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Local Wrestling Coach, Child Care Worker Arrested For Sex Abuse (Photo) - 10/02/15
Gresham, Ore. - An ongoing investigation, which started nearly three weeks ago, identified six juvenile sexual abuse victims and led to yesterday's arrest of Gresham resident Wyatt Ross DeRemer. Because of his extensive work with local and international youth, detectives fear the list of potential victims may be lengthy.

DeRemer, 25, is a well-known youth wrestling coach in the Portland metro area and has worked with hundreds of children, primarily in Multnomah and Clackamas counties. He has also worked as a volunteer fire fighter in Boring, Ore.; as an assistant event coordinator for a local muscular dystrophy association; and as a youth ski and snowboard instructor for Shriners Hospital for Children, Portland, Ore.

Until the start of the investigation, DeRemer was employed as an in-home health care provider working with developmentally disabled children for Oregon's Department of Human Services. He was also employed as a children's life skills coach for Trillium Family Services in Portland, Ore.

A Gresham High School graduate himself, DeRemer worked as a paid assistant wrestling coach for the high school, last coaching there in spring 2015.

Primarily acting as an assistant coach or volunteer, DeRemer has also worked with the following organizations:

Boy Scouts of America
Eagles Club (as a cook)
Eastside Elite Mat Club (head coach)
USA Wrestling Association
Gresham Mat Club
Estacada Mat Club
Cobra Wrestling Mat Club
SUN (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods) after school wrestling program at the following Gresham area schools: Dexter McCarty Middle School, Clear Creek Middle School, and Gresham High School

The investigation into allegations of abuse started Sept. 10, when parents of a high school student reported DeRemer had inappropriate contact with their son. During an initial interview with DeRemer, he confessed to sexually abusing a total of six children between 2009 and 2012. The known victims are all boys who were between 10 and 13-years-old at the time of the abuse. Two of the victims are believed to have been abused overseas and it is unknown if DeRemer will face charges at the culmination of the other country's parallel investigation.

DeRemer, who reportedly lives in the basement of his mother's Gresham home and has two bachelor degrees from Portland State University related to working with youth, has never been arrested and is not believed to have had any prior contact with police.

None of the abuse appears to have happened on school grounds. Two children are believed to have been abused in DeRemer's car while he was driving them home. One abuse happened while on an overnight camping trip for a wrestling event, and another happened in his basement.

DeRemer turned himself into authorities last night and is being held at the Multnomah County Detention Center on seven counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree. His bail has been set at 1.75 million dollars.

Due to the sensitive nature of this case and the potential for more victims, Gresham Police Department's Child Abuse Team asks that everyone respect the privacy of the victims and refrain from questioning them about their involvement. If anyone has had concerning contact with DeRemer or believes they have information pertinent to this ongoing investigation, they are asked to call Detective Aaron Turnage, at 503-823-0189.

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Missing endangered man found deceased - Update - 10/01/15
Gresham, Ore. - On Sept. 28, missing person Jay Henkelman was located deceased near SW Battaglia Ave. and SW 14th Dr. in Gresham. As a result of an investigation by the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office, it was determined that Henkelman's death was accidental, caused by asphyxiation by drowning.
Teenager Killed In Southeast Gresham Shooting: Update - 09/25/15
Gresham, Ore. - On Sept. 24 at 7:34 p.m., Gresham police officers responded to the report of a shooting in the 2800 block of SE Rosefinch Dr. When they arrived, police found 17-year-old Jacob Davidoff unresponsive. Officers immediately took life saving measures in an attempt to revive him but were unsuccessful.

As a result of the investigation, the East County Major Crimes Team arrested Dianne Michelle Davidoff, 42, for shooting her son in the back. Dianne Davidoff is currently lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Murder and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. The events that lead to the shooting are still under investigation.

No additional information is available at this time.

One Person Deceased in Southeast Gresham Shooting - 09/24/15
Gresham, Ore. - On September 24, 2015 at 7:34 p.m., Gresham Police responded to the report of a shooting in the 2800 block of SE Rosefinch Drive. Police arrived on scene and found that one person was deceased. There are no outstanding suspects and the incident is still being investigated. No further information is being released this evening.
Portland Man Arrested After Attempting to Trade-In Stolen Car - 09/24/15
Gresham, Ore. - James Saban, 56, of Portland was arrested today after attempting to trade-in a stolen Corvette to a Portland RV dealership. The story began when Saban arrived at Portland RV on SE 82nd Avenue wanting to trade in a 2003 Corvette for an RV of lesser value and in addition get money back. Saban provided a signed title for the Corvette along with his identification to the employee.

The employee thought something was suspicious about Saban and about the transaction in general. He told Saban that he would have to work on the paperwork for the sale and advised him to come back later. He then took it upon himself to track down the registered owner who had signed off on the title. The employee discovered that Saban had purchased the vehicle two days prior from a Gresham resident with a fraudulent $22,000 check. At this time, the employee called the Police.

