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Join the Redlands Animal Shelter and Redlands Friends of Shelter Animals (REDFOSA) for the inaugural Black Saturday Cat Adoption special.

On Nov. 29, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Redlands Animal Shelter and REDFOSA will hold a cat adoption special to find loving homes for shelter animals. Cat adoptions will be $22 – a discount of $28 – which includes spay/neuter and FVRCP shots. Micro-chipping and rabies vaccinations may be included with some cats.

The Redlands Animal Shelter is located at 504 N. Kansas St. in Redlands.

Police are seeking the public’s help to provide information leading to the identity of a suspect who followed a woman in a white minivan Tuesday morning.

The victim, a 24-year-old female, reported that she was walking north on Center Street shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, when she was approached by a white minivan. The driver followed and attempted to talk to her driving away after she threatened to call police. She then walked to a nearby apartment complex where she reported the incident to the apartment manager who called police.

Redlands Police cited clerks and servers at three local businesses for selling alcohol to minors during a minor decoy operation Friday, Nov. 14.

During minor decoy operations underage volunteers under the direct supervision of officers attempt to purchase alcohol from retail licensees in the City. On Friday, an underage volunteer attempted to purchase alcohol at 20 establishments. Employees at three businesses sold or served alcohol to the minor decoy.

Redlands Police are warning parents as they seek to identify a man who exposed himself to at least two Moore Middle School students as they walked to a bus stop Monday morning.

The girls were walking to the bus stop at Sun Avenue and Calhoun Street at about 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 10, when they saw the man exposing himself next to a silver or gray four-door sedan. The man left the area in the vehicle after being spotted by an adult.

Earlier that morning the same man reportedly approached another student in his vehicle and tried talking to her but did not expose himself.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male between 20 and 30 years old, 5 feet, 7 inches tall, with a medium build. He had a small mustache and appeared to be unshaven. He was wearing a gray sweatshirt and unknown color shorts.

The City of Redlands Recreation Division and Redlands Police Department along with several local businesses are collecting toys for the 17th Annual Children’s Christmas Block Party. This year’s toy drive is critically important. Grant funding has been limited for the past several years and the toy drive will be a major contributor to the toys/gifts given to the children this year. In previous years, the toy drives have matched the gifts purchased through grant funding allowing more than 1,000 gifts/toys to be donated to our community, local shelters and families in crisis.

Redlands Police arrested two suspects following an armed robbery at a jewelry store Wednesday. A third suspect is still outstanding.

Police responded to a silent alarm at the Tekin Brothers Jewelers, 9980 Alabama St., Suite B, at about noon Wednesday, Nov. 5.

The Redlands Police Department invites students from fourth through 12th grades to tailgate with RPD officers at the University of Redlands on Saturday, Nov. 15, and then enjoy the football game as the Bulldogs play Occidental College.

Snacks and games will be provided outside the University of Redlands Ted Runner Stadium at Brockton and University beginning at 11 a.m. The University of Redlands-Occidental game begins at 1 p.m.

The Redlands Police Department recently held a ceremony to swear in nine newly hired police officers, six newly hired professional staff and eight newly promoted police officers.

The ceremony was held at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Redlands Police Annex.

Promotions included:

The Redlands Police Department will again offer a personal self-defense and safety seminar designed especially for women, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Redlands Community Center Gymnasium, featuring guest instructor professional fighter Javier “Showtime” Vazquez.

The seminar, part of the Redlands Police Department’s Street Smart program, is designed to increase participants’ level of awareness and minimize their risk of victimization.

Vazquez has fought professionally for several organizations, including World Extreme Cagefighting and the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He currently teaches self defense and strike based Jiu Jitsu out of Rancho Cucamonga. Vazquez has a long history of mixed martial arts, wrestling and Jiu Jitsu.  He travels all over the United States and Canada teaching Gracie Jiu Jitsu seminars and self defense.  Vazquez has agreed to donate his time to teach this seminar.  

The Redlands Police Department has been awarded a $155,410 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. The Redlands Police Department will use the funding as part of the city’s ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education.

“RPD’s partnership with the California Office of Traffic Safety provides our department with the resources necessary to address the traffic issues and provide the educational efforts necessary to provide safe streets in our community,” said Redlands Chief of Police Mark A. Garcia.

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