Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar has released the following statement following the death of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Detective Jeremiah MacKay, a resident of our City:
“Our hearts go out to the family of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Detective Jeremiah MacKay, a Redlands son who bravely gave his life on Tuesday in the line of duty. Last week Redlands was touched with tragedy when Officer Michael Crain, a Riverside Police Department officer who also had roots in our community was slain in the line of duty. We want to express our heartfelt sympathy to the officers and civilian employees of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the Riverside Police Department. Your family of fellow public safety officers and the City of Redlands share your grief and mourn your loss."
The Redlands Police Department Traffic Unit will conduct a DUI/drivers license checkpoint beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, through 3 a.m. Saturday in the southbound lanes of Wabash Avenue at Brockton Avenue.
Officers working a grant-funded “saturation patrol” arrested one person for driving under the influence early Sunday, Feb. 10. Richard Jason Jenkins, 26, of Moreno Valley was arrested at about 2 a.m. Sunday after officers pulled his 2000 Toyota 4-door over near the intersection of Citrus Avenue and Redlands Boulevard.
Four businesses were 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, Feb. 8, officers from the RPD and an Alcoholic Beverage Control investigator along with an 18-year-old volunteer visited 15 bars and restaurants licensed to sell alcohol on the premises and 15 businesses that sell alcohol for off-site consumption.
Four businesses, including two restaurants and two gas station convenience stores, sold alcohol to the minor. In each instance the businesses face possible fines or license suspensions from ABC.
The City Council honored donors to the City’s 125th Anniversary Celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 5, presenting customized plaques and commemorative memorabilia to service clubs, businesses and individuals who have contributed between $500 and $10,000 to the yearlong celebration.
The quasquicentennial celebration kicked off Dec. 1 with the Redlands Christmas Parade and continues through Nov. 26, 2013, the 125th anniversary of the City of Redlands’ incorporation.
Unlike past anniversary celebrations, the City Council committed to marking the 125th anniversary year without spending any general funds and to rely on donor contributions for all activities.
Redlands Police are investigating after an armed man held up an ice cream shop Wednesday evening.
The robber entered the Banana Bowl Ice Cream shop in the 1500 block of Barton Road shortly before 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a ski mask and gloves. He displayed a handgun and ordered the owner of the shop to open the cash register.
Redlands Police on a grant-funded “saturation” patrol targeting DUI drivers arrested one man for driving under the influence early Monday morning, Feb. 4.
Richard Franco Jr., 21, of San Bernardino was arrested for DUI after he was stopped by officers near the intersection of Tennessee Street and San Bernardino Avenue just after midnight.
In addition to the DUI arrest, one person was cited for driving on a suspended license.
Redlands Firefighters along with units from Loma Linda, Colton and Grand Terrace battled a fire at an apartment complex on Kansas Street Sunday evening.
Most Redlands Fire Department personnel had already been dispatched to a multi-casualty bus accident on Highway 38 shortly before the fire was reported at about 7:15 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, in the 10 block of Kansas Street.
Redlands Police recovered two stolen poodle puppies valued at $2,400 Wednesday night and were surprised to also find a boa constrictor in the suspect’s car.
The owner of the puppies told police the suspect came to his home in the 1100 block of Oxford Street to buy the dogs. He was holding the puppies when he fled out the front door and drove away.
Redlands Police are investigating a homicide after a 22-year-old man died of wounds he suffered in a shooting a day earlier.
Officers responded to calls of shots fired in the 1500 block of West Redlands Boulevard shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 20. When they arrived they found a 22-year-old male wounded by gunfire.
Redlands Fire Department paramedics provided medical aid. The victim was transported to a local hospital. The victim died of his wounds on Jan. 21.
The investigation is continuing and no further information is available at this time.
The Avoid the 25 DUI Task Force, which includes the Redlands Police Department, will be deploying special roving DUI patrols on Sunday, Feb. 3, in several communities throughout the area looking to stop and arrest drivers who are impaired by alcohol or drugs. These DUI patrols are, in addition to regularly scheduled patrol officers, all looking for the tell-tale signs of an intoxicated driver behind the wheel.