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Hundreds Gather At Party In Rio Linda On First Night Of Curfew

RIO LINDA (CBS13) – Video obtained by CBS13 shows a large crowd of unmasked people standing shoulder to shoulder at an outdoor party in Rio Linda on the first night of curfew Saturday.

The gathering happened at a gated property on 20th Street just off of Elkhorn Boulevard and neighbors said hundreds of people were in attendance.

"When they decide to party, it becomes a real affair," Dave Leonard, a neighbor, said.

Neighbors on this typically quiet street felt like they had a front-row seat to the action.

"Just cars up and down. Loud music. Lights shining into our house," Randi Eckman, a neighbor, said.

"It was live music. It sounded live, and even my animals inside my house were scared," Leonard said.

A spokesperson for the sheriff's office said 14 calls were received between 8:15 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. regarding complaints of very loud music from the party.

And, it's not the first time this has happened. Some said there was a previous party a couple of weeks ago.

"You had several hundred people out there. And when I drove by the last one, there was hardly anybody wearing masks," said Randi Eckman, who lives at the end of the block.

The sheriff's office said Saturday's party ended on its own. Deputies arrived close to 11 p.m. and it was already over. Beer, liquor bottles and other trash littered the street.

"It's got to be put to a stop. They go on far beyond the curfew," Leonard said.

A spokesperson told CBS13 that Sheriff Scott Jones was very clear in his statement when it comes to not enforcing the new curfew.

Governor Gavin Newsom issued a modified order stating that non-essential business or gatherings are no longer permitted from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in counties in the purple tier.

In a statement, Jones said in part, "The Sacramento County Sheriff's Office will not be determining – including entering any home or business – compliance with or enforcing compliance of, any health or emergency orders related to curfews, staying at home, Thanksgiving or other social gatherings inside or outside the home, maximum occupancy or mask mandates."

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A sheriff's spokesperson said that it's not appropriate for armed police officers to enforce health guidelines and the sheriff's office doesn't have the staff to do so.

While the neighbors are upset with the noise, they feel this concert party was reckless and hope it doesn't happen.

"And if we want to get over this pandemic sooner, we need to start locking down and doing what we are supposed to," Eckman said.

"It's terrible that they have no consideration for anybody or safeguards or anything whatsoever," Leonard said.

The sheriff's office said that none of the 14 calls they got regarding this event expressed COVID-19 concerns.

No arrests were made in connection with this incident.

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