Redlands Police Press Releases
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.
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.
Redlands Police are investigating an armed bank robbery in the 200 block of East State Street Monday morning.
Shortly before 9:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9, a suspect described as a white or light-skinned Hispanic male, dressed in black jacket with black scarf-like material over his face, blue jeans, a black baseball cap, white gloves and white tennis shoes, walked into the Security Bank branch at 201 E. State St. The suspect pointed a handgun at the teller and demanded cash. He exited the bank and walked north on 6th Street.
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
This holiday season, the Redlands Police Department will be out in force cracking down on impaired drivers with special DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints. A checkpoint is scheduled for Dec. 20, at a location to be determined to help keep roads safe for holiday travelers.
The Redlands Police Department is giving fair warning to all partygoers. “In addition to DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints, you will also see us making lots of stops during this highly visible enforcement period,” said Sgt. Jeremy Floyd, who supervises the RPD Traffic Unit. “If we suspect anyone is driving while under the influence, officers will show zero tolerance for drunk or drugged driving.”
Four men were cited after buying alcohol for teen-age Redlands Police volunteers Wednesday. The volunteers approached people outside several local businesses. 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 Wednesday, Nov. 20, two volunteers, a 19-year-old female and an 18-year-old male, accompanied by a Redlands Police officer, stood outside local businesses on Colton Avenue, Orange Street and Redlands Boulevard and offered to give people entering the stores money to buy beer.
The Redlands Police Department issued more than 40 traffic citations and arrested two people for driving under the influence during grant-funded enforcement operations over the past week.
Officers issued 22 traffic citations for violations including speeding, running stop signs and failure to yield to a pedestrian during a traffic enforcement detail Wednesday, Nov. 21. Two vehicles were towed, one due to expired registration and another due to an unlicensed driver.
The Redlands Police Department and several local businesses are collecting toys for the 16th Annual Children’s Christmas Block Party. This year’s toy drive is critically important. Grant funding has been limited this year making the contributions of donors even more important to provide toys and other gifts to local children during the annual event. In the prior years, toy drive contributions were matched by grants, providing more than 1,000 toys and other gifts to our community, local shelters and families in crisis.
The Redlands Police Department will again offer a personal self-defense and safety seminar designed especially for women, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Redlands Community Center Gymnasium.
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.