Man Sentenced to 90 Months in Prison for Super Bowl Sunday Apartment Fire - 07/15/14
Gresham, Ore. - Gresham resident Arsenio Lee Jumping Bull, 26, was sentenced yesterday to 90 months in prison for breaking into an apartment on Super Bowl Sunday and starting it on fire. He pled no contest to two counts of Arson in the First Degree and was ordered to pay more than $16,000 in restitution, according to the Multnomah County District Attorney's office. Collaborative efforts between fire and police investigators are credited for saving lives and bringing this case to a swift resolution.
On Feb. 2, 2014, at 12:56 p.m., Gresham police officers and fire fighters responded to the Highland View Apartments, 4725 West Powell Boulevard, for the report of a disturbance and fire. First responders struggled to gain entry into the burning apartment as the fire spread. According to police reports, Jumping Bull jumped out of a window after fire fighters knocked down flames inside a bedroom. He was immediately taken into custody by police. Deputy Fire Marshals Shawn Durham and Robert Mottice led the arson investigation, determining Jumping Bull had started the blaze from multiple ignition points.
No one was hurt as a result of the fire but two families were displaced. Police reports suggest Jumping Bull was delusional and under the influence of cocaine and methamphetamine when he broke into the apartment and started the fire.
Gresham Man Arrested for Damaging Mother's Home, Killing Her Cat - 07/08/14
Gresham, Ore. - Gresham resident Jonathan Frederick Wagner, 27, was arrested on July 7 for destroying the inside of his mother's home and killing her cat, "Tom."
Shortly after 11:15 a.m. on Monday, officers responded to a single story home in the 400 Block of NE 18th St. for the report of a disturbance. A distraught female caller said her 27-year-old son, Jonathan, had "thrown things around, cut TV cords, destroyed her car" and "killed her cat," according to the police report. Wagner was gone when police arrived but the responding officer found the inside of the home to be "demolished and trashed."
Wagner, who was apprehended a short time late while walking near the intersection of NE Kelly Ave. and NE Burnside Rd., may have been upset by his mother's recent request for him to move out and her placing some of his belongings in boxes. In his rage, Wagner is believed to have smashed in a car windshield; broken pictures, figurines, wall hangings and lamps; poured liquids on the carpet and walls; scrawled threatening messages to his family on paper and doors; and killed Tom, his mother's 16-year-old tabby cat whose throat appeared to be cut.
Tom, originally Wagner's late grandfather's cat, came to live with Wagner's mother in October of last year. A necropsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of his death.
Wagner was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center, charged with Criminal Mischief in the first degree and Aggravated Animal Abuse in the first degree.
This is an ongoing investigation and no other information is available at this time.
Gresham Police Increase DUII Enforcement for July 4th Weekend - 07/02/14
Gresham, Ore. - The Gresham Police Department is participating in a nationwide traffic safety campaign focusing on impaired drivers this July 4th weekend.
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.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during the July 4th holidays from 2008 to 2012, 765 people lost their lives in crashes involving drivers with a blood alcohol content of .08 or more. These fatalities account for 40% of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities over this same five-year period.
The July 4th DUII 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 Oregon Impact support these extra high-visibility DUII patrols.