With the help of the employee, Gresham Police arranged to have Saban return to Portland RV to complete the sale. Saban was then arrested on warrants out of Washington State along with numerous other charges including aggravated theft I, unlawful use of a vehicle, forgery I, and ID theft. The Corvette was returned to its rightful owner.
Missing Gresham Man Located - 09/24/15
Gresham, Ore. - Missing Gresham resident Frank Wilson has been located. Gresham Police would like to thank anyone who called with information.
Gresham Police Need Help Locating Missing Man in Need of Medical Attention (Photo) - 09/24/15
Gresham, Ore. - Gresham resident Frank Wilson, 68, was last seen in Clackamas, Ore., around 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 22 and has not been heard from since. Wilson suffers from heart problems, diabetes and other medical aliments. He is in need of immediate medication attention.

Wilson drives a white, 2003, extended cab Ford 150 pickup baring Oregon disabled veteran license plate EYHQ.

Wilson is described as a white male with brown eyes, 6 feet 1 inch tall and 235 pounds. He has shorter greying hair, a grey mustache, and wears prescription glasses. He was last wearing black dress pants, a red shirt with an automotive business insignia, and white shoes.

Anyone who has seen Wilson since his disappearance or knows where he might be is asked to call 911 or the Gresham Police. The Gresham Police tip line is 503.618.2719.
Attached Media Files: Frank_Wilson.jpg
Domestic Violence Stabbing On SE Vista Ave.: Update - 09/21/15
Gresham, Ore. - The two people involved in yesterday's domestic assault in the 200 block of SE Vista Ave. have been identified as Mariya Dela Torriente, 19, and Umberto Arango-Velasco, 23, both of Gresham.

Dela Torriente suffered multiple stab wounds and is reported to be in critical condition at an area hospital. Officers assigned to East County SWAT found Arango-Velasco dead inside his apartment home, from a self-inflicted knife wound.

No further information is available at this time.

Woman stabbed in apartment, suspect found dead. - 09/20/15
Gresham, Ore -Police are sorting through an assault that left a woman with possible life-threatening injuries after she was stabbed by a man police believe she had a domestic relationship with. The call resulted in a SWAT activation after the suspect barricaded himself in their apartment. He was found dead after officers made entry.

Police were called to an apartment in the 200 block of S.E. Vista in Gresham on a report of a disturbance at about 2:50 p.m. today. Upon arrival, they learned that the victim had been taken to an area hospital and her status is not known at this time. In the meantime, the suspect retreated to the apartment they shared and did not respond to officers' requests for him to come out. Ultimately, the East County SWAT was activated and eventually made entry, finding the man deceased.

The East County Major Crimes Team has been activated and are investigating the assault.

There is no further information available today.
Gresham Police seek help finding missing endangered man (Photo) - 09/17/15
Gresham, Ore. - Gresham Police is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing 65 year old man with health problems. Jay Henkelman was last seen at his residence in southwest Gresham on September 14. Henkelman is a Caucasian male with white hair, approximately 5-feet-10-inches tall and 165 pounds.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Gresham Police at 503.618.2719 or the non-emergency BOEC line at 503.823.3333.
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Man Learns How NOT to Get Out of a Traffic Ticket (Photo) - 09/17/15
Gresham, Ore -A man trying to get out of a traffic ticket used a cell phone to create a phony 9-1-1 call leading to his arrest for Improper Use of 9-1-1.

Salvador Sanchez-Buenrostro's journey to jail began with a routine traffic stop at 12:54 a.m. this morning. Officer Chad Stevens stopped Sanchez-Buenrostro for a traffic infraction in the area of N.E. Kane and N.E. Olvera and discovered Buenrostro's license was suspended, an infraction for which he would only receive a ticket. While writing out a citation, police received a 9-1-1 call indicating 'shots fired' in the area of 190th and Stark from a person who identified himself only as "Roberto." However, the location of the call was traced back to the area of Kane and Olvera, where Officer Stevens was conducting his traffic stop.

Stevens inquired what number the call came from and, after re-contacting Buenrostro, learned that he had a cell phone in his possession with the same number. Buenrostro eventually admitted that he made the false call. As a result, Buenrostro not only got a ticket, he was taken to the Multnomah County Detention Center and lodged for Improper use of 911.
Attached Media Files: Sanchez-Buenrostro
NE Sandy Blvd. Shooting Update: Suspect Identified - 09/08/15
Gresham, Ore. - The suspect killed in an exchange of gunfire during Saturday's attack on a Rolling Hills Mobile Terrace and R.V. park resident has been identified as Eriberto Sumano, 25, of Gresham. An autopsy earlier this week listed a single gunshot wound as the cause of death.

