identify and solve crime with the community’s assistance is greatly enhanced with this technology.

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Help Fill Their Boots

Source: Firefighters Burn Institute  |  2017-01-26

Firefighters are asking you to help fill their boots.

Firefighters are suited up and ready for this year’s Firefighters “Fill the Boot for Burns” Boot Drive to be held in Citrus Heights February 9 to12. Firefighters from many fire departments serving Sacramento and surrounding communities will spend their day shaking their boots and volunteering their time to collect donations at the intersections of Sunrise Blvd. and Greenback Lane in Citrus Heights.  Donations will support the Firefighters Burn Institute (FFBI) and assure the best possible burn treatment and recovery programs are available in Northern and Central California.

FFBI founded in 1973 by Sacramento Area Fire Fighters Local 522, has grown into the area’s largest firefighter-run charity. It helped establish the first burn unit in Sacramento in 1974 and continues to donate medical equipment, fund burn research and provide free burn recovery programs, including two annual summer camps for young burn survivors.

The Firefighters Kids Camp, held each summer for kids ages 7 to 17 years old and the Little Heroes Preschool Burn Camp for children ages 3 to 6. These camps provide burn survivor children a safe place to be just like everyone else and a positive environment to overcome challenges and achieve goals. Camp provides an opportunity for kids who have experienced terrible circumstances to see a future filled with endless possibilities.

Donations collected during annual Boot Drives have also made it possible for FFBI to pledge two million dollars toward the construction of the new FFBI Regional Burn Center at UC Davis Medical Center. The new 7,900 square foot, 12-bed burn unit now provides comprehensive care with the most technologically advanced treatment options available to burn patients throughout inland northern California, northwest Nevada and southern Oregon.

The Boot Drive is open to the public and will include a free Safety Fair on Saturday, February 11 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  The Safety Fair will include fire department displays, helicopter landings, vehicle extrication demonstrations and endless fun activities for the kids. It will be held in the Sunrise Mall parking lot, weather permitting.

Please come out and show your support and help our Firefighters “Fill the Boot for Burns”!  For additional information please contact the Firefighters Burn Institute at (916) 739-8525 or visit their website at www.ffburn.org.

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Convoy Shows Giving Spirit

By Elise Spleiss  |  2017-01-12

Nine year old Julian looks on with delight as Sgt.Wes Herman of the CHPD points out features on his police cruiser during the annual police Holiday Toy Drop-off on December 20. 
--Photo by Elise Spleiss

A police convoy of over a dozen Citrus Heights Police Department marked and unmarked vehicles, lights flashing and sirens wailing, made their way through the streets of Citrus Heights to five very special neighborhoods on the afternoon of December 20, 2016.

Residents living along parts of Centurion Circle, Terrell Drive, Stanford Avenue, and Villa Oak Drive were understandably uneasy at first, but then pleasantly surprised as the occupants of the vehicles emerged bearing gifts and much more for one special family at each address.

Nearly two dozen police officers, along with police volunteers, Mayor Jeff Slowey and other city council members, Boy Scouts of troop 635, and of course, Santa Claus executed one “flash gift and toy drop” in each of the four neighborhoods.

The four families chosen to receive the special delivery of toys, food, clothes and other necessities were selected from community referrals to the city’s Holiday Referral Program overseen by the police department. Each family had experienced unusual hardship in 2016 placing them in extreme financial or other difficult situation. Items for these and 30 other needy families helped this year by the program, were donated by the police department, non-profit service organizations, churches, schools, private businesses and individuals.

At the first stop, Elizabeth, whose son was celebrating his 5th birthday, was overwhelmed when Santa, accompanied by half a dozen officers ascended to their second-floor apartment bearing a shiny green bike, toys, games, food and many other items for the family. The officers were then joined by more police personnel and their own children of all ages in singing “Happy Birthday” to her son. Elizabeth, who has no family and no parents to help her thanked everybody and vowed to “pay it forward”

At another address, nine-year-old Julian was also greeted by Santa who handed him a bright red present. Julian’s mother passed away after Halloween following heart surgery. Julian said, “I loved my mom, and I’m very thankful for everyone that came he said.” His father, Tony Bernardino, said, “Julian is doing very well with everything considering the situation.” But the highlight of Julian’s day was when Sgt. Wes Herman let him sit in and inspect the interior of his police cruiser and turn on the lights and siren.

Finally, no Citrus Heights Holiday Toy Drop-off would be complete without a stop on Sayonara Drive. Previously the ‘sore spot’ of Citrus Heights, Sayonara is now a much safer place for families to live. As the caravan pulled up to the Sayonara Community Center it took only seconds for dozens of children to appear and descend upon and eagerly surround the officers and volunteers handing out the rest of the over 300 stuffed animals donated this year.

This was Police Chief Ron Lawrence’s first Holiday Toy Drop-off. At the end of the day he spoke of how impressed he is with all the hard work of his officers. He commented that “today we make magic and create special moments these kids will remember the rest of their lives… It’s a gift for us as much as it is for them.”

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Citrus Heights Police Arrest Robbery Suspects

Source: Citrus Heights Police Department  |  2017-01-12

On Monday night, at approximately 8:00PM, Citrus Heights Police responded to a report of a Robbery occurring near the area of Fesler Ct. involving a pizza delivery driver.

The pizza delivery driver reported at least two subjects; one armed with a gun, pointed the gun at him and took pizza and a cellular phone. While officers were investigating this crime, a separate robbery occurred near the area of Greenback and Mariposa. The victim told dispatch the subjects pointed a gun and took money. The descriptions of the subjects in this robbery and the weapon used were similar to the previous robbery.

Citrus Heights Police located the suspect’s vehicle shortly after the robbery and attempted to stop the car. Several of the occupants of the suspect vehicle fled the area on foot and two were arrested at the scene. Citrus Heights Police Officers located evidence from the previous robbery inside the suspect’s vehicle.

Investigators are currently working on these two cases and gathering evidence and surveillance footage to bring these subjects to justice. The identities of the arrestees and other possible suspects are being withheld at this time. All suspects involved appear to be juveniles. Anyone having information or other evidence related to these crimes should contact the Citrus Heights Police Department.

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