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Police Seek Help Locating Missing Gresham Man (Photo) - 07/22/17

Gresham, Ore. -- Gresham Police is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing 62 year old man with dementia. Vernon Sellars was last seen at his Gresham residence today around 7:20 a.m. Sellars is a Caucasian male with gray hair and mustache, approximately 5-feet-9-inches tall and 195 pounds. He was last seen wearing a baseball cap, green jacket and khaki pants.

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

Attached Media Files: Sellars.JPG
Police Issue 62 Citations During Pedestrian Safety Missions - 07/15/17

Gresham, Ore. -The Gresham Police Department issued 62 citations and more than two dozen warnings during their last two pedestrian safety missions. The May 12 focus was along the area of SE Stark St. and SE 194th Ave., and the June 13 mission was along NE 181st Ave., between NE Glisan St. and NE Halsey St.

The goal of the early evening missions was to raise safety awareness for drivers and pedestrians regarding pedestrian right-of-way laws. This was accomplished through distributing educational brochures, citations, and warnings.

During the safety operations, officers issued a total of 38 citations for crosswalk infractions and 24 citations for other offenses, including: illegal cell phone usage, failure to use a seat belt, not providing proof of insurance, and operating a vehicle without a license.

Education for drivers and pedestrians is vital to keeping our roads safe. Motorists must stop and yield to pedestrians who are waiting to cross, or who are in the process of crossing, the roadway. Motorists are also required to stop at all crosswalks when a vehicle is already stopped in a lane next to the one they are traveling in. Refer to Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 811.028, Failure to Stop and Remain Stopped for Pedestrian, for specifics on the law regarding drivers. Refer to ORS Chapter 814 for laws pertaining to pedestrians.

Funding for this pedestrian safety mission was made possible through a grant from Oregon Impact and Oregon Department of Transportation. Additional missions will be scheduled during the summer and again in September, as the new school year begins.


Woman run over by vehicle during disturbance at Shell gas station - 07/13/17

On July 12, 2017 at 9:24 pm, Gresham Officers responded to the Shell gas station located at 18031 SE Stark Street in regards to some type of disturbance. Upon arrival it was determined a female had been run over by a vehicle in the parking lot of the business. The extent of her injuries are unknown at this time. There was apparently a disturbance between at least 2 subjects in a newer white Jeep SUV and employees of the gas station. According to witnesses the white Jeep SUV struck the female while attempting to leave the business.

Gresham Police would like to speak with the subjects in the white Jeep SUV. If anyone has any information please call the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

No more information at this time pending ongoing investigation.


UPDATED location SHELL Gas Station, 18031 SE Stark Street.



Victim has non life threatening injuries. We will try to get surveillance photos out this afternoon as the case is still under investigation.


Robbery Suspect #2
Robbery Suspect #2
Police Seek the Public's Help to Identify Robbery Suspect (Photo) - 07/10/17

GRESHAM, Ore.-- Police are looking for an unidentified male who entered Key Bank, 1532 NE 181st Ave., just before 1:30 p.m. and demanded money from a teller. After acquiring an undisclosed sum of cash, the suspect fled the area before police arrival and is possibly associated with a white four-door sedan.

During the investigation, police were able to acquire photographs of the suspect. If you or anyone you know have information about the suspect, you are encouraged to contact the Gresham Police Department at 503-618-2719.

Attached Media Files: Robbery Suspect #2 , Robbery Suspect #1
Police Seize Illegal Fireworks During Targeted Enforcement (Photo) - 07/05/17

1333 NW Eastman Parkway
Gresham, Oregon 97030
News Release

Robin Sells, Chief of Police Brandon Crate, Public Information Officer

Police Seize Illegal Fireworks During Targeted Enforcement

RELEASE DATE: July 5, 2017
CONTACT PERSON: Detective Brandon Crate or On-Duty PIO

GRESHAM, Ore. -- The use of illegal fireworks was a target of the Gresham Police Department during this year's Fourth of July celebrations. Gresham Police added four additional uniformed officers that specifically responded to firework related calls. Between 6:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m., those officers responded to 42 calls and seized hundreds of illegal fireworks for destruction.

123 launchers
257 bottle rockets
106 mortars
18 rockets
100 round Saturn missiles
75 Roman candles

The Gresham Police would like to thank those citizens who celebrated safely and within the parameters of Oregon State Law.


Gresham Police Continue DUII and Safety Belt Enforcement - 07/03/17

Gresham, Ore.-- Preparing for a safe Fourth of July and summer 2017, the Gresham Police Department is continuing targeted enforcement missions that focus on impaired drivers and proper use of safety belts. Planning on a drive? Officers encourage everyone to properly wear seatbelts, not drive under the influence of any intoxicant, and not let someone else drive while impaired.

Designed to encourage safety belt use and to discourage impaired driving, the number of officers involved in high-visibility traffic enforcement will intermittently increase throughout the summer, especially during holidays and special events. Gresham Police continues to join forces with the Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Impact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and state and local law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon to conduct these targeted efforts.

According to NHTSA, in 2014 almost 10,000 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. While 6,391 of the fatalities were drivers whose blood alcohol content was at or above the legal limit, 2,752 deaths were passengers and 842 were people not associated with a vehicle. Oregon suffered 125 alcohol-related driving fatalities in that same year. For more information, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at

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 possibly lessen the effects of drugs or alcohol.
?,? Offer a wide range of non-alcoholic beverages.
?,? Report impaired drivers by calling 911.

Safety Belt Enforcement

Amended in May 2017, Oregon law now requires children under two years of age, regardless of weight, to be restrained in a rear-facing child safety seat. It also requires children weighing under 40 pounds be restrained in a child safety seat. Children over 40 pounds must be in either a child safety seat or booster seat, until they are eight years old or four-feet-nine-inches tall and the adult safety belt system fits them correctly.

The Oregon Department of Transportation reports, on average, safety belts reduce the chance of being killed in a collision by 55 percent. Regarding infants under one-year-old, the proper use of child safety restraints can reduce their chances of fatal injuries by 71 percent.

To ensure child safety seats are being used correctly, refer to the manufacturer's instructions, your vehicle owner's manual, or visit a local child seat fitting station. You can find more information about fitting stations at the following websites: or

Grant funds from the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Impact support these extra patrols.


Five Injured in Early Morning Crash - 07/02/17

GRESHAM, Ore.-- Emergency crews responded to the area of NW Division ST and Bella Vista PL where two vehicles collided in an early morning crash. Five subjects were critically injured and transported to local area hospitals for treatment.

The Multnomah County Vehicular Crimes team responded to the scene and an investigation is under way. Although police are in the early stages of this investigation, Officer Jared Hansen of the Traffic Division says alcohol was a contributing factor in this morning's crash. Traffic on Division ST between NW Riverview AVE and NW Towle RD is expected to be closed for at least the next two hours.

At the City of Gresham, we want to remind all citizens of the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol. As we are about to embark on this holiday weekend, we hope that you will think twice before drinking and driving.