The 16-year-old male suspect, also shot during the incident, remains in the hospital with acute injuries. He has not been charged and his name is currently being withheld.

The suspects are known to have gang associations but the victim, whose name is being withheld for safety reasons, does not. At least one of the suspects lived in the same complex as the victim and his family. Investigators believe the suspects went to the home looking to assault the homeowner's friend, but attacked the homeowner when told the friend was not there. The victim, who suffered stab wounds to his face and back, was treated and released from the hospital on Sunday, Sept. 6.

No additional information is available at this time.

NE Sandy Blvd. Shooting Update: Two In Custody (Photo) - 09/06/15
Gresham, Ore. - Two males are in custody in connection with Saturday night's assault on a Gresham resident at his Rolling Hills Mobile Terrace and R.V. Park home. The incident, which resulted in multiple people being injured and the death of a 25-year-old suspect, is still under investigation.

Gresham residents Jesus Arciaga Bucio, 24, and Leonardo Martinez Chavez, 17, are both in custody and will face charges related to their roles in last night's attack. Arciaga Bucio is currently being held on an unrelated probation violation at the Multnomah County Detention Center. Martinez Chavez has been lodged at Multnomah County's Donald E. Long Home, charged with first degree assault and first degree burglary.

No additional information is available at this time.

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Two Intruders Shot, One Killed After Assaulting Resident - 09/06/15
Gresham, Ore. - A late night stabbing and shooting incident at the Rolling Hills Mobile Terrace and R.V. Park, 20145 NE Sandy Blvd., left one man dead and three others wounded. On Sept. 5 at 10:15 p.m. numerous park residents reported hearing gunshots. More than a dozen officers responded and found multiple people injured.

A 25-year-old Hispanic man from Gresham was pronounced dead at the scene. He is believed to be one of four men who entered a mobile home and attacked a 34-year-old male resident, stabbing him with a knife. The resident fought back, grabbed a pistol and shot two of the suspects. A third suspect was stabbed during the incident and the fourth, a 17-year-old Hispanic male, was uninjured.

The victim was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening knife wounds and has since been released.

The second suspect shot, a 16-year-old Hispanic male, is still being treated at an area hospital. His current medical condition is not known.

The stabbed suspect, a 24-year-old Hispanic male, was treated and released from the hospital. He, along with the 17-year-old suspect, is expected to be criminally charged later today. Detectives are not releasing the names of any involved parties at this time.

Detectives with the East County Major Crimes Team are leading the ongoing investigation and believe the suspects specifically targeted the victim.

No additional information is available at this time.
Gresham's Finest Rescue Missing Alzheimer's Patient Stuck in Tree (Photo) - 09/05/15
Gresham, Ore. - On Sept. 4 at 11:23 a.m., the call came in: an 85-year-old man named Jay had been missing from his southwest Gresham Alzheimer's care home for nearly 30 minutes. More than a half dozen officers responded to assist Jay's family members and care home staff in a search to bring him home safely.

With the time clock quickly approaching one hour, Jay's son-in-law found him almost ?1/4 of a mile away, perched near the top of a large tree that had fallen across Johnson Creek. Without the use of his cane, Jay somehow negotiated his way through the brush and traversed the tree-bridge that was suspended approximately 15 feet above the water.

Officers met with Jay and assessed that he had only sustained minor injuries. While Officer Ryan Gleason stayed with Jay, reassuring him, other officers looked for the best way to extract him safely. Sergeant Jeff Cordes consulted with Gresham Fire and ultimately they decided it was safest to bring Jay back across the tree.

Holding hands, with a firefighter on one side and a police officer on the other, Jay kept calm as he was led back to solid ground. Celebrated by an emotional reunion with his family, Jay was in pain but safe.

Unable to walk all the way back to the home, Jay was carried by his son-in-law, officers and fire fighters to an awaiting ambulance. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Gresham Shooting Reportedly Over Rude Comments (Photo) - 09/05/15
Gresham, Ore. - Gresham resident Kelly Brister IV, 18, is under arrest for recklessly shooting multiple rounds at a group of males in the area of 19100 E. Burnside last night. A bullet struck at least one home in the 600 block of SE 190th Ave. but no person was reportedly hurt in the shooting.

At 10:45 p.m., officers responded to multiple 911 calls from nearby residents who said they heard a group arguing and then four to six gunshots. Officers located and detained Brister who was still in the area, finding him in possession of a pistol that was stolen from Portland in 2006.

Officers with the East Metro Gang Enforcement Team conducted the investigation, learning the initial argument seems to have stemmed from a group of intoxicated men making rude comments to Brister's younger sister when she was walking down the street. The sister went home and told Brister, who confronted the men and ultimately fired the shots.

Brister has been booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Reckless Endangering, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, and Theft I.

No additional information is available at this time.

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