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Gresham Police Department Increases DUII Enforcement During Holiday Season - 12/17/14
Gresham, Ore. - The Gresham Police Department is participating in a nationwide traffic safety campaign focusing on impaired drivers Dec. 12 through Jan. 5.

Police officers are performing enhanced DUII focused patrols looking for impaired drivers. The goal of this campaign is to save lives by removing impaired drivers from the streets.

Drunk driving, impaired driving, or "buzzed" driving all have the potential of claiming lives and often result in the offender being arrested and serving time in jail. Impaired driving is not an accident; it is a deliberate action that places the driver and others at substantial risk of serious injury or death.

The campaign is designed to deter people from driving while impaired by implementing high visibility enforcement and increasing the number of officers on the streets who are assertively seeking to identify and stop impaired drivers.

Ways to prevent impaired driving:

?,? Stop alcohol service long before the event is over.
?,? Prepare for guests to stay the night or assist with calling for cab service.
?,? Choose a responsible designated driver.
?,? Serve plenty of food to lessen the effects of alcohol.
?,? Offer a wide range of non-alcoholic beverages.
?,? Report impaired drivers by calling 911.

Grant funds from the Oregon Department of Transportation and Impact Oregon support these extra High Visibility Event DUII patrols.
Police looking for link between reported shootings - 12/11/14
Gresham, Ore -Gresham Police detectives are looking for a possible link between a reported shooting that occurred last night in Gresham and a man found with gunshot wounds in S.E. Portland around the same time.

On Thursday Dec. 11, 2014, at 1:28 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of S.E. 179th on a report of a homeowner holding a man at gunpoint. By the time officers were able to speak to the original caller, they learned that the person who had been held at gunpoint had fled after shots were fired. A search for that person was unsuccessful.

A short time later, at 1:47 a.m. officers from Portland Police Bureau East Precinct were dispatched to S.E. 148th Avenue and Division Street on a report of a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Medical personnel transported him to a Portland hospital for his injuries. He is expected to recover from his wounds, but remains in the hospital at this time.

Detectives are investigating as to whether the two incidents are related, as they occurred around the same time and in generally the same area. The call in Gresham is a little more than 2 miles from the location where the man was found in Portland.

There is no further information at this time, as this investigation is ongoing.
Gresham woman injured, child uninjured in hit-and-run crash; suspect arrested. - 12/11/14
Case #14-713496
Release Date: December 11, 2014

Gresham, Ore.-Today at 11:12 AM a 39-year-old Gresham woman and her 2-year-old child were driving in the area of NW Eastman Parkway/SE 223rd Avenue when they were struck by a full-sized white truck that made an illegal U-turn. The driver of the victim vehicle, a 39-year-old Gresham woman, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries; her 2-year-old child was uninjured. The suspect vehicle continued northbound on SE 223rd Avenue following the crash. Witnesses were only able to get a description of the truck and a partial license plate.

A few minutes later, family members of a student contacted the school resource officer at Gresham High School about damage to their truck that had possibly happened on school property. The license plate on the damaged truck was similar to the suspect car, the damage was consistent with the previous hit-and-run crash and surveillance footage from the school showed that the damage didn't happen on school property. The school resource officer contacted traffic investigators and provided information that led to the arrest of 18-year-old Vanessa Medina of Gresham. Medina was lodged at Multnomah County Detention Center on one count of Felony Hit-and-Run with a bail of $5000.00.
UPDATE--Missing man found safe - 12/02/14
Abdi Hirsi, previously reported missing has been found and is safe. He is no longer of interest and there is no further information. Thanks to all who helped get the word out.
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Missing Disabled Man Possible Danger to Self and Others (Photo) - 12/02/14
Gresham, Ore. - Gresham resident Abdi Ali Hirsi, 29, was reported missing on Nov. 26 and police have since learned he is considered a possible danger to himself and others. An adult foster home in the 18600 block of Northeast Halsey St., Gresham, reported Hirsi as missing after he walked away from a facility outing to the Fairview Library in neighboring Fairview, Ore. Unable to locate Hirsi after a four hour search, the program called police.

Hirsi, who is said to suffer from cognitive disabilities, was committed to the care of the foster home by court order. The commitment is linked to an August 2012 incident in Washington County, Ore., where Hirsi was accused of attempting to murder his step-father by stabbing him in the neck. The foster home reports Hirsi does not have the right or capacity to make his own decisions.

Anyone who has seen Hirsi since his disappearance or knows where he might be is asked to call 911 or the Gresham Police. The Gresham Police tip line is 503.618.2719.
Attached Media Files: Abdi_Hirsi_2010.jpg
Gresham Police Increase DUII Enforcement - 11/27/14
Gresham, Ore. - In an effort that begun this month, the Gresham Police Department will be increasing the number of high visibility enforcement missions focusing on impaired drivers. The increased enforcement is designed to deter citizens from driving after they have been drinking.

Police officers will perform enhanced DUII focused patrols throughout Gresham, looking for drivers operating vehicles under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The goal of this campaign is to save lives by removing impaired drivers from the streets. Officers began these extra patrols this month and will continue to provide the high visibility enforcement throughout the month of December.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes - one every 51 minutes.

The increased patrols are designed to deter people from driving while impaired by implementing high-visibility enforcement and increasing the number of officers on the streets who are assertively seeking to identify and stop impaired drivers.

Ways to prevent impaired driving:

?,? Stop alcohol service long before the event is over.
?,? Prepare for guests to stay the night or assist with calling for cab service.
?,? Choose a responsible designated driver.
?,? Serve plenty of food to lessen the effects of alcohol.
?,? Offer a wide range of non-alcoholic beverages.
?,? Report impaired drivers by calling 911.

Grant funds from the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Impact support these extra high-visibility DUII patrols.
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Gresham Police looking for missing woman (Photo) - 11/21/14
Craig Junginger, Chief of Police Officer Malaka Kerbs, Public Information Officer

RELEASE DATE: Nov. 21, 2014
CONTACT PERSON: Officer Malaka Kerbs, Public Information Officer
CASE NUMBER: 14-712825

Gresham Police looking for missing woman

Gresham, Ore. - Gresham Police is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing 78 year old woman who requires lifesaving medication. Mildred Hopson was last seen shopping at Winco Foods in Gresham at 12:45 a.m., driving her tan Kia Soul with Oregon license plate 091GKE.

Hopson is described as a white female with shoulder length salt and pepper hair, 5 feet inches tall, 160 pounds and walks with a slight limp. She was last seen wearing a cream or light colored coat and matching pants, a light colored, possibly pink, shirt and brown shoes. (A picture of Hopson is attached.)

Anyone with information about Hopson's whereabouts is asked to call 911.




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Officer Malaka Kerbs
PIO Pager # 503-301-5182
Attached Media Files: Mildred_Hopson.jpg