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Shooting Victims Identified - 05/23/17

GRESHAM Ore.-- Gresham Police have identified the two victims from yesterday's early morning shooting as 29-year-old Cherie Thompson, of Portland and her 9-year-old son Lamar Horsley. Both victims were shot multiple times and remain in the hospital. The East County Major Crime Team, assisted by the East Metro Gang Enforcement Team, are actively investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting and no arrest have been made.


Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact the Gresham Police tip line 503.618.2719. No further information is being released at this time.

Child and mother injured in early morning shooting - 05/22/17

GRESHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT
1333 NW Eastman Parkway
Gresham, Oregon 97030
News Release

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


Child and mother injured in early morning shooting


RELEASE DATE: May 22, 2017
CONTACT PERSON: On Duty PIO
CASE NUMBER: 17-27890

GRESHAM, Ore.-- On May 22 around 4:30 a.m., Gresham Police responded to the 1300 block of NE 183 Ave. on a report that 9-year-old boy and his 29-year-old mother had been shot. Upon arriving at the location, police quickly located and identified both victims. Both victims were transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. An update on their condition is not available at this time.
The East County Major Crimes Team, assisted by members of the East Metro Gang Enforcement Team, is currently investigating the shooting. Although no one is in custody at this time, investigators believe this is not a random act of violence nor that the public is in danger.
Anyone with information is asked to call Gresham Police the tip line 503-618-2719. No other information is being released at this time.

Missing Woman UPDATE: Lisa Twombley located - 05/15/17

Gresham, Ore.-On May 10, 2017 Gresham Police reported that Elissa "Lisa" Twombley had been reported missing by her family after not contacting them for two weeks. As of May 15, 2017 Lisa has been found, we thank the public for their assistance looking for her.

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Missing Disabled Man Possible Danger to Self and Others (Photo) - 05/13/17

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


Missing Disabled Man Possible Danger to Self and Others


RELEASE DATE: May 13, 2017
CONTACT PERSON: On Duty PIO
CASE NUMBER: 17-25942

GRESHAM, Ore.-- Gresham resident Hassan Abdulhadi Ibrahim, 36, was reported missing on May 11 and police have since learned he is considered a possible danger to himself or others. A Gresham mental health reported Ibrahim missing after not hearing from him for six weeks. He was last seen by staff on April 2 when he disclosed having suicidal thoughts.
Ibrahim is not under court order to be housed at a facility and can come and go as he pleases. The facility assists Ibrahim with his medication, which he has not taken since his disappearance. Without his medications Ibrahim can become angry, paranoid, prone to exposing himself and aggressive sexualized behaviors. He is highly mobile and know to travel long distances, even out of the country.
Anyone who has seen Ibrahim or knows where he might be is asked to call 911 or the Gresham Police tip line is 503-618-2719.

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Missing Woman (Photo) - 05/10/17

RELEASE DATE: May 10, 2017
CONTACT PERSON: On Duty PIO
CASE NUMBER: 17-22491

GRESHAM, Ore.-- The Gresham Police Department would like the public's help in locating Elissa "Lisa" Twombly. Lisa has not had any contact with family or friends in two weeks which the family says is unusual. Lisa is a 50-year-old, white female. She is described as a 5'7", 150lbs with brown hair and brown eyes. Anybody with information is asked to call Detective Wright at 503-618-2233.

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Unknown Male Posing as Utility Worker - 05/09/17

Gresham, Ore. -- The Gresham Police Department is warning the public they have received reports from utility companies that citizens in the northwest part of town say a man has been posing as a utility worker and trying to enter their homes under the guise of utility work. Utility companies have been able to determine it was not any of their employees or contractor workers so they called the police. Residents have reported these incidents to local utility companies five times but there may be more unreported incidences.

Residents near the intersection of Northwest Division street and Northwest Mawrcrest drive as well as residents of an apartment complex in the 2700 block of West Powell boulevard say a man knocked on their doors as late as 9 p.m. at night between April 13 and April 28, 2017 claiming to work for a utility company and asking the residents if he could come in and check their services. The man had no identifying company uniform or identification badge and no suspicious vehicles have been seen during any of the incidents. Thankfully, none of the residents allowed the man to come into their homes but the motivation of the unknown man to try to enter homes is unknown. Utility companies say it's rare for a worker to contact homeowners unannounced, especially late at night, so if someone comes to your door purporting to be from a business or company, make sure you ask for a photo identification and look for a vehicle with a matching logo on it. If the person still seems suspicious or refuses to give you information, call police with a description of the person.

