The Redlands Police Department recently presented commendations to several officers and civilian employees and welcomed a new reserve police officer and several new civilian employees to its ranks.
During a ceremony held June 7 at the Redlands Police Annex, the department welcomed Reserve Officer Ryan Shearer. Reserves with the Redlands Police Department are volunteers who have put themselves through the rigorous academy training and background process to perform many of the same functions as fulltime, uniformed police officers.
Downtown Redlands Surfin’ State Street was a swimming success June 8, with thousands of visitors checking out the classic cars, music from the Tornadoes, barbecue vendors and beer garden on State Street.
June is Jumpin’ again this weekend with the Wine, Beer & Music Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. June 23 at Ed Hales Park at the corner of Fifth and State streets.
In a move to help local business owners save money on their utility bills, the City Council in March approved a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program administered by Figtree Energy Resource Company (Figtree). The PACE program will provide commercial property owners upfront financing for energy and water efficiency building upgrades and renewable energy systems.
The City of Redlands will present the latest in a series of Small Business Workshops sponsored by SCORE Inland Empire on Wednesday, June 27.
Presenter Gail Youngblood will offer advice on setting up a business plan, including such essentials as establishing business goals, understanding your financial considerations, analyzing your market, strategizing your advertising and developing financial reports. In addition, Youngblood will cover the Mission Statement.
The Redlands Police Department will conduct a grant-funded DUI/Drivers License checkpoint this weekend in the eastbound lanes of Colton Avenue. Several drivers were cited and a stolen car recovered during a grant-funded traffic enforcement operation on Monday.
The checkpoint will begin at 10 p.m. Friday, June 15, on Colton Avenue between New York and Texas streets. It will continue until 3 a.m. Saturday.
Six drivers were cited for failure to stop at a stop sign during a grant-funded traffic enforcement operation between 5:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday, June 11, in the areas of Texas and Stuart streets; San Timoteo Canyon Road and Alessandro Road; Ford Street at Sunset Drive, South Avenue and Eucalyptus Drive; University Street and Colton Avenue; and San Bernardino Avenue and Church Street. Two other drivers were cited for speeding, another for using a cell phone while driving and another for driving on a suspended license during the enforcement operation.
A vehicle was destroyed and a garage damaged in a fire Sunday afternoon. One firefighter was injured while fighting the blaze.
The Redlands Fire Department responded to a call of a residential structure fire at 2:20 p.m. Sunday, June 10. The first arriving unit found a vehicle well involved with fire in the attached garage of a residential duplex in the 1500 block of Finch Avenue. Residents and neighbors were attempting to extinguish the fire using garden hoses. The fire was extinguished by firefighters in 15 minutes.
An early morning fire gutted a century-old home early Monday morning. One firefighter suffered minor injuries while fighting the blaze.
Redlands firefighters responded to the call of a structure fire in the 1300 block of South Center Street at about 5:45 a.m. Monday, June 11. Smoke from the fire could be seen from downtown Redlands, two miles away. When firefighters arrived they found flames coming from the attic of the single story home.
During the initial attack on the blaze, as firefighters made their way toward the attic, a burning board struck one firefighter in the chest, causing second-degree burns. The firefighter was treated and remained on scene.
The Redlands Police Department and Chili’s Restaurant in Redlands will hold a fundraising event on Thursday, June 14, to benefit the department’s drug-sniffing canine program.
In December 2008, the department began its drug-sniffing canine program with Radar, a black Labrador mix, and his handler, Redlands Police Officer Dan Figgins, using only private donations. Since that time Radar’s ongoing training, food, medical costs, lodging and grooming have been supported entirely by private donations with no cost to the City’s General Fund.
Redlands Police narcotics officers frequently call on Radar and will make him available to other local agencies. Radar also provides regular service to local schools through a contract with the Redlands Unified School District.
Since 2008, Radar has helped in the interdiction and recovery of more than 50 kilos of methamphetamine, 20 kilos of cocaine, hundreds of pounds of marijuana and over $634,000 in drug-related money.
Redlands Firefighters responded to a structure fire in an unoccupied mobile home early Friday morning. No injuries were reported in the blaze.
At 3:40 a.m. Friday, June 8, firefighters from Redlands and CAL Fire stations in Yucaipa, Calimesa and Moreno Valley responded to a structure fire in the 29800 block of Live Oak Canyon Road. Upon arrival, units found a single-wide mobile home completely engulfed in flames.
The Public Benefit Resource Community Task Force will recommend priorities for the expenditure, in a coordinated manner, of existing and future DIF, Measure O, and other available funds, and develop a recommended process for selecting acquisition or development projects from within the recommended priorities.