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Redlands Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a suspect in an auto theft and attempted kidnapping of two young children.

Cory Michael Ahumada, 24, of Highland, has been identified as a suspect in the auto theft and attempted kidnapping that occurred at 12:41 p.m. Sunday, June 21, at a 7-Eleven gas station at 1161 Lugonia Ave.

The victim parked her vehicle, a 2002 Acura TL, at the gas pump and left her two daughters, ages 10 and 2, in the vehicle with the engine running while she went inside to pay. Security video footage shows the suspect approach the vehicle on foot, get in the driver’s seat and drive away as the victim runs out of the store.

 As the car is driven away, the 10-year-old girl grabbed her sister and jumped from the moving vehicle. The children can be seen jumping from the vehicle in the security video. Both children sustained minor abrasions.

The Redlands Police Department will conduct a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint in an undisclosed location within the City limits from 10 p.m. Thursday, June 25, until 3 a.m. Friday morning. 

Funding for the checkpoint is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

DUI checkpoints are components of the Redlands Police Department’s Responsible Redlands initiative. The Redlands Police Department, with the support of state agencies, including the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and Office of Traffic Safety, the County of San Bernardino, and local businesses and community groups, launched the initiative in late August 2013 to focus on enforcing alcohol laws.

The City is seeking volunteers for a General Plan Steering Committee to advise the Planning Commission and City Council during the General Plan update.

Residents who live within the City and its planning sphere are invited to submit an application. Candidates should have lived within the City or its planning sphere for at least three years.

Improvements to East State Street and other streets in Historic Downtown Redlands are set to begin in July, part of the City’s PARIS Resurfacing Project.

Work is set to begin improving East State Street as well as Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and portions of Fifth Street between Redlands Boulevard and Citrus Avenue. While the streets will be closed to automobile traffic for up to two weeks, starting July 13, 2015, all businesses will remain open and the City is taking additional measures to assist visitors in reaching their destinations along those streets.

A family of six, including two young children, lowered themselves out of a second-floor apartment window to the waiting arms of a firefighter/paramedic and police officers after a fire on the apartment patio blocked their exit through the front door.

Firefighters responded at 6:41 p.m. Sunday, June 21 to the report of a fire at an apartment at 106 W. Pennsylvania Avenue with people trapped inside. A paramedic engine and police were the first to arrive and found the family escaping through a bedroom window as smoke billowed into the apartment.

Firefighters and paramedics from Redlands, Loma Linda, Mentone, Colton, Highland and Grand Terrace responded to a two-alarm fire at an apartment complex on Barton Road Sunday afternoon.

The fire was reported at 2:31 p.m. Sunday, June 21, in a multi-unit building in the complex at 1601 Barton Road. When firefighters arrived two upper units were fully engulfed with flames visible coming from the roof.

All occupants were out of the building when firefighters arrived on scene. One civilian maintenance worker was transported to the hospital with difficulty breathing. No other injuries were reported.

Eight individuals and groups will be honored next week as part of the annual State of the City event at noon on Thursday, June 25, at the University of Redlands Orton Center, 1200 E. Colton Ave.

A new addition to the annual event, the City will pay tribute with two beautification awards, four local hero honors and recognition of two employee heroes.

Beautification Awards will be presented to the Rochford Foundation for Adaptive Reuse of a Historic Property for the Burrage Mansion; and to ChurchWest Insurance Services for Adaptive Reuse of a Historic Property for the former YWCA/Y-Alliance building on the corner of Cajon Street and Olive Avenue.

Community Hero Awards will be presented to Isabella Hoskings, Heidi Mayer, Maria Lopez and one surprise recipient.

Council members Pat Gilbreath and John James will meet with the public for the June Coffee with the Council beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 20, at Stell Coffee & Tea Company, 1580 Barton Road, Suite A.

The monthly Coffee with the Council was begun in February 2011 as part of the City’s continuing efforts to increase interaction with residents and promote transparency in City affairs.

The informal meetings are held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month, rotating among three local restaurants – Olive Avenue Market, 530 W. Olive Ave; Cuca’s Mexican Food, 1752 E. Lugonia Ave.; and Stell Coffee & Tea Company, 1580 Barton Road, Suite A. Council members rotate attendance, with no more than two members at each meeting.

Council members have held the meetings for the past four years as a way for residents to ask questions or share concerns outside the formal setting of a City Council meeting.

The schedule for the remainder of this year’s Coffee with the Council meetings is included below.

The City of Redlands Development Services and Quality of Life departments are pleased to continue the popular Movies in the Park, this month featuring “Paddington” on Friday, June 19, at Ed Hales Park on the corner of 5th and State streets in Historic Downtown Redlands.

This free event begins at 6 p.m. and will include entertainment provided by the Sixth Street School of Music and the Frugal Frigate book store. The movie begins at dusk. Feel free to bring your own blanket and chair. Stop by one of the many restaurants in Historic Downtown Redlands for a bite to eat before the movie.

Join the City of Redlands Development Services and Quality of Life departments in the month of July for cooking demonstrations with professional chefs that make use of fresh and delicious local ingredients followed by a trip to the local Saturday Morning Certified Farmers’ Market.

The City of Redlands Economic Development Downtown Division was recently awarded a USDA Farmers’ Market Promotion Program grant aimed at funding its Growing the Redlands Farmers’ Market Project. Through this grant the City is working towards expanding the Farmers’ Markets through advertising and promotions, cooking demonstrations, community nutrition awareness and education activities, and the acceptance of SNAP/EBT/CalFresh at both City-sponsored farmers’ markets. The Recreation and Senior Services Division is assisting this effort by providing the venue and promoting the benefits of locally grown food to seniors.

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