The City of Redlands recently took delivery of two new heavy duty side loaders which run on liquid natural gas (LNG), paid for in part by funds from the Mobile Source Reduction Committee (MSRC) designated for the purchase of heavy duty alternative fuel vehicles. The new vehicles join a heavy duty LNG front loader delivered last spring.
The City’s Solid Waste Department took delivery of the first vehicle in April and the remaining vehicles in August.
Investigators are seeking the public’s help in identifying a murder suspect after police matched DNA evidence from the February 2013 case to the unidentified suspect in 10-year-old kidnap, rape and assault case in the San Bernardino area.
On the evening of Feb. 26, 2013, the body of 23-year-old Sylvia Marie Flores, of Perris, was found by a resident in an orange grove off Almond Avenue west of Alabama Street in Redlands.
Detectives believe Flores was a prostitute working in the City of San Bernardino at the time of her death. Flores was last seen at a gas station at 6th and H streets in San Bernardino shortly before 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25. She last spoke with her friends via text messages and phone calls at about noon that day.
DNA evidence recovered from Flores’ remains has been matched to that of an unknown suspect involved in a kidnap, rape and assault in the areas of Highland and San Bernardino in 2003. Personal property belonging to Flores was also recovered near the area where the 2003 rape and assault occurred.
A 51-year-old man suffered major injuries after he ran out of gas and was struck by another driver while standing behind his disabled vehicle.
The accident was reported shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, on Alabama Street at Industrial Park Avenue. The victim was driving a Ford pickup south on Alabama when he ran out of gas. He was standing behind the truck retrieving a gas can when he was struck from behind by a 1991 Honda Accord driven by an 18-year-old Diamond Bar man.
Redlands Fire Department Engineer Matthew Ley was named the 2013 Volunteer of the Year by the Fire & Burn Foundation at the organization’s annual Spirit of Courage Awards Banquet, Aug. 16.
The Fire & Burn Foundation is a non-profit health agency dedicated to reducing burn injuries and deaths through fire and burn prevention education, burn survivor support programs and the funding of burn care research and treatment.
The Fire and Burn Foundation Volunteer of the Year award is presented to a member of the fire service community in appreciation of his or her outstanding support and service to the Foundation. This year the Fire and Burn Foundation honored Ley for his “countless hours, energy and enthusiasm to the Foundation.”
On Monday, Sept. 9, Redlands Police detectives in a joint effort with the Pima County, Arizona, Sheriff’s Department Fugitive Investigative Strike Team (FIST), arrested a suspect in the 1988 cold case murder of a 56-year-old Redlands woman.
Jimmy B. Morrison, 63, was arrested at approximately 8:20 a.m., for the June 15, 1988, murder of Catherine Dade, the director of the Guadalupe Boys Home in Yucaipa, where Morrison was the assistant director.
Dade’s body was discovered that same day in her south Redlands home after she failed to show up to work. She had suffered blunt force trauma and other injuries.
Redlands detectives launched a homicide investigation and identified Morrison as a person of interest, but the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office declined to file charges at the time.
Your home can be a target of opportunity for burglars when you are away on vacation. The Redlands Police Department wants to help protect residents’ property from opportunistic thieves with a new vacation program designed to catch criminals in the act.
Residential burglaries in Redlands from January to July 2013 have risen nearly 16 percent over the same time period last year. Beginning in September 2013, Redlands residents can contact the Redlands Police Department before leaving for any extended period of time and arrange to check out a small tracking device that can be hidden on items of value that are particularly attractive to burglars.
The motion sensitive device is activated once the resident leaves on vacation. Any movement of the device will set off a signal that sends a text to both the resident and the Police Department. Officers can then use tracking software with the device to quickly locate the stolen property and the thief.
Applications are now being accepted for the next Redlands Police Department Citizen Volunteer Academy which will be held early next year.
The nine-week Citizen Volunteer Academy provides volunteers training in citation writing, radio procedure, crime scene management, report writing, traffic control, patrol vehicle driving, Emergency Operations Center operations and other areas.
Participants receive an additional 32 hours of training in the field by experienced CVP Field Training Officers before they are ready for the full range of CVP duties.
Interviews for the Academy are currently being held. Anyone interested may visit the RPD volunteer page at http://cityofredlands.org/police/volunteers for information and an application.
Accustomed to handing out crime-prevention and public safety tips, Redlands Police officers will be accepting tips to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital on Monday, Sept. 9, at Chili’s Grill & Bar.
Redlands Police officers and other RPD personnel will be waiting tables at the restaurant at 10020 Alabama St. from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, as part of the Tip-A-Cop effort benefiting St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Four people were cited after buying alcohol for a 19-year-old Redlands Police volunteer outside four local businesses last week. The enforcement effort, known as a “shoulder tap operation,” was part of a $23,714 grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
On Friday, Aug. 29, between 7 and 11:30 p.m., the 19-year-old female volunteers stood outside local businesses on Colton Avenue, Orange Street and Redlands Boulevard and offered to give people entering the stores money to buy beer. Individuals were cited by police officers after providing the beer to the teen.
A fire in a women’s restroom forced the brief evacuation of several City Hall offices Tuesday.
The fire in a restroom in the Quality of Life building at Redlands City Hall, 35 Cajon St., was reported at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3. The fire forced the evacuation of the building for about 30 minutes. In addition to Quality of Life, the building also houses the Finance Department and IT offices as well as the City employees’ credit union.
An employee put out the fire with a fire extinguisher prior to arrival of the Fire Department. Employees were kept out of the building while firefighters cleared the building of smoke and ensured that it was safe to return. No injuries were reported.