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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.

Country Hill Montessori to open Citrus Heights campus

Country Hill Montessori to open Citrus Heights campus

CITRUS HEIGHTS - The family educators behind Country Hill Montessori, Inc. are opening a second child development center in Citrus Heights in the new year. Their current center located in Fair Oaks, will remain open.

The new school will offer preschool, kindergarten, first grade and daycare services in a newly remodeled 6,000-square-foot learning center. There are five classrooms and a large outdoor play area.

An open house will be held at the new campus, located at 7048 Sunrise Boulevard, on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

A $100 enrollment fee will be waived for the first 50 families to enroll their children at the Citrus Heights campus.

California ReLeaf announces student poster contest

SACRAMENTO -- California ReLeaf announced today the release of a statewide Arbor Week poster contest for students in third to fifth grades. Students are asked to create original artwork based on the theme “Trees Are Worth It”. Submissions are due to California ReLeaf by February 1, 2011.

In addition to the poster contest rules, educators can download a packet that includes three lesson plans that focus on the value of trees, community benefits of trees, and  jobs in the urban and community forestry field. The full packet including lesson plans and poster contest rules can be downloaded at www.californiareleaf.org/programs/arborweek.