If you have had a similar experience and you have a description of the man or if there was a car associated with him, please call the Gresham Police Department Tip Line at 503-618-2719 or toll free at 1-888-989-3505; callers can remain anonymous.

Be Alert- Pedestrian Safety Operation on May 12 in Gresham - 05/09/17

Gresham, Ore.-- The Gresham Police Department will conduct a pedestrian safety operation on Friday, May 12, at the intersection of SE Stark Street and SE 194th Avenue. The department is hoping to raise pedestrian safety awareness for drivers and pedestrians through a two-pronged approach: education and enforcement of pedestrian right-of-way laws.

The operation will be conducted between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. with warning signs posted prior to entering the pedestrian safety operation zone. Pedestrian safety education is vital to keeping our roads safe.

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, titled 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. Additional operations will be scheduled during the summer and in September as the school year begins.

Click It or Ticket-Safety Belt Enforcement Blitz May 15-28 - 05/09/17

Gresham, Ore. -- The Gresham Police Department Traffic Division will be conducting enhanced patrols throughout Gresham from Monday, May 15, through Sunday, May 28, with the express purpose of vehicle occupant safety enforcement. The selective traffic enforcement, "Click It or Ticket" program is funded by grant monies from Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and run in conjunction with the US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's annual, "Click It or Ticket" campaign. Continuing to educate the public regarding safety belt and child safety seat laws will be the focus of this year's activities.

ODOT provides the following safety belt reminders:

ADULT BELT LAW
Oregon law requires that all motor vehicle operators and passengers be properly secured with a safety belt or safety harness. Limited exemptions are allowed under ORS 811.215. Vehicle owners are required to maintain belt systems in working order.

CHILD RESTRAINT LAW
Child passengers in motor vehicles must be restrained in approved child safety seats until they weigh 40 pounds or reach the upper weight limit for the car seat in use. Infants must ride rear-facing until they are one year old and 20 pounds.

BOOSTER SEAT LAW
Children weighing more than 40 pounds or who have reached the upper weight limit for their forward-facing car seat must use a booster seat until they are at least 4-feet-9 inches tall or eight years old and the adult safety belt fits correctly.

More information regarding seat belt safety can be found at www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/safetybelts.shtml.)

The Gresham Police Department continues to encourage motorists to buckle up, slow down and drive safely. Avoid the inconvenience of a traffic fine or the avoidable heartache of an injured or lost loved one due to an improperly belted occupant. If you fail to click it, the police will ticket.

Operation Safe Routes to Schools Helps Kids Get to School Safely - 04/30/17

Speeders and inattentive drivers beware! Gresham Police Department's traffic division is beefing up its education and enforcement of traffic laws around area schools. This focused enforcement will start immediately and continue to the end of the school year, June 12. Officers are hoping to ensure the safety of children and pedestrians; 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 the areas around elementary schools in Gresham.

On May 1, officers will be providing enhanced enforcement around North Gresham Elementary School (1001 SE 217th Ave., Gresham). Enforcement will focus on speeding, distracted driving and crosswalk enforcement at SE Stark & SE 217th.

On May 26, the focus will be around Hall Elementary School (2505 NE 23rd St., Gresham). Officers will be looking for speeders, distracted drivers and drivers who do not observe the laws for stopping and not passing school buses when their red lights are flashing.

On June 12, East Gresham Elementary School (900 SE 5th St., Gresham) will be the focus of the enhanced enforcement mission. The location of this targeted mission will be Powell Blvd. between SW Eastman Parkway and SE Hogan and SE Roberts south of Powell Blvd. Officers will be targeting speeding and distracted driving, crosswalk enforcement and stop sign enforcement.

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 posted speed limits, including the posted 20 MPH zones near local 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 perpendicular to the roadway. Motorists and pedestrians alike are encouraged to remain alert and help keep each other safe.

Teen critically injured in hit and run crash - 04/29/17

GRESHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT
1333 NW Eastman Parkway
Gresham, Oregon 97030
News Release

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


Teen critically injured in hit and run crash

RELEASE DATE: April 29, 2017
CONTACT PERSON: On Duty PIO
CASE NUMBER: 17-23326

GRESHAM, Ore.-- On April 28, around 10:45 p.m., police and medical personnel responded the 19900 block of SE Stark St. where a teenager was hit by a car. Investigators believe the teen was crossing south bound in a marked and lighted crosswalk when she was hit by an unidentified vehicle. The driver failed to stop and render aid.
The 16-year-old female was transported to the trauma unit of an area hospital with serious injuries but is expected to live.
Police are seeking to identify the car and driver involved in this crash as well as talk to any witnesses. Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call the Gresham police tip line at 503-618-2719.