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The Fourth of July is one of America’s favorite holidays. And why not? Families and friends gather to celebrate our country with food, parades, parties, picnics and fireworks.

And yet there is a very dark side to this great holiday. For many, the celebration includes alcohol, and the holiday can quickly go from festive to fatal when people choose to drive after drinking. From 2009-2013, nearly 40 percent of ALL traffic fatalities over the Fourth of July period occurred in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. Of the five major holiday periods of the year in California, the Fourth of July ranks as having the highest daily fatality rate.

Over the Fourth of July holiday period in 2013 alone (6 p.m. July 3 to 5:59 a.m. July 8), 199 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes on our nation’s roads, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In California, 28 individuals were killed in alcohol- involved crashes.

Redlands Police arrested a man Friday, suspected in an auto theft and attempted kidnapping of two young children.

Cory Michael Ahumada, 24, of Highland, was arrested without incident at about 7 p.m. Friday, June 26, after Redlands investigators developed information that he was at the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in the City of Highland. Redlands detectives responded to the casino, located Ahumada and contacted San Manuel security, who took him into custody.

During the investigation detectives recovered stolen property belonging to the victim. The stolen car has not been recovered.

Redlands Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a suspect in an auto theft and attempted kidnapping of two young children.

Cory Michael Ahumada, 24, of Highland, has been identified as a suspect in the auto theft and attempted kidnapping that occurred at 12:41 p.m. Sunday, June 21, at a 7-Eleven gas station at 1161 Lugonia Ave.

The victim parked her vehicle, a 2002 Acura TL, at the gas pump and left her two daughters, ages 10 and 2, in the vehicle with the engine running while she went inside to pay. Security video footage shows the suspect approach the vehicle on foot, get in the driver’s seat and drive away as the victim runs out of the store.

 As the car is driven away, the 10-year-old girl grabbed her sister and jumped from the moving vehicle. The children can be seen jumping from the vehicle in the security video. Both children sustained minor abrasions.

The Redlands Police Department will conduct a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint in an undisclosed location within the City limits from 10 p.m. Thursday, June 25, until 3 a.m. Friday morning. 

Funding for the 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.

Over the past several days Redlands Police have received five reports of a telephone scam known as the Jury Duty scam, in which a caller informs the intended victim that he or she failed to report for jury duty and a warrant has been issued for their arrest. The caller then asks for personal information including birth date, social security number and even a credit card number in order to clear up the problem.

Redlands Police wish to remind all residents never to provide personal information when you receive an unsolicited phone call. With enough information, scammers can assume your identity and potentially drain your bank account or charge thousands of dollars of purchases to your credit cards.

Police arrested a 58-year-old transient who struck at least three vehicles in a stolen fire engine before trying to intentionally ram a responding police vehicle early Friday morning.

Police received the first call of a hit-and-run at a Circle K at 765 W. Redlands Blvd. shortly after 4 a.m. Friday, June 5. The caller said they had been struck by a small fire truck. Minutes later police received a call of another vehicle that had been struck in a parking lot near a Denny’s restaurant at 9 W. Redlands Blvd. A third caller reported that the fire truck was actively ramming their vehicle near the intersection of Nevada Street and Orange Tree Lane.

Police briefly closed down one lane of the 210 freeway and an onramp to Interstate 10 Tuesday morning after a 19-year-old man stopped his car on the freeway and jumped from the overpass. The incident occurred shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 2, on the eastbound 210 as it merges onto Interstate 10.

The 19-year-old Redlands resident landed in a dirt area between the I-10 and the westbound Tennessee Street off-ramp and suffered some broken bones from the 40-foot jump.

Two people were cited after selling alcohol to a teen-age Redlands Police Department volunteer Sunday. Another person was cited after buying alcohol for the teen.

On Sunday, May 31, police visited 13 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.

Two Redlands men were arrested early Tuesday morning, hours after a pack of cigarettes was stolen at gunpoint from a Redlands Boulevard convenience store.

Police responded to the report of an armed robbery at Circle K, 765 W. Redlands Blvd., shortly after 11 p.m. Monday, June 1. Two suspects entered the store and asked for a pack of cigarettes before one of them displayed a handgun. The suspects took the cigarettes, exited the store and fled east on Redlands Boulevard in a late 1990s model green Honda CRV driven by another individual.

The Redlands Police Department last week was named the recipient of the 2015 RISE Award for Agency of the Year from TASER and PoliceOne.

The department received the award for its innovative use of GPS technology and community collaboration to address crime trends in the community. As a result of the program, RPD has made 161 arrests for crimes such as armed robbery, vehicle burglary, commercial burglary, metal theft, bike theft, laptop theft, vending machine theft, tire theft, credit card skimming, construction site theft, UPS parcel theft, and wire theft. RPD has even used the technology to help locate a serial bank robbery suspect.

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