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UPDATE: Suspects identified in Citrus Heights police chase


A police chase Tuesday morning in Citrus Heights resulted in the arrests of five men and recovery of a five-gallon container filled with marijuana, Citrus Heights police Lt. Ryan Kinnan said.

Kinnan said that at 2 a.m. police received a call about a gunshot heard in the 13000 block of Fair Oaks Boulevard. The caller told police three men were yelling at someone to get to the ground with talks about money, Kinnan said.

When police arrived, they saw the men get into a silver car and drive off. They tried to stop the car but the driver didn't pull over. Instead, the men led police on a one-mile chase that ended near Sunrise Boulevard and Greenback Lane once the car got a flat tire, Kinnan said.

Officers reported seeing items being thrown from the car.

Heating lamp in chicken coop starts house fire


A heat lamp used to warm a chicken coop is being blamed for an early morning fire in Citrus Heights. Around 4 a.m., a family was woken up by their smoke detectors, and saw a fire in their backyard, that had reached their house.

Everyone made it out of the home safely, and they tried to control the fire while calling for help. Sacramento Metro firefighters knocked the fire out quickly, containing the damage to just the one home.

Young boy keeps smiling, laughing during 2nd round of cancer treatment


Zach Dill is a typical 9-year-old boy; hanging out in his room, playing video games and being silly. But every Monday since Christmas, Zach spends his day sitting in a hospital chair getting treatments for a rare bone cancer.

"I wasn't scared about the chemo or anything. I was scared about the flu shot," Zach told News10.

He still has his sense of humor, through his second bout with this disease, called Ewing Sarcoma.

"The traditional treatments basically didn't work the first time so now the choice is to go for a trial," Kaylene Dill, Zach's mother said.

Zach and his mom Kaylene drive 250 miles round-trip to San Francisco for a free clinical trial. While Zach's dad's job provides insurance, there are still some out-of-pocket costs and they're starting to add up.

"Every time we get an MRI it's a $100, every time we get a bone scan it's $50, x-ray $50," said Kaylene.

Citrus Heights police seek gorilla-masked robber


Citrus Heights police detectives are looking for help in finding a suspect who wore a gorilla mask and robbed another man of his bicycle on April 20.

In a press release published by the department on Wednesday, detectives said they found evidence that showed a man wearing a gorilla mask commit a strong arm robbery.

The suspect who wore the gorilla mask was described as a white man, 5 feet 11 inches tall with a medium build. He was last seen wearing the mask with a white t-shirt.

There was also evidence that showed there were multiple people who were present when the robbery happened. The amount of people present was unknown, according to detectives.

Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Legislation Passes First Committee

Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Legislation Passes First Committee

Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Legislation Passes First Committee

 

Sacramento — Today the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions on a bipartisan 13-0 vote passed Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 266, taking action to help provide California with a long-overdue business standards for medical marijuana. California is the only state with medical marijuana access for patients that lacks a robust regulatory process. AB 266 aims to improve the current status quo by helping the exercise of Proposition 215 rights within local community norms.

 

3 men sentenced in father's slaying


Three men convicted of the murder of a Citrus Heights father in 2013 learned their sentences Friday.

Jeffrey Douglas Powell was sentenced 16-years-to-life for second-degree murder and using a knife in the slaying of 52-year-old Jack Swaim on Jan. 5, 2013. The victim succumbed to a knife wound to the chest when Powell, two other defendants and a fourth man kicked in the door of his home that Saturday morning and attacked him.

According to court documents, the defendants were looking for Swaim's son who had been in a fight earlier with defendant Andrew Lee Johnson.

Johnson received 27 years in prison after a plea deal he made to describe what led up to the attack, according to the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office.

The third defendant, Christopher Langlois, was sentenced 15-years-to-life in prison.

Ocwen responds to Citrus Heights 'zombie house' story


CITRUS HEIGHTS, Calif. - The company servicing a defaulted loan says it has not foreclosed on a boarded-up house that has long been the scourge of a Citrus Heights neighborhood, ironically, because of a legal assault by a property manager who demanded the house be repossessed.

Lambert Mills, 82, who managed the rental house next door to 8333 Villaview Drive, filed a lawsuit in April 2014 seeking $200,000 in damages for lost value because of the adjacent nuisance property.

Named in the lawsuit were US Bank, which is the trustee of the defaulted loan, and Ocwen Loan Servicing, which is the loan servicer.

Neighbors said the homeowners walked away from the property several years ago, although their names remain on the deed in a situation known as a zombie foreclosure.