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Citrus Heights man apologizes for shining laser at CHP chopper

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA - A man who says he was just playing around with a laser pointer wants to apologize to a California Highway Patrol helicopter crew following his felony arrest.

Despite some high profile prosecutions, Jim Linstroth, 34, said he was unaware that pilots can be blinded by lasers when he aimed the device at the blinking lights of what he thought was an airplane Monday night.

"I wanted to see how far it could go," Linstroth explained.  A short time later, officers from the Citrus Heights Police Department arrived at his front door to take him away in handcuffs.

Linstroth was booked on a single felony charge of discharging a laser at an aircraft and spent three nights in the Sacramento County Jail before being released early Thursday morning.

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Red Cross assisting residents burned out by Citrus Heights fire

CITRUS HEIGHTS - Residents in Citrus Heights were forced out of their home early Saturday morning because of an electrical fire.

The fire happened at 6804 Birchwood Circle.  An official with the Sacramento Metro Fire Dept. said old wiring in the attic started the fire.  It took crews close to an hour and a half to put the fire out.

In a news release, the American Red Cross said they made the scene and provided emergency lodging and food to the family.

The fire was maintained to the attic, though the rest of the home did receive some smoke damage.

Citrus Heights woman makes gifts of memories

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA - With the gift-giving part of the 2010 winter holidays pretty much over, are you already thinking about unique gifts for next year? Why not give the gift of a warm memory?

That is exactly why Alexandra Diebels, of Citrus Heights, decided to start her own business Sew & Stitch.

Diebels makes quilts out of t-shirts. You give her a dozen (or more) shirts and she'll use her hands and a sewing machine to create a 4-foot by 3-foot quilt that is durable, machine-washable and a memory made of clothing.

On how it began, she said, "I took a basic sewing class and it just kind of stuck and I took it all the way to get my degree from Sacramento State (CSUS) in apparel marketing and design."

Car slams Antelope home, gas meter; homes evacuated

ANTELOPE, CA - Six children in a duplex in Antelope escaped injury when a station wagon crashed into their living room Wednesday morning.

The children's father said no one was in the living room at the time. He said, "God was looking out for my family."

The car also struck the home's gas meter, causing a gas leak. Homes along Andrea Boulevard near Karm Way have been evacuated while a Pacific Gas and Electric crew works to cap the leak, said Sacramento Metro Fire District Capt. Christian Pebbles.

Emergency responders don't know why the 20-something driver crashed into the home. The incident was reported about 11:15 a.m. 

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Mother, son arrested in Greenback fatal hit-and-run

SACRAMENTO, CA - A mother and son have been arrested in connection with the hit-and-run death of a 42-year-old man on Greenback Lane in Sacramento Monday evening, says the California Highway Patrol.

Officer Lizz Dutton said Glen Henderson, 26, and his mother, Donna Fraser, 58, of Carmichael, were taken into custody on allegations they struck Yuriy Kokhanyy who was crossing the road outside of a crosswalk on eastbound Greenback near Garfield Avenue about 6:05 that night. The victim sustained fatal injuries when he was hit in the far right lane and thrown to the ground, Dutton said.

CHP investigators determined the car believed to have hit Kokhanyy was registered to Fraser. Dutton said investigators believe Henderson was behind the wheel when Kokhanyy was hit.

Homeowner arrested for New Year's Eve fire

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA -A local woman is under arrest for intentionally lighting her home on fire Friday, according to authorities.

Sacramento Metro firefighters were called to 5513 Cedar Creek Way at about 3:30 p.m. where they found smoke and flames roaring through a Citrus Heights home. Crews were able to quickly get the fire under control, but not before it caused significant damage.

According to Sacramento Metro Fire Captain, Christian Pebbles investigators were able to determine the New Year's blaze had been intentionally set.

Fire investigators were able to pinpoint the origin of the fire and with the help of Citrus Heights Police officers concluded the owner of the home, Amy Gail Silva was responsible for starting the fire, said Pebbles.

Silva was taken into custody and charged with arson.

Damage to the home is estimated at $50,000.

Sacramento library to reopen Saturday after firebomb damages 1,000 books

SACRAMENTO, CA - Library officials expect the Arden-Dimick Library to reopen at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8 after a Molotov cocktail device dropped into the building's book return, caused extensive fire and water damage early Monday morning.

The fire caused by the device set off the fire suppression system causing water to soak the carpet, walls and ceiling tiles inside the library, located at 891 Watt Avenue, said Don Burns with the Sacramento Public Library. The fire damaged about 1,000 items in the book return area of the facility.

Sacramento Valley residents head north for white Christmas

BLUE CANYON, CA - In Citrus Heights, a large oak stole the attention away from decorated Christmas trees.

The soppy, wet weather loosened the soil in front of Janice Gill's home on Vera Cruz Court, and caused her old tree to come crashing down across the neighborhood. 

"It sounded like a bomb went off. It's a miracle that no one was hurt and nothing bad happened," said Gill.

The tree avoided hitting any cars or homes by inches. Gill made calls to her Home Owners Association, but it was her neighbors who left the warm comforts of home to remove the 3-foot-wide tree from her yard.

"My neighbors are amazing. They all come together when we're in need," said Gill. "It's cold, it's raining, and look how many people are out here working together."

Heading up the mountains to the Sierras, snow seekers pulled over at 3,000-feet to install tire chains.

Teen's good intentions cause hazmat scare at North Highlands landfill

NORTH HIGHLANDS, CA - A Sacramento County Sheriff's Department hazmat crew safely detonated a flammable chemical at a North Highland landfill after a teenager tried to dispose of it Thursday afternoon.

The teen, a 16-year-old girl, brought a container of picric acid to the Sacramento County North Area Transfer Station on Roseville Road that had belonged to her late father, a chemist, according to sheriff's spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos.

The picric acid was marked as flammable or explosive and that prompted landfill operators to call the Sacramento Metro Fire District. The sheriff's department was also contacted.

The sheriff's hazmat crew buried the acid and then detonated it.

No one was hurt. The landfill was temporarily closed to customers.

AAA offers free 'Tipsy Tow' service on New Year's Eve

 

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - AAA says there no excuse for drinking and driving this holiday weekend. The company will offer free "Tipsy Tow" service for revelers on New Year's Eve.

From 6 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. on New Year's Day, in Northern California, anyone who has been drinking, can call (800) 222-4357 and a tow service will take you and your car home for free, up to ten miles. Just tell the AAA operator you need a Tipsy Tow and a truck will be dispatched to your location, whether your a AAA member or not.

The service will provide a one-way ride for the driver and vehicle to the driver's home. If there are additional passengers who need a ride, they will be taken to the driver's home as long as there is sufficient room for them to be transported safely in the tow truck.