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Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6 through 12 concludes with Open House at Station 1

The Redlands Fire Department is encouraging the Redlands community to learn how to prevent kitchen fires during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12.

Cooking equipment is involved in roughly 150,000 home fires per year, and many of those fires start because people aren't paying attention. And while a few minutes may not seem like much time to be away from what’s cooking, that’s all it takes to start a fire that could destroy a home and harm a family.

Sacramento The Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative honored the City of Redlands with two Spotlight Awards for the city’s efforts to save energy and adopt policies and programs that promote sustainability. The awards were presented September 20 during the 2013 League of California Cities Annual Conference in Sacramento. The city’s achievements were recognized as a part of its participation in the sustainability recognition program, the Beacon Award: Local Leadership toward Solving Climate Change.

Redlands received the following two awards:

  • Silver Spotlight Award for Agency Electricity Savings (5 percent savings, 2004-2012)
  • Silver Spotlight Award for Sustainability Best Practice Activities

A Redlands man was arrested Wednesday, Sept. 25, for sexually assaulting a 22-year-old woman at a downtown bar.

Bill Edward Bracy, 58, of Redlands, was arrested in connection with the Aug. 28 assault on the woman at a bar in the 300 block of North 5th Street. The victim reported that Bracy called her into an office at the business where he works about 6:30 p.m. that day and closed the door before sexually assaulting her.

In its continuing effort to combat property crime in Redlands, the Redlands Police Department has added, CopDots, a new technology that will give law enforcement and the community a tool to combat property theft.

Referred to as “DNA for your property”, CopDots is microdot technology that enables consumers to mark their personal property. For many years, Neighborhood Watch Programs and law enforcement agencies have recommended owner applied identification numbers to mark valuables.  CopDots is the first of its kind technology to permanently add personal identification markings. 

Redlands Firefighters will swap their blue T-shirts for pink ones during the month of October in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  

But the T-shirts aren't just for Firefighters. The public can also purchase a Redlands Fire Department pink T-shirt starting Oct. 1 at the Redlands Fire Administration office.  The offices are located at 35 Cajon St. in downtown Redlands, Suite 12.  The T-shirts are available in both a men’s and women’s cut, sizes small through XXL. The cost of the shirt is $20 with all profits going to Stater Bros. Charities and Inland Women Fighting Cancer, presenters of the 2013 Believe Walk. 

Three people were arrested for burglary last week after an alert neighbor notified police and provided a description of the men and their vehicle.

Shortly before 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, a resident in the 100 block of Klamath Street was approached by a man who said he was interested in buying the resident’s home, which had a For Sale sign posted in the front yard. After the man left, the neighbor watched as he got into a white 2009 four-door Hyundai Sonata occupied by two other men.

The car drove a short distance before the driver stopped, got out and walked to the back of another nearby residence.  The witness called police after seeing all three men carrying items, including a safe and a television, from the neighbor’s house.

The Redlands Police Department took delivery this month of two new patrol vehicles, the first of 14 new vehicles that will be added to the department’s fleet.

The 2013 Ford Interceptors – Ford Explorers modified for police use – were delivered earlier this month after being fitted with equipment, including sirens, emergency lights, radios, computer aided dispatch monitors, GPS and video systems and other specialized hardware.

Another 12 vehicles, including 10 Interceptors and two Chevrolet Caprices, are currently being outfitted and are expected to be delivered soon.

The vehicles will replace a number of aging patrol vehicles in the department’s fleet, many with more than five years of continuous service and more than 100,000 miles. Out of 42 vehicles used for patrol, community policing and the department’s Multiple Enforcement Team, 19 were no longer in compliance with industry standards due to their age and mileage. Repair charges for many of the vehicles were greater than the original value of the vehicles. Most of the replaced vehicles will be sold at auction. Some may be reassigned for non-patrol purposes.

The Redlands Recreation Division is calling on those who enjoy a fright, to join us for a “Halloween Spooktacular Dinner Dance” from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Joslyn Senior Center, 21 Grant Street.

Come hungry, come in costume, and come ready to dance to the live sounds of Dan Damon while supporting the Joslyn Senior Center.  Prizes for the best, the scariest and the funniest costume will be given throughout the night.

Redlands City Council members will continue their Coffee with the Council community meetings this Saturday, Sept. 21, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Cuca’s Mexican Food with Mayor Pete Aguilar and Council Member Jon Harrison.

As part of the City’s continuing efforts to increase interaction with residents and promote transparency in City affairs, the City Council began a monthly “Coffee With the Council” in February 2011.

A 46-year-old Colton man was hospitalized after an apparent suicide attempt at a warehouse in the 2200 block of Palmetto Ave. early Friday morning.

Police and Fire Department paramedics responded to the report of a gunshot victim inside the Burlington Coat Factory warehouse, 2200 Palmetto Ave., at about 6:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20. Inside the business they located the victim suffering from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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