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The Redlands Police Department will conduct a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint in an undisclosed location within the City limits from 8 p.m. Friday, March 27, until 1 a.m. Saturday morning. 

Funding for this weekend’s checkpoint is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

DUI checkpoints are components of the Redlands Police Department’s Responsible Redlands initiative. The Redlands Police Department, with the support of state agencies, including the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and Office of Traffic Safety, the County of San Bernardino, and local businesses and community groups, launched the initiative in late August 2013 to focus on enforcing alcohol laws.

Detectives on Wednesday arrested a 21-year-old Mentone man suspected of setting three fires at Redlands school district facilities and burglarizing a classroom and a nearby church.

Police arrested Robert Aaron Trujillo at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at the residence where he was staying in the 3000 block of Mill Creek Road in Mentone.

While investigating a burglary and vandalism Wednesday at the Church of the Nazarene, 1307 E. Citrus Ave., police discovered forensic evidence linking Trujillo to that burglary, two fires set early Wednesday morning at the Redlands Unified School District transportation yard and the burglary and arson of a classroom at the Redlands High School campus.

Four people were arrested for furnishing alcohol to a minor, during joint Minor Decoy and Shoulder Tap Operations with Redlands Police and California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control officers last week. The operations are  designed to help reduce youth access to alcohol.

On Thursday, March 12, police and ABC agents visited 22 licensed alcohol establishments in the City conducting a Minor Decoy Operation, which uses minors under the direct supervision of a peace officer to enter a licensed establishment and attempt to buy alcohol. During decoy operations, minor decoys are required to answer truthfully if asked their age and to provide valid identification indicating they are underage to buy alcohol.

Local residents and businesses will be seeing signs of positive change popping up downtown and throughout the City as the Redlands Police Department launches an education campaign designed to address the problems of panhandling while offering vital services to the City’s homeless and needy population.

Posters bearing the message “Positive Change Not Spare Change” are being distributed to local businesses, encouraging residents and visitors to support local organizations that provide services to the needy and homeless instead of handing out cash to panhandlers.

The posters include a link to the Redlands Charitable Resources Coalition website at The coalition is made up of local churches, service agencies, the Redlands Police and others who provide services to help the homeless and those in need.

The coalition recently updated its “Guide to Local Resources – People in Redlands Helping People in Need.” The guide provides a comprehensive list of services available to those in need, listing everything from shelter and clothing to meals, medical services and family support to a haircut and a hot shower. The guides are designed so that they can be provided to those in need. All resource information is also available on the coalition website.

St. Patrick’s Day one of deadliest days of the year because of drunk driving

St. Patrick's Day brings to mind shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold, and good luck. But no amount of luck can save you from a drunk-driving crash. So whether you’re buzzed or drunk on St. Patrick’s Day, it doesn’t matter. NHTSA wants to remind everyone that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving—drive sober.

The Redlands Police Department will deploy roving DUI patrols this St. Patrick’s Day looking to stop and arrest drivers who are impaired by alcohol or drugs.  These DUI patrols are, in addition to regularly scheduled patrol officers, all looking for the tell-tale signs of an impaired driver behind the wheel.

Two men were taken into custody Wednesday afternoon following a vehicle burglary at LA Fitness near the intersection of Marshall Street and Parkford.

The burglary from a parked and locked vehicle was reported shortly before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4. Redlands Police and Sheriff’s Air Support helicopter 40 King quickly located two vehicles involved in the theft.

In a hopeful sign that drivers are taking the message not to drink and drive to heart, the Redlands Police Department had no DUI arrests during a weekend Sobriety/Drivers License checkpoint.

A total of 91 vehicles crossed through the checkpoint in the eastbound lanes of Colton Avenue between New York and Texas streets between 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, and 3 a.m. Sunday.

Four drivers were cited for driving with a license that had been suspended or revoked. Another person was cited for driving without a license.

During the checkpoint, officers handed out fliers in both English and Spanish from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to educate motorists about the dangers of drinking and driving.

The Redlands Police Department will conduct a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint in the eastbound lanes of Colton Avenue between New York and Texas streets from 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, until 3 a.m. Sunday morning. 

During the checkpoint, officers will be handing out fliers in both English and Spanish from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to educate motorists about the dangers of drinking and driving.

Redlands Chief of Police Mark A. Garcia will discuss issues of local law enforcement and current crime trends and answer questions from the public during a town hall meeting Thursday, March 5.

In addition to answering questions from the audience, Chief Garcia will also take questions live via the Redlands Police Department’s Facebook page at Questions will be answered live online as time permits.

Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the man who held up a Subway sandwich restaurant Saturday, Jan. 31.

The suspect entered the store located at 1619 W. Lugonia Ave. shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday and ordered a sandwich. As the clerk rang up his order the suspect produced a note demanding money. No weapon was seen.

The clerk handed over cash from the register and the suspect took the money, the note and the sandwich and left the store in an unknown direction.

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