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Missing Endangered Man Located - 09/14/17

Wilber Purvis has been located and is with his family. Thanks to all that assisted in finding him.

Police Seek Help Locating Missing Endangered Man (Photo) - 09/13/17

Gresham, Ore. -- Gresham Police is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing 74 year old man with Alzheimer's. Wilber Purvis was last seen in Gresham today around 8 p.m. Purvis is a Caucasian male with gray hair, approximately 6-feet-2-inches tall and 275 pounds. He was last seen wearing a multi colored Hawaiian type shirt and gray shorts.

Anyone who knows of Pervis' whereabouts is encouraged to call the non-emergency police dispatch line at 503.823.3333 or if needed, 911.

Attached Media Files: Purvis.jpg
Missing Endangered Man Located - 09/13/17

Missing Gresham man Frederick Hill has been located. Thanks to all that assisted in finding him.

Police Find Guns and Drugs During Early Morning Raids (Photo) - 09/13/17

GRESHAM, Ore. -- Police served search warrants on multiple locations in the early morning of Sept. 12th, around 5:00 a.m., netting guns, drugs and cash.

The Gresham Police Department's Special Enforcement Team identified a large-scale drug trafficking organization operating in the Portland Metro area. During the three-month long investigation, Gresham Detectives identified and arrested four suspects believed to be trafficking large amounts of narcotics into the Portland Metro area and stashing them at various locations from Gresham to Aloha.

With the assistance of local law enforcement agencies and federal agencies including the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), detectives seized a total of 55 pounds of Methamphetamine, 9 pounds of Heroin, 6 handguns, 2 assault rifles and nearly $230,000 in cash. The street value of the listed narcotics is estimated at more than $1,000,000.

Gresham Police Detective Michael Webb said "It was a lot of hard work but it paid off. Getting that amount of drugs off the street is going to make a huge impact."

Francisco Poncho Alvarez, 48, of Portland was charged with one count of Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine).

Ulises Mayares Jr., 24, of Portland was charged with one count of Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), one count of Manufacturing a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine).

Marbello Modesto Guzman, 25, of Portland was charged with one count of Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), one count of Child Neglect in the First Degree.

Carlos Ortega-Estrella, 33, of Aloha was arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant unrelated to the case and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Charges of one count of Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), one count of Manufacturing a Controlled Substance (Heroin), will be submitted to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for consideration.

No further information.


Attached Media Files: Meth_2.JPG , Meth.JPG
Missing Endangered (Photo) - 09/13/17

1333 NW Eastman Parkway
Gresham, Oregon 97030
News Release

Robin Sells, Chief of Police Officer Malaka Kerbs, Public Information Officer

Missing Endangered

RELEASE DATE: Sept. 13, 2017
CASE NUMBER: 17-52444

Gresham, Ore.-- Gresham Police is seeking the public's help in locating a missing endangered man who walked away from his care facility in the 18900 block of NE Davis St. Frederick Hill, 52, was last seen in the downtown Gresham but may have traveled to Portland. Hill is 6'2", 280 pounds, with short black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a grey hat, grey sweater, blue jeans, black Sketcher shoes and carrying two blue bags. Hill has multiple medical conditions and is in need of his medications. He often wears headphones and walks very slowly. If you see Hill please call the BOEC non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

Attached Media Files: Frederick_Hill.jpg
Man Arrested and Charged for Serious Assault on Girlfriend, Victim Later Dies (Photo) - 09/12/17

In the late evening hours of Sept. 10, 2017, 29-year-old Shay Martinez of Portland arrived at Mt. Hood Medical Center with multiple traumatic injuries. Due to the severity of her injuries, she was quickly transported by ambulance to Emanuel Hospital for treatment. The East County Major Crimes Team was called out early on Sept. 11, 2017 to investigate the circumstances which led to her injuries.

During the investigation, numerous interviews were conducted and on Sept. 11, 2017, 30-year-old Jose Funes of Gresham was arrested for Domestic Violence Assault in the First Degree. Funes is currently being held at the Multnomah County Detention Center on $250,000.00 bail. Investigators learned Martinez and Funes were involved in a relationship which resulted in the Domestic Violence designation of the charges.

On the morning of Sept. 12, 2017, Martinez died because of her injuries. Investigators have provided the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office with that information for consideration of additional or updated charges against Funes.

Investigators would like to speak with anyone who was with Martinez or Funes on Sept. 9 or 10, 2017. If you have information which would assist investigators, please call 503-618-2719.

Attached Media Files: Martinez
Pedestrian Safety Enforcement in Gresham - 09/11/17

GRESHAM, Ore.-- The Gresham Police Department will conduct a pedestrian safety operation on September 13, 2017 in the vicinity of NE Division Street and NE Roberts Avenue, near Gresham High School. Hoping to educate pedestrians as well as drivers, this mission will focus on pedestrian-related violations. The operation has a two-pronged approach: education and enforcement of pedestrian right-of-way laws.

The operation will be conducted between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., with warning signs posted prior to entering the focused enforcement area. Since pedestrian safety education is vital to keeping our roads safe, officers are hoping to raise awareness and reduce the number of pedestrian-related crashes.

Pedestrians must use marked crosswalks whenever possible and motorists must stop and yield to pedestrians who are waiting to cross, or who are already crossing the roadway. Motorists are also required to stop at all crosswalks when there is a vehicle already stopped in a lane next to the lane they are traveling in. Refer to Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 811.028, failure to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian, for specifics on the law regarding drivers. Refer to ORS Chapter 814 for laws pertaining to pedestrians.

Funding for this pedestrian safety operation is made possible through a grant from Oregon Impact and Oregon's Department of Transportation.

Providing Safe Routes to School is Everyone's Responsibility - 09/04/17

GRESHAM, Ore. -- With the 2017-2018 school year pounding on the door, don't add one more stressor by getting a non-reducible school zone ticket. Gresham Police Department's traffic division is continuing its annual education and enforcement campaign regarding school zone traffic laws. This focused enforcement will continue throughout September, helping to ensure the safety of children and pedestrians by preventing accidents and instilling healthy driving practices.

Funds from a Safe Routes To Schools grant will pay for the additional, target-specific enforcement in Gresham's school zones and surrounding areas. Particular attention will be given to West Gresham Elementary School (330 W Powell Blvd.) and Hall Elementary School (2505 NE 23rd St.), and include an approximate two-mile radius from the schools.

Officers will concentrate on school zones, student pick-up and drop-off locations, and crosswalks. Drivers who are identified as breaking laws will be stopped and may receive a citation in addition to an educational pamphlet.

Oregon laws require drivers to obey all posted speed limits, including 20 MPH zones near schools during the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Drivers must also yield to pedestrians crossing streets within marked and unmarked crosswalks, stopping their vehicle before the solid white line when a crosswalk is in use and before reaching a stop sign.

Pedestrians too must obey traffic laws, comply with posted signs, cross within crosswalks and cross perpendicular to the roadway. Motorists and pedestrians alike are encouraged to remain alert and help keep each other safe all year long.


Shooting Investigation Underway in Gresham - 08/24/17

Gresham, Ore. -- At 12:25 a.m. Officers on routine patrol were flagged down at the 19100 BLK of E Burnside RD by an adult male who was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. As a result, the victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital. The suspect is currently at large. Detectives were called to the scene and are currently investigating.

If anyone has any information about this incident, you are encouraged to call the Gresham Police tip line at 503-618- 2719.