On September 22, 2016, at approximately 7:00 AM, the Citrus Heights Police Department SWAT Team served a Search Warrant at a residence located on the 8300 block of Olivine Avenue, in Citrus Heights.
This investigation leading up to this search revealed the resident was in possession of drugs, and selling drugs from the residence. Upon the service of the Search Warrant, Officers located evidence of the drug possession, sales, as well as stolen property linked to stolen vehicles, and vehicle burglaries from the Sacramento and Roseville area.
Detectives were able to identify victims of these related burglaries and thefts and eventually return some items to the victims. Some of the property recovered included personal belongings, suspected identity theft items, and a stolen trailer.
Detectives are continuing their investigation and will be seeking to arrest others who may be involved in criminal activity related to these crimes.
The suspect, a 61-year-old white male from Citrus Heights, was arrested and transported to the Sacramento County Jail for multiple felony charges.
The Citrus Heights Police Department is extremely grateful for the partnership and cooperation from our community which aids in the identification of suspicious activity and other related criminal conduct including dangerous subjects. We encourage neighbors to use social media apps such as Nextdoor.com and follow us on Twitter to stay informed and involved in their community.
The community of Citrus Heights has zero tolerance for this type of criminal activity and knows the Citrus Heights Police Department will strictly enforce these laws. Additionally, if you see something, say something. Reporting dangerous acts or suspicious circumstances can and will save lives.
Metro Fire and the Sacramento Kings, partnering with Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation, tried to make the weekend of three breast cancer survivors a little brighter, and a lot “pinker”. Metro Fire’s Pink Cancer Awareness fire engine, and its crew, drove two Sacramento Kings Dancer’s, to the home of each survivor. The Kings Dancers surprised the survivors with a bouquet of pink flowers, a bag of Kings Memorabilia, and tickets to today’s Pre-Season game. The three survivors, Laura Andrus, Teresa Partington, and Therese Shaw, along with their families, were able to take a lot of pictures with the engine, crew and dancers, and more importantly, tell their stories of survival.
After meeting with the survivors, the Pink Engine and the Kings’ crew passed out pink Cancer Awareness items at Arden Fair Mall. Join Metro Fire’s Pink Engine at tonight’s Kings Game, the first home game in the new Golden 1 Center. The crew and the engine will be available on display, so make sure to take plenty of pictures, then submit them to PinkEngine@metrofire.ca.gov to take part in the District’s photo contest. For more information on Metro Fire’s Cancer Awareness Engine and the photo contest, visit our website at www.metrofire.ca.gov
The City of Citrus Heights announces the appointment of Chief Ron Lawrence as its next Police Chief. Lawrence currently serves as the Chief of Police for the Rocklin Police Department, a position he has held for the last five years. Lawrence takes the helm of the police department from Christopher W. Boyd, recently selected as City Manager for the City of Citrus Heights.
“It is with great pleasure that I introduce Ron Lawrence as the next Chief of Police for Citrus Heights,” said Boyd. “I have tremendous respect for Chief Lawrence as a law enforcement executive and know his high standards in leadership, community service, and public safety will well lead the Citrus Heights Police Department into its next chapter. Twenty-seven years of law enforcement experience in the Sacramento and Bay Area regions have earned him an excellent reputation with law enforcement professionals industry-wide, and in the agencies and communities he has served. His empathy and compassion are values of utmost importance in today’s policing.”
Lawrence said, “Chris Boyd has been a mentor of mine for some time; I am honored and humbled that he asked me to oversee the exceptional police department he worked so hard to build. This opportunity is exciting for me both personally and professionally. While it may seem counterintuitive to leave a job at which I excelled and truly loved, I like to think I'm leaving Rocklin on a high-note, having contributed to the prosperity of the Department and City. I am ready for a new challenge and am much looking forward to working alongside outstanding law enforcement professionals, that is, the men and women of the Citrus Heights Police Department.”
Ron is an Adjunct Professor with William Jessup University and a graduate of the FBI National Academy and California POST Command College. Lawrence holds a Master’s in Leadership and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. He currently serves as the 3rd Vice President of the California Police Chiefs Association.
