Redlands Firefighters extinguished a structure fire that was initially reported as a downed power line Wednesday afternoon.
The Redlands Fire Department received the call of a downed power line at the single-story commercial structure in the 500 block of Tennessee Street shortly before 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26. When firefighters arrived they found the power line burning a section of artificial turf about 1 to 2 feet in diameter in an area in front of the building. Firefighters used a fire extinguisher to put out the blaze and contacted Southern California Edison regarding the downed line.
The Redlands Community Center and the City’s Senior Centers are the coolest places in town! As the summer heats up, the Joslyn Senior Center, Community Senior Center and the Community Center are cooling down.
The National Weather Service predicts excessive heat and a prolonged period of very hot weather for inland valleys, deserts and mountains as early as Thursday and continuing through July 4, with the possibility of record-breaking temperatures.
In addition to providing a place to escape the extreme heat, Redlands Cool Centers offer pleasurable, informative, and enlightening programs in a relaxed and secure environment. People in the community are encouraged to enjoy the day away from their high temperature homes and come down to either Senior Center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or the Community Center Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. to beat the heat. The Community Center and Senior Center located at 111 W. Lugonia will also be open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Three people were cited after buying alcohol for two 19-year-old Redlands Police volunteers outside three 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 Friday, June 21, between 7 and 11:30 p.m., two 19-year-old female volunteers stood outside five 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 teens.
Redlands Fire Department arson investigators are looking into a vehicle fire that resulted in a one-acre brush fire in Live Oak Canyon early Thursday morning.
Redlands Police and Firefighters, along with firefighters from Cal Fire, responded at about 2 a.m. Thursday, June 20, to a call of a car on fire on Live Oak Canyon Road, about a mile south of Interstate 10. When they arrived they found the burning Chevrolet van had ignited the surrounding vegetation. Police closed the roadway while firefighters extinguished the blaze.
Redlands Police arrested a suspect Monday believed responsible for at least eight holdups from Redlands to Chino over the past six months.
Shortly before 7 a.m. Monday, June 17, police received a report of an armed robbery at the USA Gas, 902 Orange St. The robber entered the business with a black handgun. He fled with cash from the register, as well as cash and a cell phone from employees.
Redlands Police arrested a 23-year-old Yucaipa man suspected of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old Loma Linda girl in a Redlands motel room. Earlier a 31-year-old Colton man was arrested for pimping, pandering and human trafficking in the case.
Reginald Lamar Gatrail Lockhart was arrested in Highland Wednesday, June 19. He is being held at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on $150,000 bail for sexual assault on a minor.
Redlands Police Chief Mark A. Garcia and Fire Chief Jeff L. Frazier will hold a joint town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, the Redlands City Council Chambers. The meeting will be televised live to cable television customers on Redlands TV.
Frazier and Garcia will answer questions regarding public safety issues.
In addition to answering questions from the audience, the Police and Fire Chiefs will also take questions by email and live via the Redlands Police Department’s Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/RedlandsPoliceDepartment and the Redlands Fire Department’s Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/RedlandsFireDepartment. Questions will be answered live online as time permits.
A 31-year-old Colton man is in custody for false imprisonment, pimping and pandering after arranging for men to have sex with a 17-year-old Loma Linda girl in a Redlands motel. Police are trying to identify a second man who sexually assaulted the girl and are seeking other potential victims.
Wilbert Andres Mancia-Mejia, who identified himself as 17-year-old “Albert Mann,” met the girl through a web chat group and subsequently contacted her on another social networking site before the two began a sexual relationship.
Mancia-Mejia later posted compromising photos of the girl along with advertisements for sex on Craig’s List. On May 30, Mancia-Mejia rented a motel room in Redlands. While Mancia-Mejia waited in his car in the motel parking lot an unidentified man went into the room where he sexually assaulted the victim. The suspect told the girl to wait in the room for five minutes and then left. After the girl told Mancia-Mejia about the assault he took her home.
Three people were cited for driving without a proper license during a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint Friday.
A total of 781 vehicles passed through the checkpoint in the southbound lanes of Alabama Street south of Park Avenue between 7 p.m. and midnight Friday, June 14. No one was cited for driving under the influence during the checkpoint.
On Monday, June 10, traffic officers conducted a grant-funded traffic enforcement in the areas of downtown, Citrus Plaza, Orange Street at the Santa Ana River wash, and the area of Alessandro and Sunset, issuing 28 citations for violations including speeding, failure to stop at a stop sign or a red light, using a cell phone while driving, crossing the double-yellow line, failure to wear a seatbelt and driving on a suspended license.
Redlands Police arrested a 59-year-old Colton man last week for an attempted bank robbery in October.
On Tuesday, June 11, Police located James Phillip Urbino at an apartment in the 600 block of South 8th Street in Colton, where he had been living with relatives. Urbino had been identified as a suspect in the Oct. 20, 2012, attempted robbery of a Redlands Wells Fargo Bank branch.