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Redlands Police arrested six people Thursday in connection with the January 2013 shooting death of an aspiring musician outside the now-closed Cancun restaurant and night club.

The Redlands Police Multiple Enforcement Team, with the assistance of Inland Valley SWAT – including Fontana, Colton and Rialto police - and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department SWAT, served search warrants at locations in Rialto and Riverside Thursday morning, June 5.

Police arrested 27-year-old Anthony Artell Tolbert, of Rubidoux; 33-year-old Terryl Diamond Morris, of Riverside; 22-year-old Damar William Sowell, of Rubidoux; 21-year-old Jamaal Aaron Duncan, of Rubidoux; 26-year-old Vanessa Everlin Felix, of Rialto; and 20-year-old Taylor Morgan Jones, of Riverside.

June is jumpin’ again this year as the City of Redlands continues the popular series of events kicking off the summer, including Surfin’ State Street and Movies in the Park, and a new event this year, the Downtown Art Walk & Crab Boil.

The June is Jumpin’ series will begin Friday, June 13, with the Surfin’ State Street Car Cruise on downtown State Street from Orange to Ninth Street, from 5 to 9 p.m. The event will feature the popular local surf band, The Tornadoes, a classic car cruise, delicious food vendors, beers from Hangar 24 and wines from State Street Winery.

On Sunday, June 15, it’s the Downtown Art Walk & Crab Boil. Local artists will be exhibiting their works in the alleys and sidewalks of downtown Redlands accompanied by performances from local bands and solo artists. Swing by Ed Hales Park to feast on the crab and crawfish boil! Grab a beer or a glass of wine by Ritual Brewery, Hangar 24 or State Street Winery in the beer and wine garden adjacent to the park.

The City of Redlands, along with Sportball, will offer a free Multi-Sport Summer program to teach children the concepts and skills associated with various sports. A variety of creative, high-energy games will be offered to develop agility, balance, coordination and stamina as well as important social and cooperation skills. A free nutritional lunch will also be provided as part of the program!

Participants can register for the following sessions:

Work to improve traffic on the City’s busiest intersection will begin this month as contractors begin construction on the intersection of Redlands Boulevard and Alabama Street and reconfiguration of Colton Avenue at Redlands Boulevard.

The approximately $4 million construction project will realign the intersection of Redlands Boulevard and Alabama Street, the City’s busiest intersection with more than 24,000 vehicles passing through the crossing daily. The realignment will eliminate a 22-foot offset as Alabama Street crosses Redlands Boulevard and widen both streets adding a third northbound lane and additional left turn lanes in each direction on Alabama Street.

The project will also realign an unorthodox and difficult merger of Colton Avenue and Redlands Boulevard, creating a signalized T intersection just east of the Redlands Boulevard/Alabama Street intersection. In addition, the project will improve drainage in the area and replace all street lighting with energy-efficient LED equipment.

Enjoy Salsa dance in a comfortable and fun setting.  Salsa classes will be taught every Monday beginning June 9 through June 30.

Classes begin at 6:45 p.m., ending at 8 pm. Registration fee is $8 per person. Partners are not required.

Space is limited, so sign-up today at the Redlands Community Center or online at For more information, call instructor Joe Sidor at (909) 792-6076.

Noting a new increase in reported thefts from gravesites at Hillside Memorial Park, RPD Community Policing officers conducted a specialized investigation at the cemetery and arrested a woman following a theft Saturday.

At about 11 a.m. Saturday, May 24, officers arrested a 38-year-old Mentone woman who was stopped following a theft at the cemetery. Police located a stolen solar light in her vehicle. Police then accompanied the woman to her home where they located another solar light taken from the cemetery.

Kristen Janelle Unkelbach was arrested for petty theft.

Police are working with cemetery staff in an effort to locate the owner of the second solar light.

Redlands Police arrested five drivers for driving under the influence over the Memorial Day weekend, including one driver involved in a single-vehicle roll-over collision as the weekend began.

A total of 138 vehicles passed through a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint in the eastbound lanes of Colton Avenue between New York and Texas streets beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, May 23. During the checkpoint, officers arrested three drivers for driving under the influence and issued two citations for driving on a suspended license and two citations for driving without a license. Two others were arrested for outstanding warrants. Another three traffic-related citations were also issued.

During a targeted “saturation” patrol on Saturday, May 24, officers stopped nine vehicles for traffic violations and arrested one driver for driving under the influence. Another driver was cited for driving on a suspended license.

Construction has begun to replace water pipelines along San Timoteo Canyon Road and on Fern Avenue and is expected to last through the end of June.

At their April 15 meeting, the City Council awarded a $364,000 construction contract for the Fern Avenue and San Timoteo Canyon Road Water Pipeline Replacement project to Pacific Utilities Installation, Inc. of Anaheim. The project is funded by water revenues, and no General Fund dollars will be used to construct this project.  The project was designed and will be managed by the City of Redlands Municipal Utilities and Engineering Department.

Construction began on May 13 and is anticipated to last through the end of June.  The project will install new pipelines on San Timoteo Canyon Road between Fern Avenue and Beaumont Avenue, and on Fern Avenue between San Timoteo Canyon Road and Terracina Boulevard. 

A third day of tai chi classes has been added at the Redlands Community Senior Center.

Tai chi classes are now offered Mondays and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. and Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave.

Classes are $5 per session or $18 for one month of classes once a week. Participants can also attend all three classes each week for only $28 per month.

The Avoid the 25 DUI Task Force is deploying officers this holiday weekend at DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols countywide to arrest impaired drivers and to keep the public aware of the dangers of driving while impaired by alcohol and drugs. 

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