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April 17, 2016 - A power line caught fire and fell across a parking lot behind a downtown business area, damaging a building and several vehicles late Saturday night.

The Redlands Fire Department responded to reports of a commercial structure fire in the 300 block of Orange Street at about 10:15 p.m. Saturday, April 16. Upon arrival firefighters found an exterior building fire that was threatening several vehicles and adjacent buildings. A power line became involved with fire and eventually fell over several vehicles. 

Due to the hazardous nature of an energized power line lying across a busy driveway and several vehicles, firefighters’ were unable to extinguish the fires until crews from Southern California Edison arrived to secure the power line. 

April 17, 2016 - The Redlands Fire Department responded to a structure fire early Sunday morning that damaged one home, threatened another and displaced two adult residents.

Firefighters responded to the blaze at a single-story residence in the 900 block of Calhoun Street at about 1 a.m. Sunday, April 17.

Once on scene, firefighters discovered a well involved residential structure fire threatening another nearby residence. Five engines, a ladder truck, a paramedic squad and a chief officer all responded to the emergency. Firefighters extinguished the blaze within 15 minutes and were able to confine the fire to the building of origin.

April 13, 2016 - The City Council’s monthly Coffee with the Council will be canceled for the month of April to allow members of the City Council to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for Homes for Our Troops.

Homes for Our Troops is a national non-profit that builds mortgage free, specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans returning home post 9/11. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled Saturday, April 16, to kick off the organization’s latest project in Redlands. Mayor Paul Foster will be speaking during the ceremony and other City Council members will be in attendance.

April 12, 2016 - Construction to install stamped concrete where the Orange Blossom Trail intersects with both Nevada Street and Park Avenue, part of the Phase II construction of the Orange Blossom Trail, delayed by rain, is expected to be completed this week and new construction will begin at New Jersey Street.

Construction on the two intersections is expected to be completed and the roads reopened by 5 p.m. Friday, April 15. Beginning Monday, April 18, New Jersey Street will be closed at the Orange Blossom Trail in order to install stamped concrete at the intersection. It will remain closed through Friday, April 22.

April 11, 2016 - The next meeting of the City of Redlands Disaster Council will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 25, in the Redlands City Council Chambers. The meeting is open to the public.

Guest speakers will discuss mass care and shelter needs for the City. Speakers include Don Gordon from the American Red Cross; Zachery Mullenex from the San Bernardino County Fire Department Office of Emergency Services; and George Barela discussing Verizon’s Cells on Wheels (COW) and Cells on Light Trucks (COLTS) program.

April 7, 2016 - Redlands Police, with the assistance of Rialto police arrested a man and recovered a customized three-wheel cycle stolen from a disabled veteran. The bike was returned to the victim in time for him to participate in this weekend’s Redlands Bicycle Classic.

April 6, 2016 - Surprised drivers received tickets last week for driving sober, but they weren’t unhappy about it.

Redlands Police along with students from Citrus Valley High School’s Friday Night Live handed out Krikorian Premiere Theater movie tickets to 20 drivers during a DUI/Driver License checkpoint Thursday, March 31. 

The first 20 sober drivers through the checkpoint each received a free movie ticket. Tickets were donated by the Citrus Valley High School chapter of Friday Night Live, a statewide alcohol and substance abuse prevention project. Members of the group also handed out safe-driving information to drivers passing through the checkpoint.

April 6, 2016 - The Redlands Recreation Division in partnership with the Friends of the A.K. Smiley Public Library will host a story time in Spanish for children at 10 a.m. Monday, April 11. This free program will include a story, a fun activity for the children and a snack provided by the Recreation Division. 

Story time sessions are held three Mondays each month at the Redlands Community Center at 10 a.m.  Story time session held on the first and fourth Mondays will feature English Language Stories.  The story time session held on the second Monday of each month will be in Spanish.

April 6, 2016 - Due to rain forecasts, Market Night is cancelled tonight. We hope to see you next Thursday in Historic Downtown Redlands!

April 5, 2016 - Distracted driving is such an important safety issue that April is recognized as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In California, Police, Sheriff and CHP officials are joining the Office of Traffic Safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), as well as law enforcement throughout the country, working together to focus on education as well as enforcement.

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