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.
Gresham Police looking for missing woman (Photo)
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.
Officer Malaka Kerbs
PIO Pager # 503-301-5182
Update: Names of drivers involved in fatal crash released - 11/06/14
Gresham, Ore - On October 31, 2014 at 3:32 PM, Gresham Police responded to the report of two children struck by a vehicle near NE Division St. and NE Country Club Dr. One of the children, 10-year-old Jaquis Thornton, died as a result of his injuries on November 2, 2014.
The drivers of the cars have been identified as 50-year-old Kelley Gilman of Gresham and 36-year-old Kahmall Al Saegh of Gresham. Witnesses stated that a BMW sedan driven by Gilman was traveling eastbound on Division St. and began to turn northbound onto NE Country Club Dr. A Ford Focus, driven by Al Saegh, was traveling westbound on Division St. The two vehicles collided, causing Al Saegh's car to veer onto the sidewalk where the two children were walking.
This investigation is continuing and at this time, there have been no citations issued or charges filed. No further information is available.
Update: One of two brothers struck by car dies, corrected age information - 11/02/14
Gresham, Ore.-On October 31, 2014 at 3:32pm, Gresham Police responded to the report of two children struck by a vehicle near NE Division St. and NE Country Club Dr. The two children were brothers, ages 8 and 10.
An anonymous family member of the brothers called a media outlet and informed them that one of the boys had died of his injuries overnight sometime on November 2, 2014. Gresham Police were able to confirm with the hospital and family members that the 10-year-old was the one that has died. The 8-year-old remains hospitalized.
No further information is available at this time.
Two Brothers Critically Injured in Traffic Collision. - 10/31/14
RELEASE DATE: October 31, 2014
CONTACT PERSON: Officer Ben Costigan
CASE NUMBER: 14-712147
Two Brothers Critically Injured in Traffic Collision.
Gresham, Ore - On October 31, 2014 at 3:32pm, Gresham Police responded to the report of two children struck by a vehicle near NE Division St. and NE Country Club Dr.
According to witnesses, a sedan was traveling eastbound on Division St. and began to turn northbound onto Country Club Dr. Another sedan was traveling westbound on Division St. and the two vehicles collided, causing one to veer onto the sidewalk where the two children were walking. The two boys, ages 9 and 10, were transported to the hospital with critical injuries.
The drivers of both vehicles were not injured and are fully cooperating with the investigation. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor and the investigation is on-going. No citations or charges have been issued at the time of this release.
No further information is available at this time.