The Redlands Fire Department recently received a grant to support the department’s ongoing sharps collection program, which provides for safe disposal of items such as syringes and hypodermic needles used for administering medication and lancets for testing blood sugar.
The grant from the California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) provided the City last month with more than 3,000 sharps containers, used to safely dispose of the bio-hazardous materials.
The sharps exchange program is administered by the Fire Department with personnel trained to handle bio-hazardous waste. Residents may pick up empty sharps containers from Redlands Fire Station 261, at 525 E. Citrus Ave., and exchange full containers seven days a week.
Police last week arrested two people for the theft of copper wire from City light poles.
An off-duty Redlands Police officer reported the suspicious activity after observing a man attempting to strip wire from a City light pole in the area of Reservoir Road and Ford Street at about 5:30 a.m. Monday, May 27. Responding officers stopped 32-year-old Eva Marie Montenegro, who was driving a 1995 Toyota Camry. Police located copper wire stripped from the poles in the vehicle. Montenegro was arrested for vandalism and possession of stolen property as well as possession of narcotics.
Investigators identified 31-year-old Jonathon Steven Ingle, of Redlands, as working with Montenegro and issued an arrest warrant. Officers located Ingle in a travel trailer in the 2100 block of Nice Avenue in Mentone on Friday, May 31, and arrested him for grand theft, possession of stolen property and vandalism.
Construction will begin the week of June 10 on the Soffel Avenue water pipeline replacement project. The project includes the replacement of approximately 3,000 linear feet of water pipeline in Soffel Avenue from Opal Avenue to east San Bernardino Avenue; Turquoise Avenue from Capri Avenue to east San Bernardino Avenue; and east San Bernardino Avenue from Opal Avenue to 200 linear feet east of Soffel Avenue.
The pipeline is being replaced due to its age, frequency of leaks, and red water complaints, which are associated with aging steel pipes. Construction on this project is expected to be completed by August 2013.
One business was cited for selling alcohol to a teenager when the Redlands Police Department, operating on a $7,500 grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, conducted a minor decoy operation Friday.
During the operation Friday, May 31, officers from the RPD and an Alcoholic Beverage Control investigator along with two 19-year-old volunteers visited 24 bars and restaurants licensed to sell alcohol on the premises.
The Redlands Police Department will deploy extra patrols to crack down on underage drinking at house parties during early June—the first graduation season since the Redlands City Council passed the City’s Social Host Ordinance in January. This police crackdown, announced during a press conference at the Redlands Police Annex today, is part of a collaborative effort to address the problems related to binge and underage drinking here.
“Underage drinking is a major threat to the health and safety of Redlands youth,” said Mayor Pete Aguilar. “In addition to drinking and driving, which is a major cause of death among teens, underage drinking has been linked to a host of other serious problems including reduced academic performance, sexual assaults, unintended pregnancies, fights, and violence.”
Redlands narcotics officers recently arrested two men for selling heroin in a park near a Redlands middle school.
Officers set up surveillance earlier this month after receiving a report of drug sales in Community Park near the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Church Street. The park is adjacent to Clement Middle School, and the sales took place during school hours.
On Thursday, May 16, officers witnessed 57-year-old Kenneth Lopez and 52-year-old Vincent Victor Gonzales, both of Redlands, packaging and selling heroin from picnic tables in the park. The two men were arrested and officers recovered 7.1 grams of heroin.
LifeStream and the City of Redlands invite all healthy residents to donate blood outside the Redlands Police Annex, 30 Cajon St (corner of Vine and Cajon) Monday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Every donor will receive a discount coupon to Knott’s Soak City Palm Springs, a $10 Lowe’s or Home Depot gift card (while supplies last), a free cholesterol screening and “Gift of Life” loyalty program points toward the LifeStream online store at www.LStream.org.
Appointments are recommended to keep the donor lines moving smoothly throughout the day. To schedule an appointment, please contact Tommi Ng at (909) 798-7514 or by email at email@example.com.
Redlands Police arrested three people for driving under the influence during a Memorial Day Weekend sobriety checkpoint.
Redlands Police conducted the checkpoint in the northbound lanes of Sixth Street at Stuart Avenue from 9 p.m. Friday, May 24, until 3 a.m. Saturday morning in cooperation with countywide Avoid the 25 DUI Task Force checkpoints and saturation patrols for the holiday weekend.
A total of 186 vehicles passed through the checkpoint. In addition to three DUI arrests, Redlands Police cited one person for driving with a suspended license and a second person who had no license.
High Visibility Avoid DUI Campaign Set for Holiday Weekend
The Redlands Police Department will join law enforcement agencies throughout the region, deploying a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint in the northbound lanes of Sixth Street at Stuart Avenue from 9 p.m. Friday, May 24, until 3 a.m. Saturday morning. The California Highway Patrol is deploying all available officers Memorial Day weekend onto freeways and county roads as part of their Maximum Enforcement Period.
The Avoid the 25 DUI Task Force is deploying officers this holiday weekend at DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols countywide to arrest impaired drivers and to keep the public aware of the dangers of driving while impaired by alcohol and drugs.
The City of Redlands Recreation Division will begin offering Ballet One classes for children ages 5 - 7 at the Redlands Community Center. Class sessions are $30 per child and consist of four classes.
With Ballet One, your child will be taught proper fundamentals such as ballet positions, port de bras, movement across floor, beginning ballet steps and song and dance. Wear your favorite leotard, tights or tutu. Ballet shoes are recommended. Classes will be held on Saturdays from 10:15 to 11 a.m. at the Redlands Community Center. Class sessions are scheduled as followed: