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Citrus Heights News Briefs: water use, fatal crash, Creek Week

Updated March 26, 11:19 p.m.–
Latest news briefs include a fatal collision near Antelope Road, latest local water conservation figures, highlights from Thursday’s city council meeting, and a “Good Friday” DUI checkpoint update.

Citrus Heights Water District: February water use cut by 20%
Local water use was reduced by 20 percent during February, according to the latest figures provided to The Sentinel by the Citrus Heights Water District.  According to the district’s Water Efficiency Coordinator, Rex Meurer, CHWD’s cumulative water savings from June 2015 to February 2016 is 33.9 percent, beating the district’s new state target of 29 percent. Water savings are calculated by comparing current use with 2013 usage.

City council hears annual trash report, proclaims “Creek Week”
During their March 24 council meeting, Citrus Heights council members officially proclaimed the week of April 1 – 9, 2016 as “Creek Week.” The 26th annual effort is put on by Sacramento Area Creeks Council, a nonprofit volunteer group focused on improving and enhancing urban waterways. The council also heard a report on local mosquito control efforts, as well as a pair of annual reports from Republic Services and the Sunrise Marketplace Business Improvement District. Republic Services reported nearly 20,000 tons of trash had been collected in the city last year, along with about 5900 tons of recycling and 10,000 tons of green waste.

CHPD conducts Easter weekend DUI checkpoint on Antelope Rd
Citrus Heights police officers were out on Antelope Road near Lauppe Lane on Friday night to conduct a planned six-hour DUI and driver’s license checkpoint. Although a report for the latest checkpoint was not available as of Saturday morning, past checkpoints have typically screened 700 to 800 drivers and result in varying numbers of citations and arrests. (Original story: Citrus Heights police announce Easter weekend DUI Checkpoint)

Fatal crash slows I-80 traffic near Antelope Rd
A fatal rollover collision on Interstate 80 near Antelope Road backed up traffic as far as Greenback Lane Saturday morning, according to a KCRA news report. The crash was reported just after 6 a.m. on March 26, leaving at least one vehicle turned over and blocking two lanes of traffic, according to investigators. The Sacramento County Coroner’s office later identified the driver as 21-year-old Trestin Jones, of Sacramento.

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