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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.

Focus on curbing alcohol violations is part of Responsible Redlands initiative

Seeking to discourage alcohol-soaked post-rush week festivities, police will conduct dedicated party patrols this weekend aimed at curtailing underage drinking, the latest enforcement action as part of the newly launched Responsible Redlands initiative.

“We often see significant alcohol related problems — including numerous hospitalizations — at universities around the country during fall as students descend on campus,” said Police Chief Mark Garcia. “We want to make sure the academic year in Redlands gets off to a safe start.”

Officers will conduct special party patrols aimed at cracking down on underage alcohol parties Friday and Saturday evening.

Bicycles and new helmets will be given away when the Redlands Police Department hosts a Bicycle Rodeo Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Redlands Community Center.  The Bicycle Rodeo is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Redlands Community Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave. 

Funds for bicycles were donated by Wal-Mart and various community members.  The rodeo will be staffed by retired police officers, volunteers from the Redlands Police Department and community members.   Bicycle helmets were purchased with monies secured from a grant awarded to the Redlands Police Department.

The City of Redlands is seeking Redlands residents interested in serving on the Cultural Arts Commission. Commissioners are appointed by the City Council

The Cultural Arts Commission promotes public interest in arts, recommends new arts programs and sources of funding for those programs, assists the City Council by recommending policies to encourage, develop and support the arts in Redlands, and advises the City Council in the administration of the City's "Art in Public Places" program.

The City of Redlands recently took delivery of two new heavy duty side loaders which run on liquid natural gas (LNG), paid for in part by funds from the Mobile Source Reduction Committee (MSRC) designated for the purchase of heavy duty alternative fuel vehicles. The new vehicles join a heavy duty LNG front loader delivered last spring.

The City’s Solid Waste Department took delivery of the first vehicle in April and the remaining vehicles in August.

Investigators are seeking the public’s help in identifying a murder suspect after police matched DNA evidence from the February 2013 case to the unidentified suspect in 10-year-old kidnap, rape and assault case in the San Bernardino area.

On the evening of Feb. 26, 2013, the body of 23-year-old Sylvia Marie Flores, of Perris, was found by a resident in an orange grove off Almond Avenue west of Alabama Street in Redlands.

Detectives believe Flores was a prostitute working in the City of San Bernardino at the time of her death. Flores was last seen at a gas station at 6th and H streets in San Bernardino shortly before 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25. She last spoke with her friends via text messages and phone calls at about noon that day.

DNA evidence recovered from Flores’ remains has been matched to that of an unknown suspect involved in a kidnap, rape and assault in the areas of Highland and San Bernardino in 2003. Personal property belonging to Flores was also recovered near the area where the 2003 rape and assault occurred.

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