The Redlands Police Department Traffic Unit will conduct a DUI/drivers license checkpoint beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, March 15, through 3 a.m. Saturday in the eastbound lanes of Colton Avenue, west of Texas Street.
Officers will contact drivers passing through Friday’s checkpoint looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.
On Saturday, March 16, traffic officers will conduct a grant-funded “saturation” patrol, targeting DUI drivers.
Redlands residents can toast the City’s quasquicentennial with a new 125th Anniversary label merlot from local business State Street Winery. Soon to come, a 125th Anniversary label sauvignon blanc.
State Street Winery owners Robin and Janet Harter will donate 10 percent of the proceeds from each bottle of the 125th Anniversary wine sold to the City’s 125th Anniversary celebration. The wine sells for $25 a bottle.
The wine is bottled locally at the winery at 404 E. State St. using Washington grapes. The label incorporating the City’s 125th Anniversary logo was designed by Richard Pennington of Pennington Designs at 19 E. Citrus Ave.
“This elegant ruby colored merlot features a rich, aromatic bouquet of fresh red cherries and toasted oak,” says Janet Harter.
A 125th Anniversary label sauvignon blanc will be available in the coming weeks.
The quasquicentennial celebration marks the 125th Anniversary of the City’s incorporation in November 1888. The yearlong celebration kicked off on Dec. 1 with the Redlands Christmas Parade, sponsored by the City and the Kiwanis Club of Redlands. Additional events are being planned throughout the year.
No General Fund money has been allocated for the celebration. All funds will come from donations, fundraising efforts and revenue from the sale of sponsorships and commemorative merchandise. Donations of $10,000 each have been received from the Kiwanis Club of Redlands (noon), the University of Redlands and Kaiser-Permanente. Donations of $5,000 were also received from the Rotary Clubs of Redlands and American Medical Response.
A hot dog eating contest to benefit the Redlands Police Department’s Canine Unit will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, 1710 Sessums Drive.
The contest is open to 10 men and 10 women, ages 21 and over, who raise the most money. The minimum entry to be considered is $100, but only the top money earners will be eligible to compete for the grand prize. The grand prize is $100 in gift cards to Hangar 24 and $100 in value and prizes from other area businesses. Money raised will go to benefit the Redlands Police Department’s Canine Unit.
Redlands Police arrested a 17-year-old Redlands boy after he jumped in front of a Fire Department engine that was responding to a medical emergency early Saturday morning.
Medic Engine 261 was responding with emergency lights to a medical aid call at about 1 a.m. Saturday, March 2. As the engine head south on Olive Avenue near Cajon Street, the engineer noticed a pedestrian and began to slow the engine. He had come to a near stop when the 17-year-old jumped on the front bumper of the engine and began to strike the windshield with his head and fists, damaging the windshield.
The engine’s crew assisted the teen to a nearby grassy area to determine if he had been injured. The teen then began to struggle with the firefighters before being brought under control.
Redlands Police arrested a suspect in connection with three burglaries in the 40 block of North Michigan Street and the 40 block of San Gorgonio Drive over the past month.
Through neighborhood contacts, police identified 23-year-old Amanda Jasmine Smith, of Redlands as a suspect in the burglaries. Police also located surveillance video of Smith in the area just before and after one of the crimes.
The Redlands Police Department and the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control will hold a free training for business owners who have a state license to sell or serve alcohol in the City.
The free training for owners, managers and employees who sell or serve alcohol includes information on state and local laws, owner and employee liability, community standards, checking ID, identifying and refusing sales to minors and identifying and refusing sales to intoxicated persons. Classes are scheduled Tuesday, March 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for businesses that sell alcohol for off-site consumption and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for bars and restaurants that sell alcohol for consumption on site. The training will be held at the Redlands Police Annex, 30 Cajon St.
Redlands Police are investigating a homicide after the body of a 23-year-old woman was found in an orange grove off Almond Avenue west of Alabama Street Tuesday night.
Police responded at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, after a resident discovered the woman’s body at the edge of the grove just south of Almond Avenue.
No further details are available at this time.
On Monday, March 11, author Leonard Pomfret will speak at the A.K. Smiley Public Library about “The Nanjing Princess,” his biography about his mother.
Pomfret spent 15 years taking the stories he heard from Kyung Pomfret's lips about her life in China during World War II, the Communist Party's rise to power, fleeing for Korea only to have a civil war split that country apart as well, and eventually settling in America. She was a target in Japanese gun sights. She was beaten and abused by her own people. And she was put before a North Korean firing squad.
The subject is a descendant of the Lian family, whom the author said were advisers to Chinese emperors for centuries. According to the author, his grandfather was an adviser to Chiang Kai-shek, the last president before the Communists took power in mainland China. His mother’s family ties also led her to meet world leaders including Mahatma Gandhi, and Kim Gu, the president of the Korean group fighting for independence from the Japanese in the early 20th century.
This is a free event at 6 p.m. Monday, March 11, in the Assembly Room at the A.K. Smiley Public Library, 125 W. Vine St.
For more information, contact Daniel Slota, Adult Services Librarian, at (909) 798-7565.
Four people were cited after buying alcohol for an 18-year-old Redlands Police volunteer outside four local businesses last week. The enforcement effort, known as a “shoulder tap operation,” was part of a $7,500 grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
On Saturday, Feb. 23, between 5 and 9 p.m., the 18-year-old male volunteer stood outside local businesses on Brookside Avenue, Orange Street, State Street and Redlands Boulevard and offered to give people entering the stores money to buy beer. Individuals were cited by police officers after providing the beer to the teen.