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Hit and Run Vehicle
Hit and Run Vehicle
Police Looking for Hit and Run Suspect (Photo) - 02/16/18

Gresham, Ore. -- Gresham Police is still searching for the suspect vehicle involved in a Jan. 28 fatal hit-and-run crash on NE Burnside Rd. The accident killed 60-year-old Gresham resident Dennis Yamnitsky and authorities are hopeful the public can help identify the car and driver.

The car is described as a light-colored, possibly silver or champagne, four-door import sedan. There is likely damage to the car's driver-side front quarter panel.

At approximately 6:40 p.m. on Jan. 28, officers responded to the report of a pedestrian being struck by a car near McDonalds on NE Burnside Rd. The involved driver fled the scene and Yamnitsky later died from his injuries.

Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to call police non-emergency at 503.823.3333 or the Gresham Police tip line at 503.618.2719.

Police Investigating Possible Inappropriate Online Contact Between High School Staff Member and Student - 02/15/18

Gresham, Ore. -- Police investigators are looking into allegations of inappropriate online contact between a female clerical staff member at Centennial High School and a male high school student.

On Feb. 9, Centennial High School administration learned of the allegations and promptly notified their school resource officer. The staff member in question was immediately placed on administrative leave and reportedly is no longer employed with the Centennial School District. The school and district office are cooperating fully with the police investigation.

Currently, the allegations involve one student and investigators report there are no indications the two had any physical contact.

Police would like to talk with any student who may have been subjected to inappropriate contact with any staff member, regardless of their position or place of employment. Students are encouraged to talk with their guardians, doctor, trusted school staff, counselor, or police if they have experienced abuse or inappropriate contact with an adult. Students can also seek advice at www.oregonyouthline.org or by texting teen2teen to 839863.

No additional information is available at this time.


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Missing Gresham Man Located - 02/09/18

Missing Gresham man Samuel Sorrels has been located. He is safe and back with his family. Thanks to all that assisted in finding him.

Samuel Sorrels
Samuel Sorrels
Police Seek Help Locating Missing Man (Photo) - 02/09/18

Gresham, Ore. -- Gresham Police is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing 91-year-old man. Samuel Sorrels was last seen at the Portland VA Medical Center today around 2 p.m. Sorrels is a Caucasian male with gray hair and mustache. He is approximately 5-feet tall and 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a navy-blue WWII Veteran hat, a dark blue or black jacket, and dark blue pants.

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

Attached Media Files: Samuel Sorrels
Gresham Police Are Doing Extra Patrols for DUII Drivers - 02/07/18

GRESHAM, Ore. -- The Gresham Police Department has been actively participating in Oregon Impact's DUII HVE 2017-2018 traffic grant during the month of January and into February. Gresham Officers have conducted targeted enforcement to arrest DUII drivers in order to keep drivers and pedestrians safe throughout the City.

On Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 4, 2018), Officers conducted extra DUII HVE patrols. The results of the enforcement efforts are detailed below.

2 - Alcohol DUII Arrests
0 - Drug DUII Arrests
4 - DWS citations
14 - All other citations
6 - All warnings
2 - Felony Arrests
1- Misdemeanor Arrest

The Gresham Police Department will be continuing to do targeted DUII enforcement throughout the months of February and March. We would like to remind everyone that they play an important part in keeping our highways and city streets safe. Immediately report aggressive, dangerous, and intoxicated drivers to the Portland Bureau of Emergency Communications at 503.823.3333 or call 9-1-1 if it is an emergency.

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Update: Suspect Vehicle Photos from Sunday's Fatal Hit-and-Run (Photo) - 01/29/18

Gresham, Ore. -- Police investigators are releasing surveillance photographs of the suspect vehicle involved in last night's fatal hit-and-run crash on NE Burnside Rd. The accident killed 60-year-old Gresham resident Dennis Yamnitsky and authorities are hopeful the public can help identify the car and driver.

The car is described as a light-colored, possibly silver or champagne, four-door import sedan. There is likely damage to the car's driver-side front quarter panel.

At approximately 6:40 p.m. on Jan. 28, officers responded to the report of a pedestrian being struck by a car near McDonalds on NE Burnside Rd. They found Yamnitsky had been hit in the roadway, southeast of the intersection with NE Division St. Further investigation has found Yamnitsky was actually walking eastbound across Burnside Rd. when he was struck. The involved driver fled the scene and Yamnitsky later died from his injuries.

Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to call police non-emergency at 503.823.3333 or the Gresham Police tip line at 503.618.2719.

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Police Seek to Identify Driver in Fatal Hit-and-Run - 01/28/18

Gresham, Ore. --A pedestrian crossing NE Burnside Rd., south of NE Division St., was struck by a vehicle earlier this evening and the driver did not remain at the scene. The pedestrian has since died. Police are interested in talking with anyone who witnessed the accident and are asking for the public's help identifying the driver.

At approximately 6:40 p.m., officers responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian accident near McDonalds on NE Burnside Rd. They were immediately informed that the driver of the involved car, a champagne or gold colored import sedan, had fled the scene.

Although suffering from head injuries and a possible broken leg, Gresham resident Dennis Yamnitsky was initially talking with officers and paramedics. Yamnitsky, 60, was transported to a local hospital where he died later in the evening.

At the time of the accident, Yamnitsky was wearing jeans and a dark colored hooded sweatshirt. He was walking west, attempting to cross the roadway outside the marked crosswalk.

Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to call police non-emergency at 503.823.3333 or the Gresham Police tip line at 503.618.2719.


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Public's Assistance Requested to Locate Home Invasion Suspect (Photo) - 01/26/18

Gresham, Ore. -- Gresham Police is requesting the public's assistance in locating a vehicle stolen in a home invasion robbery last week. On Jan. 20 around 5:30 p.m. a male entered the victim's unlocked home near NW Wallula Ave. and NW 4th St. He told the victims that he had a gun while looking through one of the victim's purse. The suspect took the victim's car keys and fled in her vehicle.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male with a dark completion, late 20's to early 30's, 5-feet-11-inches tall with a muscular build. He has short dark hair, clean shaven, and a mole on his cheek.

The stolen vehicle is a tan 2008 Ford Taurus X with Oregon license plate 141HXP.

Anyone with information is requested to call the Gresham Police at 503.618.2719. If you see the vehicle, please call 911.

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UPDATE: Two Missing Gresham Teens Have Been Located and are Safe (Photo) - 01/24/18

In unrelated cases from the last few weeks, Harmony Martz, 16, and Dylan Gibson, 13, have been found and are safe. If you know a teen struggling to navigate the waters of adolescence, please let them know there's help. http://oregonyouthline.org/

Attached Media Files: Teen2Teen.JPG
Police Searching for Stolen High-Powered Rifle - 01/23/18

Gresham, Ore.-The Gresham Police Department, in partnership with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to identify a suspect who stole a high-powered rifle during a residential burglary in Downtown Gresham.

Sometime between January 18 and 20, 2018, an unknown person or persons burglarized a residence in Downtown Gresham. Among the items taken was a .50 caliber Grizzly rifle, similar to the one shown in the attached photo. The rifle was in a black plastic rifle case with the "Grizzly" logo on the side. This rifle is capable of firing extremely destructive rounds that could potentially go through heavy-duty commercial glass, cement walls, vehicle engine blocks, body armor and can even go through multiple houses at once.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Submit an anonymous tip:

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Call 503-823-HELP (4357)