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A 37-year-old Redlands man was arrested for driving under the influence after firefighters extricated him from his overturned vehicle following a single-car collision Wednesday night.

Eric Alan Bean was driving a 2006 Dodge truck west on Reservoir Road at about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, when he lost control of the vehicle, left the road and struck a tree in the front yard of a residence in the 1600 block of Reservoir Road.

This holiday season, the Redlands Police Department will be out in force cracking down on impaired drivers with special DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints.  Checkpoints are scheduled for Dec. 20 and 27 to help keep roads safe for holiday travelers.

Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, Redlands Police will conduct a checkpoint in the westbound lanes of Brookside Avenue at Grant Street, continuing through 3 a.m. Saturday.

The following week, beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, Redlands Police will conduct a checkpoint in the southbound lanes of Wabash Street at Brockton Avenue, continuing through 3 a.m. Saturday.

 

Citizen Volunteer Patrol members Ron O’Neil and Eric Aguilar were recently awarded the Volunteer of the Year awards from the Redlands Police Department’s Volunteer Unit. The volunteers are selected by their supervising staff, based on outstanding work and contributions to the community.

Ron O’Neil is currently an active and valued member of the Redlands Police Department Citizen Volunteer Patrol Ranger Unit. O’Neil attended the 25th Citizen Volunteer Academy in April 2010. In addition to the Police Department, O’Neil has volunteered in the Redlands community for more than 30 years in various organizations including the Redlands Community Hospital. Characterized by his humility and willingness to help, O’Neil is held in high regard by his peers and friends. Mention Ron’s name and you will hear his colleagues and supervisors speak of his calm, quiet, giving and pleasant demeanor.

“He’s the guy who will bend over backwards to help you if you need it,” stated Vic Ramos. O’Neil is currently operating as the volunteer Quartermaster in addition to his other commitments in the Volunteer unit. Most recently O’Neil helped to organize the Volunteer Veteran’s float in the recent Veteran’s Day Parade. O’Neil’s “Go Get It” attitude has not only gained the respect of his peers but the admiration of his department.                              

Eric Aguilar attended the Volunteer academy in November 2010. Eric is an active member of the Redlands Police Citizen Volunteer Patrol. He also volunteered at the Redlands Community Center Recreation Center from 2008 to 2010. He is a student in Street Smart, where he is a master red belt and preparing to test for his provisional black belt. Aguilar is currently attending school at San Bernardino Valley College with a major in criminal justice.

Aguilar’s excitement in helping and willingness to work regardless of challenges speaks volumes to those who meet him. Aguilar was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at a young age, but has never allowed that to stop him or be an excuse not to attain his goals. Despite being told it would be medically impossible for him ride a bicycle, Aguilar would not allow fate to set his destiny.

The Redlands Police Department recognized employees and volunteers and welcomed new members to the department during a ceremony Tuesday morning, Dec. 10.

Police Chief Mark Garcia presented Chief’s Commendations to two residents, two department employees and a business. Lifesaving awards were presented to an RPD officer, five members of the Redlands Fire Department and a civilian member of the public for their actions in treating a driver who suffered a heart attack. The department recognized its Explorer of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Reserve Officer of the Year, Officer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year. The department also welcomed four new employees.

During the upcoming holidays, Building and Safety staff will be available on a limited basis for inspections between Dec. 20 and Jan. 5.

Inspections will be available on Dec. 23, 26, 27, 30 and 31 and on Jan. 2, by calling (909) 798-7536 one business day in advance of the inspection date. Please leave your name, phone number and the type of inspection requested. An inspector will call to confirm the inspection date and time. Because of the holiday schedule, City staff will only be available for a limited number of inspections during that time.

Redlands Police on Wednesday arrested a prolific robber the FBI dubbed the “Button-down Bandit,” who held up six Southern California banks since Nov. 15.

David Michael Younger, 49, of Corona, was arrested Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 11, in Montclair, one day after the Pacific Western Bank at 218 E. State St. was robbed.

The City’s weekly Thursday Market Night and Saturday Morning Farmers’ Market will take a break during the holidays.

Market Night will not take place on the Thursdays following Christmas and New Year’s Day, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. Market Night will resume on Thursday, Jan. 9.

The Saturday Morning Farmers’ Market will be dark on Saturday, Dec. 28. The Farmers’ Market will resume the following Saturday, Jan. 4.

As the year comes to a close, the Redlands Animal Shelter is looking for donors who can help subsidize the rising cost of spaying and neutering animals for adoption.

In 2012 the shelter found homes for 963 dogs and 456 cats. Adoptions for 2013 are on pace to equal the 2012 numbers. While space at the shelter, located at 504 N. Kansas St. is limited, the Animal Shelter – a division of the Redlands Police Department -- endeavors to find homes for every adoptable animal it takes in.

The City of Redlands Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off facility will be closed Saturday, Dec. 28, due to the holiday weekend. Normal hours for the site, Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will resume Saturday, Jan. 4.

The City of Redlands Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off facility will be closed Saturday, Dec. 28, due to the holiday weekend. Normal hours for the site, Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will resume Saturday, Jan. 4.

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