Boyd was appointed City Manager upon the retirement of Henry Tingle who served in that capacity for 18 years. Chief Lawrence will begin his new post with the Citrus Heights Police Department on Monday, October 31, 2016.
Most all of us have been touched by cancer in one way or another, by our own personal battle, or that of friends and loved ones. Firefighters are not exempt. Not only do we respond to the homes of cancer patients on a regular basis, but we’ve watched fellow firefighters lose their battles with cancer and we’ve rejoiced with those who have beaten it.
In support of every person affected by cancer, Metro Fire will be operating a Cancer Awareness engine for the third year. The engine will run out of five fire stations, one in each of our Battalions, during the month of October. The engine will start its month of service today at Station 24 (4942 College Oak Drive). The cost to wrap the fire engine was 100% donated by Vehicle Wraps, Inc. and Sacramento Area Firefighters Local 522.
Get your cameras out because this year we have added a photo contest!
Become a Firefighter for a Day!*
The winner becomes an honorary member of the crew on a fire engine, doing what firefighters do on a daily basis: responding to 9-1-1 calls, assisting at community events, washing the fire engine, training, making dinner and eating with the crew, etc…Alternative accommodations will be made, if needed.
Full contest details can be found at www.metrofire.ca.gov.
On September 26, 2016, at 2:54 a.m., Brandon Ray Fernandez, a 28-year-old male from Orangevale, was driving a 2015 silver Hyundai Elantra, eastbound on Madison Ave east of Lincoln Oaks Drive going the wrong way in the westbound #1 lane at an unknown speed. Mr. Fernandez was driving under the influence of alcohol. An unknown male was driving a Yamaha motorcycle westbound on Madison Ave east of Lincoln Oaks Drive in the #1 lane, at an unknown speed, approaching Fernandez’s location. The motorcyclist was carrying an unknown female passenger. The driver and passenger of the Yamaha were wearing motorcycle helmets. Both vehicles struck head-on causing both the driver and the passenger of the Yamaha to be ejected from the motorcycle. Both the driver and passenger of the Yamaha died at the scene.
After the collision the CHP responded to the scene and conducted an investigation. During the course of the investigation it was determined that Fernandez had been drinking alcohol. After a brief DUI investigation Fernandez was determined to be under the influence of alcohol and was arrested for 2 counts of felony DUI and 1 count of felony manslaughter. He was transported and booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail where he also submitted to a chemical test.
With fire season upon us and winter months approaching, there is no better time to prepare for a disaster - events that often occur with little to no warning – by registering with the mass notification system at any one of the following three URL’s: Sacramento-Alert.org, Yolo-Alert.org or Placer-Alert.org.
Register now before a disaster hits, so public safety officials can call, text or email you in the event of a disaster.
Consider the state’s historic drought causing elevated wildfire danger, or winter storms and the many levees surrounding our urban core. Both events can occur rapidly, sometimes forcing evacuations, shelter in place orders and road closures. The regional mass notification system is a critical link for you to immediately learn of required actions.
Sign up for alerts at either Sacramento-Alert.org, Yolo-Alert.org or Placer-Alert.org - it’s easy and your information is protected. Officials will only text during an emergency or public safety event, or if public help is needed to find a missing child or adult.
The unique feature of the system is the ability to handle more than one contact method for residents including cell phones, alternate numbers, text, email and even landlines. You choose the best notification method or chose them all. You can also register multiple locations, such as your work address, your parent’s address or your children’s school, in order to get alerts about the places that mean the most to you.
On September 11, 2016, at 9:55 p.m., a 50-year-old male from Sacramento, was driving a, black Chevrolet pick-up s/b on Watt Ave., north of Marconi Ave., at a high rate of speed in the #1 lane. A white Ford Explore driven by a 47-year-old male from Sacramento, was in the #1 lane northbound on Watt Ave. The Explorer had two other passengers in the vehicle all from the Sacramento area. The pick-up, per a witness, had a right rear tire go flat and the driver of the pick-up was unable to maintain control of his vehicle. The driver of the pick-up allowed the vehicle to cross over the raised median into the northbound lane of Watt Ave. The pick-up collided head on into the Explorer. The impact killed both drivers. The passengers of the Explorer suffered moderate to minor injuries and were transported for medical treatment.