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Police are investigating after a man held up a pizza restaurant at gunpoint Monday afternoon.

Police responded to the report of an armed robbery at Little Caesar’s Pizza, 2094 W. Redlands Blvd., at about 3:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19. The robber approached an employee, displayed a handgun and demanded money from the cash register. He was last seen fleeing the restaurant through the parking lot.

The robber is described as a white male, between 30 and 40 years old, 5 feet, 1 inch tall, 130 pounds with blue eyes, blond hair and a goatee. He was last seen wearing a red and black flannel shirt and beige cargo shorts.

Redlands Police arrested two people for driving under the influence during a DUI/drivers license checkpoint Friday, Aug. 16, including one driver who led police on a short pursuit before crashing into a fire hydrant.

Another checkpoint is scheduled beginning at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, in the eastbound lanes of Redlands Boulevard at 6th Street. The checkpoint is scheduled until 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24.

A total of 231 vehicles passed through the checkpoint in the southbound lanes of Cajon Street at Cypress Avenue between 7 p.m. and midnight Friday. Citations were also written for speeding, using a cell phone while driving and illegal turns.

Police are investigating after a man held up a hotel clerk at gunpoint Friday evening.

Police responded to the report of an armed robbery at about 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at the Country Inn & Suites, 1650 Industrial Park Ave. The robber was in the hotel lobby for several minutes before approaching the clerk, displaying a handgun and demanding money from the cash register. He fled the hotel on foot. No vehicle was seen.

The robber is described as a white male, between 25 and 30 years old, 5 feet, 3 inches tall, weighing 130 to 140 pounds. He was unshaven with short brown hair and a tattoo on his neck. He was last seen wearing a baseball cap with an Atlanta Braves “A” logo, a faded black sweatshirt, baggy blue jeans and bright red athletic shoes.

A residential fire Sunday morning was contained to the home’s attic. Firefighters responded to the fire in the 500 block of 11th Street shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 18.

When firefighters arrived they saw heavy black smoke coming from the attic vents. Firefighters were initially unable to access the back of the house due to a large dog in the back yard. Once the resident confined the dog, firefighters were able to continue their fire attack.

Firefighters cut holes through the roof and ceiling to access and extinguish the fire, which was knocked down within 10 minutes. Crews remained on scene for another hour to salvage contents, search for hidden fires and investigate.

Officers warn businesses as new ordinance takes effect

On Thursday morning, Aug. 15, Redlands Police officers began distributing warning letters to local businesses advising them of the new local ban on the sale and use of toxic, synthetic chemical drugs known as “Spice” and “bath salts.” The ban, passed by the Redlands City Council in July, takes effect on Friday, Aug. 16.

“These drugs are as dangerous as PCP and meth, yet stores have been selling them and our youth have been using them legally,” said Lt. Travis Martinez. “We intend to vigorously enforce this ordinance and we won’t hesitate to take action against any violators.”

The Redlands Police Department Traffic Unit will conduct a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Friday, Aug. 16, in the southbound lanes of Cajon Street at Cypress Avenue between the hours of 7 p.m. and midnight. 

The checkpoint is part of a two-week end-of-summer statewide mobilization effort by the California Office of Traffic Safety, reminding Californians to plan ahead during the crackdown and every day by designating a sober driver.

Nothing is more important than the health and happiness of a child, and the City of Redlands couldn’t agree more.

On Monday July 8, the City of Redlands started a five-week children’s Healthy Summer Day Camp, offering an opportunity for area children to examine their favorite food items such as cereals, cookies, chips, candy, juices etc. and teaching them how to make better choices.

The interactive summer camp joined forces with the Dairy Council of California to provide education for parents and children on how to eat and prepare healthy snacks and meals. Some of the workshops provided extensive details about the origin, industrial uses, health benefits and risks of various food additives commonly found in food these days.  

Redlands Police arrested two men suspected of burglarizing the Family Service Association building in the 600 block of Lawton Avenue early Monday morning.

The burglars pried open a rear door of the building at 612 Lawton at about 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12.  Patrol officers responding to an alarm arrived and witnessed the two men leaving the building. Officers recovered property taken from the charity organization and a tire iron used to pry open the door.

Redlands Police arrested a man after shots were fired in a residential neighborhood, striking an unoccupied vehicle Tuesday afternoon. No injuries were reported in the shooting.

Police received multiple calls reporting shots fired in the 1000 block of Lombard Street shortly after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13. When officers arrived they found a parked 2006 Kia Spectra that had been struck by a bullet in the front windshield. Other shots struck a tire and a nearby fence.

Come and enjoy Ballroom dance in a comfortable and fun setting. 

Fox Trot will be taught Mondays beginning Aug. 26 and ending Sept. 23.

Class runs from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. Registration fee is $8 per person. Partners are not required.

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