The city of Redlands is warning hikers and residents after two recent reported sightings of a mountain lion in the canyon areas of south Redlands.
The most recent sighting was reported at about 9 p.m. Saturday, June 8, in the 900 block of Sunset Hills Lane near Horse Trail Drive. A similar report in the same area was made earlier in the week.
Redlands Police, as part of the East Valley Street Enforcement Team that also included members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, San Bernardino Police Department, and the Riverside Police Department, arrested three women for prostitution during a sting operation in Redlands Wednesday. Police also arrested one man for parole violation when he dropped one of the women off.
On Wednesday, June 5, officers set up in a motel room in the City of Redlands and contacted women who advertised on the website Craig’s List. Three women agreed to meet at the motel room. When each of the women arrived, they negotiated sexual acts they would perform and accepted money from the undercover officers. The women were arrested after the money changed hands.
Paul Melzer will discuss the Wildlands Conservancy and its mission while sharing photos and anecdotes about the natural beauty they strive to protect including the Oak Glen Preserve botanical trails at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at the A.K. Smiley Public Library Assembly Room.
The Wildlands Conservancy owns and operates California's largest nonprofit nature preserve system. This preserve system includes 12 magnificent landscapes spanning more than 145,000 acres of diverse mountain, valley, desert, river and oceanfront properties. The Wildlands Conservancy also funded the largest conservation land gift to the American people in U.S. history - over 560,000 acres.
June is jumpin’ again this year as the City of Redlands continues the successful series of events kicking off the summer, including Surfin’ State Street, Wine & Music and the Food Truck and Brewfest events.
The June is Jumpin’ series will begin Friday, June 14, with Surfin’ State Street on downtown State Street from Orange to Ninth Street, from 5 to 8 p.m. The event will feature the popular local surf band, The Tornadoes, a classic car cruise, barbecue, beers from Hangar 24 and wines from State Street Winery.
On June 22, come to Ed Hales Park to sample wine and beer from Paxton Cellars, State Street Winery, Hangar 24 and more while enjoying music in the park at Ed Hales Park on the corner of Fifth and State streets. The event is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets, which include the wine tasting, wine glass and entertainment, are available for $20 at Paxton’s Cellar, 104 E. State St., Suite L; State Street Winery, 404 E. State St.; Citrograph, 113 E. State St.; and the City of Redlands Development Services Office, 210 E. Citrus Ave.
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.