(4/9/14) Fire destroyed a century-old home in a historic Redlands neighborhood Wednesday.
The three-alarm fire in the 1600 block of West Olive Avenue was reported by a passer-by who saw the flames and smoke shortly after 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 9. Responding units arrived within minutes to find the three-story Victorian home, built in 1903, fully involved. A downed power line initially hampered firefighters’ efforts to battle the blaze.
Firefighters immediately set to work protecting the surrounding homes. One single-family home next door suffered smoke and heat damage. Due to the extensive damage to the building and in order to protect lives, firefighters pursued defensive tactics and were unable to save the primary structure, which collapsed shortly after 1:30 p.m.
More than 50 firefighters from seven agencies responded to the blaze. In addition, Redlands Police assisted with traffic control. Utility crews from Southern California Gas and Southern California Electric also responded. No injuries were reported, although one of the owners’ two dogs remains unaccounted for.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire crews were expected to stay on scene throughout the evening to ensure that remaining hot spots were fully extinguished.
(4/3/14) On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Redlands Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Redlands Police Annex, 30 Cajon St. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
The City of Redlands Development Services Department and the Recreation Division of the Quality of Life Department will continue the popular Movies in the Park series with Disney’s “Planes” and Sony Picture Animation’s “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” on Friday, April 25, and Friday, May 30, at Ed Hales Park in historic Downtown Redlands, on the corner of 5th and State streets.
Each event will begin at 6 p.m. and will include children’s craft projects and entertainment from the 6th Street School of Music, Frugal Frigate Children’s Bookstore, Seed and Kissui. The movies will begin at dusk. These events are free to the public. Feel free to bring your own blanket and chair and enjoy family entertainment with your friends and neighbors in historic downtown Redlands.
The Redlands Community Senior Center will offer Line Dance classes from 2-3 p.m. every Friday, beginning April 18. If you are interested in learning how to dance the latest line dances using the proper footwork and movement, then this class is for you. All ages are welcome and no registration is required. This is a free class open to the public.
For more information, please call the Redlands Community Center at (909) 798-7572 or visit us on the web at www.cityofredlands.org.
The Redlands Police Department will hold an eight-hour training class for multi-unit rental apartment managers/owners and single family rental property owners. The program is focused on education and reducing crime in apartments, condominium complexes and single-family rental housing throughout the city.
The class will be held at the Redlands Community Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave., from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 10. Please RSVP by April 8. Lunch will be provided. Cost is $5 to cover the cost of lunch from Subway.
(3/24/14) Come and enjoy Ballroom dance in a comfortable and fun setting.
Nightclub Two-Step will be taught Mondays beginning April 7 through April 28.
Classes are held from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. Registration fee is $8 per person. Partners are not required.
(3/24/14) The Redlands Community Senior Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave., invites seniors to join us for an afternoon Dinner and Dance from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 8. Prices are $12 with patron card and $14 without.
(3/24/14) Redlands Police arrested two drivers and issued 30 citations during targeted traffic enforcement in the days leading up to through the St. Patrick’s Day Monday.
Redlands Police officers conducted a sobriety checkpoint, targeted “saturation patrols” looking for anyone who may have been tempted to drink and drive and traffic enforcement patrols looking for additional violations.
(3/19/14) The Redlands Police and Fire Departments are warning local business owners to be sure you know exactly who is performing fire inspections on your property.
The Redlands Police Department is investigating a series of recent incidents of fraudulent fire inspections performed at a number of local businesses.
Agents from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and Officers from the Redlands Police Department Police joined forces with law enforcement agencies throughout California in a Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation designed to help reduce youth access to alcohol.
The task force operation was conducted on Saturday, March 15, and resulted in two arrests in Redlands. The operation was conducted statewide. Arrested were Anthony Richard Venegas, 35, of Hemet, and Manuel Jose Rodriguez, Jr., 45, of Forest Falls.